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    A city for discerning visitors

    International style capital, corporate hub, gourmet magnet and cultural mecca – Milan is a city with many faces. Its importance to the global fashion industry has given this chic Italian metropolis a reputation for trendiness, but style luddites will find plenty to love beyond the constellation of big-name designer boutiques.

    In the city centre, Gothic churches, palaces and art museums rub shoulders with Michelin-starred restaurants and molecular cocktail bars. Spend the morning admiring Old Masters, visit an international trade exhibition in the afternoon, then book a seat at the opera or relax in a rustic trattoria with a smooth Negroni.

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    10:00 a.m. - Brioche and espresso

    Via XXV Aprile 5
    Mailand
    Italien
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    Breakfast? No, the Milanese don’t need breakfast. A quick espresso grabbed on the hoof, a swift cappuccino at the bar, perhaps a brioche – and the day can begin. Anything else would just be a waste of time.

    A stylish way to start the day is at Princi, Milan’s first-rate bakery on Piazza Venticinque Aprile, where you can watch the bakers through the glass showcase, busily kneading dough, and see the editors of neighboring Feltrinelli publishing house or fashion designers from any of the many showrooms in the area deep in conversation. Really eye-catching: the staff uniforms which, by the way, were designed by Georgio Armani.

    12:00 a.m. - A stroll through trendy Tortona

    Via Tortona, 35
    20144 Mailand
    Italien
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    The path to hip heaven crosses a rusty old pedestrian bridge covered with graffiti and trendy Tortona awaits the blessed on the other side. Once an industrial, working class district, it now boasts the greatest density of Milan’s hot specialties: Nowhere else is so much fashion, art and design to be found in so small an area. The walk from one end to the other takes no more than 15 minutes – unless the three main parallel streets, Via Savona, Via Tortona and Via Solari, are completely congested, which is actually no rare occurrence. After all, this is where most of the big fashion and design events take place. But any other time, too, you will see models (with their mother), artists (with hat and/or beard) and designers (with a briefcase of their own styling) bustling over the cobblestones, jostling their way to auditions or sputtering on their moped toward their drawing board, where yet more collections are designed behind gigantic computer screens and bales of cloth. But the best thing of all here is that aside from the marketing departments, showrooms and press offices of the likes of big brands Closed, Diesel and Stella McCartney, Tortona still has some of those small studios and avant-garde creative workshops, specialist boutiques and traditional restaurants that lend the district its very special charm.

    02:00 p.m. - Lunch at Luini

    Luini Panificio
    Via S. Radegonda 16
    20121 Mailand, Italien
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    Luini’s panzerotti are legendary. Signor Luini has been serving the snack, which looks rather like a calzone, since 1949. Back then, he had only just arrived in the fashion center, bringing with him the tasty specialty from his native Apulia. Generations upon generations have been beating a path to his little shop just a few steps away from La Scala and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele every lunchtime ever since. You may to bring a little patience for the wait in line, but your palate will thank you for it.

    03:00 p.m. - (Window-)Shopping

    Milan is Italy’s fashion city, so it would almost be a sin to fly home without getting yourself at least one of those fancy designer shopping bags. For a first impression, take a stroll down Corso Venezia, where you can gaze into the windows of Prada and Dolce & Gabbana and watch the chic fashion set mince down the street on stilettos. Once arrived at the “Golden Triangle,” fashion addicts will be spoilt for choice: Via Montenapoleone, Via Andrea, Via Gesù? Whichever street you take, luxury boutiques await you – from Armani and Ferragamo to Gucci and Versace. In early January especially, the crush is so great that lines form outside the stores and sales assistants have to close the doors: That’s when the saldi, the winter sales begin, with price reductions of up to 50 percent.

    06:00 p.m. - Aftershopping-Aperitif

    Corso Como, 10
    20154 Mailand
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    At 6pm, it’s closing time for Milan’s stores – and the time when city folks breathe a sigh of relief and head for their favorite bar. These golden hours are collectively known as “aperitivo,” something on the lines of the “happy hour” popular in other countries but without the cut-price connotation. The after-work principle: The cocktail, glass of bubbly or, not so common, mineral water, is served with antipasti ranging from plates of cheese and olives or prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella to substantial buffets. If, as a typical Milanese woman, one were not figure conscious for one thing and heading out to a dinner date later on for another, one could already eat one’s fill here. Professionals take things a little slower and head on over to the current epicenter of chic, the 10 Corso Como. Sure, other bars would be cheaper and offer a more select choice of antipasti, but that is not the point. To experience the ultra hip Milan, you have to slip into your most expensive high heels, shake out your hair and flash a smile at the security guard on the door. Inside the courtyard amid the lush greenery, small, fine-limbed tables and equally fine-limbed beauties dressed in astronomically expensive outfits, there is as much to see as at a regular fashion show.

    08:00 p.m. - Die Stunde der Genießer

    Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 55
    20143 Mailand
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    The best Italian restaurant in town right now is not Italian at all, it’s run by a Hungarian. Not that you would know it, looking at chef Matias Perdomo, and anyway, after over ten years here, he is as good as naturalized now. When he first arrived in the city, the creative young chef took over the traditional restaurant Al Pont de Ferr on Naviglio Grande and transformed it from a “good Italian” into a place of pilgrimage. The restaurant has lost none of its original charm – its unpretentious entrance looks like an oversized window with iron bars dividing it into glass squares. Pieces of paper stuck to the panes inform guests about the lunchtime menu or the available wines. Above the entrance, in art nouveau lettering, stands the legend “Osteria con Cucina.” Inside, the gourmet diners sit on wooden chairs at tables laid with paper place settings. What is new, however, is what arrives on the plate. A dessert shaped like Lego pieces, for example, or a dish called “Admiration for Miró,” consisting of boiled squid garnished with eggplant and parsley that looks deceptively like one of the famous artist’s paintings. But then, any of the dishes here could pass for an artwork. Milan appreciates such inventiveness, so advance reservation is a must.

    10:00 p.m. - It’s Partytime

    Via Gargano, 15
    20139 Mailand
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    After ten is when Milan requests the pleasure of a dance. Buffets are cleared away, tables pushed to one side and the music turned up. Some places even close for half an hour while the bar morphs into a small club. There are plenty of options for this last stage of the evening. One of them deserves the attribute “legendary,” and that’s the Plastic. After a two-month break, the club has reopened on new premises and from Friday to Sunday draws a colorful crowd, from 6-foot drag queens, the full spectrum of supermodels and the super-rich down to eccentric street artists. Emanating from the speakers inside, you won’t hear any droning Italian boom-boom disco music, but the finest in electronic music – and the three dance floors tremble beneath the feet of the partygoers who, with arms stretched high and wild moves, pay homage to the DJ. But to be clear on one thing, while visiting Milan and leaving this club out is not a punishable offence, it certainly constitutes gross negligence.

    11:00 p.m. - Und sonst?

    Via Antonio Pasinetti, 4
    20141 Mailand
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    Where to now? If you prefer to behave like a sensible grown-up with style, then the Salumeria della Musica, deemed by Down Beat magazine to be one of the world’s 100 best jazz clubs, will be right up your street. Around half past ten at night, big names like Danilo REa, Giovanni Tommaso and Flavio Boltro warm up for the final act of a magical night. Those women of the world – and now we are talking about the typical Milan night club – who favor a tantalizing combo of VIPs, magnum champagne bottles and a scintillating atmosphere, will don a little black dress and seek out the trendsetter when it comes to sheer decadence: the elegant Bobino Club. With its dark leather sofas and magnificent terrace, it is worth every cent of its 12-euro drinks. Musically speaking, the style here is more middle-of-the-road to traditional: lounge music, guitar sounds and mellow Italian balladeers live – these, too, can be the ingredients for a notte magiche.

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    Pinacoteca di Brera

    Via Brera 28
    20121 Mailand
    Italien
    Tel.: 02 7226 3264
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 0830-1915

    Home to works by Raphael, Caravaggio and Mantegna, this is one of the most impressive collections of artistic masterpieces in Italy.

    Duomo di Milano

    Piazza del Duomo 16
    20122 Mailand
    Italien
    Tel.: 02 7202 3375
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1900

    It took an incredible 500 years to construct Milan’s Duomo – the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and undoubtedly the most spectacular building in the city. Visitors can see the roof, with its 3,500 statues and 135 spires, as well as explore a network of underground chambers.

    Teatro alla Scala

    Via Filodrammatici 2
    20121 Mailand
    Italien
    Tel.: 02 88791
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    Opening times:
    Various

    This famous opera house is at the heart of Milan’s cultural scene. Nab an affordable seat at one of the world-class performances here by visiting the box office before noon on the day of a performance and requesting a gallery ticket.

    Castello Sforzesco

    Piazza Castello
    27029 Mailand
    Italien
    Tel.: 02 8846 3700
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1900 (summer)
    0700-1800 (winter)

    Built in the 15th century for the Sforza-Visconti ruling families of Milan, this regal red-brick castle today houses three municipal museums. Make a beeline for the Museum of Historic Art, where you’ll find Michelangelo’s unfinished Pietà Rondanina.

    Santa Maria delle Grazie

    Via Giuseppe Antonio Sassi 3
    20123 Mailand
    Italien
    Tel.: 02 4676 1125
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0815-1900

    This UNESCO World Heritage-listed church is most famous for housing Leonardo da Vinci’s epic masterpiece The Last Supper.

    San Siro Stadium

    Piazzale Angelo Moratti
    20151 Mailand
    Italien
    Tel.: 02 4879 8201
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Visit during the Italian Premier League season for the chance to see home teams AC Milan and Internazionale play at this world-renowned football stadium. The museum is also worth a visit for its vast collection of memorabilia.

    Cimitero Monumentale

    Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale
    20100 Mailand
    Italien
    Tel.: 02 8846 5600
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0800-1800

    When the Milanese pace of life gets too hectic, take some time out to stroll around the peaceful Monumental Cemetery. Illustrious residents include Toscanini, novelist Alessandro Manzoni and poet Salvatore Quasimodo.

    Civico Museo Archeologico

    Corso Magenta 15
    20123 Mailand
    Italien
    Tel.: 02 8844 5208
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1730

    Containing a stretch of the old Roman city walls, as well as a miscellaneous collection of ancient Roman and Greek artifacts, this archaeological museum spans the entire history of Milan.

    Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio

    Piazza Sant'Ambrogio 15
    20123 Mailand
    Italien
    Tel.: 02 8645 0895
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1200 and 1430-1800
    Sun 1500-1700

    This monumental church is one of the world’s few remaining intact Roman basilicas. The highlight is a decorative canopy with Byzantine Lombard stuccowork.

    Biblioteca Ambrosiana

    Piazza Pio XI 2
    20123 Mailand
    Italien
    Tel.: 02 806 921
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1000-1730

    Bibliophiles will love this historic library, which is also home to an art gallery packed with Old Masters.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Key facts

    Area: 301,340 sq km (116,348 sq miles).

    Population: 61.5 million (2013).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2014 period.

    Public holiday note:
    In addition, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24 Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7 Dec (St Ambrose)
    Siena: 2 Jul and 16 Aug, Palio horserace
    Venice: 25 Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4 Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19 Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6 Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15 Jul (St Rosalia)

    Rome: 29 Jun (St Peter)
    Trieste: 3 Nov (St Giusto)

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2014
    Epiphany: 6 January 2014
    Easter Monday: 21 April 2014
    Liberation Day: 25 April 2014
    Labour Day: 1 May 2014
    Republic Day: 2 June 2014
    Assumption: 15 August 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 25 October 2014
    Immaculate Conception: 8 December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2014
    St Stephen’s Day: 26 December 2014

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    The Aeolian archipelago

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    The great journey: Italy's most beautiful islands

    Lufthansa flies twice a week from Munich to Catania (CTA), Sicily, and in some cases, several times daily non-stop from Munich and Frankfurt to Naples (NAP). Transfer buses take travelers to the ports of Milazzo and Naples, where ferries and speedboats depart for the Aeolian Islands.

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    Glowing lava, bubbling mud pools, enchanting scenery: The gods created seven islands off the northern coast of Sicily. Each one is very different from the next, but all have a direct line to the underworld. The Aeolian Archipelago, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, is part of a volcanic chain stretching from Mount Vesuvius to Mount Etna. Join us on a trip through the islands, where we encounter fishermen, fire spewers and a pool of stars fallen from the sky

    Day 1 – Tour of Salina: An island with real character

    Clara Rametta’s guardian angel must certainly have its hands full. Why? Because Clara, as everyone on Salina calls her, still drives a car – or at least what’s left of her 20-year-old Suzuki Santana. Inside, the plastic fittings are full of holes; outside, the rust has eaten through the white paint in many places and the tires are so bald they are just crying out to be replaced. “I love my Jeep,” the dynamic 61-year-old protests, revving the engine. With Clara at the wheel, every cat and dog on the streets of Salina had better run for cover because the mother of two drives fast and takes little notice of traffic signs.

    Clara runs the Signum hotel in Malfa. She also organizes a caper festival and a film festival, and co-founded the Museum of Emigration in Malfa. “I just can’t sit still,” she explains “I never could as a child, either.”

    Clara grew up on Salina, then moved to Rome and to the United States, but couldn’t shake her homesickeness, which only grew stronger. So she returned to the greenest of the Aeolian Islands, the only one with natural freshwater springs.

    Today she is on her way to see Salvatore D’Amico in Leni for some shopping. The 64-year-old produces capers, olive oil and wine. The lava soil on Salina is very rich in minerals. “Wine pro- duced from grapes grown here has lots of character,” D’Amico says, “I can taste the difference.” Some evenings, Rametta drives out to Pollara, a village on the west coast of Salina. Here, some 13000 years ago, a volcanic crater tipped halfway into the sea, creating a natural amphitheater. The movie Il Postino: The Postman was filmed in Pollara in the 1990s. Clara comes here to find peace. Her guardian angel must enjoy it here, too.

    Day 2 – Salina/Panarea/Stromboli: Warm greetings from the underworld

    It’s early morning, and the water laps gently against the quay in Santa Marina Salina as a hydrofoil appears in the distance. These fast boats connect the Aeolian Islands with each other, serving people as buses. But when the weather is bad, they sometimes don’t run for days on end. Luckily, it’s a nice day today. Tourists and local people board, some of them bound for Panarea, the smallest of the main Aeolian Islands, but most are heading for Stromboli, the only active volcano in the archipelago. It actually spits out lava every 20 minutes or so, and you can spot the clouds of smoke above the crater from a long way off.

    “We have a lot of respect for Stromboli,” says Domenico Russo, “we know how dangerous it can be.” The 91-year-old is sitting on the terrace of the La Sirenetta hotel, not far from the Dolce & Gabbana estate. Russo experienced the raw force of the volcano when it erupted on September 11, 1930, spewing smoke that turned the sky black, shrouded the island in ash and killed three people.

    Russo never willingly climbed the volcano, but on two occasions, when high winds forced his ship to land on the far side of the island, that was the only way home.

    Russo married the island doctor’s daughter, became a teacher and moved to Rome, but has always returned each summer to Stromboli. “I know many islands, but this one is special. Everywhere, you can sense its power and energy,” the old man explains, “I feel a lot fitter when I’m here.” It was the movie Stromboli, starring Ingrid Bergman, that turned the island into a legend. Russo actually met the actress in 1949, when she came to the island for three months and rented his sister’s house. During the shoot, she and director Roberto Rossellini began their famous love affair – an absolute scandal because both of them were married. “She was so young and pretty, we couldn’t understand what she saw in Rossellini,” Russo recalls.

    Day 3 – Stromboli/Lipari: Spurred on by anger

    A new day breaks and we visit a new island: Lipari. Its volcanoes have been dormant for 1300 years, but there’s a bright sparkle in Francesco D’Ambra’s eyes. The blond, curly-headed 54-year-old (stage name Figliodoro, golden son) is sitting in a cafe in the fishing harbor, trying to put his life into words. This is no easy task because it has taken so many twists and turns. As a young man, D’Ambra left Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, and went to Cannes. He worked as a dishwasher, met Anthony Quinn and began to dream of becoming an actor. Back on Lipari, he set fire to the town hall. “I wanted to protest against injustice,” he explains, “I was a very angry young man.” He was arrested, served his time and on his release, began working as a fisherman – until he started feeling sorry for the fish he caught. After trying all kinds of odd jobs, he opened a barbeque on Praia Vinci beach, but the beach has been closed since 2010, when a couple of tremors caused some rocks to fall.

    D’Ambra doesn’t need a lot of money to get by: “I’m rich,” he says, “because I have nothing.” But his dream of acting has come true. He has played in a handful of films, including Kaos, made by the brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. He has also worked with Vittorio’s daughter, Giovanna. If all goes to plan, he will play a fisherman in her next film, and he would like to direct a movie about werewolves someday. Until then, he’s content to bide his time and hope Praia Vinci will soon reopen. Something will come up, it always does. D’Ambra is still angry, but today his anger helps him to live his life, he says – it helps him to survive.

    Day 4 – Lipari/Alicudi/Filicudi/Lipari: Fantastic islands and island fantasies

    Lipari awakens slowly. Small shops open up, tourists wander through the narrow, winding streets leading from the old fortress down to the harbor, where the Eolian Star is casting off. Its passengers have booked a tour of the islands: from Lipari to Alicudi and Filicudi, and back to Lipari. Seen from the water, the island looks surprisingly wild. In fact, the entire archipelago has lost none of its rugged charm: everywhere the eye can see, lava rock formations and small houses and towns dotted with cactuses, and orange, lemon and almond trees. No sign of highrise hotels or other architectural sins. That’s because the Aeolian Islands have strict laws stipulating that a new building may only be built on the site of an old one. This is why it’s expensive to buy property on the islands, which have roughly 14000 inhabitants. Not that the islanders were always well off – far from it. Stricken with poverty, thousands packed up and left.

    An hour later, the Eolian Star docks in Alicudi, the most westerly of the main Aeolian Islands, which has a total population of just 100. There’s just a handful of cars parked on the quay because the island only has a couple of meters of asphalt road. Donkeys carry sacks of cement to a building site. A path of lava rock leads up the slope away from the water toward small shops and flat-roofed houses. It’s wonderfully quiet up here, no sound except for the wind, the waves and the twittering of birds. What would it be like to leave everything behind and move here forever? The island makes you think about such things. It’s hard to resist its call.

    Day 5 – Lipari/Vulcano: At home on the sea

    The lives of the the Aeolian islanders (Aeolus was the Greek god of wind), are influenced by the elements – and it shows. “I love the sea, it gives you so much,” says Bartolomeo Greco “if I spend too much time on land I start to feel uncomfortable.” The 43-year-old fisherman and father of three sails his motor boat along the coast toward Vulcano, apart from Stromboli the only active volcano in the archipelago. Thousands of fragments of pumice stone float in the water, washed there by the heavy rainfall several days before. Like the other fishermen here, Greco doesn’t use a dragnet, but the fish in the deep waters around the islands are nevertheless becoming scarce because of the vast quantities of plastic trash and other waste that causes the death of dolphins and sea turtles, in particular. “What I wish for most is for people to respect the sea and to protect it,” says Greco.

    Greco is a religious man and always crosses himself before setting out in his boat. He has often found himself at God’s mercy, when the wind whipped up giant waves and each gust was stronger than the last. In the harbor of Vulcano, in Roman mythology the forge of the god of fire, yellowish-beige boulders gleam in the sunlight as we approach Vulcano harbor. Hot steam rises from giant holes in the ground, the air smells like rotten eggs, like hell, like sulfur. Dozens of visitors are lying in a natural fango pool, in hopes of feeling the mud’s therapeutic effect. This volcano, Fossa, last erupted in 1890 and has been dormant ever since. A cloud of steam clearly visible above the cone indicates that the fire is still smoldering deep in the earth.

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    Nightlife in Milan

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    Surprisingly for a fashion industry hub, the nightlife scene in Milan revolves around good food and drink rather

    than clubbing and debauchery. Still, there are plenty of places to go if you really want to let your hair down.

    Dolce & Gabbana Gold

    Via Carlo Poerio 2/A
    20129 Mailand
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    Start your night with an aperitif at this perennially chic bar and restaurant.

    Trattoria Toscana

    Corso di Porta Ticinese 58
    20123 Mailand
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    Soak up the Italian ambience and rub shoulders with a hip crowd at this lively little trattoria.

    Nottingham Forest

    Viale Piave 1
    20129 Mailand
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    This modern molecular cocktail venue was recently voted among the world’s top 50 bars.

    Discoteca Alcatraz

    Via Valtellina 25
    20159 Mailand
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    A vast, sprawling dance venue with regular live concerts.

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    Restaurants in Milan

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    Whether you’re looking to relax in a rustic osteria, indulge in some world-class haute cuisine or

    simply relax on the pavement with a glass of wine and watch the world go by, Milan has an eatery to suit your tastes.

    Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia

    Via Privata Raimondo Montecuccoli 6
    20147 Mailand
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    Price: Expensive

    Recently awarded two Michelin stars, this restaurant showcases traditional Tuscan cuisine at its best.

    Alla Cucina delle Langhe

    Corso Como 6
    20154 Mailand
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    Price: Moderate

    Reportedly fashion designer Tom Ford’s favourite eatery, this is a hipster hangout serving classic Italian food.

    Ristorante Brellin

    Vicolo dei Lavandai
    Alzai Naviglio Grande 14
    20144 Mailand
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    Price: Moderate

    A romantic, candlelit restaurant on the edge of the Grand Canal.

    Luini

    Luini Panificio
    Via S. Radegonda 16
    20121 Milan, Italy
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    Prise: cheap

    This pint-sized restaurant-cum-bakery is famous for its scrumptious panzerotto (folded pizza dough stuffed with cheese and tomatoes).

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    Calendar of events

    Inauguration Of The Opera Season

    December 2013

    Venue: Teatro alla Scala

    Opens on Milan’s feast day, the Festa di Sant’Ambrogio, with celebrations all over the city and at the Fiera di Milano, the city’s trade centre.

    Natale In Fiera (Christmas Fair)

    21 November 2013 – 7 January 2014

    Event cost: Free

    Venue: Centre of Milan

    Milan really goes to town at Christmas time, making it a magical time of year to visit the city. Everything from stalls, folklore shows, acrobatic displays to jazz, cabaret and concerts are featured during the end of the year. There is a Wonderland Village in the historic center from early December through January with a market, ice-skating rink, and entertainment. ‘Oh Bej, Oh Bej’ is a big market with several hundred stalls held near Castello Sforzesco on or around 7 December.

    Milan Food & Wine Festival

    8-10 February 2014

    Event Website

    Venue: Mico, Milano Congressi

    Only in its second year, the Food & Wine Festival is designed for the public. A select number of chefs prepare their dishes live and illustrate their skills infront of an appreciative audience. More than 100 of the most famous Italian vineyard owners will work along with 20 chefs and pastry chefs and produce some unforgettable menus.

    Carnevale Ambrosiano

    4-8 March 2014

    Piazza Duomo

    Milan’s Ambrosian Carnival is the world’s longest carnival, with celebrations culminating in a procession to the Duomo. Celebrated by young and old alike, it features a traditional parade of floats, street performances, tram rides and children’s games.

    Milan Marathon

    6 April 2014

    Event cost: Free to spectate

    Event Website

    Venue: Throughout the city

    An annual, challenging long-distance race through Milan city centre.

    Milano Cortili Aperti (Milan Open Courtyards)

    26 May 2014

    Venue: Milan’s historic centre

    Private residences organise special openings for the public.

    Festa Del Naviglio (Naviglio Festival)

    June 2014

    Venue: Naviglio

    Large summer fête including torchlight processions, folk music, dancing and crafts.

    Milan Jazzin' Festival

    June/July 2014

    Venue: Various venues

    Big-name jazz festival in Milan with international stars.

    Formula 1 Grand Prix

    5-7 September 2014

    Event Website

    Venue: Monza

    A lot of energy and excitement surrounds the Italian Grand Prix, which takes place on a track in Monza, about 10 miles from Milan.

    Milan Film Festival (MFF)

    September 2014

    Event Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Established in 1996, the Milano Film Festival has grown from being a short film competition open to young Milanese filmmakers to showcasing full-length feature films in a wide variety of genres and formats.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

    Hotels in Milan

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    From plush pads catering for travelling executives to achingly hip backstreet boutiques, Milan’s hotel scene is geared towards the luxury end

    of the market. Budget finds are thin on the ground, but there are some charming hidden bargains if you know where to look.

    Bulgari

    Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7b
    20121 Milan
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    The epitome of understated glamour is well worth splashing out on.

    Hotel Straf

    Via San Raffaele 3
    20121 Milan
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Design hotel Straf is a favourite with the international fashion aristocracy.

    Grand Hotel Puccini

    Corso Buenos Aires 33
    20124 Milan
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Designed around an art deco theme, this is a reliable mid-range option.

    Townhouse 31

    Via Carlo Goldoni 31
    20129 Milan
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    This converted 19th-century Palazzo is one of the cosiest places to stay in Milan.

    Sunflower

    Piazzale Lugano 10
    20158 Milan
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    This business-centric hotel combines good facilities with rock-bottom prices.

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    The five best cafés in Milan

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    There’s more to Milan than a fashion and design metropolis. When it comes to savoring coffee, the Milanese are veritable masters of the art. A caffeine guide to the city’s most appealing cafés.

    Let’s get started with some essentials:  To order an espresso in Milan, you say “un caffè, per favore.”

    If you want a coffee, you ask for an “americano.” Cappuccino is drunk only in the morning. After noon, the milky beverage tends to be frowned upon.

    Now all you need to do is address your wishes to the barrista in a good strong voice so that they will be heard – this is no place for false modesty.

    Pasticceria Marchesi

    Via S. Maria alla Porta, 11/a
    20121 Mailand
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    Coffee has been ground here since the early 19th century – and the staff almost look as though they had been around right from the start. You won’t find a table here, but you will be able to feast your eyes on panettone and delicious cookies while you sip your coffee at the bar.

    Pasticceria Cucchi

    Corso Genova, 1
    20123 Mailand
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    Many Milanese swear by the coffee and croissants served at Cucchi. The café has been in the family since 1936, and Signor Cucchi the patriarch, still presides over the till. After a stroll on Corso Genova, it’s good to stretch your legs on the terrace here and savor an espresso or an aperitif.

    Pasticceria Taveggia

    Via Uberto Visconti Di Modrone, 2
    20122 Mailand
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    Candelabras hang from the ceiling, long green drapes create a cozy atmosphere, and the glass display cases of the old-established Pasticceria Taveggia are crammed full of delicious cakes and fragrant paninis. The bar is the best spot to enjoy the truly excellent coffee in the morning. Afternoon guests are advised to take a seat at one of the tables, relax and sample the budino di riso – the rice pudding is simply out of this world!

    Pasticceria Gattullo

    Piazzale di Porta Lodovica, 2
    20136 Mailand
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    If you like crowds, you’ll like Gattullo. The café close to Bocconi University is always packed. So if you would like to get a seat, the morning is the best time to come. If you’re a nostalgia or retro fan, you’ll also love the look because this place still has its original 1960s decor. Well worth sampling: the paninis.

    Pasticceria Bastianello

    Via Borgogna, 5
    20122 Mailand
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    The charm and splendor of the 1950s await guests at the Bastianello. In fact, it would almost be a shame just to drink a coffee here. Although the cappuccinos are among the creamiest in town, the tartlets and cakes are simply too heavenly not to resist temptation.

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    Climate and best time to visit Milan

    Sultry in summer, frosty and festive in winter, Milan is a year-round destination. The city is at its buzziest during the semi-annual fashion week, which takes place in spring and autumn and attracts the crème de la crème of the international style elite. The Premier League football season draws crowds of beer-quaffing tourists to the San Siro Stadium from September onwards, while the crisp winter months are enlivened by carnivals, a celebrity-studded opera season and one of the biggest Christmas markets in Italy. During June, July and August, visitors can enjoy open-air street festivals, park concerts and a diverse outdoor movie programme.

    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Shopping in Milan

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    Key areas

    One of the linchpins of the international fashion scene, Milan is a shopaholic’s dream destination. The city’s designer stores are clustered around the golden highway that is the Via Montenapoleone – here, big names like Armani and Versace rub shoulders with super-luxe Italian boutiques. Stroll around the surrounding streets of Via della Spiga and Via Sant’Andrea for more designer retail therapy, or head to the more affordable Corso Vittorio Emanuele to find top-end, high-street labels.

    Markets

    Every Saturday, wharf-side Viale d’Annunzio is packed with stalls selling everything from old furniture to second-hand clothes for the Fiera di Senigallia flea market. If you’re in town for the last Sunday of the month, the antique exhibition market along the Alzaia Naviglio Grande is well worth a look.

    Shopping centres

    The Galleria Vittoria Emanuel II is the oldest mall in the world, and the most famous in Milan. Other shopping centres worth a visit include La Rinascente and 10 Corso Como.

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    My Milan

    If you enjoy romantic dinners as much as I do, you should try to reserve one of the coveted seats in the ATMosfera.

    It’s a historical streetcar that has been turned into a restaurant, which slowly winds its way through the city in the evenings.

    (reservations at atm.it)

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    Julia Giusti, flight attendant, Milan

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Norberto Dr. Fasulo
    Via S. Francesco Di Assisi 10
    20122 Milano
    Italy
    Tel. + Fax +39-02-5830-0825

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Getting around

    Public transport

    A slick and extensive public transport system operated under the aegis of Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (tel: 02 4803 8345; www.atm.it) makes it easy to get from A to B. The integrated ticketing system covers the metro, bus, trolleybus and tram, with tickets available from metro stations, bus stops, cafés and newsagents. Passes can be purchased at ATM rail offices and are valid for one or two days.

    Taxis

    Milanese taxis are famously difficult to hail, so it’s best to book over the phone with a reputable company such as Radiotaxi (tel: 02 6969) or Autoradio (tel: 02 8585). Tipping isn’t usually necessary.

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