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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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What You Should Know about Holy Week Traditions in Italy

What You Should Know about Holy Week Traditions in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
With Roman Catholicism being considered as the largest religion in the country, a number of Holy Week traditions in Italy, from practices to rituals still prevail, particularly in the southern regions.
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  • Domenica delle Palme or Palm Sunday
  • Settimana Santa or Holy Week
  • Venerdì Santo or Good Friday
  • Last Supper
  • Via Crucis” or “Way of the Cross”
  • Black Saturday, or Holy Saturday
  • Domenica di Pasqua or Easter Sunday
  • Lunedì di Pasqua or Pasquetta or Easter Monday
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2 of Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter are in Italy

2 of Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter are in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

With the Easter weekend fast approaching you’ll no doubt be weighing up your travel options for this year’s holiday treat. What if you could be offered something different? Something personal, something more suited to a refined taste in travel and experience?

Grand Hotel San Pietro, Sicily, Italy
As the only Relais & Chateaux in Sicily this quiet and beautifully maintained retreat, a few minutes walk from the centre of Taormina town, is encapsulated by the glorious Sicilian flora that flourishes in this part of the World. From the Grand Hotel San Pietro, breathtaking views can be enjoyed over the Mediterranean seas and out to the ‘Isola Bella’ (beautiful island), a small emerald promontory that can only be reached at low-tide via a connecting bridge.
Stay during Holy Week and experience the fascinating Good Friday Procession along the main street Corso Umberto starting at 7pm. On Sunday morning the Holy Easter Mass at 10am in the S.S. Pietro e Paolo Church is just in front of the hotel.

Masseria La Raganella Celeste, Salento, Italy

What better way to celebrate ‘Settimana Santa’ or Holy Week than a trip to Italy and more specifically to the Salento area in Apulia, where this very important religious event is celebrated across the region.
Spend Easter at Masseria La Raganella Celeste, a luxury modern Masseria not far from Lecce, a perfect mix of contemporary design and traditional local craftsmanship. Tucked away in an extensive olive grove, this very spacious and tranquil villa with infinity pool and a plethora of amenities is equipped to offer you a magical holiday.


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Viaggio in Italia: The Unique Coast Of Tuscany and Liguria

Viaggio in Italia: The Unique Coast Of Tuscany and Liguria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Riviera di Ponente (Coast of the setting sun)

  • San Remo
  • Savona
  • Laigueglia

On the Riviera di Levante (Coast of the rising sun)

  • La Spezia
  • Genoa
  •     Palazzo Reale Museum
  •     Aquarium
  • Cinque Terre
  • Camogli,
  • Porto Venere
  • Portofino

Lunigiana

  • Pontremoli
  • Ponticello
  • Sarzana
  • Caprigliola
  • Madonna degli Angeli
  • Follonica
  • Porto Ercole
  • Orbetello.
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Traditional Tuscan Food

Traditional Tuscan Food | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
From pecorino sheep's cheese to truffles; traditional Tuscan food is some of the best regional cuisine in Italy. See our list of dishes to try in Tuscany.
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Top 5 Designer Italian Wineries

Top 5 Designer Italian Wineries | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
They call them the cellars of the "archistars", and there is no doubt that that's what Renzo Piano, Mario Botta, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Cini Boeri and Marco Casamonti's Archaea are. Here is how they interpreted among the most famous wineries in Italy.
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Cycling from Venice to Ferrara

Cycling from Venice to Ferrara | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Venice, one of the most romantic city in the world is just few km away from Emilia Romagna region.

Actually with the high speed train is only 1h15min far from Bologna, but today we would like to present you a very special itinerary, perfect for the cycling lovers and ad hoc to enjoy the spring time.

Reaching Ferrara in the Po river delta from Venice is not that difficult, and suitable for almost everyone as the level route is mainly along minor roads.[...]

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Vatican to Digitize 41 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts

Vatican to Digitize 41 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
What happens when a wide swath of history — previously only explored by white-gloved librarians and erudite historians — is made available to anyone with a solid internet connection? 

Thanks to the Pope, we’ll soon find out. The Vatican Apostolic Library has announced it will digitize all 82,000 manuscripts in its 135 collections with the help of a Japanese IT company. That’s 41 million pages spanning nearly 2,000 years of church history that will soon be clickable, zoomable, and presumably, printable. When all is said and done, you’ll be able to read the Psalms handwritten across13th-century vellum on your iPhone — so long as you speak ancient Greek. [...]

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Dave Sumner at Dave Sumner.com's curator insight, April 11, 4:42 PM

This is an amazing announcement for anyone interested in writing, reading, or world history. This collection contains one of the earliest surviving examples of a Roman text. I don't read ancient Greek, but I'm looking forward to some of the 41 million pages of world history becoming public and, I am sure, translated into many languages.

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Cycling Emilia Romagna

Discovering Emilia Romagna by bike.  http://www.facebook.com/CyclingEmiliaRomagna


http://blog.travelemiliaromagna.com/ 

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April Fools' Day: Berlusconi to Buy Pompeii

April Fools' Day: Berlusconi to Buy Pompeii | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italy’s culture minister has confirmed that ex-Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is to buy the historic site of Pompeii near Naples in Italy.

“Negotiations are at a advanced stage”, said minister Franceschino who went on to state that the sale should be completed by mid-April this year.

Full details of the Berlusconi Pompeii purchase deal have yet to emerge, though Italy’s press is reporting that the agreed price was somewhere in the region of €7 million.

The sale of one of Italy’s most well known tourist attractions is part of a plan to reduce Italy’s crippling level of national debt by selling off most of the nation’s artistic heritage. [...]

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Top 5 places to visit via water taxi in Venice

Top 5 places to visit via water taxi in Venice | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

There’s nothing like taking a private water taxi service in Venice to many of the key destinations around the island and the outlying islands. Water taxis are the luxury limousines of Venice with beautifully crafted wooden ships, leather upholstered interiors and rich details. Not only are you getting off quickly to various locations around Venice, [...] click on the photo to read more

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Caravaggio, The Murderer

Our guide and founder Jason takes a walk at the Borghese Gallery to discover Caravaggio's secret shady past. 
For details of our small group Borghese tours (including pre-reserved Borghese tickets), visit: http://www.walksofitaly.com/tour_bookings/tour_all_listing/1/32 

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The Trip to Italy: Trailer - BBC Two

http://www.bbc.co.uk/two Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are taking another trip, this time in Italy.

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Hidden Italy: Magical Tuscany town offers fairy-tale setting and world's best ice cream

Hidden Italy: Magical Tuscany town offers fairy-tale setting and world's best ice cream | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Exploring Tuscany is like searching for that perfect plate of pasta. You can become overwhelmed by so many places that you worry you missed something along the way. From Florence to Sienna to Pisa, the Old World charm and rustic countryside provides ample locations to eat; drink and soak up some incredible history. But, if you are interested in a one special place off the beaten path, go visit San Gimignano. [...]

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Firenze Madre | Florentine singers release video homage to their hometown

Firenze Madre di Riccardo Azzurri


Firenze madre, you make me smile
Firenze madre, you are paradise
In front of your monuments, hearts dream
And for this reason I sing; I sing for you…


Firenze madre, Firenze Viola 
Your people win; they’re no longer alone
And along your streets, so many great loves are still born today,
For this reason I sing; I sing for you, I sing for you.


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Turin: A Chocolate Heaven

Turin: A Chocolate Heaven | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

 Turin has been the chocolate heart of Europe since the 17th century, where the first hot chocolate, chocolate houses and chocolate spread were invented.

The shortage of cocoa due to the Napoleonic war pushed the Piedmontese chocolate makers to be creative and experiment with new textures and flavors. By simply adding the local hazelnut meal to their chocolates, gianduiotto (named after the Commedia dell’Arte character symbol of Turin: Gianduia), the traditional Turin chocolate, was born. [...]

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Lucca, Italy | Top 10 International Locations To House Sit

Lucca, Italy | Top 10 International Locations To House Sit | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Known historically for its production of fine silks and even finder olive oil Lucca is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. A picturesque medieval town full of cobbled streets, quaint churches, art galleries and piazzas just waiting to be discovered, this is great place to walk a mile in a the shoes of a local resident.

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Take a City Break in Verona With this Handy Guide

Take a City Break in Verona With this Handy Guide | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Italy Chronicles contributor, Lorenza Bacino has been on her Italy travels again. Last time she sampled Turin, this time round she explored Verona. April 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of the bir...
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Top Sights and Attractions in Verona
  • Piazza delle Erbe
  • Piazza dei Signori
  • Lamberti Tower
  • Juliet's House, Balcony, and Statue
  • Roman Theater and Archeological Museum
  • Duomo di Verona - the Cathedral Complex
  • Castelvecchio - Castle and Museum
  • Roman Arena
  • Piazza Bra
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La Grande Bellezza in Rome | Castel Sant’Angelo

La Grande Bellezza in Rome | Castel Sant’Angelo | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Castel Sant'Angelo (or The Mausoleum of Hadrian), reigning over the banks of the river Tiber, is a familiar and majestic monument on the Rome city skyline. Today it’s a national museum and famed attraction but its history is far from serene. As a Roman tomb, a Renaissance prison and key military fortress for the Vatican, Castel Sant’Angelo is like a layer cake containing over 1,800 years of bloody, turbulent history. [...]

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The hidden gems in the heart of Rome

The hidden gems in the heart of Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

To find the pulse of Rome, stray off the typical tourist path and you will be happily surprised.
STAND within the Colosseum’s massive bowl, and you can practically hear the roar of the ancient crowd. But to capture the sounds of today’s Rome, it’s best to get away from the flurry of tourists and settle into a quaint trattoria like Da Tonino, where everyone within its rustic walls chatters away in Italian.
No sign outside announces the restaurant; my wife and I dined there courtesy of a local’s tip. And that cloaked quality was precisely its appeal.
Hidden gems – ignored by the guidebooks, well off the tourist path – await in nearly every nook of this wondrous city. Of course, visitors should crane their necks at the Vatican, sip espresso at an open-air bar in Piazza Navona and climb the Spanish Steps. But in a place with a history so long and rich that it is dubbed “the Eternal City”, only one approach seems plausible: peel away the layers, savouring each one, to get a deeper sense of the place.[...]

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  • Cul De Sac - winebar
  • Jewish Ghetto
  • Villa d’Este
  • Dagnino - pastry shop
  • ‘Monumental Cemetery’
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La Costa dei Trabocchi: Discovering Abruzzo's Fishing Tradition

La Costa dei Trabocchi: Discovering Abruzzo's Fishing Tradition | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Discovering Abruzzo Fishing Tradition along the Costiera dei Trabocchi
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5 must-see places in Perugia’s city center

5 must-see places in Perugia’s city center | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Which are the places you must visit in Perugia? Marina gives you a list of 5 places you have not to be missed
  • Fontana Maggiore (Maggiore Fountain)
  • Palazzo dei Priori (Priori’s Palace)
  • Rocca Paolina (Paolina fortress)
  • Giardini Carducci (Carducci gardens)
  • Scalette e Chiesa di Sant’Ercolano (St. Ercolano’s stairs and Church)
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conseils touristiques en Italie

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Viaggio in Italia: Abruzzo e Molise, Solitude and Beauty on middle-ground

Viaggio in Italia: Abruzzo e Molise, Solitude and Beauty on middle-ground | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Travel with Swide to find out the highlights of Italy: this time we take you to Abruzzo and Molise, two Regions that brings beauty and nature to a whole new level, each in different ways.
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How to prepare for your trip to Italy | Jet Lag Advice, Passports and Keeping Safe

How to prepare for your trip to Italy | Jet Lag Advice, Passports and Keeping Safe | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

There are many steps you can take prior to leaving that will make your trip more enjoyable and successful.  I talked about getting into shape and making sure your feet are taken care:

JET LAG

PASSPORTS AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

SAFETY

ACTIVITY

FOOT CARE

MONEY

TRAVEL INSURANCE

COMMUNICATION

TABACCHI SHOPS

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Italian Culture: Facts, Customs & Traditions

Italian Culture: Facts, Customs & Traditions | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Italian culture, steeped in the arts, architecture, music and food, has flourished for centuries. Here is a brief overview of Italian customs and traditions.
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The Bicerin | Torino's Chocolate Coffee Extravaganza

The Bicerin | Torino's Chocolate Coffee Extravaganza | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Unless you are from Turin, you probably haven’t heard of the hidden gem that is the “Bicerin”. Invented in the 18th century, the Bicerin has become somewhat of an indulgent luxury for many people living in the Piedmont capital.

How so? Well the Bicerin is a three layered coffee drink. Depsite the fact that the name means “little glass,” glasses are usually 1ft tall and very narrow. The base layer consists of the finest gianduja (a hazelnut blend) chocolate fondue. Some cafés might serve Nutella instead of gianduja. On top of this layer is a cup of espresso, which blends with the chocolate base perfectly. To top everything off, a scoop of delicious cold whipped cream with chocolate flakes, that balances out the strong hot chocolate-coffee base layers, creating the ultimate mix which results in an invigorating and euphoric winter drink. [...]

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