This Italian video reveals 10 Chique fun facts about Italy and about Milan.
Peppuccio is a Milanese legend. His little tobacco shop and tiny bar between Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese, open 24/7, has been serving customers for over 30 years. It’s a family business and Peppuccio can be found sitting on his wooden chair and selling smokes and drinks every single night after 9pm. The only bright light in the middle of a dark street, jazz music playing softly into the night.
Milan is a city that dates day and night. Which means that your hair must be perfect all the time – you don’t want to miss a hot date, do you? No wonder Milanese hairdressers thrive; Italian women take pride in their hair and most of them go to their hairdresser every week. Why bother washing and blowing your hair at home when the city is full of salons where haircare is easier and more fun? Milan is not your usual city, and even its hairdressers are hip and extravagant. I have compiled a list of the most peculiar salons in the city. Try them, experiment, have fun, and let your hair have some serious pampering!
I love flea markets (mercati delle pulci in Italian) with their uselful and useless trinkets and adorable atmosphere. London has Portobello Road, Rome has Porta Portese, and Milan has Fiera di Sinigaglia that has been an inseparable part of Milanese Saturday mornings for more than a hundred years. The market was named after Sinigaglia, or Senigaglia, the only Franconian port in Italy that used to host a huge market. It was created quite spontaneously in Bastioni di Porta Genova where tramps and the poor met to exchange whatever they currently possessed for what they needed. In a couple of years, this exchange place turned into a vibrant flea market that the Milanese fell in love with.
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Navigli is one of the most charming districts of Milan. What used to be an intricate web of canals so important for the city’s business has considerably shrunk as the waterways have become redundant. But still, every Milanese loves it. The alleys surrounding Naviglio Grande, the main canal, are the center of bohemian lifestyle where the old and vintage meets the trendy and cool.
There’s a hidden gem in the heart of Navigli, that few people know about. It’s a tiny little alley whose size may be negligible but its spirit is huge. You can reach it easily from Porta Genova (the green subway line) walking along Via Vigevano, turning to Via Corsico and walking toward Naviglio Grande. It’s one of the little streets on your left, you can’t miss it – and I’ll tell you why in a few seconds.
In Italy, yoga and meditation, and other spiritual tools and practices, are far from common or widely popular, but young people in big, cosmopolitan cities are becoming increasingly passionate about them. And as Milan has always been a trail-blazer and groundbreaker when it comes to new tendencies, it’s no surprise that it has the first and only yoga and meditation store in Italy, called simply Yoga Shop.
Every city has a place connected to a piece of history that the citizens are not really proud of. Piazza Vetra is the dark spot of Milan that has found its light only recently, in 21st century.
Piazza Vetra is a large, green space close to the church of San Lorenzo. It has always been the greenest area in the city, thanks to the sewer that used to run right across the square, making the whole area very wet (and stinky).
It’s time to catch up on my book tour and let you know what the lovely participating bloggers have been up to. They have shared so much wisdom in their blog posts about “The Art Of Loving Your Life”. Reading their entries you realize that life truly comes in all shapes and colors, and the gift of love and joy is a miracle. Check them out, they are incredibly inspiring!
Each day when I get out of bed, before brewing my coffee; before firing up my computer; before checking my e-mail, I take a few minutes to focus on the sounds of morning. What do I hear? The humming of nothing. It really does have a sound, like what you hear when you put a conch seashell to your ear. The cawing, tweeting, crying, warbling of the bird’s magical morning symphony. The kicking on of the refrigerator doing its incessant job of keeping food crisp and cold.