Views from the Roof of Milan’s Duomo – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 11th, 2018

Milan's Duomo - Keep Calm and Wander

If standing on top of Milan Cathedral won’t take your breath away – you better check in yourself to a hospital. 😀 No, I’m not kidding. Milan Duomo is one of the very few man-made architectural wonder that blew my mind away. It’s one of those places you don’t only have to see but also experience it.

From its facade to its internal core, this architectural wonder will leave you with a lasting impression. And from its underground archaeological museum to its roof, the Duomo shows us a contrast of what Milan was like and what Milan is today.

Climb the stairs or use an elevator?

Here’s the deal: the former will cost you 8 euros and the latter is 10 euros. However, the lift doesn’t go all the way up to the roof but only on the last floor and then you have to climb the remaining steps.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Pieta Rondanini, Michelangelo’s Unfinished Statue – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 9th, 2018

Pieta Rondanini - Keep Calm and WanderPieta Rondanini – Keep Calm and Wander

Pieta Rondanini is Michelangelo’s unfinished marble statue. Since 1952, Milan is a host to the master’s work. Today, you can find it at Museo Pieta Rondanini inside the Castello Sforzesco. When Michelangelo died in 1564, they found the sculpture at the artist’s workshop in Rome. Afterwards, the unfinished statue was missing for more than 200 years and reappeared in 1807 at Palazzo Rondanini.

And that’s how it gained its monicker: Pieta Rondanini.

As you can see, Mary is standing, supporting her son, Jesus, after he was taken down from the cross. The famed Pieta inside St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican has Mary sitting while looking down at his son bathed in blood.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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My Weekend in Milan

Author: , May 8th, 2014

Milan, ItalyHead to spend Easter weekend in Milan, first stop the city to meet friends and explore and second stop to meet the new Italian family just an hour north of the city in the steeps of the mountains in a village called Veglio.

We flew EasyJet, 1.5 hours from gatwick to Milan linate which is smack in the middle of the city a 15 minute taxi ride just [euro]13. Here we stayed with a friend who was just four stops by underground from Duomo, and a simple 20 minute walk from the main high street. If you begin shopping Milan there wil be no turning back. Not only are there hundreds of shops in the city but the style is unique and incredible compared to major cities like London and Paris and Berlin, furthermore the prices are surprisingly affordable for this style.

If Milan is built for anything it is shopping, immerse yourself in the high street stores or head designer for the home of Prada and other amazing brands that dazzle the wealth of the city including D&G And Marc Jacobs.

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Oltrepo Pavese, The Tuscany of the North

Author: , December 18th, 2011
by Stef Smulders, B&B Villa i Due Padroni, Montecalvo Versiggia, Lombardy, Italy
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Oltrepo Pavese, Liguria, Italy

The Oltrepo Pavese is the largest wine producing area of Lombardy in the North of Italy, only 50 km from Italy’s Gay Capital Milan, but is also virtually unknown abroad. It is reminiscent of Tuscany, but without the tourist industry. The landscape is beautiful, the people are kind, the food is authentic and there are lots of possibilities for walking, hiking, cycling and sight-seeing.

The smooth hills are covered with vineyards, castles and medieval villages and this landscape reminds one of Tuscany. Pace of life is slow, food is traditional and wine can be tasted anywhere, in one of the over 100 independent cantines.

Oltrepo PaveseThough frequently called the Tuscany of the North of Italy, the Oltrepo Pavese in Lombardy is fairly unknown abroad. Tourists pass the area closely when travelling to the real Tuscany, to Umbria or further south. This is a pity as the Oltrepo really offers something worthwhile for almost every tourist, especially food and wine lovers.

The area offer several attractions: smooth hills, medieval villages and castles, panoramic views, authentic Italian food and local wines.

Oltrepo Pavese VineyardThe Oltrepo happens to be the largest wine producing area of Lombardy and one of the largest in Italy, especially of the Pinot Nero. The landscape is scattered with vineyards that are freely accessible for hikers or even mountain biking.

The Oltrepo Pavese is part of the province of Pavia, in the southern part of Lombardy. Oltrepo literally means “on the other side of the Po”. The Po river runs through the large plain in the North of Italy, the pianura padana, where the risotto rice is produced. In the south of Pavia province the terrain quickly gains height. The Oltrepo is situated at the foothills of the Ligurian Alpes and Apennines.

Oltrepo Pavese TowerThe Oltrepo region has several nature reserves and protected areas which can easily be reached by car from the villa within an hour, such as the nature reserve of the Ticino valley which runs from the point where the rivers Ticino and Po flow together (a few kilometers from Broni), to the Lago Maggiore further north, the protected area of Monte Alpe , the area around the small ski-resort of Brallo di Pregola.

A popular and lively meeting point (especially on sundays) is the Penice Pass on the road between Varzi and Bobbio. The city of Bobbio is known as the cultural center of the hills of the Piacentina region. Here you can visit the tomb of one of the early 7th century Irish missionaries: San Columbano, and in the river Trebbia you can swim near the medeival bridge.

Oltrepo Pavese and the AlpsThe Oltrepo Pavese offers peace and quiet, tranquility and the silence (while strolling in the vineyards for example) is often overwhelming. Life still has a slow pace here, as the locals are living the life in more or less the same way their ancestors did: growing wine is a labor that follows the seasons, year after year, generation after generation. Most of the wine farmer families have been living here since the Middle Ages.

Hardly any tourist business has developed here, which means, fortunately, that as the one of the few visitors from abroad, you are encountered with amazement and hospitality everywhere. People are enthusiastic to serve you their local traditional food and wine at all of the little family restaurants that populate the area.

The food that is served is the food that Italians want to eat out, it has to have “mama” quality! Prices are ridiculously low.

A few of the things to see are the monastery of San Alberto di Butrio (medieval frescoes), the medieval village of Varzi, the castle of Zavattarello, the alpine garden of Pietra Corva, the beautifully restored “borgo” of Fortunago, and Salice Terme, a traditional spa with medicinal waters.

Interesting cities such as Milan, Parma, Genova are close by as well as the Mediterranean with Portofino and the Cinque Terre.

Ultrepo PaveseParticular of the area are the local sparkling wines, the “vivace”, “frizzante” and also “spumante” wines. Reds and whites sparkle without being just sweet. The most famous local wine, the Bonarda is fruity but not sweet, in contrast to the Lambrusco e.g. A local, more classical wine is the Buttafuoco, the production of which is restricted to a small area in the North of the Oltrepo. A typical sweet red wine of the area is the Sangue di Giuda. The regional champagne-like spumantes have made it to the Italian DOCG category.

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Regional dishes are simple but very effective. Using the seasonal ingredients like mushrooms and tartufi and the local meats of rabbit, wild boar and the likes, delicious dishes are prepared. One thing not to be missed is the typical Sunday “pranzo” or lunch in which all of the servings of the Italian menu (antipasti, primi, secondi, contorni, dolci) pass by, sometimes even twice. The Varzi salame is a protected product, like the Parmesan cheese.

B&B Villa I Due Padroni is located in this beautiful wine region. Situated on a panoramic position in the hills, with pool, private terrace andgarden. The luxurious apartment sleeps up to 6. It is gay owned and we are dog friendly. If you are interested we can organize a cooking class, a culinary arrangement and wine tastings.