Whenever I tell people that I live in Italy, I’m met with oohs and ahhs and, “Italians are so fashionable!” My reality is that I live in a tiny town where I’m often transported back to the ‘80s. Perhaps it is a good thing, because it squashes my urge to shop. Until I hop the train to Milan, that is. Stepping off the metro at Via Montenapoleone is like walking in to runway fashion show. Elegant European women strut down the avenue in couture, Dior handbags dangling off their slender arms. It can be a little daunting, but with the help of an expert local guide on a Milan Fashion Tour, you’ll have the confidence to shop until you drop.
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February 17, 2015
January 13, 2015
One of the best ways to get your bearings in a place is to get up high – really high. Looking down over a city gives you a chance to see how one monument relates to another in space, not to mention the ability to see what might lie in the distance beyond the city limits. In Milan, you can climb to the top of the Duomo for a look around, but to get an even better view you’ve got to take to the skies – with, for instance, a hot air balloon flight.
January 6, 2015
Milan may be home to one of the most delicately ornate cathedrals on earth and the exquisite “Last Supper” fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, but on the whole this isn’t a city known for its laid back qualities. This is Italy’s financial and business (not to mention fashion) center, and the pace can be a little fast for those of you who want to spend your vacation in a relaxing way. You don’t have to suffer through it, however, or skip the city entirely – just plan on spending a little time in one of the luxurious spas in Milan after a day or two of sightseeing to get your relaxation back on track.
December 10, 2014
You could count me in the moment I saw the photo of the bright red train chugging along through Switzerland. On the Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan, the train ride is only part of the package – it’s so much more than a rail tour. Before stepping on the train, you first venture up north by bus, through the Lake District to the northern Italian town of Tirano, nestled amongst the Alps. From there, it’s all aboard the Bernina Express, a UNESCO world heritage route that travels through the Alps to the town of St. Moritz. Two countries and a handful of different towns all in one day? Right up my alley!
October 15, 2014
The first stop in our Leonardo da Vinci walking tour of Milan was to the museum of the Codex Atlanticus. Made famous in recent years from the novel and Hollywood film the Codex Atlanticus is a collection of his notes and sketches. After his death the thousands of drawing and sketches were scattered. Recently collectors have brought them back to Milan and reassembled portions of his work. The sketches on display in the museum are from a period of time when Leonardo was experimenting with optics.
September 30, 2014
Wines in Italy are named after the region in which they were made rather than just by the grape used. For example Chaniti, one of the country’s most popular wines, is made in the Chanit region where it takes its name. In other parts of the world the wine takes the name of the grape if that were the case Chainti would be called Sangiovese since it is made from a majority of Sangiovese grapes. On our wine tasting in Milan we tried wines from the Chieti, and Salento regions of Italy.
May 6, 2014
Milan is truly a unique and upcoming city. A half-day tour of Milan is the perfect way to see all the sites in a compact amount of time, and it finishes early enough to partake in Milan’s famous aperitivo or “happy hour” scene.
April 22, 2014
A truly special experience is when you get to know and spend time with someone that originates from where you are visiting. That’s just what I got during my Italian cooking class in Milan. Chef Clara Raimondi opens up her adorable Milanese apartment with a sincere, warm welcome to anyone who is willing to put in a bit of work, make some new friends, and learn how to cook some true Italian food!
October 29, 2013
Milan is home to one of the world’s great opera houses, La Scala. Opera is something of an acquired taste, however, and if it doesn’t quite suit your palate – or if tickets to see a performance at La Scala are too expensive or difficult to come by – you can still enjoy a visit to the theater with a tour of its museum.