Sunday, February 8, 2009

More on Milan

Milan is the capital of Lombardy and Italy's second largest city with a population of about 3 million.
Most people visiting Italy go to Tuscany, to Venice or to a few other places, but almost nobody goes to Milan for a holiday. In fact Milan is a busy working city, full of energy and of creativity, but there is more to Milan than Business, Media, Fashion and Design.
You won't notice its beauty at first because it is subtle and hidden away.
You need to open a few gates to make Milan reveal itself. 
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For instance it is a city with a real passion for classic music, Milanese love the Teatro alla Scala and audiences are very knowledgeable about music.  La Scala has been an illustrious opera venue for over two hundred years, a magnificent theatre where everyone who is anyone in the city gladly pay up to 2,400 euros for the first night of the season (December 7th, the day of Saint Ambrosius, Patron of the city).

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In that occasion all the outside balconies and windows are decorated with garlands of fresh flowers and a big crowd gather on the square just to have a glimpse of the happy few and to comment on the choice of fashion.
This year created some gossip the mayor, Letizia Moratti, with a deep low cut Armani  gown (she is always very elegant but most of the time understatement is the key in her wardrobe, being an "old money" lady).
La Scala is not just for Opera but they represent also Ballet and Symphony, with conductors of international fame.
There is also a "Museo teatrale della Scala" where you can see documents, busts, portraits, costumes, instruments, memorabilia and a chance to know what is happening behind the scenes.
Next door is the elegant Ristorante Teatro alla Scala, which will be soon part of another Post but here is an anticipation.

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Music and Food, two of the great pleasures of Life...

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michelle said...

Oh wow...can't wait to see more. I love the mix of classic and modern the Italians do so well. The last image captures that so well.

See you on Tuesday!

BoDy anD SouL said...

Love the surroundings, very classy...


The mercury glass balls in the cubes are so cool.

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