MILANO – FALL 2017 – Pt 2

DSCN3548The Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli is the oldest city park in Milano.  It is named after the journalist/writer Indro Montanelli, who used to spend his mornings there.  DSCN3550I love wandering around this park.  Walking along the pathways, one encounters art, waterfalls, monuments — all in a peaceful, green setting, far removed from the bustling city just a few feet away. DSCN3553 DSCN3555DSCN3562Inside of the park is a monument dedicated to Indro Montanelli.  It is found quite near the spot where the writer was shot in the legs by the Brigate Rosse, as he was walking to work.  DSCN3561DSCN3560DSCN3567DSCN3568Along the edge of the park, you will find the Museum of Natural History.  I didn’t go inside of the museum, preferring to stay out in the fresh air, but I will visit it at some point in the future, when I return to Milano.DSCN3570DSCN3572DSCN3577DSCN3575DSCN3581Just past in the museum, if you continue walking in the park, you come upon the monument to Antonio Stoppani — a Catholic priest, hero, geologist and palaeontologist.  His most famous work was “Il Bel Paese”, which was a book on geology and natural history.  He is considered a hero for his actions during the siege of Milano, in 1848, referred to now as the Five Days of Milano.  He was instrumental in sending messages out of the city with the use of hot air balloons, letting the rest of Italia know what was happening in Milano under the Austrian Empire.  DSCN3583DSCN3585The Ulrico Hoepli Planetarium is the largest in Italy.  DSCN3591DSCN3586Near the planetarium is the Monument to Ruggiero Giuseppe Boscovich, one of the founders of the Astronomical Observatory of Brera.  DSCN3588DSCN3593DSCN3594DSCN3596DSCN3605DSCN3606DSCN3610The entire park area was once the property and private gardens of the Dugnani Family.  Their Palazzo sits on the edge of the park, opposite from the Museum of Natural History.DSCN3614DSCN3622DSCN3631Outside of the Palazzo is a statue of the composer Rossini.  DSCN3624DSCN3627DSCN3633DSCN3637At the edge of the park, in Piazza Cavour, you will find the monument to Camillo Benso, the Conte di Cavour.  He was the first Prime Minister of Italia.DSCN3638DSCN3641DSCN3642DSCN3644DSCN3656DSCN3660A statue by Miro stands in front of the Palazzo del Senato.DSCN3665DSCN3666The Palazzo is now home to the State Archives.  DSCN3670DSCN3677DSCN3678DSCN3680DSCN3687DSCN3690DSCN3692DSCN3693DSCN3696DSCN3699

Next up: a road-trip with my friend Giovanna and her aunt, to their family’s home town of Gessopalena, in Abruzzo.

Note: this blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations which may appear.  If you have enjoyed this post, please check out our archives for more posts from bella Milano, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie! 


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