Il progetto

“L’Italia è il nostro partner naturale perché qui tutti parlano italiano e perché i nostri stili di vita sono gli stessi dell’Italia dei vostri nonni.” Edi Rama

Il progetto CipmoMEDITERRANEO. LO SPECCHIO DELL’ALTRO” è stato accolto con grande entusiasmo dal corpo docente e dagli studenti, in quanto foriero di arricchimento per il PTOF di una scuola fortemente multiculturale quale il Bertarelli Ferraris; appariva ed è stata un’attività specialistica per l’attivazione di una mentalità interculturale; sarebbe stato possibile “normare” le tante attività educative didattiche tradizionali con attività di ricerca integrate e intereagenti che permettono, crediamo, la crescita personale e della comunità scolastica. Il Progetto nato per sperimentare nuove azioni di educazione alla cittadinanza e di formazione all’Intercultura, ha legato il Bertarelli alla quarta sponda del Mediterraneo, l’Albania con la prestigiosa “Petro Nini Luarasi School“.
I giornali e le nostre colleghe albanesi ci dicono che in Albania più di 20mila italiani fanno business, lavorano, e studiano. Le Università italiane – Cattolica, Federico II per es.- sono presenti a vario titolo a Tirana, ed infine in Italia vivono centinaia di migliaia di albanesi. E’ apparsa inoltre un’ottima occasione anche per la vocazione turistica del Bertarelli, indagare possibilità di soggiorno sulle coste balcaniche.

Il gemellaggio degli studenti si è svolto parallelamente ad un percorso di formazione che ha fornito strumenti critici ai docenti, per la comprensione dei contesti socio-politici del Medio Oriente e del Mediterraneo; in classe tutto il cdc ha collaborato ad un approfondimento della tematica “Albania” con lezioni extra di geo-storia, geo-politica, arte e letteratura; gli studenti della 4^TA hanno deciso di usare wapp per dialogare con libertà con i nuovi amici di tastiera. Sono stati attivati alcuni gruppi di lavoro/studio e ricerca – azione che, su indicazioni fornite dai docenti referenti, hanno portato alla stesura di un diario di bordo, alla realizzazione di un sito web e a ricerche mirate sul paese gemellato; tutto questo materiale è valido per la valutazione formativa.

Prossimo passo il viaggio per stringersi la mano non solo virtualmente.

prof.sse G.Nicodemi, M.Sammarco

A cultural itinerary

Unlike what you might think, we kids can be interested in culture and Milan is very rich in this field. Here we offer a short itinerary for students like us who would like to come and visit! The “Duomo” is a one of the most important landmark in Milan. It is one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in Europe, whose construction lasted five centuries and has not yet ended. The legend, macabre and sweet at the same time, tells of a lady on her honeymoon, who frightened by the monstrous statues and gargoyles placed on the roof and distressed by her illegitimate pregnancy, decided to commit suicide, disappearing among the spiers of the Duomo.

Her body was never found and it is said that even today she can be seen in the wedding photographs, behind the bride and groom, dressed in black. There is no fear, however, she just wants to wish a good marriage.

Passing through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a covered shopping arcade built at a time when Milan was much more humid and rainy, you can’t miss a tour of the lucky bull’s mosaic, and after admiring the windows of the city’s parlor, you will come out in Piazza della Scala, where the most famous opera house in the world is located. Also in the area you can visit San Bernardino alle Ossa, a decidedly disturbing church, in Baroque style and decorated internally with human bones.

Another essential stop is Santa Maria delle Grazie, in the square of the same name, by the architect Bramante; in the refectory there is the famous Cenacolo by Leonardo Da Vinci (in case you are interested in seeing it, I suggest you book well in advance).
The tour continues in Piazza Affari with the Mezzanotte building – Milan Stock Exchange – a symbol of the Italian economy, which however hides the remains of the Mediolanum theater capital of the Roman Empire in the 3rd century. At the center of the square is a rather “curious” sculpture – named L.O.V.E. – which represents a hand with all the fingers severed, except the middle finger!

The Sforza Castle, an ancient residence of the Sforzas, lords of Milan after the Viscontis, dating back to the 1400s, is obviously very important in Milan. Today it is home to important museums and icon of Milan.
The famous Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio is located in the square of the same name, to its left is the Devil’s column. This has two holes that according to legend were produced by the horns of the Devil, during a fight between the latter and Saint Ambrose.
Even for museum lovers the “buffet” is vast, among the main museums there are the Pinacoteca di Brera (with works ranging from the 13th to the 19th century e.g. Mantegna, Giambellino, Caravaggio) and I suggest you also to pop round the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana where Raffaello’s cartoon for the Athens School frescoed in the Vatican Museums is exhibited. For lovers of twentieth century art alongside the Palazzo Reale is the Museum of the ‘900 with works e.g. by Burri, Fontana and Pistoletto.
We can really say that Milan is a fascinating city and the possibilities for cultural visits are certainly not lacking!

D.Gonzalez, A.Susani, L.Margoni, L.Uderzo

“Polentoni” just in words

Milan, the metropolis of northern Italy, offers a wide variety of sports that can be practiced indoors or outdoors: football, basketball, rugby, volleyball, tennis, athletics tracks, racetracks, velodrome and cycle paths for the less athletics.

Milan is famous because it hosts one of the largest stadiums in Europe and among the most famous in the world, is the Giuseppe Meazza and known by the Milanese as San Siro. The two city teams that are Milan and Inter play in it, sometimes the Italian national team plays there, but it is also used for concerts and various events. This stadium has a capacity of 80,000 spectators and was inaugurated in 1926. In the same neighbourhood, near the stadium, we find the San Siro racecourse, where horse racing competitions take place; it was inaugurated in 1920 and has a capacity of 20,000 spectators. The emblem of the Milan gallop temple is Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse. This year in Milan for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death there are many celebrations.

Basketball is a sport much followed by the Milanese thanks to the “Olimpia Milano” team that wears the red and white colors. It is one of the most admired and winning in Europe and stronger than Italy; in its palmares it boasts 28 championships and 6 Italian Cups. The Palazzetto, the Mediolanum Forum, is located in Assago, in the southern outskirts of the city.

Rugby is very popular in Milan and is practiced by the boys in the camps located in the suburbs. However, the first city team performed at the Arena Civica, formerly the Napoleonic Amphitheater, today a national monument, protected by the Superintendency of Fine Arts; it has a capacity of 10,000 spectators. The building has the shape of an amphitheater, inspired by the Colosseum of Rome.

Currently the boys of many schools in the city and the surroundings of Milan compete here by participating in sports games and holding athletic or gymnastics rallies.

The team that represents the city of Milan in the field of volleyball is called “Volley Milan” founded in 1999, its field is located in Assago (same stadium as basketball). He has a lot of fans because of the numerous titles he has won and for the tournaments with a positive outcome.

The sporting symbol of Milan is the “Stramilano”, a marathon to which anyone can participate by running 21km – the classic Stramilano – or the Stramilanina of 10 km or the Half Marathon. Thousands of Italian and international athletes and thousands of passionate marathon runners take to the streets. The route is open to everyone, without any limitation.

For cycling, when the Giro d’Italia takes place (a cycling race that should cross the whole of Italy) there is a section that goes from Sanremo to Milan, where cyclists cross the city centre. In Milan many indoor sports and private gyms are practiced – e.g. GetFit, Jet Fit, Virgin Active – are capillaries on the territory as well as the communal swimming pools where to practice competitive spirit or simple courses of swimming and that during the summer open the external spaces for the suntan.

In Milan you can use public parks where people often jog and run along the park path, in some parks there are tools where you can train. The parks where these activities take place are Idroscalo, Parco Nord, Parco Sempione and Parco Forlanini.

Often during the weekend or when it is hot, the Milanese take the opportunity to take the bicycle and take long rides throughout the city, sometimes using the equipment (helmet and anti-fall suit), but spent doing it at their own risk.

A.Palmieri, C.Rademaker, S.Sgamellotti, L.Trivinos

Gastronauts in Milan

Food, food and food again. Food and cooking have now become everyone’s love, an essential element that no one can do without. Now, with friends, we talk more about food than the rest! If we are at the table we all take pictures of delicacies and post on Instagram (foodporn!)
Just turn on the television and you see dozens and dozens of food programs, and as a result sometimes you don’t have time to finish the program you’re already starting to eat.
Milan is a big city, this is why you can find any kind of food, but it’s better to start with the great typical dishes, the backbone of the menu for foreign guests.
For rice lovers, on the menu there is the “risotto alla milanese” which is a famous yellow dish because of saffron use.
Meat, on the other hand, is the protagonist of the casoeûla, a strong and substantial dish that is the protagonist of numerous autumn festivals, made up of the poorest cuts of pork and the cabbage; we cannot forget the Milanese schnitzel, the most traditional one is bony and quite high, whereas the sister called “elephant ear” is as thin as a thin slice of cheese! We don’t like imitations and the real one can only be found in Milan.
As for the dessert, the king is the panettone (we also invented a Re Panettone event, which hosts the best pastry chefs in Italy); in Milan it is not a simple tradition, it is the quintessential characteristic dessert in Milan. There is a real school of thought (and palate) that in the Christmas chatter materializes in the question “who do you take it from?
Our city is multicultural and its restaurants are the clear demonstration of this: let’s just mention a few because otherwise the list would be endless! We will start with sushi (Chinese / Japanese cuisine) which is loved by most young people.
Speaking of China, there is a neighborhood in Milan – Via Paolo Sarpi – called “China Town” where you can find many Asian delicacies (Chinese, Japanese, Thai).
A few years ago, the American fast food (Jollibee, Red Flag, CooCoo and Bulaluhan), American (FiveGuys, Domino’s Pizza, Mama Burger) have become numerous. The Turks are playing separately with rotisseries that present different types of kebabs, falafels, etc.
We can eat Eritrean in the neighborhood of Porta Venezia, South American in Via Padova but also Lebanese, Russian, Afghan, whatever cuisine is present without forgetting the Italian tradition in general and in particular Campania and Puglia.
Buon Appetito … and take pictures of the dishes, please!

M.Andriani, M.Cacchione, R.Medina, C.Abital