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Brera Art Gallery
Lake Como

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Green Oases

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Italian cities in generally are not that green, given their historical (Roman, medieval) origins. Most of the fresh air has to be taken in at the outskirts of the city itself. This also holds for Milan, which does have an air pollution problem in summer, due to traffic and lack of wind (the Po valley is a real hot pan).

Some parks can be found though and there actually are a few bigger ones close to the center : Sempione park near the Castello and Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli . In both parks there are also activities and facilities to have a snack or drink. The Giardini della Guastalla and the Parco delle Basiliche Paolo Giovanni II offer smaller green areas near city center. Do not forget to visit the Brera Botanical Garden when you near.

The other parks are further out of town , like the water park Idroscalo and the artificial hill park of Monte Stella .

Gardens can be found at some of the historical villa's like Villa Reale , Villa Scheibler and Villa Litta Modignani .


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Living in Italy

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Would you dare to follow your dream
and move or retire to Italy?

Stef & Nico did, although their dog Sara had her doubts.
Now from your comfortable armchair you can share in
the hilarious & horrendous adventures they experienced
when they moved to Italy to start a bed and breakfast.


For lovers of amusing travelogue memoirs who like a good laugh
Glossary of Italian words included! Learn a bit of the Italian language along the way
Practical advice on how to buy a house in Italy pleasantly presented within the stories



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