By TJ Tierney
Situated in the North of Italy, Milan is the largest city in the province of Lombardy and second largest city in Italy.
Milan is the business hub of Italy and a very busy city to visit at any time of year.
Home to the Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, Milan has a rich history in art and has some of the most priceless works of art on display in its galleries. The art galleries of Milan also reflect the history of the city, but be advised, if you do plan to visit some of the galleries book in advance.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: by ENRICO MASSETTI
You don’t need a car to spend one day in beautiful Bologna when you are staying in Milan: with the new high speed train Bologna is just one hour away from the center of Milan. Most trains leave from the Milano Centrale station, a few from Milano Porta Garibaldi, and stop at Milano Rogoredo, the door station in the south of Milan. You can get to the Milano Rogodero station with the line 3 of the “metropolitana” (underground), or with one of the suburban train lines S1, S2, S6 and S10, connecting every point in the city. The trains from Milano Centrale are available every hour, on the half hour from 6:30 AM. The train back from Bologna to Milan runs every hour on the minute 24, from 9:24 AM to 10:24 PM.
To experience the train running at 186mph (300 kmh) is by itself worth the trip.
Once in Bologna you can take the Bus nos. A, 25, and 30, they run between the station and the historic core of Bologna, Piazza Maggiore from where you can start your visit of the city. A lunch in one of the restaurants in downtown Bologna should not be missed, as Bologna is called “la grassa” (The Fat) for its culinary traditions.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By Juliana De Angelis
Italy and Fashion have a very unique and special relationship, and when you consider such names as Dolce&Gabbana, Versace and Armani, to name but a few, it’s not difficult to see why. But if we look back into the history of Italian Fashion, (e.g. see also the article on Nina Ricci) we start to understand what gave Italy such a status in the Fashion World.
Count Giorgini started the ‘Italian Fashion’ craze in 1951, when he organised a fashion show to be presented to an International audience in Florence. He then continued to present other fashion shows at his palace, presenting new collections modelled by nobilty against a backdrop of fine arts and scenery. Nobilty would also model new collections at museums or exhibitions next to famous pieces of fine art. This all contributed to elevating the status of Italian fashion, and implanting in everyone’s minds that Italian fashion gives you status, is very rich in quality,and almost ‘fairytale’ like.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: Dirk Hamman
The arrival of the New Year is a very good reason to sweep aside heartburns, toss out all regrets and make resolutions. Pretty much everyone sees the year that is about to start as full of new opportunities and hopes for the better. We are more determined to make our lives better, and improve the things or situations we havenâ€™t been very pleased with up to that moment. But no matter what our state of mind regarding the year to come is, we all look forward to the celebration. The arrival of the New Year is not just a means for resolutions, hopes, and new ambitions; it is also an occasion for great celebration. This tradition of welcoming the New Year with a huge celebration has a long history. People have been doing it for many, many years now, and almost very year a new distinctive feature is being added to the way we celebrate the coming of the New Year.
Since most other holidays are perfect occasions for getting together with your family, on New Yearâ€™s Eve people tend to look for less intimate ways of celebrating. The New Yearâ€™s Eve parties are therefore a little out of the ordinary. And if you are looking for something really special this year, try visiting Italy around New Yearâ€™s Eve, or Capodanno, as they call it.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By Michael Thomson
Beautifully historic yet so fashionably up to date, Italy has all the components of the Dolce Vita in good measure – good food, good wine and beautiful people impeccably attired in the latest fashions.
Italy is a long country running from the mountainous north down to the sunny south kissed by the Mediterranean. So there are wide regional differences in climate. Generally the most pleasant time to visit Italy is during autumn and spring.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: MICHIEL VAN KETS
Steeped in antiquity yet bursting with all that’s fashionably modern, Italy is the birthplace of La Dolce Vita – the sweet life that celebrates beauty and happiness.
Climate Winters are long and cold in the northern alps; the summers can be rainy with frequent storms. The far south is warm but often lashed by the sirocco – the hot and humid African wind that brings weeks of stifling heat to the areas south of Rome. Pleasant temperatures make spring and autumn the best times to visit Italy.
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