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 […]


From top to sky

Looking down from on high could be one the pleasures of life: a way to admire the view, a discreet glance at the neighbour’s courtyard, and, for Very Important People, even a symbol of their social elevation. In the Middle Ages, towers provided an indispensable tool for anticipating the arrival from afar of a friend […]



Fresh, fun and funky in water and stone

Villa Litta in Lainate, west of Milan, is a Renaissance playground French novelist Stendhal provided a succinct description. “You have to beware of walking alone at Lainate. The garden is full of water jets built specifically to soak spectators. I unwittingly placed my foot on the first step of a staircase, and six water jets […]


Take a walk on the west side

  The Milanese people have always longed to be near the sea! Since the time of the Roman Empire they built a port outside the city walls, and the name of Via Pantano, which means “marsh,” right in what is now the city center, gives an idea of how much the area was linked to […]


Green Greater Milan

  This article begins with a question for our readers: “What do you know about Milan”? Almost all foreigners usually say that it is the city of design and fashion, some recall that it is the Italian capital of the economy, others say that it is mainly industrial, many recognize that it is famous as […]



Fashion and Design: Milan’s dynamic duo

  Fashion, or rather, the usual style in a given period. While it’s difficult to determine when and where the idea of fashion began, it’s probably safe to say that  cavemen weren’t particularly fashion-conscious. However, the clothes you see in any painting or statue give a pretty good idea of the period and place of […]


Music Now and Next

  The famous German composer Helmut Friedrich Lachenmann, awarded in 2008 with the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale International Contemporary Music Festival, describes his compositions as  concrete instrumental music. A couple of years ago, here in Milan, his daughter said: “the music of my father is … really strange!” Defined as modern, atonal, dodecaphonic, […]


Shakexit

In act-V, scene-IV of William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Richard the III”, the king, after losing the battle of Bosworth in 1485, cries out one of the most famous phrases of the entire production of the Stratford-upon-Avon playwright “A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!” This phrase underlines how, in someone’s life, the importance of […]