Italy Tag

Travel Postcards / 30.09.2012

Spotting a vintage FIAT 500 has become so rare that I suspect the few left are either owned by amateurs or by people who happened to inherit them from their grandfather. First built by Italian car maker FIAT in 1936, and for a while also nicknamed 'topolino' (the Italian name for Mickey Mouse'), it was one...

Travel Postcards / 12.09.2012

Often overlooked by visitors, the Arch of Peace - Arco della Pace - is one of Milan's main landmarks. Initially called the Arch of Victory, to celebrate Emperor Napoleon, Arco della Pace was originally designated to be part of the Foro Bonaparte, a modern version of the ancient Roman Forum. The building of the arch, designed...

Travel Postcards / 08.09.2012

What a lovely place is the Alpe di Siusi, in the Dolomites. Apart from the stunning mountain range, with the Sciliar, Sasso Lungo and Sasso Piatto standing out as the main characteristic of the landscape, there’s beauty in a lot of small things, like these spikes outlining against the smooth hills and the deep blue...

Travel Postcards / 01.09.2012

Connecting Piazza del Duomo (where the imposing Milan Cathedral stands) and Piazza della Scala (home of one of the most famous Opera theaters in the world), Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of Milan’s most important landmarks. [pullquote]The famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele octagon, where the two alleys intersect, has long been considered 'Milan's drawing room'[/pullquote] Designed in...

Nature & Outdoors / 20.08.2012

Only a few days and I’ll be back to my beloved Dolomites. I confess that while I was struggling with the heat in South East Asia (not that I got much relief once back in Milan, except it’s a little less humid) and an environment where I often felt uncomfortable, I couldn’t help longing for...