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New Lights For Milan

More than six centuries have passed since the first stone of Milan’s Cathedral was laid in 1386, yet its construction cannot be considered completed. That explains why the Milanese love to say “it’s taking as long as the building of the Duomo!” when referring to all those jobs that never seem to come to completion. […]

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Street Fights in Milan

On March 22nd we celebrate the anniversary of the Cinque Giornate di Milano (The Five Days of Milan), the pitch battle fought in 1848 throughout the streets of the city between Italian residents and the occupying Austrian troops. The trouble had been brewing for years. Nationalists were agitating for Italian unification, Catholics vied for Popish […]

When history leaves its sign

“What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of the plague as well. It helps men to rise above themselves.” – Albert Camus, The Plague. For centuries, the so called “Black Death” swept across the world, devastating towns and cities leaving millions dead in its wake. However, just like the characters in […]

Milan on the run

In some Italian cities, time appears to stand still; their whole demeanour is one of relaxed, serene tranquillity. One calls to mind cities like Florence or Verona, where locals glide calmly through the streets whilst daily life appears to pass by at a snail’s pace. Milan on the other hand, is in a permanent state […]

Discovering a hidden treasure

If you’re ever in Milan and find yourself short of cash, you might try to get something “a ufo”. Nothing to do with objects of the unidentified flying kind, this old Milanese expression means to get something for free, inspired by the AUF stamps seen on board many boats which floated down the navigli a […]

The Nivola and the Holy Nail

On 13th of September just as on every 13th September for the last four hundred years, an ancient ceremony was reenacted inside the Duomo. The tradition began in 1576 during an epidemic of the bubonic plague when Archbishop Carlo Borromeo organized a procession from the Duomo cathedral to the church of San Celso to pray […]

Checking up the Duomo health

People travelling to Milan always visit the Cathedral and its hidden treasures; but what they don’t know is that this monument has a 600 year old history. The foundation stone was laid in 1386 whilst the last bronze portal on the right side of the façade was installed in 1965. Over the years, completing the […]