Design, past and future

Over the last seventy years, Italian design has expressed ‘Made in Italy’ brand excellence in a wide range of fields, and nowadays its products are often recognized the world over not only for their quality but also for their ability to cater to people’s needs, ambitions, dreams and … contradictions. On Monday 15th October, an […]



Milan Makes Music

In Milan, during the month of September, all music lovers will be able to enjoy a major event: throughout the month, from the centre to the suburbs, the city will resonate with the widest possible range of international musical genres. This event actually started out in Turin. The ‘Festival Torino Settembre Musica’ began in 1978 […]



Summer is here – let’s us play

Summertime is the ideal time to play outside and have fun on outdoor adventures, but it’s not so easy to find the right places if you live in a big city – also considering the fact that the over 400 outdoor sports facilities and swimming pools in Milan are usually overcrowded. Lots of public and […]


How a Horse Fulfilled an International Dream

After the death of Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, in 1466, his son Ludovico il Moro asked Leonardo da Vinci to create the largest equestrian statue in the world, in memory of his father. The commission was paid in advance by the court treasury superintendent, and Leonardo’s workshop, which was located where the Palazzo Reale […]


How to savour Milan: in small sips

Milan’s great masterpieces are often hidden away: they are best discovered strolling around unhurriedly and keeping a watchful eye for hidden details. One of these masterpieces is the millennial bell tower, still in operation, built next to the Romanesque church of San Celso. Its long story starts in 374 AD, when Saint Ambrose (the beloved […]


Milan’s Urban Wilderness

To welcome spring we’re dedicating this month’s cover story to a little known Milanese Museum: the Museo Botanico Aurelia Josz, which focuses on nature and on the century-long human impact over the Po Valley, the green plain that stretches between the Alps and the Apennines. This museum was inaugurated in 2015 and is dedicated to […]


Italians, inventors of the Piazza?

If you’ve always thought the piazza was invented by Italians, think again. According to historians, it looks like we owe this invention to the Celts. And Milan, which was founded by the Celts, has certainly kept up the tradition. The Celts handed down their history only orally, through rhythmic lyrics and the sound of stringed […]


A Streetcar Named “Carrelli”

This is a story with a happy ending, without any connection to the 1951 American drama film “A Streetcar Named Desire” directed by Elia Kazan, starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando! This article is about another international “star,” the timeless 1920’s-style white and yellow tram, with dark and shiny teak benches and the interior illuminated […]