Intro to Milan
Ciao! this is Milan, capital of Lombardy with almost one and half million people which are called Milanesi! My name comes from what the Romans used to call me: Mediolanum, the meaning is most likely related to the fact that I am a “plain in the middle” or to my ancient emblem of the “half-woolen boar”, which was very nice but later substituted with the Visconti current one of the “Biscione”: a heraldic charge showing a serpent with a human in its mouth. Milanesi and I call it “Bissa” in dialetto milanese, the old dialect.
my story is very long, but I’ll be brief. It started in the VI century B.C in Milan but by the Celtic, then around 200 B. C. I was conquered by Romans which made me great, I was even capital of the Roman Wester Empire for a while. Along the years I hosted many peoples, Spanish, French, Austrian, but finally I was incorporated into the Kingdom of Sardinia, which in 1861 was rechristened as the Kingdom of Italy. Today they say I have international ambitions and in fact I am changing, reshaping my outfit, feeling at the same nostalgic and thrilled; I guess that, as other cities, I am to ride the “digital tide” trying to be curious about what is next. Meanwhile I indulge in little pleasures…
I like “cotoletta alla milanese”, very easy to make: you take a cutlet of veal with “bone-in” and then bread it and fry it in butter; then I love “risotto alla milanese” which is rice with saffron very good with sausage too; last but not least the “panettone” a particular type of sweet bread loaf which is a must but only at Christmas. Being honest, lately I got used to sushi as well as other foreign food and I have to admit that it is not too bad, however you know what they say about Italian food…
Business! I don’t mean to show off but I get really along with companies and I am a sucker for start ups! I am also a huge fan of milanesi Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana as I adore Fashion and Design: in fact I love to host fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair. I am in for Finance, Culture and a lot more… check out the next lines.
let me think about it
Miracolo a Milano by Vittorio De Sica (1951)
La notte by Michelangelo Antonioni (1961)
Boccaccio ’70 by Mario Monicelli, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica (1962)
Il… Belpaese by Luciano Salce (1977)
Kamikazen – Ultima notte a Milano by Gabriele Salvatores (1987)
Benvenuti al Nord by Luca Miniero (2012)
Places to visit
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