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La Scala: More Than Just a Night at the Opera

As the world’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala is a mecca for music lovers the world over. What many don’t realize is that visitors can experience Milan’s La Scala in more ways than one costly night sitting on a red-velveteen chair listening to Verdi. Of course La Scala is synonymous with opera, and …

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Milan’s Palaces of the Dead

  After a week in Milan, we felt we’d seen everything. We’d visited the Duomo in daylight and at night; we’d had aperitivi at several trendy bars; we couldn’t afford, but we didn’t care to shop at Gucci and Prada. It was an awkward period of limbo, one that came after what seemed like a week …

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Where To Stay in Milan, Italy

Because Milan’s city center is relatively small and holds a wealth of hotels at all price points, there is no excuse for staying in a hotel that doesn’t meet your needs and expectations. From budget lodging to five-star apartments, Milan’s hotels are within easy walking distance to its most important sights. Hotel star ratings are determined by a public standard in …

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First-time Visitor Guide to Milan, Italy

  More than any other city in Italy, Milan, with a city proper population of 1.3 million and metropolitan area population of 4 million, is a thriving, international, cultural, commerce center. While Rome is the place to see what remains of the old Roman civilization, Milan is where you’ll find sophisticated, modern Italy. Cutting-edge fashion boutiques, trendy restaurants, world-acclaimed performing arts venues …

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Visiting Italy’s Crypts

  The Italian word “ossario” (ossuary) can be traced back to the Latin word osseus, which means boney, and this is, quite literally, exactly what Italy’s ossario are. A resting place for the dead, they have been called crypts, catacombs, and tombs, but none of these words quite get the point across. Ossario are usually …

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A Day in Milan, Italy

  A few years ago, I flew to Milan to speak at a literary conference in nearby Lugano, Switzerland. Though I only had one day in this bustling Italian metropolis, I remember it vividly and fondly. Milan is the second largest city in Italy, with a population of around 1.3 million Milanese (the term used …

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