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For the first time ever Mary Poppins is coming to Italy. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, this musical has already delighted audiences around the world and thanks to the work of an amazing creative team, has been translated and adapted for an Italian speaking audience. Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family who live in a big house in London on Cherry Lane. Things are not going well for the family, the children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and are in need of a new nanny. Jane and Michael have their own ideas about what sort of caretaker they should have, while their parents—and in particular Mr. Banks—are insistent on someone strict for the job. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”If you like the movie, you’ll love the show. It features all the classic songs (“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to name a few) plus some catchy new tunes. With elaborate sets, eye-popping light displays and show-stopping numbers, this Disney-rific production will transport you to the Banks’ household on Cherry Lane as well as the rooftops of London.Ticketes can be purchased on-line at www.ticketone.com and www.vivaticket.it or directly from the Teatro Nazionale ticket office.   
Teatro Nazionale Via Giordano Rota, 1 20149 Milan
02 00640888
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
La Notte delle Luci will kick off at the Highline Galleria on Sunday 15th May at 20.00. Piazza Duomo and the Milanese skyline will be transformed with lights, colours and music.The Highline Galleria was opened in May 2015 and allows visitors to walk along the rooftops of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. From here you can see the spires of the Duomo up close and enjoy a panaromic view of Milan; taking in Torre Velasca, the Sforza Castle and the new skyline of  Piazza Gae Aulenti.La Notte delle Luci allows you to see the skyline at dusk during the Tramonto walk at 20.00 or under the stars with the Stelle walk at 22.00. The tours will take place every Sunday from 20.00 to 23.00.The entrance to the Highline Galleria is not easy to find, but it is just off of Via Silvio Pellico. A doorman will guide you to the elevator that will take you to the right floor (make sure you get in a drink at the Terrazza Martini first) and will conclude in Piazza della Scala. Tickets cost €20.   For more information and reservations, please go to info@highlinegalleria.com 
Via Silvio Pellico 2
info@highlinegalleria.com
02 54397656
You can't miss WOW Spazio Fumetto as you drive down Viale Campania thanks to the huge sign that adorns the wall of the 11,000m2 area that houses the museum, bar and park that are open to the public. My kids love this park, which is great for all ages thanks to the basketball courts, swings and slides and large skateboard area where kids can learn to perform skateboard tricks. However, "my" favourite part is the cartoon museum that puts on exhibitions throughout the year of famous and lesser known cartoon characters. There is also a publice library inside that has 9,000 volumes and a specialist book shop. WOW Spazio Fumetto can also be rented out for private events and parties! The bar is a great place to hang out for a snack or aperatif even for parents as they can keep an eye on their little ones while they dart around the park.     ORARI: Mar-Ven 15:00-19:00Sab-Dom: 15:00-20:00
Viale Campania 12, Milan
info@museowow.it
02 49524744
Wondered what those huge metal silos are doing in Piazza San Marco? Well read on to find out. This unusual and inspiring installation was designed by Mario Nanni, the brainchild behind the well-known lighting company - Viabizzuno - for Milano Design Week. It has been so popular that Viabizzuno has extended its run to coincide with the duration of EXPO. The installation is comprised of 7 different, interconnected silos that represent: earth, air, light bulbs, the sun, the moon, water and fire. Each silo is artfully decorated using Viabizzuno's fabulous lights together with other elements creating an amazing sensory effect. Our kids spent ages running through the silos, soaking up the atmosphere as well as the water that pours down from the water installation.  They had a whale of a time while we managed to choose some new lights for our home with the help of the light technicians in Viabizzuno's showroom next door. A win-win situation for all! 
Piazza San Marco Via Solferino 18 20121 Milan
inmilano@viabizzuno.com
02 29002382
The AC72 Luna Rossa catameran has been moved from its base in Cagliari to the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia here in Milan. Luna Rossa has been reassembled and suspended 5 metres up in the air in the Air and Naval section (Aeronavale) for all to see and admire from the ground. Only this close up can you really appreciate the ability and skill of the the team that sails this amazing flying machine, as well as the sheer physical strength needed by its crew to simply stay on board. Luna Rossa's size is very impressive when you consider the size of its gennaker - 320 mq2, the height of the ala - 40 metres - and the length of the two scafi a specchio 22 metres. Even more amazing is the speed it can reach - 42 knots - which enables it to fly across the water!Over the coming months an interactive exhibition will be set up to explain the complexity of this vessel, its components and the story behind the American's Cup and Luna Rossa.Luna Rossa will remain on display until 2017 when it will be put back in action to sail in the 35th America's Cup in the Bermuda Islands. 
Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Via San Vittore 21 Milano
02 485551
Have you ever seen a wheatfield in the middle of a city? Well in Milan you can. On Saturday 28th February all of you are invited to sow the Wheatfield that has been designed by American artist Agnes Denes. The Wheatfield will cover 5 hectars and is in the new Porta Nuova area. From February until October anyone living in Milan can participate in the various phases of this project: from the sowing to the harvesting of the crop.  Simply go to the Giardino Pubblico di Via De Castillia 28 at 14.00 on the 28th.The next phase will take place on 11 April when the Wheatfield will be officially opened to the public for MIART, the contemporary art fair. In July Milanese and tourists alike will be invited to harvest the crop and partake in the harvest celebrations.  This wonderful event has been sponsored by the Fondazione Riccardo Catella together with the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi and Confagricoltura. 
Via De Castillia 28 20124 Milano
info@fondazionericcardocatella.org
02 45475195
This Season La Scala will present thrilling stories taken from famous operas which have been specifically adapted for a younger audience. Each performance will last approximately 60 minutes, which is perfect for even very young children. This season kicked off with Cinderella by Rossini, however, the only available tickets for Cinderella are for Saturday 9 April. More tickets are available for "The Magic Flute" on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February.This year children under 18 years old pay a mere €1 entrance fee if accompanied by an adult. Adult ticket prices vary : stalls and box seats cost €40  while gallery seats range from €5 to 20 for the two operas and ballett, while adults pay €15 for stalls and box seats or €5 to €10 for gallery seats for the five concerts. However, don't forget to factor in the 10% pre-booking fee which is payable up to the day before the performance. No more than two children's tickets will be issued per adult. Children's tickets are issued subject to prior presentation of the minor’s identity card or passport which you will have to send by fax to 02 861768 if you buy tickets on-line or through an authorised sales agent. Make sure you do this early on so that the theatre can allocate adjacent seats for your kids. Adults are admitted only if accompanied by a child.You can buy tickets online at http://teatroallascala.ticketone.it/ticketshop/webticket/eventlist or at the Central Box Office in Galleria del Sagrato, MM Duomo from 12 pm to 6 pm or telephone  Infotel Scala on 02 72003744 (every day, from 9 am – 6 pm). Hurry up though as all the tickets are nearly sold out!For further details please go to http://www.teatroallascala.org/it/biglietteria/biglietti-tariffe/stagione-2015-2016/grandi-spettacoli-per-piccoli.html
Via Filodrammatici 2 20121 Milan
ipiccoliallopera@fondazionelascala.it
02 88792013
On Sunday 28 September the "Mercatone dell'Antiquariato" - the Milanese Antiques fair is back. Held on the last Sunday of every month along the banks of Naviglio Grande's canal, the Mercatone dell'Antiquariato is one of Milan's biggest and probably most famous markets. Here you can find stalls ladened with antiques and vintage pieces such as: furniture, clocks, silver, porcelain, prints, books, comics, fur coats and much more.During the day all of the shops, galleries, bars and restaurants in the area are also open giving the neighbourhood a pleasant and bustling vibe. Take the opportunity to visit the historic "Vicolo dei Lavandai" (Washerwoman's Lane) and the attractive courtyards.Please note that for the next few months part of the market will be held near Via Vigevano due to the regeneration of the Naviglio area. For more information please visit  www.mercatonedellantiquariato.mi.it
Alzaia Naviglio Grande
info@mercatone.mi.it
02 89409971
"Lay an egg and help save a monument" is the new project cum installation set up by Cracking Art to raise funds and help save national monuments. As a follow up to the snails on the Duomo's terraces and the frogs in the Navigli (which were literally snapped up), multi coloured swallows and eggs made from recycled coloured plastic will be placed  in the courtyards of the Castello Sforzesco until 30 June. This event has been organised together with Italia Nostra, which is responsible for collecting funds. If you make a donation of €20 at the headquarters of Italia Nostra in Via Duccio di Boninsegna 21/23, you will receive a sculpture for free.  All donations will be used to restore the equestrian monument of  Bernabo' Visconti which is in Castello Sforzesco. You will also find other swallows and eggs in the courtyard of Palazzo Reale (until 30/5), il Museo del Risorgimento (from 15/4) and Palazzo Morando (from 30/4).
Castello Sforzesco Piazza Castello 20121 Milano

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