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city trip: italy (july ’12)

Welcome back to amsterdam insights by mae. It has been a busy few months but I feel inspired to share my travels with you and more recent Amsterdam Insights before the new year. First up, a few photographs from a family trip to Italy this summer, followed by city trips to Paris and Versailles, London, Perugia and Rome.

I hope to pick up amsterdam insights again in the new year. Expect a different schedule of posts, as this blog will only feature an Amsterdam City Guide with places to grab a coffee or a bite to eat, culture and artshops to browse and sights to see (see navigation on the right). I’ll also post the occasional photograph of Amsterdam and overviews of city trips. Stay tuned!

pinacoteca di brera (milan)

The Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the most important art galleries in the world. In this overly-full museum hang many important paintings of great Italian painters from the 14th century, such as Raffaello, Bellini and Caravaggio. Also seen here are paintings by Rubens and Rembrandt. Besides the impressive art collection, the building itself, from the 17th century, is worth a visit. You will find many impressive sculptures in the inner courtyard. I particularly liked the sculpture featured in the middle of the square…

I loved the details on the little fairy-like figure…

la galleria (milan)

When I told people I was going to Milan for a few days, they immediately said, “oh yeah, Milan… La Scala, the opera, and the Galleria!” And of course I had heard of the Milan Galleria. The only things I had seen that were to prepare me for the grandeur of the Milan Galleria were, first, the “Passage,” in The Hague, which is a passageway of shops and cafes that opened in 1885.

And two, the almost “hidden” nineteenth-century arcades with glass roofs and tiled floors that hark back to shopping from a different era of Paris.

But nothing I have seen yet compares to the Galleria in Milan…

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered double arcade formed of two glass-vaulted arcades. You can walk through the Galleria from the the Piazza del Duomo, the northern side, to the Piazza della Scala. Named after Vittorio Emanuele the II, the first king of united Italy, it was originally designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. Today, it is lined with expensive shops like Prada and Louis Vuitton, as well as expensive restaurants and cafes.

a walk through brera (milan)

Brera is one of my favorite districts in Milan. Why? The thing I love to do the most when visiting a city is to flâner (stroll), comme les Parisiens. I honestly think the best way to get to know a city is to wander aimlessly through its streets. In doing so, I discovered that the Brera district, just north of the Duomo, has narrow streets lined with nice apartment buildings – these apartment buildings often have expensive boutiques and artsy shops on the ground floor. You will also find streets lined with charming cafes and restaurants, great for a late afternoon cappucino or an evening meal of Milanese risotto. The Brera is also where you’ll find the Pinacoteca Brera, one of Milan’s art museums, and a place that I have devoted a photoessay to, coming up shortly!