Month: July 2007

Events of the Milanese summer

milano_duomo3.jpgAfter the very animated summer 2006, this year the Milan‘s municipality offers to the citizens staying at home and to all the tourists visiting the city, a more “moderate” summer, putting in the calendar a series of concerts and cultural events with the aim of delighting, but without shocking, the hot nights of this big Italian chief town. 15 exhibitions, more than 76 concerts, 6 musical reviews, 24 theatrical performances for 95 projections and 4 thematic film reviews are the numbers of this Milanese summer, which takes the name of “La Bella Estate”.

From a cultural point of view, the summer program is rich and varied. Several film reviews have already been projected, which wanted to be tributes to the big Italian cinema and literature’s personalities, such as the tribute to Alberto Moravia on the occasion of his birth’s centenary.
City sights like Vilaggio Barona, the Grassi Theatre, the Studio Theatre, Leonardo Theatre and Libero Theatre, represent this year the main nightlife centres, by housing theatre reviews and recitals. Among the others, the “Machbeth” play comes up directed by Corrado D’Elia, a great success performed again in this days at the Libero Theatre, from 3rd to 21st of July.

Milan: discover the Navigli of Leonardo

I Navigli di Leonardo da Vinci a MilanoThanks to About Milan and in the last few days we rediscovered the beauty and the historical and scientific importance of the Navigli of Milan. To our astonishment we have discovered that there is a company that organizes, as a result of the last year’s success, excursions on the Navigli of Leonardo during the whole summer.

In fact, until 30th September it is possible to book an excursion on the Navigli on three different routes:

  • The Valley Line: from Alzaia Naviglio Grande 4 to dam “Conchetta”, passing along Darsena of Milan;
  • The line Delizie: along the route Robecco sul Naviglio – Castelletto di Cuggiono;
  • The line Parco Sud that unravels along the path that connects Milan with Gaggiano.

It is very unusual that the term “Navigli”, in Milan, is identified with only the two opened routes of Navigio Grande and Naviglio Pavese and in more general sense the area between the two navigable canals characterized by the presence of numerous nightspots.

In fact, many people don’t know, and here we come to the usual fact, that the Navigli were used not only to transport different kinds of merchandise to Milan, but also to transport the marble of Candoglia used in the construction of Milan’s Cathedral, and in more recent times, to transport the rolls of paper used by the typewriters of Corriere della Sera.


The Colosseum: One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

New Seven Wonders of the World: The ColosseumAmong the newly elected wonders of the world we can find our Colosseum!!!

These new wonders are considered as such because they are added to the previously selected ones in 140 BC from Antipatro of Sidone that have almost completely disappeared.

The new wonders are a result of a big private opinion survey proposed by Bernard Weber, a Swiss-Canadian director during the Olympics of Sidney 2000, after the destruction of giant Buddhas in Bamiyam, in Afganistan, by the hand of the Talibans.


Discover art cities… with a pda!

Arianna, la guida multimediale a Firenze!There’s a new wa to discover art cities, Arianna. Although the traditional guide books are still captivating, they have to compete with the new multimedia guides on pda.

Imagine while you are visiting Florence, a local takes you around the city. Imagine that Arianna is a born and bred Florentine, pointing out monuments in the heart of the city and showing you the most interesting routes to take to get around while telling you the anecdotes, interesting facts and legends on Florence, passed on from person to person throughout the centuries.

Arianna was created by Econoetica srl in 2006: it is a small pocket pc with audio and video contents, pictures, historic gossip and thematic itineraries for everyone.