Italian Language and Culture
How come this is a project? Well, I really like the Italian language and there's also something immensely pleasant about the Italian way of life. Having lived in Milan for a couple of years (and survived the Italian bureaucracy and other oddities) I can safely say that this is more than just a random crush for me. I'm really hoping that one day in the future I'll be able to return to Italy for at least a couple of years. That's why I've decided to learn the Italian language fluently and get a deeper understanding of the Italian culture and history. I guess you can call that a project.
I know that learning the language is a tall order, but then again remember that I'm the guy who still takes management advice from Obi-Wan Kenobi ("You must do what you feel is right"). Besides, it's fun to learn a new language and researchers have just found out that it will improve the structure of your brain and make the network that pulls it all together more efficient.
It goes without saying that Italy is also a wonderful country for people interested in photography and travelling. There are so many breathtaking places, many of which you've probably never even heard about. Personally I feel that I've just scratched the surface and there are tons of places still left to explore. For example, I've never been to Sicily even though my favourite Italian TV-series takes place there (Il Comissario Montalbano). Neither have I've been to Sardinia, where you apparently find the healthiest and longest living Italians (thanks to super food like minestrone and fresh sea air).
On this page I will collect all the essays and blog posts that relate to Italy in one way or another. You'll find stuff about travelling, photography, food, and wines. And yes, occasionally there will be some comments and observations on politics and society as well.
Summary of blog posts on Italian language and culture
All good things must come to an end. It's time to move on and leave Milan behind. Feels a bit sad, but it's always invigorating to turn a new page in life.
Milan Italy, May 2016.
If you’re planning on making a day trip to Lake Como during your Milan visit, you should definitely consider Varenna.
Varenna, Italy, May 2016.
The peninsula of Portofino is a beautiful gem on the Italian Riviera coastline. This part of Liguria is a perfect weekend retreat for nature lovers and it offers great alternatives for hiking in stunning landscapes.
Camogli and Portofino, April 2016, Liguria Italy
The 55th edition of the Milan Design Week has just ended and finally the city can take a breather. This is Milan’s most action packed week of the entire year. It brings out the best of Milan but obviously there are some downsides as well.
Fuorisalone 2016, Zona Brera, Milano Italia.
My favourite place in Milan is Parco Sempione. There are not that many green spots in Milan, which makes this park all the more important. I go there almost every day for a run or walk.
Milan Italy, March 2016
Number five on my list is the Quadrilatero della Moda, a.k.a. the fashion district. I thought it might be best to describe this place with a short video.
Via Montenapoleone, Milan Italy, February 2016
In Italy cash is king and I mean real physical paper money and metal coins. This is not just my observation – European statistics show that cash is more important only in Romania and Greece.
Pavia Italy, November 2015
Italy is the second most visited country in the world with about 80 million tourists a year. In practice this means that you should avoid popular attractions during the summer high season. Even places that used to be peaceful are now swamped. That’s why Cinque Terre is considering restricting the number of annual visitors.
Cinque Terre, Italy, July 2015
If you want to go out and have a casual evening with friends, Navigli is the place. It’s a district south-west of the city center easily accessible by tram or metro. Navigli is characterized by canals, along which you’ll find a lot of bars and restaurants. It's the most vibrant and diverse area in Milan and the evenings are full of life even on weekdays.
Como is a famous tourist destination in Northern Italy and can be very crowded during the summer high season. That’s why you should go to Como in the winter or early spring. It’s a bit colder, but very beautiful and peaceful. As a bonus you’ll get excellent service everywhere.