all about it...
you plan to spend any time at all in Milan, the free monthly
English-language newspaper Hello
Milano is well worth seeking out. Not that you
have to go far: copies are available from the Tourist Information
Centre (APT) in the cathedral square (Via Marconi 1), as
well as from many hotels and consulates. This newspaper-format
publication offers a wealth of information, including listings
of events that a non-Italian speaker might enjoy. Meanwhile,
the front-page piece allows the reader precious insights
into topical news issues. Want to see what it's all about
before you get here? Check out the website: www.hellomilano.it.
Ed. note: Roberta writes
an excellent column is this publication. Check it out!
addition to being a great place to buy wine -- with over
1,500 labels to choose from -- L'Altrovino,
at 9 Viale Piave (tel: 02 780147, metro Porta Venezia) runs
wine-tasting sessions on the first and third Thursdays of
the month, from 6:00 to 9.00 pm. This is a very pleasant
atmosphere in which to learn more about Italian wine, with
the help of an extremely knowledgeable sommelier who lines
up four or five examples from one wine-maker. Courses and
special tasting sessions are also available at a reasonable
price. L'Altrovino, which is open Tuesday to Saturday inclusive,
11.30 am - 8.00 pm also carries olive oil, as well as Debauve
& Gallois chocolate.
Bus to Designer Discount Outlet...
Gasping for Gucci? Love
Loro Piana? Swear by Sergio Rossi? Adore Armani? It's not
true what they say. You-can-have-it-all even if you don't
have a huge clothing budget! Head for The
Mall tucked away at Reggello, some 35 km from
both Florence and Arezzo. Here, from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm,
Monday to Saturday (also Sundays 3.00 -7.00 pm between March
and the end of September), you can find a great deal of
great deals. Last year's stock (but who's to know?) at the
year-before's prices, samples, ends-of-lines, and so on.
At Loro Piana, where you will find everything cashmere,
a friend got a scrumptious soft-pink throw for a mere 300
Euro marked down from 1,000 Euro. Yves St. Laurent yielded
up a pair of classic black pants that will be the mainstay
of her wardrobe for years to come. At Armani, there were
tops and shoes, dresses and trousers, accessories and leather.
We could have bought the whole of Bottega Veneta, while
the Sergio Rossi shoes we picked out will certainly help
us step out in style.
you have wheels, just take the A1 southbound from Florence,
turn off at Incisa, and then head for Leccio on the road
to Pontassieve. If you are not mobile, never fear, there's
a shuttle bus service from Florence. For details on this
and any other information you might need, contact The Mall
(tel: 055 8657775, fax: 055 8657801).
you happen to get into an elevator in Italy with other people
and they all start saying what floor they're going to and
asking you which floor you want, don't fret. It's because
a great many Italian lifts operate on a system whereby the
first button that is pushed is the first place the lift
stops. So, if I am going further than you, but I press first,
we go "all" the way up. And then you have to come
"all" the way back down. This is why passengers
state their plans. This way, a running order is established,
with one person usually doing all the pushing of buttons.
you are staying in Italy for a while, you may need to get
to a hairdresser. While an English-speaking hairdresser
is the obvious choice if you don't speak Italian, there
is another advantage. Traditionally, Italian women went
to the hairdressers' every week to get their hair washed
and set. This being the case, the cut was not important
since the hairdresser was able to work wonders with brush,
hairdryer, and products. While many Italian women now do
their own hair, many hairdressers' training is still in
the traditional style.
This is why British-
and American-trained stylists are so much in demand here
in Milan. Sure they give good chat, but they also have the
cutting skills that ensure your hair is definitely wash-and-wear.
As far as I am aware,
Toni & Guy is the only
Anglo chain to operate in Italy. You'll find them in Milan
at Via Vincenzo Monti, (Tel 02 48021737). Give yourself