Wednesday, March 22, 2017


MILAN (Italian: Milano) is financially the most important city in Italy. It is the second most populous city proper in the country, but sits at the centre of Italy's largest urban and metropolitan area. While not considered as beautiful as some Italian cities, having been greatly destroyed by Second World War bomb raids, the city has rebuilt itself into a thriving cosmopolitan business capital. In essence, for a tourist, what makes Milan interesting compared to other places is that the city is truly more about the lifestyle of enjoying worldly pleasures: a paradise for shopping, football, opera, and nightlife. Milan remains the marketplace for Italian fashion – fashion aficionados, supermodels and international paparazzi descend upon the city twice a year for its spring and autumn fairs. Don't get fooled by the modern aspect of the city, since it's one of the most ancient cities in Europe with more than 26 centuries of history and heritage!
The Gothic Duomo and Piazza

Interior of Gothic Duomo

The Accoustically Perfect La Scala Opera House

Vittorio Emanuelle Galleria Shopping Center

Detail of Gothic Duomo

Interior of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

Piazza featuring Famous Gothic Duomo

Typical Milan Street Car now used in San Francisco

Milan is famous for its wealth of historical and modern sights - the Duomo, one of the biggest and grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world, La Scala, one of the best established opera houses in the globe, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, an ancient and glamorous arcaded shopping gallery, the Brera art gallery, with some of the finest artistic works in Europe, the Pirelli tower, a majestic example of 1960s modernist Italian architecture, the San Siro, a huge and famed stadium, or the Castello Sforzesco, a grand medieval castle and the UNESCO's World Heritage Site Santa Maria alle Grazie Basilica, containing one of the world's most famous paintings: Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museumsart galleriespiazzas,villaschurches and elegant Renaissance palazzi. With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and his renowned Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre), the "city of Palladio" has been enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.
As of December 2008, Vicenza had an estimated population of  115,927, and a metropolitan area of 270 000. Vicenza is the third-largest Italian industrial center as measured by the value of its exports, and is one of the country's wealthiest cities,  especially due to its textile and steel industries which employ tens of thousands, and about one fifth of the country's gold and jewelry is made in Vicenza, greatly contributing to the city's economy. Another important branch is the engineering/computer components industry (Federico Faggin, the microprocessor's co-inventor was born in Vicenza).

In 1994 UNESCO designated "Vicenza, City of Palladio" on its list of World Heritage Sites. In 1996 the site was expanded to include the Palladian villas outside the core area, and accordingly renamed "City of Palladio and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto".

Palladio's works

Vicenza is home to twenty-three buildings designed by Palladio. The famous ones include: