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Raffaele’s guidebook

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Raffaele’s guidebook

Food & Drinking scene
Famous for its gin bar, Officina 12 is a real experience. With an enormous restaurant space, both inside and out, the food is consistently good and so is the service. Always buzzing with people and activity on the weekends, you can expect a great atmosphere. The restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine, the portions are generous and the courses from appetizers to dessert are frankly delicious. I would recommend a group dinner and a peruse of the extensive wine list. But if you want just to drink, GINO12, the gin corner of restaurant Officina12, has rapidly become the place to be for gin lovers. It's a must to try their creative gin cocktails. This is the kind of place you can arrive for dinner and stay until close around 1am. After dinner, you can take a walk along the Naviglio canals as a way to end a wonderful evening out. www.officina12.it
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Officina 12
12 Alzaia Naviglio Grande
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Famous for its gin bar, Officina 12 is a real experience. With an enormous restaurant space, both inside and out, the food is consistently good and so is the service. Always buzzing with people and activity on the weekends, you can expect a great atmosphere. The restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine, the portions are generous and the courses from appetizers to dessert are frankly delicious. I would recommend a group dinner and a peruse of the extensive wine list. But if you want just to drink, GINO12, the gin corner of restaurant Officina12, has rapidly become the place to be for gin lovers. It's a must to try their creative gin cocktails. This is the kind of place you can arrive for dinner and stay until close around 1am. After dinner, you can take a walk along the Naviglio canals as a way to end a wonderful evening out. www.officina12.it
'Ceresio' is a pool and restaurant bar perched high up on a roof terrace overlooking the historical 'Cimitero Monumentale'. You could have a day on the terrace using all the facilities: the pool, restaurant and bar. It could be a day to treat yourself or you can also go there just for a cocktail or dinner in the evening to appreciate the sunset. Since it's nearby Corso Como you can also plan to have your night out in that area. www.ceresio7.com
Via Ceresio, 7
7 Via Ceresio
'Ceresio' is a pool and restaurant bar perched high up on a roof terrace overlooking the historical 'Cimitero Monumentale'. You could have a day on the terrace using all the facilities: the pool, restaurant and bar. It could be a day to treat yourself or you can also go there just for a cocktail or dinner in the evening to appreciate the sunset. Since it's nearby Corso Como you can also plan to have your night out in that area. www.ceresio7.com
'10 Corso Como' is a shopping and dining/bar complex in Milan, Italy. It combines outlets that show and sell works of art, fashion, music, design, cuisine and culture. Let yourself walk through the little door of a normal building and you will discover a little island of green, art and peace inside. www.10corsocomo.com/location-milano/
Corso Como, 10
10 Corso Como
'10 Corso Como' is a shopping and dining/bar complex in Milan, Italy. It combines outlets that show and sell works of art, fashion, music, design, cuisine and culture. Let yourself walk through the little door of a normal building and you will discover a little island of green, art and peace inside. www.10corsocomo.com/location-milano/
'La Rinascente' Roof top dining space in Piazza duomo where you can enjoy Milan from above having an Italian Aperitivo. www.rinascente.it/rinascente/it
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La Rinascente
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'La Rinascente' Roof top dining space in Piazza duomo where you can enjoy Milan from above having an Italian Aperitivo. www.rinascente.it/rinascente/it
For an early start, pop into ‘That’s Bakery’ (via Vigevano, 41) for breakfast. Located between the Porta Genoa metro and Navigli Grande, the café serves everything from apple pancakes to Croque Madames, but I love the homemade brioches filled with Nutella best of all.
That’s Bakery
41 Via Vigevano
For an early start, pop into ‘That’s Bakery’ (via Vigevano, 41) for breakfast. Located between the Porta Genoa metro and Navigli Grande, the café serves everything from apple pancakes to Croque Madames, but I love the homemade brioches filled with Nutella best of all.
For a more intimate drink, I beeline to ‘MAG Café'(ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43), a cozy bar with a bohemian design and plenty of crushed velvet armchairs to settle into for a conversation over a glass of wine.
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Mag Cafè
43 Ripa di Porta Ticinese
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For a more intimate drink, I beeline to ‘MAG Café'(ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43), a cozy bar with a bohemian design and plenty of crushed velvet armchairs to settle into for a conversation over a glass of wine.
Classic Neapolitan pizzeria with wood-burning oven, room with air-conditioner and outdoor garden. Typical Neapolitan dishes prepared with strictly Italian and top quality products: ricotta, mozzarella and mozzarella di bufalo, gragnano pasta, extra virgin olive oil, san marzano tomatoes, vesuvio tomatoes, Corbara tomatoes, stone-ground flour, long-rising pizza dough.... The products are produced in Camapania (south of Italy) and delivered fresh at the restaurant every day.
Fratelli Cavallaro
34 Alzaia Naviglio Pavese
Classic Neapolitan pizzeria with wood-burning oven, room with air-conditioner and outdoor garden. Typical Neapolitan dishes prepared with strictly Italian and top quality products: ricotta, mozzarella and mozzarella di bufalo, gragnano pasta, extra virgin olive oil, san marzano tomatoes, vesuvio tomatoes, Corbara tomatoes, stone-ground flour, long-rising pizza dough.... The products are produced in Camapania (south of Italy) and delivered fresh at the restaurant every day.
Sightseeing
'Cimitero Monumentale'; One of the most beautiful and quiet places in the city. Monumental Cemetery hosts the graves of many people who made the city of Milan great. Milanese people love to walk around this place admiring the art or visiting the graves of famous people. You will see so many different architectural styles, so many beautiful sculptures; you'll feel like you're walking through a unique park or a museum; much more than just a cemetery. Try to get lost in its alleyways and you'll always discover something beautiful!
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Monumental Cemetery
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'Cimitero Monumentale'; One of the most beautiful and quiet places in the city. Monumental Cemetery hosts the graves of many people who made the city of Milan great. Milanese people love to walk around this place admiring the art or visiting the graves of famous people. You will see so many different architectural styles, so many beautiful sculptures; you'll feel like you're walking through a unique park or a museum; much more than just a cemetery. Try to get lost in its alleyways and you'll always discover something beautiful!
'Duomo'. It's the most important monument in the city centre. Inside the Cathedral you will appreciate the architecture, imperial paintings and unique pieces of art. If you want, you can also go all the way up and walk around the roof from which you will appreciate the unique sight of Milan from above.
Duomo
'Duomo'. It's the most important monument in the city centre. Inside the Cathedral you will appreciate the architecture, imperial paintings and unique pieces of art. If you want, you can also go all the way up and walk around the roof from which you will appreciate the unique sight of Milan from above.
‘Il quadrilatero della moda' is how we call the area in Milan which represents the centre of the fashion world. If you love fashion, then you will really want to go and appreciate all the most stylish fashion designers on offer, from Gucci, Prada and Versace. You’ll find the high streets of this glamorous area on Via Monte Napoleone e Via Della Spiga. It is nearby Piazza Duomo, but if you prefer you can reach this area by underground as well: Monte Napoleone underground stop.
Via Monte Napoleone
‘Il quadrilatero della moda' is how we call the area in Milan which represents the centre of the fashion world. If you love fashion, then you will really want to go and appreciate all the most stylish fashion designers on offer, from Gucci, Prada and Versace. You’ll find the high streets of this glamorous area on Via Monte Napoleone e Via Della Spiga. It is nearby Piazza Duomo, but if you prefer you can reach this area by underground as well: Monte Napoleone underground stop.
'Castello Sforzesco' (Sforzesco Castele) You can visit the castle, see the exhibitions or just walk through to reach the beautiful park behind for a unique picnic. It is a public park with bars and different activities going on throughout. You can rent a 4-person-bike and explore the park in a new way whilst having a laugh with friends. Castello Sforzesco is a short walk from Piazza Duomo. But if you prefer, you can get on the underground and stop at Cairoli Castello.
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Sempione
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'Castello Sforzesco' (Sforzesco Castele) You can visit the castle, see the exhibitions or just walk through to reach the beautiful park behind for a unique picnic. It is a public park with bars and different activities going on throughout. You can rent a 4-person-bike and explore the park in a new way whilst having a laugh with friends. Castello Sforzesco is a short walk from Piazza Duomo. But if you prefer, you can get on the underground and stop at Cairoli Castello.
VICOLO DEI LAVANDAI Walk through the picturesque Vicolo dei Lavandai which runs off of Naviglio Grande. The colourful street is one of the prettiest in the area and gets the name “Washerwoman’s alley” because it was where the women in the neighbourhood would come to scrub clothes on the stone slabs that can be found along the lane.
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Alzaia Naviglio Grande
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VICOLO DEI LAVANDAI Walk through the picturesque Vicolo dei Lavandai which runs off of Naviglio Grande. The colourful street is one of the prettiest in the area and gets the name “Washerwoman’s alley” because it was where the women in the neighbourhood would come to scrub clothes on the stone slabs that can be found along the lane.
Visit the Basilica di San Lorenzo (Corso di Porta Ticinese 35) to admire one of Milan’s oldest churches. Dating back to the 4th century, the church was built on top of the remains of an old Roman amphitheatre. Step into the beautiful Byzantine St. Aquilino chapel for frescoes that date back more than 1,500 years.
Basilica di San Lorenzo, Milano
Visit the Basilica di San Lorenzo (Corso di Porta Ticinese 35) to admire one of Milan’s oldest churches. Dating back to the 4th century, the church was built on top of the remains of an old Roman amphitheatre. Step into the beautiful Byzantine St. Aquilino chapel for frescoes that date back more than 1,500 years.
Remember that Milan’s canals were first built in the 12th century to connect the growing city to the Po River for easy access to food and goods from the countryside. When Leonardo Da Vinci came to the city to work on The Last Supper, he also played a hand in helping to dream up a series of dams to keep the canals flowing smoothly. The artistic engineer designed the canal locks for the Naviglio di San Marco basin, which can still be seen today.
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Naviglio Grande
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Remember that Milan’s canals were first built in the 12th century to connect the growing city to the Po River for easy access to food and goods from the countryside. When Leonardo Da Vinci came to the city to work on The Last Supper, he also played a hand in helping to dream up a series of dams to keep the canals flowing smoothly. The artistic engineer designed the canal locks for the Naviglio di San Marco basin, which can still be seen today.
When I need something a bit more contemporary, I explore the art galleries that line Naviglio Grande. The modern art spaces often feature younger artists, and Miradoli Arte Contemporanea (Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 54) in particular always has new talent on display.
Angel Art Gallery
When I need something a bit more contemporary, I explore the art galleries that line Naviglio Grande. The modern art spaces often feature younger artists, and Miradoli Arte Contemporanea (Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 54) in particular always has new talent on display.