I know, I know, there has been a long pause since my last pause.
This was due to many changes happening in my life and the need of focusing on them, in order to take the right decisions.
It hasn’t been easy, not really. But now I can finally say I am back! Happy and full of energy again. I really hope to be able to commit to posting once or twice a week, to tell you more about Stockholm, my travels and my life.
And what day would be better than a Monday the 1st to start again?
As I mentioned in my previous post, we decided to travel south for Easter and spend some time with my family in Milan.
For our first day I planned to visit La Triennale, situated near Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione (or as my mom calls it, the Italian Central Park 😉).
La Triennale, established in Milan in the early 30s, is an exhibition space that always presents a fantastic selection of art shows, ranging from design to contemporary art. Unfortunately for us, there were very little to see in these days, since many rooms were closed for the setting up of new exhibitions (so typical!). We still managed to have a look around and to enjoy a tasty lunch at the bottom floor restaurant.
Two differnt views of “Pinocchio” by Enrico Ercole at La Triennale
Two differnt views of “Pinocchio” by Enrico Ercole at La Triennale
After lunch, since the sun was shining and the temperature blessed us with generous 15 degrees, we took a long walk through the city centre. (have a look to the map here below for an idea of our itinerary).
We started in the park, admiring the “Arco della Pace” on one side and the Castle on the other. In the park there was a spring like and relaxed atmosphere that I could have easily spent the whole afternoon there, sunbathing and caressing the grass.
Milan or Paris? 😉
“Il ponte delle sirene” in Parco Sempione
Did you know that the park is populated by turtles? There are few explars living in a small pond right in the middle of the park.
We continued towards the main central part of Milan, walking down Cairoli, Cordusio, to finally see the most famous cathedral of the city, the Duomo.
What I really love of Italy, that makes it so unique, is that you can find hidden gems from the past in very unexpected spots. Like Santa Maria presso San Satiro. This little church located at the beginning of Via Torino and, trust me, if you don’t know about its existence you’ll probably miss it.
the Tromp-loeil by Bramante
The church was erected towards the end of the 15th century and is notable for its trompe-l’œil planned and created by the Bramante. This optical illusion provides a sense of depth to the apse (the area right behind the altar) that would be otherwise pretty shallow.
My pictures unfortunately are pretty bad but give an idea of the optical illusion. Have a look here and here for additional information and the history of the church. (Btw, this website is fantastic!)
After visiting the church, we strolled down Via Torino. This long avenue is a popular destination for shopping-lovers. Here you can find a lot of different boutiques: from high streets brands like Zara, H&M, Muji, to some more interesting boutiques. (A new discovery was Dixie, with all its colourful dresses! Have a look to the website here!)
Towards the end of Via Torino, there is another favourite area of the milanesi, le Colonne di San Lorenzo. The area, whose name is after the Saint to whom the church here located is dedicated to, is a popular destination for aperitivo, especially during warm summer evenings.
We continued our walk in Corso di porta Ticinese. This is one of the neighborhoods I love the most of Milan. When I was a teenager, trying hard to be a rebel girl, I used to browse all the second hand and alternative shops that inhabitated the area. Even though so many things have changed, the area still has a bohemian allure and the boutiques here usually are of independent designers. My must-go destination is Mauro Leone! There are two shops here in Corso di Porta Ticinese and if you are looking for artisanal, hand crafted, made in Italy shoes, at very competitive prices, this is where you want to go. 😊 (I didn’t take any pictures of the shops, but you can have a look to their website here).
Did I mention it was a long walk? 😉 We needed a gelato to recharge our energies!
It took him almost 30 minutes to finish it…
Did anyone say GELATO!? 🙂
After Corso di porta Ticinese, we headed to Porta Genova, walking nearby the Navigli, artificial canals, whose dams’ system was planned by Leonardo (if you want to know more about the projects and the history behind the Navigli, have a look here).
This area that becomes very populated by night, thanks to all its small bars and restaurants, is another popular destination for those who love aperitivo. It is also home of flea markets. Check here and here for more information.
Towards the end of our long promenade, we walked down in the direction of Porta Genova and checked some more boutiques. One of these is Tenoha, a brand new all-Japanese concept store located in Via Vigevano.
Bags, ceramics, paper goods and magazines! In this boutique you will find an impressive selection of products all designed and crafted in Japan. There’s also a restaurant that offers a selection of genuine Japanese cuisine!
Our first day in Milan, this little cosmopolitan city, terminated here. Hope you have enjoyed the reading! Soon a post dedicated to some art!
If you would like to have more information about any of the locations above, or if you simply want to say CIAO!, contact me through the contact page or write a comment here below! 😊
Spring is here! And Easter holidays too! And what’s a better reason than a long weekend to travel somewhere (possibly warmer than Stockholm)?
This year we have decided to spend the Easter holidays in Milan, to visit family and to explore a bit more of this beautiful city.
For many different reasons, I have never felt very connected to Milan, even though I have spent the first 20 years of my life living in a town nearby. When I was 19 I move to Turin to pursue my studies and as an expat, when coming back home, I spent almost all my time home, enjoying the company of my family. Having always been the economical capital of Italy, Milan has never appealed me so much. I always thought it was a city for yuppies and fashion victims, offering nothing but shops and banks. So I cannot say I know it that well.
However, since the father of my son is a nordic viking eager to know more of the “bel paese”, but who also patiently accepts to visit my family every time we have the chance to travel south, I feel more incentivated (and a bit obliged! 😉 ) in exploring this elegant and surprisingly (at least for me!) culturally lively city.
And you know what? I am loving it so much! We are visiting beautiful galleries and exhibitions, discovering new hubs for art and cultures. But also walking around, enjoying the street life, is a total new experience for me! Everyone is so friendly and becomes so curious when they hear Morgan speaking in Swedish to Linus, trying to understand what language is that… It craks me all the time!
I will write more the next days, once back home in chilly Stockholm, about what we have visited, seen, liked and disliked.