The word of “aperitivo” is derived from the Latin word “aperire”, meaning “to open”, and it stands for low alcohol beverages that are consumed before dinner. The history of aperitivo starts with Antonio Benedetto Carpano to produce modern Vermut in 1786 and thinking that it would be a more suitable drink for women then wine. This trend became very popular in Italy in 19th century, spread throughout all Europe at the end of the 19th century and then to America. And got its current shape with “happy hour”, the period of time in which Americans serve free/discounted snacks. Advertisements
“Buongiorno! Un caffè, per favore?” It’s a regular day start in Italy; with a delicious cup of coffee and its best company, brioche. People wake up early; they either prepare coffee by using mocha at their houses or they stop by a cafe on their way, where they probably visit every morning, and order a “caffè”. They don’t waste time while drinking coffee, they don’t like sitting too much; they finish up their espresso in a blink of an eye and move on with their daily to-do’s. The delicious and strong flavored espresso, only filling a half of a little cup, that consumed every morning is probably the reason why Italians are folks full with such an energy. 🙂
Besides being the fashion capital of the world, Milano also is a must-seen for the art lovers. Brera Art Academy – having pieces from Bellini’s Pieta to Francesco Hayes’ The Kiss – , Palazzo Reale – today used as an art museum and will be hosting Van Gogh in October – and many more are located in the finance center of Italy.
May be one of the youngest and most creative spots in Milan, Corso di Porta Ticinese is named after Porta Ticinese: meaning Ticino Gate. Located in the city’s historical center and under construction like most of the other gates in the city nowadays, the gate was built in 16th century as a part of Mura Spagnole and it was demolished back in 19th century. After the demolition, a new structure was built and it has been in the same form since that time. Corso di Porta Ticinese connects world-famous Torino Street to Duomo Square and is home to San Lorenzo – built in Roman Empire era and completed in 16th century-, Sant’ Eustorgio churches – once a very important destination for pilgrims since it was where the Magi graves were – and Basilicas Park – connecting the Sant’Eustorgio churches together -. Along with all of these, Corso di Porta Ticinese is one of the liveliest spots of the city with its small shops where you can buy original products, aperitivo restaurants and night life.
As a couple, one our favorite things in this world is food. Neither new or traditional, trying out new tastes, chasing great food is our passion. That’s why we love the blog’s Chasing Wonders of Great Taste part, it’s even more precious for us. 🙂 Chasing Wonders of Great Taste’s first topic is the common passion of us which is Italian ice cream, gelato. Gelato takes its original Italian name from the Latin language word, “gelātus” which means frozen. Therefore containing min 3.5% butter inside and having a different process of preparation than the ice cream itself, it’s especially called gelato mostly in US. During our time in Milano we tried out lots of gelatos, listed the best gelaterias in town and highlighted the most-loved tastes;
Without any doubt the first thing that has to be written about Milano is the city’s symbol, Europe’s 4th and Italy’s second biggest cathedral Duomo di Milano. The cathedral and the same-named square, Piazza del Duomo are located at the very heart of the city and are known as the most touristic and attracting place in Milan.