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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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Hiking the Sentiero Azzurro: Cinque Terre, Italy

Hiking the Sentiero Azzurro: Cinque Terre, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Along the mountain cliffs of the Italian Riviera’s Cinque Terre is a ribbon of trail aptly named the Azure Path that offers breath taking views of the coast, seaside towns, and countryside. [...]

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The Cinque Terre  is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. "The Five Lands" comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Best of Basilicata

The Best of Basilicata | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Traveling through the rugged, under-the-radar Basilicata region of southern Italy still provides the thrill of discovery.

Located above the “arch” of Italy’s boot, Basilicata (known locally as Lucania) may not have the glamour of the Amalfi Coast or the polish of Tuscany. But it does have a wild beauty that can seem otherworldly, even biblical: ancient buildings hewed from honey-colored limestone; black-sand beaches fringing a verdant coast; and a simple yet rich culinary tradition. In recent years, the area has undergone a renaissance thanks to an influx of talented chefs and hoteliers—including Francis Ford Coppola, who opened the nine-room Palazzo Margherita in his grandfather’s hometown of Bernalda. [...]


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How to date Italian women? A Do’s and don’ts list

How to date Italian women? A Do’s and don’ts list | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Every single man wants to date an Italian woman right? But with the cultural differences it can be a fraught business. Here together some do's and don't’s for dating Italian women.

  1. Dress to impress
  2. Impress her friends
  3. Be a gentleman
  4. Tick the boxes
  5. Compliment her
  6. Play for laughs
  7. Don’t talk politics
  8. Don’t talk religion
  9. Don’t get (very) drunk
  10. Take her some place nice
  11. Be open
  12. Wine and roses

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Stunning Aerial Video of the Amalfi Coast | Ciao Amalfi

Stunning Aerial Video of the Amalfi Coast | Ciao Amalfi | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Take a flight along the beautiful Amalfi Coast in this stunning video created by Drone Experience.
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A guided tour of Rossano

A guided tour of Rossano | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Our tour of Rossano started as a quest for liquorices and ended in friendship and dinner. In between we walked to all the places that makes this town lovable.
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Extreme Passeggiata! The Italian Town That Obsessively Walks in Circles

Extreme Passeggiata! The Italian Town That Obsessively Walks in Circles | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Even though you arrive there, it's not a destination or a location. It is a ritual, and the people of Altamura, an ancient walled town that’s set amid the olive trees and watermelon patches of Southern Italy have a name for it: il Corso, or the Course. It happens every night after the siesta hour, as the Altamurans tuck in shirts or slip on dresses and trickle through the stone streets to Via Federico II di Svevia, the main drag, and start walking up and down.

And up and down. Once a couple or a young family or a group of friends make their way down to the arched gate of the walled city, they merely turn around and walk back up towards the cathedral. Every night, hundreds of townspeople appear to engage in this people-watching merry-go-round, and it’s so populated that there are unwritten rules to keep order: [...]

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'Love Parking' offers Italian couples real lovers' lane

'Love Parking' offers Italian couples real lovers' lane | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Couples in Italy searching for a lovers' lane no longer need to park at some shady spot in the woods or drive up to some remote lookout to fool around — there's now a guarded car park for that!  Love Parking is a seductive business set up in the southern Italian city of Naples, where the streets are not known for being particularly safe for late-night spates of lovemaking, [...]

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Vloasis's curator insight, September 3, 5:46 PM

I suppose it could cover the more advanced stage, when you get kicked-out after a fight and need a place for the night!

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Don't Tell Anyone: The Last Secret Island in All of Italy

Don't Tell Anyone: The Last Secret Island in All of Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Pantelleria is a volcanic island that sits alone in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily and 35 miles east of Tunisia. One of Italy’s southernmost points, its remote location ensures it stays under the radar for most tourists — and even for most Italians.
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What are the most charming small towns in Italy? - Quora

What are the most charming small towns in Italy? - Quora | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

In the vein of What are the most charming small towns in France? I have created this answer, focusing on smaller villages and also presenting, to give it a twist, the local dishes or food/wine you need to try when in that village. The emphasis is on maybe lesser known dishes, products or places.
The villages are in no particular order, classified per region and can be found on my accompanying Google Maps here: Most Charming Villages of Italy

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6 things that create happiness in Italy

6 things that create happiness in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

How much of what we do honestly makes us happy?

48% of our ability to feel happy comes from our parents and grandparents. 40% of our happiness comes from life events. 12% of our ability to live a happy life is all about the choices we make.

On a trip to Italy recently and I found that the things that create happiness in Italy are the same ones every motivational speaker, author and dime store guru has been talking and writing about for years. The difference is that in Italy, they actually live by them, while in the USA, most of us merely talk about them.


  • Sorridere – Smile
  • Essere con persone felici – Hang with happy people.
  • Essere generosi e grati – Be Generous and Grateful
  • Riposo e relax – Rest and Relax
  • Esercizio, dieta e sonno – Exercise, Diet and sleep
  • Fede – Faith
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Italy's Coastal Gems: four jet-set hotels

Italy's Coastal Gems: four jet-set hotels | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Reviews of four jet-set hotels from Portofino south. Il Splendido, Portofino; Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole; Il San Pietro, Positano; and Santa Caterina, Amalfi, have their charms, but most show signs of slippage.
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Katie Parla's Rome: Food & Archeology

A source of both nutrition and pleasure, food is also a booming commercial enterprise with a long, storied history. As the center of a vast Empire, Rome’s ancient harbors were abuzz with various aspects of the food trade as condiments, raw materials and beverages converged on the banks of the Tiber from distant provinces. Livestock was traded and slaughtered for consumption and religious ritual. Join me for a stroll through Rome's ancient cattle market, along the Tiber River and to the Circus Maximus for a sneak peak at my Food & Archeology tour, which explores trade, traffic, and enterprise from antiquity to today.

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Check out the beach that says: "Yes, dogs allowed"

Check out the beach that says: "Yes, dogs allowed" | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
So your four-legged friend can enjoy the beach like you would

Have you ever brought your dog to the beach only to see a sign of your best friend with an “X” on top?

You won’t see any such thing at Italy’s “Baubeach,” one of the few places that welcomes both two-legged and four-legged guests [...]

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Italy's 'Little Jerusalem' Opens The Doors To Jewish History

Italy's 'Little Jerusalem' Opens The Doors To Jewish History | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Today 27 countries are marking the European Day of Jewish Culture. The Tuscan town of Pitigliano is one of the sites involved: it's home to few Jews today, but once housed a thriving Jewish community.[...]

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A Foodie’s Guide to Fall in Umbria

A Foodie’s Guide to Fall in Umbria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Known as the “green heart of Italy,” for its fertile countryside, Umbria is at its gourmet best during the fall harvest season. With a focus on tradition, the beauty of Umbrian cuisine lies in its simplicity and quality ingredients. From truffle hunting to wine tasting, here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the flavors of the season. [...]

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New York Magazine: Why Won’t Italians Have Cappuccino After Dinner?

New York Magazine: Why Won’t Italians Have Cappuccino After Dinner? | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

And seven other mysterious health beliefs examined.

  1. There is something called the colpo d’aria, and it can give you something called cervicale.
  2. You should never leave your house with a wet head.
  3. Having a cappuccino after dinner inhibits digestion.
  4. Sparkling water helps digestion.
  5. A digestivolike an amaro, grappa, or limoncello, really does help you digest.
  6. t’s dangerous to go in the water within three hours of eating, especially for kids.
  7. Putting urine on a sting, especially from a jellyfish, helps it heal.
  8. Air-conditioning makes you sick.
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The Italian Secret: Look Up - by globetrottingmama.com

The Italian Secret: Look Up - by globetrottingmama.com | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

It makes Italy a good place for me. From the buildings you pass on the street to the restored gems tucked behind ropes and alarms, it is a country that is living in its art. And as you walk among the incredible architecturally stunning buildings  you have no choice but to (at least) look twice. [...]

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Italy's Lake Garda Better Than Como? - WSJ

Italy's Lake Garda Better Than Como? - WSJ | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Lago di Garda, with its lack of American tourists and abundance of charming villages reachable by ferry, can be many holidays in one. 

All of which is to say, Lago di Garda is like many vacation spots in Italy: relaxed yet exquisitely indulgent. Still, it can feel like a revelation, especially for an American traveler. [...]

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How To Begin Planning Your Italian Vacation

How To Begin Planning Your Italian Vacation | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

It’s a daunting task, and you’ve been putting it off long enough, but now is the time. You're finally going to plan for that Italian vacation you've been talking and dreaming about for years. But now that you’ve decided to begin, there are so many things you want to see and places you need to book. Where do you start? 

  1. What are the must-see destinations for my first and only trip to Italy?
  2. What sights do I need to book in advance?
  3. What benefits will a traveler see when booking through an agent?
  4. How far in advance should we book?
  5. Do I need trip insurance?
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Planet Appetite: Green Adventures in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Planet Appetite:  Green Adventures in Emilia-Romagna, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Parma Ham, Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar, from Modena, are the traditional reasons for visiting Emilia-Romagna but, lesser known, are the forests, hills and valleys which are perfect for outdoor adventure....
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Stelle di Stelle - a feast of Italian fine dining at Harrods in London

Stelle di Stelle - a feast of Italian fine dining at Harrods in London | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The world-famous department store is to host a pop-up collection of Italy’s most celebrated destination dining rooms. From September 2014 to January 2015, Harrods welcomes five of Italy’s best restaurants to take up residency in the Knightsbridge store. Headlining for one month each, they will provide a special edit of their signature dishes. [...]

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Singer Sting learns how to make pizzas at the cooking school in Mercato Centrale, Florence

Singer Sting learns how to make pizzas at the cooking school in Mercato Centrale, Florence | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Message In A Bottle hitmaker, 62, headed to the class with his wife Trudie Styler and Italian former footballer Paolo Rossi. [...]

The singer recently sparked controversy when it was revealed that he is charging visitors at his Tuscan estate, Il Palagio  to help him pick grapes and olives. [...]


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In Tuscany, Working the Harvest at a Farm Owned by Sting and Trudie Styler

In Tuscany, Working the Harvest at a Farm Owned by Sting and Trudie Styler | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Travelers can participate in grape and olive harvests at a property in Tuscany owned by Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler.
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20 things you have to do in Venice

20 things you have to do in Venice | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
The most romantic, the most picturesque, the most unique city in the world, Venice’s charms have been seducing visitors since the dawn of the Republic. On the eve of the Venice Film Festival., Swide gives you 20 reasons (if you needed any) to head to the lagoon.
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1. Step into the great Renaissance at the Gallerie dell’Accademia
2. Have an aperitivo at a Bacaro, and don’t forget the Spritz
3. Listen to Vivaldi at La Fenice Theatre
4. The city of Palaces
5. Take a tour on the Gondola
6. Sip a Bellini Harry’s Bar
7. Buy in glass in Murano
8. Buy lace in Burano
9. Visit the Guggenheim Collection
10. Freak out at Poveglia
11. Visit the Acqua Alta Bookshop
12. Take in the view from the San Marco bell tower
13. Sample the unique Venetian Cuisine
14. Go to the market on the Giudecca
15. Visit the Ghetto
16. Visit the Caffé Florian and the coffee museum in Saint Marc’s Square
17. Kiss under the Ponte dei Sospiri
18. Take home a Venetian Carnival Mask
19. Visit the Rialto fish market
20. Take a tour of the Grand Canal in a Riva motor boat

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Nice simple list to start with

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De Blasio's Vacation Thrust Small Italian Town Into Spotlight

De Blasio's Vacation Thrust Small Italian Town Into Spotlight | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Mayor Bill de Blasio's Italian vacation this summer certainly made headlines, as he visited the small Italian villages where his ancestors are from. How is the area doing now after it's time in the global spotlight?
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