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On the trail of a Novelist: Ferrante's Italy in 6 stages

On the trail of a Novelist: Ferrante's Italy in 6 stages | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Elena Ferrante has taken the literary world by storm. The Italian novelist—who writes under a pseudonym—is a mystery to her readers, but the places where she sets her books don't need to be. Discover the backdrops to Ferrante's best-selling, four-volume Neapolitan novels series, which concluded with The Story of the Lost Child this past September.
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A Literary journey in Italy on the trail of a novelist who sold millions of books without showing her face.

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Ferrari Store opens new flagship in Milan

Ferrari Store opens new flagship in Milan | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A new Ferrari store has opened on Via Berchet 2, in the very centre of Milan. With four F1 simulators, interactive video walls and numerous multisensory positions The new space treats visitors to a completely immersive experience of the Ferrari legend. [...]

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Exorcising A Possessed Statue of The Virgin Mary and Child

Exorcising A Possessed Statue of The Virgin Mary and Child | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Four scenes from the life of St. Peter of Verona, also known as Peter Martyr, are depicted in frescoes at the Portinari Chapel, at the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio, Milan. One of these shows an incident from his life in which he exorcised a possessed statue of the infant Jesus and the Blessed Mother, complete with devil horns! [...]

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Milan's Piazza Duomo is Going Green

Milan's Piazza Duomo is Going Green | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Trees and a flowerbed with a vegetable garden will be planted on the side of the city’s central square
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The Ultimate Guide to Touring Milan Part 1: Culture and Sightseeing - Tour Italy Now

The Ultimate Guide to Touring Milan Part 1: Culture and Sightseeing - Tour Italy Now | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
With such as variety of things to do and sights to see, you'll need the ultimate guide to touring Milan! Part 1 will cover culture and sightseeing.
  • Castello Sforzesco
  • Duomo di Milano
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Parco delle Basiliche (or “Basilicas Park”) - Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio
  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Passeggiata dei Navigli
  • Theater, Il Piccolo!
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What's On in Italy - January 2014

What's On in Italy - January 2014 | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

John Bensalhia begins his monthly look at some interesting and notable events, shows and exhibitions taking place in Italy. 

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  • UMBRIA JAZZ WINTER FESTIVAL – Orvieto, Till January 1st 2014 
  • CAVALCADE OF THE MAGI – January 6th
  • WHITE TRADE SHOW – Milan, January 11th - 13th
  • LA ZAMPOGNA – Maranola, January 18th - 19th
  • WORLD SALSA MEETING – Milan, January 23rd – 26th
  • ROME SCIENCE MEETING – Rome, January 23rd - 26th
  • VERSO MONET: HISTORY OF LANDSCAPE ART – Verona, All throughout January 2014
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10 of the Best Christmas Markets in Italy

10 of the Best Christmas Markets in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Christmas markets in Italy are one of our favorite parts of, well, Christmas in Italy! Not only are they beautiful and atmospheric (and a great place to get that holiday shopping done), but they make for an especially fun way to get to know an area’s local traditions, delicacies and artisans. Since we love sustainable and immersive travel, we think that’s always a plus!

Here are our 10 favorite Christmas markets in Italy, from Naples on up to the Dolomites!

  • Christkindlmarkt in Bolzano (Dolomites)
  • Traditional South Tyrolese market in Lagundo (Dolomites)
  • Weihnachtsmarkt German Market in Florence
  • Christmas nativity market in Naples
  • Medieval candle market in Candelara (Le Marche)
  • Fabbrica di Babbo Natale in Pisa (Tuscany)
  • Piazza Navona market in Rome
  • Christmas Market Piazza Navona
  • Campo San Polo market, Venice
  • O Bej, O Bej market in Milan
  • Christmas market in Turin
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Afronomics's curator insight, December 10, 2013 8:50 PM

Before discussing the forces that move markets, it is important to know what constitutes a market and what they actually are. Markets are basically any group of buyers and sellers for a particular product (good) or service. There are highly organized markets, such as christmas markets or farmer's markets, but more commonly there are  less organized markets, that encompass everything from food to skinny jeans.

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Italian Subway Station Transports Passengers To Downtown Tokyo

Italian Subway Station Transports Passengers To Downtown Tokyo | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The new advertising stint for Fastweb, an Italian telecommunications company, brought Japan to the doorstep of Italy. To promote their new internet broadband line, the company transformed the entire subway station in Milan into Toyko’s Shibuya station – definitely not your typical Monday morning.
Everything was so intricately planned that commuters got lost among the Japanese women in kimonos, schoolgirls in Japanese school uniforms, and cosplayers. As soon as people realized they did not enter an alternate universe, they began snapping pictures with the Japanese women and scattered goth kids. Fastweb wanted its customers to know that their broadband is just that fast.
Here is the video if you were not lucky enough to stumble upon this serendipitous incident.

http://www.psfk.com/2013/11/milan-subway-station-shibuya-japan.html 

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Witches, Devils and mysteries: haunted Milan

Witches, Devils and mysteries: haunted Milan | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Today it is the financial capital of Italy, but in the past Milan was a city of witches and alchemists where even the devil incarnate has, on occasion, been seen within its very walls. Below are ten of the most mysterious places in Milan.

  1. The wild boar in Palazzo della Ragione
  2. The Ossuary chapel of San Bernardino
  3. The star and remains of the three Magi in the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio
  4. “Madonna con le corna” in Sant’Eustorgio
  5. The Holy Inquisition and the witches in Piazza Vetra 
  6. Mortorium libris and necropolis 
  7. The house of the devil in Porta Romana 
  8. Devils on the Duomo
  9. The devil’s column in Sant’Ambrogio 
  10. The chessboard of the Knights Templar and Moses’ serpent in Sant’Ambrogio 

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BBC Italy Unpacked

3/3) Land of Many Treasures
The final leg of their journey moves north to Piedmont. They visit an abbey along the Via Francigena, an ancient road running from Rome to Canterbury, to reflect with the monks who live there. There are many gastronomic treasures to discover in this region, from the famous rice fields of Vercelli, to the Gianduiotti in Turin, the region's capital. Giorgio chats to the founder of slow food, Carlo Petrini. Andrew explores the baroque architecture all over Turin. Finally, another incredible pilgrimage site: Sacro Monte, Holy Mountains, in Varallo. A series of gruesome chapels on top of a mountain full of waxworks enacting scenes like the Massacre of the Innocents.
2/3) Looking to the Future
The second leg of their journey takes Giorgio home, to Lombardy, a region brimming with engineering innovations and the influences brought by the proximity to Northern Europe, always with an eye to the future. The first stop is of course Corgeno, Giorgio's hometown, where Andrew is the guest at a typical Sunday Lunch at the Locatelli's home. Andrew repays him with a visit to some very unusual frescos by Lorenzo Lotto, hidden in a private chapel. The Christ with long fingernails is one of Andrew favourite frescos. And it's time to reach Milan, the capital, with its temples dedicated to the Gods of religion (The Duomo), art (La Scala) and capitalism (the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele the II and surroundings streets, full of luxury shops).
1/3) The Art of the Feast
Their journey begins in Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna, one of the richest regions in Italy. They find out why the city is know as la Dotta (the Learned), la Grassa (the Fat) and la Rossa (the Red), while visiting its shops, art institutions and the oldest university in the world. Andrew and Giorgio experience the social and friendly atmosphere of the region and meet fishermen casting huge nets at the mouth of the river Po. From there, it is a short journey to Ferrara where they discover the legacy left by the famous dynasty d'Este, and to Modena, home of balsamic vinegar and Ferrari. Finally, Giorgio reveals the source of modern Italian cuisine - at the Palatina Library in Parma he views an original copy of the first cook book of the newly united Italy - while Andrew admires Correggio's magnificent fresco in the dome of Parma Cathedral.


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Bergamo – The City Milan Doesn’t Want You To Visit!

Bergamo – The City Milan Doesn’t Want You To Visit! | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

When landing at Bergamo airport the message was clear: take the next bus to Milan and leave this place ASAP.

The push to get people to Milan started already in the air, where you could pre-purchase your bus tickets straight to Milan.

When stepping out of the airport – which for the record is called “Milan” by Ryan Air, there were so many buses waiting to bring everyone to Milan that the old little local bus (discretely named Linea 1) going to Bergamo was left unnoticed.

Only a handful of us went against the stream and got on the bus to explore what seemed to be a forgotten place: Bergamo.

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52 Places to Go in 2015 according to the NYTimes: (1) Milan - (48) Rome

52 Places to Go in 2015 according to the NYTimes: (1) Milan - (48) Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Untrammeled oases beckon, once-avoided destinations become must-sees, and familiar cities offer new reasons to visit.
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Milan: A revitalized city welcomes the world.

Sure, Italy is rich with romantic cities like Florence, Venice and Rome — but its most vibrant might just be Milan. And this is the year for tourists to explore its charms, as it hosts the 2015 World Expo.

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Exploring Traditions in Milan’s Café Scene

Exploring Traditions in Milan’s Café Scene | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

World travelers in pursuit of rich coffee experiences could theoretically journey to any corner of the globe and soak up the local café culture. But if there’s one destination that every caffeine-fueled itinerary should include, it has to be Italy. But to us coffee lovers, Italy is best known as the birthplace of espresso, and few cities are as linked to its history as Milan. [...]

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Renaissance Men of steel: marvel at the most incredible armour ever

Renaissance Men of steel: marvel at the most incredible armour ever | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

During the 16th century Renaissance, Filippo Negroli (ca. 1510–1579) worked under his father Gian Giacomo in the family workshop in Milan along with his brothers Francesco and working on ornate parade armour for some esteemed clients including Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Guidobaldo II della Rovere.

The Negroli workshop created classically inspired parade armours all'antica embossed in high relief, richly gilt and damascened in gold and silver. [...]

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Cyclopride Day 2014 - Coming Soon to Milan and Palermo -

Cyclopride Day 2014 - Coming Soon to Milan and Palermo - | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Cyclopride, an Italian association working to promote the joys of cycling in Italy, has organized two CycloPride Day cycle rides on May 11, 2014. One takes place in Milan, which is where I live, and the other is in Palermo in sunny Sicily.

The Milan CycloPride Day involves a 16 kilometre (just under 10 miles) cycle ride around the centre of the city starting from Piazza Castello. While the main ride starts at 11am, the get-together begins at 9am with all those taking part picking up their event bibs and bike bags. Don’t worry, it’s not a cycle race! [...]

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Discover Expo Milano 2015 - YouTube

Discover history and values of the Universal Expositions, its Participants and the exhibition spaces of Expo Milano 2015, the Event theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, the Visitor Experience and the Expo Site, the message and the legacy that the event will give to Milan, Italy and the world.
http://en.expo2015.org

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Milano | Milan

Music: “Somatou” (by Kakurenbo)
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Milan it worth a visit fr Christmas, this is what the video say to us and with Italo, the fast train line by NTV, it is also cheap and fast.

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Expo Milano - Digital Expo2015

Innovation is a core component of the Expo 2015 strategy to attract visitors. For us it means, first of all, integration.
The expo Site will be the first example of a Digital Smart City thank to the contribution of our partners: a comprehensive set of smart services available in the area of Milano to guarantee a consistent visitor experience.
Infomobility Services linked and supported by a dedicated Expo Ecosystem (aka E015), Integrated services available in the Milano area and Thematic Itineraries embedding the expo Site with the surrounding areas.
Digital Expo will be an On Site and On Line experience allowing anyone in the world to participate in a truly Universal Exposition.
#Expo2015 [...]

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10 Italian Masterpieces You Must See Before You Die

10 Italian Masterpieces You Must See Before You Die | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italy is a country that is jammed packed with famous art. Here are 10 masterpieces you should see.

  1. Michelangelo’s David - Accademia Gallery, Florence
  2. Sistine Chapel - Vatican City
  3. Capitoline Wolf - Musei Capitolini in Rome
  4. Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel - Padua
  5. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper - refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan.
  6. Mantegna’s Dead Christ - Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan
  7. Raphael’s Rooms - Vatican
  8. Madonna di Ca’ Pesaro by Titian - Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice.
  9. The Birth of Venus by Botticelli - Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
  10. Flagellation of Christ by Piero della Francesca - Galleria Nazionale delle Marche in Urbino
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Peeling back the years: Lost da Vinci mural discovered beneath layers of paint in Italian castle

Peeling back the years: Lost da Vinci mural discovered beneath layers of paint in Italian castle | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
A lost Leonardo da Vinci artwork may finally see the light of day after restorers have discovered traces that have lain buried beneath paint in a Milan castle.
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Must-See Exhibit in Milan: Leonardo3 – The World of Leonardo

Must-See Exhibit in Milan: Leonardo3 – The World of Leonardo | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

If you're planning to visit Milan this summer, don't miss an exhibit that just sold 40,000 tickets in its first 40 days - Leonardo3 – The World of Leonardo. This interactive exhibit focuses on in interpreting 5,000 pages of Leonardo DaVinci's notebooks and runs through July 31 in the Sale del Re in Piazza della Scala (across from the Galleria). 
This show presents the results of research carried out over the last ten years by Mario Taddei and Edoardo Zanon. Its purpose is to highlight Leonardo’s work not just as “artist” but also as “engineer” and help us understand what he wrote, what he designed, the studies he made for his machines and how he worked. 

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PASSEGGIANDO PER MILANO - WALKING IN MILAN

10 ways to enjoy festive Milan (http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/dec/08/milan-christmas-shopping-food-festivals)

Sant' Ambrogio's street festival
Milan's festive season kicked off yesterday, on 7 December, when the fashion capital celebrates the feast of Sant'Ambrogio, the city's patron saint, a uniquely Milanese tradition. There's a public holiday on 8 December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception (Festa dell'Immacolata). The long weekend, known here as il ponte (the bridge), is traditionally an event-packed time – a special Mass was held at the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio on 7 December and the market Fiera Degli Oh Bei, Oh Bei is held from 7-11 December in the grounds of Milan's castle, Castello Sforzesco.
The Fiera, whose medieval origins date back to 1288, is a vast street market with hundreds of local arts and handicraft stalls and gastronomic delights. It's a great chance to savour the Christmas atmosphere – and delicacies such as roast chestnuts, mulled wine, castagnaccio (chestnut, raisin and pine kernel cake) – or take your pick from local mustards, hand-knitted woollies, jewellery, toys and sweets.

Take a fashion tour
If you fancy a stroll in Milan's world-famous Fashion Quad, or Golden Quadrilateral, named after the four main fashion streets around Via Montenapoleone, you will find it clearly marked from Piazza San Babila with a "golden rectangle" street sign. This is a chance to experience Milan's fashion mecca, an A-Z of Italian designer stores, from Armani to Zegna. This winter you will spot an H for Hogan's on most young and trendy women's feet in Milan - try on a pair at Hogan (Via Montenapoleone 23, +39 02 7601 1174, hoganworld.com).
Back in the real world, Milan's frantic but affordable shopping miles are Via Torino and Corso Buenos Aires. Slow-paced Via Brera and Via Solferino (Brera area) are browsers' havens, for accessory hunting or finding new inspiration for a chic but funky look. For good-quality, trendy but affordable shoes try Bagatt (Piazza San Marco 1, +39 02 2900 5682, bagatt.it) in Brera. Cavalli e Nastri (Via Brera 2, +39 02 7200 0449, cavallienastri.com) is a retro boutique, where you can find a sassy, second-hand winter coat for €100. The nearby Porta Genova-Navigli canals district is good for edgier looks and ethnic vintage.

Christmas shopping and gift ideas
A good all-round starting point is always La Rinascente (rinascente.it), Milan's best known department store, in Piazza Duomo. Check the homewares in the basement for espresso cup sets, or a Moka pot, the Italian stove-top espresso maker. Easy to take home are also olive wood cutting boards, pasta-cutting implements or a lasagne dish. If you like megastores, Mondadori (negozimondadori.it) is good for books, electronics, gadgets, CD and DVDs. Reproduction posters like the Ricordi selection of early 19th-century opera billboards of La bohème or Rigoletto make good souvenirs. Wait and See (Via Santa Marta 14, +39 02 7208 0195, waitandsee.it) is great for vintage accessories and design objects in every price range.
Try the deparment store food halls for saffron, the vital ingredient for risotto alla Milanese, or vedure sott'olio (preserved vegetables) to serve as Italian antipasti, and the speciality Fairtrade Modica chocolate. In Modica in Sicily, chocolate is made straight from the cacao beans, with no added cocoa butter or soy lecithin. The cocoa is worked on a lava stone slab, and it is heated to no more than 40C so that when the sugar is added it does not melt, giving the grainy texture for which the chocolate is famous. There's a bewildering range to choose from, from traditional vanilla, cinnamon and hot chilli pepper (peperoncino) to nutmeg or white pepper and cardamom.
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Read More http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/dec/08/milan-christmas-shopping-food-festivals

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