Shopping in Milan

The city of Milan is known all over the world as the capital of fashion and for this reason too, the young Milanese do care about to the look; moreover, from the web and from television we are bombarded with advertisements that constantly remind us that fashion has an important role in the lives of all of us.  Usually fashion is dictated by fashion designer or famous people: wearing a new garment or a dress of a certain color catches the attention of young people and pushes them to buy that type of dress or that shoe or get that haircut. A classic example is Chiara Ferragni, the most followed fashionblogger and influencer of the moment. 

In our city there are very different styles of clothing, but some of them prevail over others. If our Albanian friends came to visit us, certainly we would stop – but only to admire the luxurious and sometimes odd shop windows – in the so-called Fashion Quadrilateral: Via Monte Napoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia – splendid streets where the best designers of fashion offer their extraordinary creations. Shoppers come from all over the world to buy in showrooms and boutiques in these streets. The heart of this area is via Monte Napoleone, considered one of the most expensive and prestigious streets in the world, as well as the Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris or Fifth Avenue in New York. 

They are not shops for our pockets, so after having glazed our eyes with Armani, Gucci, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana we move to Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which connects Piazza Duomo to Piazza San Babila. Under the arcades – comfortable in rainy winters – we find the most sporting brands like Zara, H&M, Tezenis. Another area where we will take you is Corso Buenos Aires, an immense open-air shopping center: here are department stores, restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors, bookstores, as well as shops with many famous clothing brands. It has a problem, it’s not just pedestrian, so we’ll be forced to zigzag a bit in traffic. 

Let’s get back to us: as far as boys are concerned, the trend of the moment is sportswear but made by designer, the so-called casual. Boys  like wearing wear sweatpants (because they are comfortable) or tight jeans, simple T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. Some add accessories to their look, such as belts by famous brands such as Gucci, Versace and Louis Vuitton. The most popular store in the boys world is FootLocker, where you can find different brands of shoes, sneakers and clothing like Kappa, Adidas, Nike, Fila, Puma etc. The girls prefer matching  jeans, whether tight or flared, with a simple T-shirt or crop top. The most popular shops are Bershka, Stradivarius, TallWejl and Pull & Bear: trendy shops with reasonable prices so the girls can  indulge with some more items. Very trendy among us young people are shoes. The most popular brands of the moment are Nike, Adidas and Fila, but if you want something more exclusive and expensive, Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are certainly the best sellers. 

Following fashion is certainly interesting and can help us young people to feel more beautiful, but everyone should try to have their own style, especially to distinguish themselves from the crowd. 

A.Mortali, F.Martelli, M.Pizzochera, A.Unida 

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

Play and Listen Music in Milano

“O mia bela Madunina che te brillet de lontan tuta d’ora e piscinina, ti te dominet Milan sota a ti se viv la vita, se sta mai coi man in man…”

Milan has an artistic musical vein that is not always known but those who live there know that it is one of the most dynamic cities in Italy from a cultural and a musical point of view; every age can choose from a vast repertoire of genres.
Adriano Celentano is the most representative and famous artist of whom we still sing verses more or less dated, the most famous song, to which we Milanese are fond of, is entitled “The boy from the Via Gluck” and tells of a Milan that no longer exists, when the countryside had to give up space to the Central Station.

From Santa Tecla, to the Ariston theatre, to the cinema, Celentano has had a road full of success and memorable songs that we still find ourselves humming.
To our parents, Milan offers a variety of live music programs in venues scattered throughout the area, where they can go to listen to jazz, funk, blues, folk, fusion and any artistic contamination in contemporary instrumental music before a drink. Some parents follow the concerts promoted by the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo with a sound repertoire ranging from the 1400s to the 1900s and performed with the organ of the cathedral, one of the largest in Italy. We go to the Duomo (so called in jargon), to listen to the most popular singers during the summer, when the most engaging concert for us takes place, the free concert offered by Radio Italia.

We kids love listening to music in company even if we often isolate ourselves with a pair of good headphones. By now we young people no longer listen to the radio because we download the music we want on the phone, but we have discovered that for just over two years, Milan has a megaphone that broadcasts the sounds of the city 24 hours a day.
It’s called Radio Raheem, and its showcase located on the canals allows you to look at the whole – towards what is musically born and grows in Milan – at the microphone and the dishes alternate the “host” residents, but also a lot of artists Italians and internationals who moved to play in the city.
The kind of music that we boys listen to ranges from Italian / American hip-hop, rap, raggeaton and Latin. Today, mostly, the most listened to music is the trap. Which is a musical sub-genre of hip-hop. Famous singers of this genre are mostly young boys who have formed in the difficult suburbs of this city, such as: Sfera Ebbasta, Rkomi, Emis Killa, Dark Polo Gang. They talk about what happens in our streets, in our hearts with a language that adults consider harsh and incapable and would like to censor.

Milan is also a special square for Latin music; the Milan Latin Festival is held every year in Assago. It is a unique opportunity to combine multi-ethnic youth to dance and have fun together. Another musical genre in vogue is the techno, this type of music is used above all in discos, where boys can be more exuberant.Not only do we listen to music for pleasure or to relax, but also while we walk, because without music we don’t define ourselves.Special features of Milan is the presence of outdoor dance areas: in the Porta Venezia (once under the metro tunnels) the South Americans are found and in the Garibaldi area (in Piazza Gae Aulenti) the Filipinos meet. The dancers arrive at dusk, when the flow of commuters begins to fade. The underground mezzanine or the immense corridors of the Passante transform into an impromptu dance school. At Porta Venezia, on Friday evening, up to eight South American dance companies, especially Bolivians and Peruvians, are found. They are numerous crews, but in the underground and on the first floor of the Passante there is room for everyone. They try for two or three hours and then leave, leaving everything in order. From time to time the police or ATM officials arrive to send them away or ask to lower the volume. The out of breath commuters ignore them. But they appreciate them: with their presence in the evening the station is safer. Bluetooth speakers placed on the floor spread fast-paced music. It is piazza Gae Aulenti, but it looks like a Manila dance hall. Every day, among the shops under the Unicredit towers, dozens of boys meet to dance.
They are almost all Filipinos, children of one of the largest Milanese ethnic communities. They try the choreographies for hours, until they become perfect. Their dance is contaminated by different styles but the starting point is the same for everyone: hip hop.

A.Prezzano, E.Raccomandato, A.Vivaldi, G.Ortiz