Milan is not an overwhelming city that hits you like a lightning bolt. It’s a slow-burn city to explore beneath the surface. And yet it remains Italy’s most visited city and the only Italian entry in the top 20 most visited cities in the world (16 th place to be exact), according to the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index. One of Europe’s to...

The lake was named Maximus (or Maggiore) by the ancient Romans, as it was the largest of the pre-Alpine lakes.  Its shoreline reaches the Swiss canton of Ticino as well as the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy. Previous to our visit to Stresa (population 5.000), that sits a third of the way up Lake Maggiore on its west side, I had spent thre...

The landmark Duomo Cathedral, its spires towering over Milan, is closed. So is La Scala, Italy’s premier opera home, and the town’s universities and colleges. Bars are shuttered on the sacred aperitivo hour. The normally buzzing streets, trams, eating places and retailers are all eerily empty. Non-public firms, together with the insurance coverage...

The last two days of events at the Venice Carnival were canceled on Sunday due to the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy, the President of the Veneto Region Luca Zaia announced. The news came as a third person died from the virus on the peninsula as the government struggled to contain an outbreak of the illness in the north of the country, with...

You don’t need to be a music expert to know the name “Stradivari”  (or Stradivarius, its latinized version). Along with his lesser known, but just as talented, Cremonese luthiers colleagues, Amati and Guarneri, he wrote a considerable piece of the history of music. Born around 1644, his family was old Cremona through and through, with deeds signed...

In recent decades, the city of Milan has grown in terms of public and private investment. A certain flexibility granted to large real estate investors has, in return, guaranteed the birth of new services for the city and the public space generated by these urban transformations is necessarily an expression of this pluralism.To the historical pieces...

On a recent Sunday, Silvia Rezzonico pushed a stroller through the glorious gardens of Villa Belgiojoso, winding past parents chasing their toddlers and families lounging on blankets. Under a black walnut tree, she paused to look down at the baby boy dozing angelically in the pram. “He’s not really mine,” she said. But he was her coveted ticket int...

Italy has the unenviable fortune of having lived through not one, but two lost decades. Italy, among other things, has several depressing primates, such as one of the most anaemic levels of growth, one of the lowest occupational rates in Western Europe, including for women and young. Italy still continues to invest too little in education, while in...

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is undoubtedly one of the most iconic, most famous works of art of all times. As such, it has always attracted crowds to the Refectory of the Dominican church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan where it is located. It is also regarded as a miraculous painting: it survived Leonardo’s own experimentations with a...

The Italian American Chamber of Commerce Chicago, in collaboration with the bank "Banca Popolare di Sondrio", is pleased to announce the opening of its new office located in Milan (at the Banca Popolare di Sondrio Milan office, in Via Santa Maria Fulcorina 1). This partnership aims at facilitating and promoting the growth of Italian Companies in th...