Secret Milan – Via San Maurilio

August 4th, Milan. The city is hot and empty. Pedestrians are infrequent and those who could not leave for the shores of Liguria, Emilia Romagna or Toscana yet, are walking down the street like ghosts. Continue reading


The wanderer, the explorer, the saint

Sunday morning in Milan, 08.30 am. The city awakens in this very moment. Shops and cafes are opening, people jogging or walking their dogs. I have been wandering for 2 hours, so far.

When I left my bed, this morning, it was 6.25 am. I sat on the bed and contemplated the sun light glowing over the curtain of my windows. Then, I went out. Continue reading


Il Giardino Conchetta Verde

Not far from Via San Gottardo, after taking via Pavia and turning in via Troilo afterwards, the ruins of some building bombed during the W.W. 2, later demolished, provided the necessary space to create a small garden with benches, trees and flowers. There I found this lovely decorated tree that reminded me of some older games I used to play when I was a child. Continue reading


Economic History of Greed

It is difficult to say what came first: was it greed or was it capital? According to most credited historians, greed lays at the core of the original capital accumulation, dating back to the XVth and XVIth centuries. Even though there is much evidence  that greed is an element shared equally throughout history, my first experience of it dates back to the early 90’s, when I was a child at primary school. Continue reading


The water magnet

I finally made it to Leonardo’s Naviglio Pavese. Back in the old days Milan used to look like Venice: a city on water. Its layout dramatically changed after the Municipality decided to bury almost all the canals, during the Thirties.

Milan changed its face to resemble a European modern capital but, the Navigli area, in the southern part of the city, still keeps its old canals and docks, to enjoy an old picture of how Milan used to be.

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