Italy

The Traffic Policeman

Posted by on 17/07/2013 at 9:03 am

the traffic policeman in rome

Can you see him? No, not the building. I’m talking about the guy in the middle of the picture. The policeman there is “directing traffic”. His arms and whistle give imperative orders to the drivers. These attempt in turn to kill him with generous portions of smog to inhale.

This guy really is an urban figure from other times. I last spotted such figure there in 2005, in Rome. I’m afraid they’re now extinct, but by all means prove me wrong if that’s the case.

Befriending Milan, part 2

Posted by on 21/03/2012 at 7:51 am

Welcome to the second part of my attempt to discover what Milan has to offer! In the first part I talked about a few city attractions, but I left out the most important one: its fabulous cathedral, or Duomo. Again on a bike, of course.

milano duomo bicycle

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Befriending Milan, Part 1

Posted by on 16/03/2012 at 8:42 am

Do you all know where I am from? I bet you do. In case you don’t though, my blood is Italian: born and raised there. More specifically, I come from Rome. There’s something unique about Rome, something special, something that you can’t describe but which makes you fall in love with it.

Just as the two Dutch “defining cities” are Amsterdam and Rotterdam, with their love-hate relationship, Italy’s other side of the coin is Milan. People in either town naturally grow up with some kind of negative prejudice about the other one, and I’m no exception to it.

For the first time in my life, I spent a weekend there visiting a friend. I had the opportunity to be a tourist in Milan and find out more about its secrets.

milan sforza castle

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