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ALESSIA AND ILYA'S WEDDING

September, 2007 in Milan
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Ceremony: il Visconte (Wedding)
Reception: il Visconte (Wedding)

Ceremony & Reception:

il Visconte (Wedding) - Ceremony & Reception - Cascina Longoli 3, Gudo Visconti, Lombardia, 20088, IT

il Visconte (Wedding)

Cascina Longoli 3
Gudo Visconti, Lombardia 20088, IT
+390294940266

Hotel:

Albergo Plaza Grand Hotel (S.R.L.) - Hotel - Piazza Diaz Armando, 3, Milano, MI, Italy

Albergo Plaza Grand Hotel (S.R.L.)

Piazza Diaz Armando, 3
Milano, MI, Italy
+39 02 867240

Hotel:

Hotel Ariosto - Hotel - Via Lodovico Ariosto, 22, Milano, Lombardia, 20123, IT

Hotel Ariosto

Via Lodovico Ariosto, 22
Milano, Lombardia 20123, IT

Hotel:

Hotel Ariston Srl - Hotel - Largo Carrobbio, 2, Milano, MI, Italy

Hotel Ariston Srl

Largo Carrobbio, 2
Milano, MI, Italy
+39 02 72000556

Hotel:

Hotel Brunelleschi - Hotel - Via Baracchini Flavio, 12, Milano, MI, Italy

Hotel Brunelleschi

Via Baracchini Flavio, 12
Milano, MI, Italy
+39 02 88431

Hotel:

Hotel Il Chiostro - Hotel - Corte Dei Cistercensi, 6, Morimondo, MI, Italy

Hotel Il Chiostro

Corte Dei Cistercensi, 6
Morimondo, MI, Italy
+39 02 94966416

Hotel:

Jolly Hotel Touring - Hotel - Via Tarchetti Ugo Iginio, 2, Milano, MI, Italy

Jolly Hotel Touring

Via Tarchetti Ugo Iginio, 2
Milano, MI, Italy
+39 02 63351

Hotel:

Milan Marriott Hotel - Hotel - Via Giorgio Washington, 66, Milan, MI, Italy

Milan Marriott Hotel

Via Giorgio Washington, 66
Milano, Lombardia 20146, IT

Hotel:

Park Hyatt Milan - Hotel - Via Tommaso Grossi, 1, Milano, Lombardia, 20121, IT

Park Hyatt Milan

Via Tommaso Grossi, 1
Milano, Lombardia 20121, IT
+39 02 8821 1234

Hotel:

Starhotels Rosa - Hotel - Via Pattari, 5, Milano, MI, Italy

Starhotels Rosa

Via Pattari, 5
Milano, MI, Italy

Hotel:

The Westin Palace, Milan - Hotel - Piazza della Repubblica, 20, Milano, Milano, Italy

The Westin Palace, Milan

Piazza della Repubblica, 20
Milano, Milano, Italy
+39 02 63361

Attraction:

Castello Sforzesco - Attraction - Piazza Castello, Milano, 20100, Italy

Castello Sforzesco

Piazza Castello
Milano, 20100, Italy

"Built in 1368 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti to defend the city from attack, the castle was enlarged by military architect Magatti under the instruction of Visconti's successor Gian Galeazzo. Destroyed in 1447, it was rebuilt between 1450 and 1500 and enlarged under Francesco Sforza's rule. In 1500, once Sforza's rule was over, the building regained its military function and, after successive transformations, eventually fell into ruin. Rebuilt in the late 1900s, from 1893 onwards the castle gradually became home to various cultural institutions and art collections and remains so today. Guided tours are available."

Attraction:

San Lorenzo Maggiore - Attraction - Colonne di San Lorenzo, Milan MI, Italy

Colonne di San Lorenzo

Colonne di San Lorenzo
Milan MI, Italy,

"The Colonne di San Lorenzo is the best-known Roman ruin in Milan. It is located in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo. It is a square with a row of columns on either side, which were taken from a temple or public bath house dating from the 2nd century. The columns were moved to their current location sometime in the 4th century. South of the columns, one of the medieval gates of the city is still in place, with Roman marbles in it. Up until 1935, the space between the church and columns was entirely occupied by old houses abutting onto the façade of the church itself. Indeed, the church complex was fully surrounded by old houses. Despite the plans to conserve this ancient urban fabric, the renovations led to the demolition of the old houses and the isolation of the monument on the front side. Following bombing during World War II, the church complex became isolated also on the rear side, where a fenced urban park (which is called Basilicas Park or Parco delle Basiliche in italian) now stands, allowing popular views of the complex and of another church nearby."

Attraction:

DUOMO OF MILAN - Attraction - Piazza Armando Diaz, Milano, Lombardia, 20122, IT

Duomo Di Milano

Piazza Armando Diaz
Milano, Lombardia 20122, IT

"Milan's Duomo is the second largest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world: only the cathedral of Seville is larger (St. Peter's Basilica in Rome doesn't count because it's not a cathedral). It is 157 meters long— 40,000 people can fit comfortably within. The Duomo of Milan blurs the normal distinctions between Gothic and neo-Gothic, for the Gothic west front was begun in 1616 and completed 200 years later. Only in its details does it reveal its Baroque and Neo-Classical date. From 1900 some of the least Gothic details of the facade were replaced in a more Gothic style to designs of Giuseppe Brentano. Walking on the roof of the second-largest cathedral in the world. © Dirk Huijssoon. The roofline dissolves into openwork pinnacles that are punctuated by a grove of spires, topped with statues that overlook the city. The main spire is 109 meters high. These can all be investigated up close on a breathtaking walk on the roof. The huge building is made of brick faced with marble from the quarries that Gian Galeazzo Visconti donated in perpetuity to the cathedral chapter. Its maintenance and repairs are complex. The cathedral's five wide naves are reflected in the hierarchic openings of the facade. Even the transepts have aisles. The great windows of the choir are reputed to be the largest in the world. The Duomo also contians many treasures that can be viewed by visitors, including ivories, sacred vases in gold and silver, vestments and tapestries, most of which have been denoted by noblemen and princes over the centuries."

Attraction:

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - Attraction - Piazza del Duomo, Milan MI, Italy

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Piazza del Duomo
Milan MI, Italy,

"Shopping, dining, and people-watching! For sheer belle époque splendor, this extravagant 19th-century glass-topped, barrel-vaulted tunnel serves as a lively, noisy and colorful shopping mall, teeming with life and inviting you to people-watching from the tables that spill from the Galleria's many bars and restaurants."

Attraction:

Lake Como - Attraction - 22100 Como, Italy

Lake Como

22100 Como
Italy,

"Stop by George Clooney's Villa! Once you arrive at Lake Como, you will have free time to explore the city center, shop and have lunch. After lunch, take a panoramic boat cruise on the lake before you transfer by bus to the Basilica S. Abbondio (beautiful romanesque church with precious fresco paintings). Lastly, you will have a coffee break at La Tessitura, the new silk shop and events area opened by Mantero Seta. With a surface of 146 square meters, Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Verbano. The peculiar shape - a Y turned upside down - is due to its three branches: Colico, the northern branch, Lecco, the south east branch and Como, the south west branch, with a perimeter totaling 105 miles (170 kilometers); between Como and Argegno, the lake reaches a depth of 1345 feet (410 meters) (it is the deepest lake in Europe). The entire lake is surrounded by mountains. The lake has 37 tributaries. The most important is the river Adda. The only island on the Lake is Isola Comacina facing the village of Sala Comacina, on the Como branch. Along the shores, in particular from Cernobbio to Gravedona and Bellagio, you will see wonderful villas and gardens with plenty of flowers as well as exotic and rare plants. For instance, Villa d'Este at Cernobbio, which is today a luxurious hotel, has a magnificent garden. Last century Como gained world fame because of the novel The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni, set on the Lecco branch of the Lake."

Attraction:

Navigli - Attraction - Navigli, 20143 Milan, Milan, Lombardy, IT

Navigli

Porta Ticinese
Milan, Italy,

"Navigli offers reasonably-priced restaurants and some of the city's most exciting nightclubs This district on the near outskirts of the city, where two canals come in close to the center, still in the open air, has an interesting and dynamic societal mixture. Alongside the traditional poor people's dwellings are renovated and restored penthouses. Working class people now live door to door with aspiring young intellectuals and upwardly mobile professionals and with the scattered offsprings of the sophisticated "Milano Bene" (well-to-do Milanese)."

Attraction:

San Lorenzo Maggiore - Attraction - Colonne di San Lorenzo, Milan MI, Italy

San Lorenzo Maggiore

San Lorenzo Maggiore
Milan MI, Italy,

"Dating from the 4th century AD, the Chiesa di San Lorenzo Maggiore is the oldest church in Milan. With ancient architecture that might seem more at home in Ravenna, San Lorenzo recalls the days when Milan was the capital of the Western Roman Empire. The foundations of San Lorenzo were made of enormous blocks taken from other Roman sites. The interior walls were originally probably covered by marble lower down and by mosaics higher up, depicting sacred scenes and saints. Sixteen ancient Roman columns line the front of the church, which retains its original octagonal floor plan. Fourth-century Christian mosaics (one depicting a beardless Christ) can be seen in the Cappella di Sant'Aquilino (Chapel of St. Aquilinus). A sarcophagus in the Chapel of St. Aquilinus is said to enshrine the remains of Galla Placidia, sister of Honorius, last emperor of Rome and wife of Ataulf, king of the Visigoths. Ironically, her mausoleum is one of the mosaic masterpieces of Ravenna, yet it is most likely she is buried in Rome where she died. A glimpse at even earlier history can be seen by following the stairs from behind the altar to a crypt-like room that contains the remains of a Roman amphitheater. San Lorenzo's dome, the highest in Milan, is a 16th-century addition. Outside the church is a statue of Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor. The church was restored in the 1930s."

Attraction:

santa maria delle grazie - Attraction - Santa Maria delle Grazie, Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2, Milan, Lombardy, 20123

Santa Maria delle Grazie and The Last Supper

Santa Maria delle Grazie
Italy,

"Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, housed in the former Dominican monastery church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, is one of the most famous paintings in the world. The Renaissance masterpiece has enjoyed even more popular interest since the publication of the novel The Da Vinci Code, in which the painting and its artist play a major role in the central mystery. Although the last meal shared by Jesus and his disciples was a common theme used to decorate convent refectories, especially in Florence, Leonardo presented the subject in a completely innovative form. He made drastic modifications to the layout of the scene and, most notably, presented this episode from the Gospels with astounding realism. Detail of St. John from The Last Supper.Despite Leonardo's carefully preserved preparatory sketches in which the apostles are clearly labeled by name, there still remains some small debate about a few identities in the final arrangement. Most recently, novelist Dan Brown claims in The Da Vinci Code that the figure on Jesus' right is not John the Apostle, but Mary Magdalene. Brown also notes that Peter is making a threatening gesture towards "Mary," representing a fierce battle between the two figures in the early church. Most art historians, however, point out that St. John is commonly represented with feminine features and there is no reason to think the figure is Mary. Whatever the case, there can be no mistaking Judas, small and dark, his hand calmly reaching forward to the bread, isolated from the terrible confusion that has taken the hearts of the others. One critic, Frederick Hartt, has said the composition works because it combines "dramatic confusion" with "mathematical order." The amazingly skillful and unobtrusive repetition of threes – in the windows, in the grouping of the figures, and in their placement – does indeed add a mystical aspect to what at first seems simply the perfect observation of spontaneous human gesture. Across from The Last Supper on the southern wall is the large Crucifixion, painted by Donato Montorfano. The two great scenes are linked by a painted frieze of plant garlands with Bible quotations supportive of monastic life. <B>Tickets:</B> € 6,50 (+ € 1,50 booking fee). <B>Reservations:</B> +390289421146"

Attraction:

Venice - Attraction - Venice Venice, Italy

Venice

Venezia
Italy,

"The city of Venice (Venezia to the Italians) stretches across numerous small islands in a lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. It has a population of about 272,000. Lord Byron called Venice "a fairy city of the heart." The ancient city is also known as La Serenissima, "The Most Serene." Venice is a unique cityscape of well-worn buildings that seem to float on water and front steps that descend into the lapping waters. Inhabited since the 6th century AD, Venice became a major sea power during the Crusades and a center of commerce and art during the Renaissance. Positioned at the crossroads of the Byzantine and Roman worlds, Venice acquired a unique heritage of art, architecture, and culture. Today, the hordes of traders and merchants that swarmed Venice have been replaced by tourists, but there is so much to see in this unique city that you can still have the "real Venice" all to yourself in the many charming alleys, churches, bridges and plazas that are hiding just off the beaten track. And even San Marco is quiet if you get up early enough!"

Attraction:

Arena di Verona - Attraction -

Verona

, IT

"A trip to Verona is a plunge into the emotions of bygone times, of a city that conserves values and forms related to an ancient past of medieval and renaissance splendour, albeit it is in constant expansion in our own day. According to the poet, Shakespeare, “There is no world outside these walls…” but this also expresses the impression that strikes tourists when they enter the ancient walls that surround the city. The tragic story of the love of Romeo and Juliet, which Shakespeare situates in the Verona of the Scala seigniory, makes the city a preferred destination for lovers and tourists seeking emotions. You experience a serene and relaxing rhythm in the historical centre, marked by the placid current of the Adige River, which crosses the city, forming a wide and soft S, with a suggestive network of bridges. During the summer months a stroll through the ancient city can reach a climax of emotions, in an evening at the Arena, Italy’s largest opera theatre. The Roman amphitheatre can seat 15,000 spectators and put on a show with scenery designed by the greatest artists in the world: an evening at the Arena is unforgettable and reason enough alone to make a trip to Verona. There are visual memories and suggestions for travellers stopping over in Verona, not only due to the ancient architecture and its testimonial value, which pervades the entire city; not only thanks to the suggestive atmosphere of the narrow streets and squares, but also because of the tastes and flavours of an inimitable traditional territorial cuisine that has been perpetuated, unaltered through time, which creates insoluble ties with Veronese wines, which are famous and highly appraised throughout the world."

Attraction:

Via Montenapoleone (Fashion District) - Attraction - Milano, Lombardia, IT

Via Montenapoleone (Fashion District)

Milano, Lombardia, IT

"Via Montenapoleone is an elegant street in Milan, Italy, very famous for fashion and jewelry shops. Via Montenapoleone is the most important street of the Milan's Fashion District (Italian Quadrilatero della moda)."

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