Milan – A World Class City

Milan – A World-Class City is an excerpt from the book “Milan.”

Milan - A World Class City - Duomo di Milano
Photo Bryce Edwards – Duomo di Milano
Travel To Milan: A World-Class City

A visit to Italy is not complete without traveling to Milan. It’s Italy’s international hub for fashion that would make the French jealous. Its culture epitomizes European life and commerce that crowns this city the default capital over Rome. Milan is located in the northernmost Lombardy region. A complex history of rulers was the result of its proximity to the rest of Europe. It was ruled by Roman, Spanish, Austrian, etc. As a result, it is far more independently spirited and multicultural than the southern Italian peninsula.

Milan - A World Class City - via Gesù - via Montenapoleone
Photo luiginter – Milano, via Gesù – Via Montenapoleone
No Wrong Way to Indulge in Milan.

There are few places in the world where shopping and eating could be considered religious experiences. Milan’s boutique-lined streets offer some of the world’s most exquisite and exclusive styles, dominating the cutting-edge of design.

Travel to Milan to pamper yourself. Keep a keen eye for how you might redecorate your outdated (by Milan standards) living room. Brera is the most sophisticated and elite shopping area. Centrally located, is also home to one of the most coveted museum collections in Europe, the Pinacoteca di Brera.

ossobuco con risotto
Ossobuco con risotto – Photo © bootsintheoven

Speaking of consumption, have a leisurely dinner of saffron-scented risotto and signature ossobuco; it will surely provide rejuvenation after all of that shopping. Make sure to enjoy the local wines of Lombardy; they are mainly from the Brescia region, which set a whole new standard for table wines.

Beyond Boutiques: Travel Milan’s Extensive History

A tremendously rich history accompanies the hyper-modern milieu of Milan. It dates back to 600 BCE when the Celts arrived.

At one point, Milan was the capital of the Western Roman Empire. It was the soul of the Renaissance and conquered by France and the Habsburgs. Milan gained independence in the 18th century, along with the creation of the Italian state.

It is important to note that Milan was a core industrial center of Mussolini’s puppet state, heavily bombed during World War II. Therefore it’s a miracle that sites nearly 1600 years old are still standing in the city center today.

Milan - A World Class City - Duomo di Milano
Photo zioWoody – Duomo di Milano

Travel to Milan must include a visit to the Duomo, which dominates the city center as the world’s fourth-largest church. The Madonnina (Little Madonna), a statue covered in 3900 gold leaf plates, crowns on its tallest spire this 14th-century Gothic architectural monument.

The Cenacolo Vinciano is located in Milan’s Centre, in the Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper covers nearly an entire wall, invoking Milan’s spirit of Renaissance.

La Scala Theater
Milan - A World Class City - La Scala
La Scala – Photo ©

Don’t miss the famous La Scala Theater, one of the great opera houses of the world. Indulge yourself by attending a concert to experience the pure magnificence of the art and acoustics together. The Theatre and Theatre Museum is open for public tours.

Walk along the Columns of San Lorenzo. It’s Milan’s only Roman remains of a temple that dates back to the 2nd century.

Whether your interests are business, pleasure, or academic, the relaxed sophistication of Milan’s contemporary lifestyle leaves room for any traveler to enjoy all three.

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William Dellorusso
Lombardia in Cucina: The Flavours of Lombardy

Milan-style risotto, pizzoccheri Valtellinesi, and pumpkin tortelli to start; casoeula, Milan-style cutlets, frogs stewed in tomato to follow, and to send, a slice of sbrisolona cake or panettone.
Lombardy surprises with the richness of its culinary traditions and natural ingredients, which modernity has barely affected.
"Milano in Cucina" captures this kaleidoscope of flavours, with contributions from some of the most celebrated chefs on the culinary scene, who pay homage to their territory, and whose skill is able to present a modern vision in keeping with the region's progressive spirit.

The Italian Academy of Cuisine
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.

Milano in Cucina: The Flavours of Milan
The famous Risotto Alla Milanese gets its golden hue from the precious spice saffron. Legend has it that the dish came about when a Milanese painter decided to gild the risotto served at his wedding banquet with a harmless gold-colored dye. In Milan, they traditionally serve Risotto Alla Milanese with ossobuco (braised veal shank).
Traditionally made with raisins and candied citron, or with a creamy cream filling, the light, fluffy brioche-like bread called panettone may be tall or short, covered with chocolate or flavored with various liquors, but it’s always a symbol of the Christmas season.
With its hallmark domed shape, panettone graced Christmas tables in Milan since at least the 15th-century. Common knowledge claims its invention is from Milan. It is the most famous Christmas Lombardia food.

The Pax side of the Moon featuring Cesareo
Lombardia (Dicon tutti che sei mia) Quarantine Version - feat. Cesareo (Quarantine Version)

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