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For the first time ever, 20 of Michelangelo Merisi’s (aka Caravaggio) most famous works are being shown together here in Milan, Caravaggio’s birthplace, at Palazzo Reale. The peculiarity of this exhibition is that on the wall behind every work of art, there is a video demonstration that explains the scientific tests that have been carried out on each work and the secrets revealed beneath the paint. Here we can discover whether the canvas was re-used or if Caravaggio varied the composition as he painted, as well as his preparatory work.Until the 1950s Caravaggio had fallen into obscurity and almost nothing was known about his life. Since then researchers have amassed a large amount of information that gives us insight into the tumultuous life that Caravaggio led. Visitors can see many of these documents and ledgers displayed alongside his dramatic works of art displaying his famed chiaro scuro technique. The exhibition is on until 28th January 2018 and tickets can be purchased in advance on www.vivaticket.it. Audio guides in Italian and English are available, however, we booked a private guided tour through Ad Artem (www.adartem.it) which really brought the exhibition to life. 
Palazzo Reale Piazza Duomo milano
[English version to follow shortly] Avete già scoperto la Vigna di Leonardo da Vinci nella casa degli Atellani, un luogo affascinante, immerso nel verde, che fino ad oggi non era stato mai aperto al pubblico, in quanto bene privato.Il successo di questa iniziativa è stato strepitoso e pertanto la possibilità di visitare il Vigneto e il Palazzo degli Atellani è stata nuovamente prorogata fino al 30 settembre 2016.Forse anche voi sarete rimasti sorpresi nell'apprendere che Leonardo da Vinci possedesse un vigneto nel centro di Milano! La storia ci dice che la Vigna fu donata a Leonardo da Ludovico Sforza, duca di Milano, nel 1498, mentre il maestro stava terminando "L'Ultima Cena", come gesto di riconoscenza. L'artista, appassionato di vini, apprezzò molto questo regalo, che tra l'altro gli avrebbe consentito di ottenere la cittadinanza milanese, in quanto proprietario di un terreno di circa 8.300 mq2 nel centro di Milano. Questo desiderio purtroppo non si avverò perchè dopo poco tempo Ludovico Sforza morì. Il Vigneto continuò a rivestire un profondo valore affettivo per Leonardo e giunse integro fino agli anni '20 per poi essere distrutto durante la II Guerra Mondiale nel 1943.  Alcune piante furono però salvate da Piero Portaluppi, l'architetto che si occupò del restauro della Casa degli Atellani, una famiglia di cortigiani degli Sforza. Proprio in fondo al meraviglioso giardino interno di questo splendido Palazzo si trovava l'antico vigneto poi recuperata grazie agli studi effettuati sui resti dall'Università di Scienze Agrarie, dalla Confagricoltura e dalla Fondazione Portaluppi. La visita dura circa 30 minuti, prevede 7 tappe con l'assistenza di un accompagnatore, disponibile per qualsiasi dubbio o curiosità, l'ausilio di un'audio guida in 10 lingue e di pannelli descrittivi lungo il percorso. Per i cultori dei dialetti, c'è anche una versione in dialetto milanese! Una volta terminato il tour purtroppo non è possibile sostare all'interno della Casa e del Giardino, proprio perchè abitati.Forse la Vigna delude un poco per le dimensioni, ma insieme al giardino e alla casa Museo vale sicuramente una visita. Non tutta la casa è aperta al pubblico, sono quattro le stanze al pianterreno messe a disposizione dei visitatori dai proprietari. Qui un miscuglio di elementi, oggetti, pezzi del periodo del 400-500, sia autentici che riprodotti rendono la visita molto interessante sia da un punto di vista architettonico che storico.Il biglietto costa € 10 euro per gli adulti, ridotto € 8 (over 65, bambini e ragazzi da 6 a 18 anni), studenti.I biglietti possono essere acquistati alla biglietteria del Museo oppure on line sul sito vivaticket. Le visite guidate possono anche essere prenotate sul sito www.musement.comSegnaliamo che Sabato e domenica la prenotazione è obbligatoria.   
Corso Magenta 65 Milano
info@vignadileonardo.com
02 4816150
Giovanna Dedè Parodi has finally opened a permanent store selling her wonderful pyjamas, dressing gowns, nightdresses, shorts etc for men, women and children. Giovanna is well known in the Porta Vigentina/Porta Romana area for her beautifully crafted nightwear, which is designed, cut and sewn locally from Italian soft linens, cottons, jersey and woollen cloth; which she previously sold from the back of her Ape mobile store.Styles vary from classic tailored pyjamas for both men and women to colourful more relaxed models which also double up as beachwear. The children's pyjamas are fantastic, especially the summer ones made from very fine lightweight cotton. To see Giovanna's latest collection take a look at Del Selletto's website : www.delseletto.it. 
Corso di Porta Vigentina, 28 20122 Milan
delselletto@yahoo.it
333 3531506
We just love Frida's Flowers and the wide array of flowers on offer worthy of a Jane Packer store (for those Londoners or New Yorkers out there).Beautiful fresh blooms in a multitude of hues and colours which vary according to the seasons. You can choose between large bouquets or small informal posies in paper cones (approx €12) which make great small presents or "pensieri" for friends of loved ones. If you are short of a vase or two why not choose Frida's flower sushi which come complete with water!  
Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 18 20121 Milan
02 890 0307
The Pinacoteca di Brera is located in the pedestrian area of the Brera district, which is renowned for its' street cafes and small, chic boutiques. This world class museum exhibits works of art which can be found in any history of art textbook.The Pinacoteca is next door to the Accademia di Belle Arti and was founded by Maria Teresa of Austria in 1776. It was originally intended as a collection of exemplary works to help form the students of the Accademia.Later on, when Milan become the capital of the Italian Kingdom (Regno Italico), the collection was transformed  at the behest of Napoleon into a museum which was to exhibit the most important works of art that had been taken from the territories conquered by the French armed forces.At the centre of the courtyard visitors can admire the bronze statue of Napoleon I, depicted as Mars, and made by Antonio Canova.The 38 rooms of the Pinacoteca are home to works of art  by Italian artists from the XIV al XIX century as well as some of the greatest foreign artists. Amongst the most famous are Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, Raffaello, Bramante, Caravaggio, Tintoretto. Thanks to private donors,  the Pinacoteca has been able to expand its' collection over the years to include works from the 1900s by Balla, Carrà, De Pisis, Braque, Modigliani, Morandi, etc.Walking through the rooms of the Pinacoteca visitors can admire the "Sposalizio della Vergine" by  Raffaello (Raphael), the "Cristo morto" by Mantegna, the Bellini "Pietà", and for the more romantic the renowned "Kiss" by Hayez, the Last Supper by Rubens and the Bull's Head by Picasso...The museum is laid out well and every room has an explanation of the works of art exhibited. Entrance price is € 10, but children under 18 don't pay. Families can take advantage of the audio guide for children which only costs € 4. The audio tape records a conversation between two imaginary  guides who have come out of two pictures, one of which is a little devil and the other is a well mannered girl who is keen to learn. During the tour  the girl and the little devil meet characters who have come out of the canvases and who give information about their paintings. The staff organises tours and workshops for children from September to May. For further details please see the website.   
Via Brera 28 20121 Milan
sbse-mi-brera@beniculturali.it
02 722631
The first image that springs to mind when thinking about Milan, is the imposing Gothic cathedral (or duomo) that is situated in the main square in the centre of Milan, known as Piazza del Duomo. The Duomo is the fruit of centuries worth of work. It was commenced in 1386 and concluded with the work on the facade in 1813. It was built thanks to the generosity of Milan's most important families and illustrious merchants as well as the collective effort of the Milanese people. This building is quite magnificant, so make sure you find the time to admire the facade and go inside to witness the magnificant stained glass windows and arches which will transport you back in time. it is worth reading up on its history beforehand and going up onto the roof (on foot or by lift) to admire the gargoyles as well as witness the breathtaking views across the city. On a clear day you can even see the Alps! At the top of the highest pinnacle is the famous statue in gold plated copper of the Madonnina (small Madonna), the symbol of Milan, which appears to touch the sky. Placing a 416 cm at 104 metres was no mean feat for the engineers at the time. In November 2013 the Museo del Duomo (Duomo Museum) was opened to house many of the works of art belonging to the Cathedral that have been removed for restoration or conservation purposes or had been stored in the archives of  the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo (which was founded in 1837 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti and is responsible for the conservation and management  of the Cathedral). The cost of the ticket (€6) also gives you access to the il Battistero di San Giovanni (Bapistry of Saint John) which is under the Cathedral and where excavatation work is still being carried out to this day.More than a  year ago the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo introduced the "Adopt a Gargoyle" initiative that helps raise funds for the restoration of  the 135 gargoyles that grace the Cathedral. By making a small donation you can help the fabulous work carried out by the Fabbrica  and have your name put in the Register of Donors thereby contributing to the history of this wonderful Cathedral. For more information please see www.adottaunaguglia.duomomilano.itGiven the artistic worth of the Duomo, there is a section dedicated to educational programmes  at www.duomomilano.it as well as a blog www.museodelduomosezionedidattica.wordpress.com where you can find information, news and events  even for children.  
Via Arcivescovado 1 20122 Milano
02 72022656
The imposing Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is one of Milan's main landmarks and symbols. It was built in the  XV century by the Duke of Milan - Francesco Sforza - as his ducal home, even if there has been a building on this site since the mid 1300s.This fascinating monument is both rich in history and mystery. The castle was built on a square plan with towers at each corner, as well as one in the middle of the facade. This central tower is  known as the Torre del Filarete. Its' 800m perimetre is surrounded by a moat. The main entrance is under the Torre del Filarete in Piazza Cairoli which faces an imposing fountain. Visitors are drawn into the inner courtyard which leads to the so-called Piazza del Cannone and the wonderful Parco Sempione beyond. Among the many architects who have worked on the Sforza Castle, Filippo Brunelleschi and Leonardo da Vinci are also listed.The Sforza Castle currently houses the Civiche raccolte d'Arte: the Pinacoteca (Art Gallery) which has works by Canaletto, Mantegna, Bellotto as well as many others; the Museo d'Arte Antica (Museum of Ancient Art) which has brought together twelve centuries of sculpture much of which is from Lombardy, as well as Michelangelo's Pietà Rondinin; the Museo degli Strumenti Musicali (Museum of Musical Instruments), home to instruments made between the XV  and XX century; Museum of Decorative Arts, Prehistoric Museum and the Egyptian Museum where you will be captivated by the Book of the Dead, sarcophagi and mummies. Many cultural events are held here at the Castle. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to "Sforzinda, Il Castello di Milano per i bambini", an area set aside inside the Castle for children aged 4 to 11 where workshops and activities are held during the week, weekend and holidays as well as museum trips. For further details, please take a look at Sforza Castle website. 
Piazza Castello 20121 Milano
02 88463700
La Triennale di Milano was opened in Monza in 1923 and ten years later it moved to its current location in Milan, which was purpose built. Triennale is an international cultural institution that holds architectural, design, art, cinema, fashion, communications and business conventions, exhibitions and events. It also organises high profile Italian and international design, architectural, modern art and fashion exhibitions, such as: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Alberto Burri, Giorgio Armani, Renzo Piano, Giò Ponti.The Triennale Milano is also a museum. The first floor of this great building is home to the Triennale Design Museum which was opened in 2007 by the Municipality of Milan. It is the first Italian design museum and every year it hosts an exhibition with a particular theme, offering visitors the chance to discover the excellence of Italian design.The Triennale also prides itself on being a centre of ideas, not just for art connoisseurs, but also students, professionals, adoloscents and even children; where experimental and interactive activities are part of cultural projects.  propone anche come laboratorio di idee che si rivolge non solo agli appassionati, a studenti e professionisti, ma anche ai bambini e a i ragazzi con attività sperimentali e interattive dedicate alla cultura del progetto. Visitors are also invited to further their study in the specialist art, design and architectural Bookstore or the Library (la Biblioteca del Progetto con il Centro Documentazione del Touring Club Italiano), or visit the Triennale Design Cafè which overlooks the garden and boasts fifty different chairs all of which have been designed by famous designers.Why not take advantage of the T-Friends scheme which allows cardholders of the T-Friends Card to take part in all of the events organised by the Triennale, such as openings and exhibitions with discounted ticket prices, as well as receive a newsletter and have access to the members' part of their website etc.  
Viale Emilio Alemagna 6 20121 Milano
info@triennale.org
02 724341
The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci ("Science Museum"), named after the genius himself, was founded in 1953 and is the largest science and technology museum in Italy. The museum covers 40,000 square metres and is set in an old Benedictine monastery which has several floors and is surrounded by two wonderful cloisters. The museum is home to more than 10,000 objects that demonstrate how science and technology have evolved and explores the relationship between man and machine from the days of Leonardo da Vinci to the present day. The museum is divided into various sections: Telecommunications, Astronomy, Goldsmithery, Graphic Arts, Cinema, Horology, Transport, Musical Instruments, Metallurgy, Metal Working, Energy sources and devices.  Visitors can enjoy the numerous interactive workshops which are included in the ticket price. Simply book the ones you wish to attend at the Museum's Info Point when you arrive - bear in mind that there are a limited number of places. The Leonardo Da Vinci gallery is definitely worth a visit. It boasts 130 models that re-create on a smaller scale, the unique civil and military structures designed by Leonardo. Another favourite is the "Toti": the first submarine to have been built in Italy after the Second World War. Visitors need to book a guided tour in advance, but it is definitely worth the effort as visitors get to wander through the submarine and see how Toti's crew lived and worked as well as the technology they used to navigate the depths. It is difficult to find street parking near the Museum (especially on Saturday due to the crowded Viale Papiniano market), so we suggeet that you go there by metro (linea verde/green line) and get off at Sant'Ambrogio. Please note that there are no refreshment areas in the Museum, other than a drinks and snacks machine so make sure you stock up before you go inside.  
Via San Vittore 21 20123 Milan
info@museoscienza.it infototi@museoscienza.it
02 485551
I Giardini Pubblici di Indro Montanelli (formerly called and still known as the Giardini Pubblici Porta Venezia to the locals) is Milan's second largest park. Situated in its' grounds are: the Natural History Museum (Il Museo Civico di Storia Naturale), the Planetarium (Il Planetario Ulrico Hoepli) and a nursery school which you will find next to the animal cages which once served as Milan's Zoo. The park is to found between Corso Venezia, i Bastioni di Porta Venezia, Via Manin and Via Palestro. This park has a mini train ride, Shetland pony rides, dodge 'ems (aka bumper cars), a carousel, two children's play areas complete with swings and several snack bars where you can buy refreshments or have a light lunch. The Parco Magico di Primavera (Spring Fair) and Il Villaggio delle Meraviglie (Winter Wonderland) are hosted here. Look out for the advertisements for these fairs as they offer a large number of fair ground attractions and rides as well as work shops for children of all ages. The Winter Wonderland also has an open air ice-skating rink. 
Corso Venezia, 55 20129 Milan
02 77404343

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