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Symbolism Exhibit at Palazzo Reale in Milan

Symbolism Exhibit at Palazzo Reale in Milan

One cannot truly understand a culture until they have visited the museums, which aim to represent it. Such is the significance of Italy’s art museums. In Italy, there are a plethora: from the massive Uffizi in Florence, to the quaint Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, the majestic Palazzo Reale in Milan or the inimitable Musei Vatican in Rome. Nevertheless, one will never be short of art museums in Italy.... »

Outlawed gentleman – Stories and Legends of Milan

Outlawed gentleman – Stories and Legends of Milan

Ezio Barbieri and “La Banda della Aprilia Nera” A long time ago Milan’s neighborhood “Isola” (island) was isolated from the rest of the city – due to the railway crossing it – and it was inhabited by very poor people, “la classe operaia” (blue collars). When the situation got worse, after the Second World War, delinquency started spreading throughout the neighborhood. In the bars... »

Bengali New Year – Consul General of Bangladesh

Bengali New Year – Consul General of Bangladesh

Happy Independence Day & Bengali New Year from Consul General of Bangladesh On the auspicious occasion of Bangladesh Independence and National Day, I would like to extend my warm wishes to the readers of Easy Milano. At the same time, on behalf of all the Bangladeshi citizens in Northern Italy, I wish to pay deep homage to the valiant freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the sake of ... »

Carlina – Stories and Legends of Milan

Carlina – Stories and Legends of Milan

Carlina was a young girl from the Lake of Como, more precisely from Schignano. At the time and in those areas, according to custom, young brides dressed in black – and not in white as you are used to seeing today – this was to go unnoticed and avoid brutes taking advantage of them in their youth. All dressed in black Carlina and Renzino, her young husband, came to Milan to visit the Duomo and see ... »

The Secret Price of History

The Secret Price of History

Most of us would agree that you can consider yourself well integrated into a new country when you stop translating back and forth from your native language and culture. Yet for a handful of assimilated expats, the translating not only continues but becomes a life passion. This is definitely the case for Gayle Ridinger, an American journalist turned professional translator and university instructor... »

Maneuvering in the Italian Health Care System

Maneuvering in the Italian Health Care System

Italians health care may not appear as efficient and well managed as other countries, but considering its comprehensiveness, low ‘out of pocket cost’ and overall quality, it probably should get more credit than it does. Even though Italians often complain about the Italian health care system, Italy ranks 2nd in the “World Health Organization ranking of health systems”. Though undoubtedly turning t... »

Sri Lanka opens its first consulate in Milan

Sri Lanka opens its first consulate in Milan

A message from Consul General Mrs. Pradeepa Saram To foster bilateral relations with Italy and serve the large Sri Lankan expatriate community, the Government of Sri Lanka established its Consulate General in Milan with effect from 1st February 2016. I am honoured to be the first Consul General of Sri Lanka in Milan, the financial and economic capital of Italy. Sri Lanka’s Consulate General is the... »

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Bobby McDonagh, Ambassador of Ireland to Italy

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Bobby McDonagh, Ambassador of Ireland to Italy

As the Irish Ambassador to Italy, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to Easy Milano readers on the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day. I am particularly conscious as we celebrate our national day this year that we are also celebrating the centenary year of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, an important step on the road to Irish independence. The Rising was a seminal moment in Irish history. A see... »

History, wine and nature in a glass… or two!

History, wine and nature in a glass… or two!

As they say, life’s too short to drink bad wine, which is a perfect reason for visiting Val Tidone! Just an hour’s drive south of Milan will put you in the center of a landscape that is characterized by endless waves of vineyard creating glorious panoramas. The terroir of the Val Tidone is perfect for growing the vines that produce the famous wines of the Colli Piacentini, and many prestigio... »

Italian Names and their Onomastico

Italian Names and their Onomastico

Have you ever noticed that many Italians have the same name and most of them are named after a Saint? It is not lack of imagination, but a strong influence of their tradition. As we all know, Italy is one of the country with Catholic customs, one of these is the celebration of the Onomastico or Name Day. It is a person’s Saint Day, as each day is dedicated to a Saint in the Catholic religion, and ... »