Milan – A City that Never Grows Old – Day 3 – Part 4

At Via Giosuè Carducci, # 36, you will find Castello Cova, or as it is also known, Palazzo Viviani Cova.  The palazzo dates from 1910, and was designed by the architect Adolfo Coppedè. The Pusterla di Sant’Ambrogio is one of the ten city gates that were part of Milan’s medieval system of defensive walls.  The…

Milan – A City that Never Grows Old – Day 3 – Part 3

Our next stop turned out to be the studio-museum of the sculptor Francesco Messina.  Messina is considered to be one of the most important artists, when it comes to figurative sculpture of the 20th century.  Originally from Sicily, he made Milan his home, and the deconsecrated Church of San Sisto al Carrobbio, his studio.  Now,…

Milan – A City that Never Grows Old – Day 3 – Part 2

On Piazza Borromeo, you will find the Church of Santa Maria Podone.  This Greek Orthodox Church, which is dedicated to the Holy Mother, takes its name from the fact that a nobleman, named Podone, donated the money to build it in 871.  Remodeled in 1440, and again in 1625, it is an inviting sight, set…

Milan – A City that Never Grows Old – Day 3 – Part 1

We were out nice and early, on our last day in Milan.  We wanted to get in as much exploring as possible, before heading to our next destination.  A plaque, on a nearby building, marked the house where the writer, Giovanni Battista Bazzoni, lived and wrote one of his most popular books, Il Castello di…

Milan – A City that Never Grows Old – Day 2 – Part 5

The Archeological Museum’s path leads one to the Polygonal Tower, which dates from the Middle Ages.  Do yourself a favor, and step inside the structure, before visiting the rest of the museum, in order to see the lovely frescoes that adorn the lower walls! The modern sculpture, found on the floor of the tower is…

Milan – A City that Never Grows Old – Day 2 – Part 4

Our next destination was right next to the Chiesa  di San Maurizio, the Civico Museo Archeologico di Milano, or the Archaeological Museum of Milan, found at Corso Magenta, #15. The museum is housed in what used to be the convent of the Monastero Maggiore.  Admission is €5.00 per person, and it is open Tuesday through…

Milan – A City that Never Grows Old – Day 2 – Part 3

A modern piece of art, shown in the photo above, honors all those who have lost their lives for their country (Italy) in war, and also in peacetime.  Walking along the sidewalk, right before one gets to the entrance of the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio, to the right, at the edge of the parking lot, there…

Milan – A City that Never Grows Old – Day 2 – Part 2

As we explored the two cloisters of the Catholic University, we came upon a plaque dedicated to Aristide Calderini, the Italian archaeologist and academic.  His family moved to Milan from southern Italy, when he was six years old, and from that day on, he became intrigued by the city, as he grew to love it. …

Milan – A City that Never Grows Old – Day 2 – Part 1

We woke the next morning, to find the backyard filled with neighbors, preparing for an Easter Egg Hunt.  It was such a delight to watch the children searching for the eggs, amid the greenery just outside our windows. After watching the Easter Egg Hunt for a while, we headed outdoors ourselves, to explore more of…

Milan – A City that Never Grows Old – Day 1 – Part 2

Around the corner, on Via Circo, # 4, there was the Liceo Classico Statale “Tito Livio.”  A plaque on a nearby facade marks the house where Attilio de Marchi, the Italian historian, writer, and philologist, lived and died. A small section of the ruins of the ancient Roman Circus of Milan, from the period when…

Milan – A City that Never Grows Old – Day 1 – Part 1

We were in Milan over Easter weekend, arriving on Good Friday, and then, heading to our next destination the following Tuesday.  We chose an apartment in the center of the city, in a palazzo, with a lovely garden at the back, and a cloister in the middle, both of which we had windows that opened…

Casorate Sempione – The Quiet Life Near Malpensa Airport – Day 2

Our second day in Casorate Sempione, which was also our last, was a Sunday, and after sleeping in a bit, and a cup or two of cappuccino, we headed out.  Unlike the United States, most shops in Italy are closed on Sundays, except for in the main tourist destinations.  Therefore, we decided to take advantage…