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Old March 31st, 2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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I have to say I was somewhat disappointed by Milan. The traditional city centre is very nice with some amazing architecture and of course the high end shopping but outside of that, I was surprised at how dirty things were and how much graffiti (tagging as opposed to artistic graffiti) there was. Tagged up vending machines and entire operational trains on the metro that were tagged so badly that you couldn't even see through the windows. I did enjoy the sights though and I had an amazing meal too and the people were friendly so it wasn't all bad but as a whole, it seemed that the city was lacking something unique, something to draw me to it that the other cities I have visited did not have. I am glad I came here and would recommend 2 days here if someone was coming to Italy, but I really was shocked at the general state of the city. Do the Milanese not have pride in their city which has such a rich history and important status as a fashion capital, or is the problem related to incompetence with the government, with the people being just as frustrated?

Edit: The last photo, in case you are wondering, I took because the example they use for the store in Australia (10 photos in the window of stores around the world) is about a 10 minute walk from my home in Perth























































































































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Old April 1st, 2009, 12:00 AM   #2
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God...I love this city!
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Old April 1st, 2009, 01:42 AM   #3
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If Milan were in Canada or the US it would be considered the gem of the nation with or without grit.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 02:43 AM   #4
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Of course
When I went in Milan in 2003, I saw graffiti on every building excepted near the Duomo.
As I see in many thread, it is better nowadays.

Anyway it is not graffit that made a city but it contribute at the overal impression.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 05:12 AM   #5
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thanks for sharing
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Old April 1st, 2009, 12:12 PM   #6
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Great pictures, great city. Cant believe they still use those trams.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 01:54 PM   #7
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awesome city....those trams are just lovely
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Old April 1st, 2009, 07:19 PM   #8
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Milano is really very nice has nice architecture style
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Old April 1st, 2009, 10:53 PM   #9
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Lovely pictures of what looks to be a fantastic Italian city - some lovely architecture and walkways there!
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 01:46 AM   #10
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Fantastico! Lovely pictures, Milan definately doesn't look Italian until you see the Piaza's and the Soccer stadiums.
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 02:35 AM   #11
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I saw an aprtment that was inside this building i think in a magazine a few months back - it was pretty amazing
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 02:52 PM   #12
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Graffiti is a problem in the whole of Italy, ever had a walk through Bologna? Anyway, nice pictures.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 12:21 AM   #13
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It wasn't just the Graffiti, but the vibe of the place in general. It didn't seem very welcoming or nice at all. Maybe it's just me. I'm liking Rome a lot more, in Bologna from Sun - Tues.
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Great pictures, great city. Cant believe they still use those trams.
Those trams (designed and produced in 1928, and so nicknamed) are one of the major landmarks in town and still operate perfectly. Would someone switch them, indignation in the public opinion would surely arise, and city riots would be predictable.
Of course new trams for new lines were adopted later on, and you can find aorund any bend.
The tramway network of Milan is the widest in Europe.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 06:19 PM   #15
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Beautiful thread
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