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»» Artistic Handmade Jewelry Exhibition in Milan – Masters of the Jewel

The best of Italian handmade jewelry is on display at the Milan‘s historical Palazzina Liberty from October 7 until October 10.
Maestri del Gioiello” — Masters of the Jewel — is an exhibition of handmade jewelry featuring jewels of art only, truly handmade by true goldsmith craftsmen and artists.

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The exhibitors are selected based on their craftsmanship skill, expertise and artistic flair.

“Maestri del Gioiello” is a pretty unique event of goldsmith craftsmanship and art, offering visitors the chance to admire splendid artistic jewels and also giving jewelry industry operators and retailers the opportunity to meet talented goldsmith masters, to propose new ideas, personalized and unique jewels.

The exhibition is organized by Association Cultural and Artistic Iperbole and jointly sponsored by Municipality of Milan, Province of Milan, Region Lombardy, Chamber of Commerce of Milan.

When: Oct 7 – 10, 2011 (annual)
Where: Milan (Palazzina Liberty – venue address: XXII Marzo/Largo Marinai d’Italia)
Details of “Maestri del Gioiello” can be found at

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»» Advice for High-end Shopping in Milan: Coin Excelsior Luxury Store

High-end shoppers who are visiting Milan will appreciate the new Coin Excelsior mega-store. Located in Galleria del Corso, the heart of the city center, Coin Excelsior brings together high-end fashion, food and design.

The 7-storey mega-store provides the best of the well known brand items as well as the rising ones. Here is a quick guide on what brand items you can buy there.
Beginning from the food, you can find Eat’s restaurants, a Laudurée pastries corner and many more food specialties.

The second floor is reserved for men clothing only, among the brands you can find there: Maison Martin Margiela, Dries van Noten, Marni,Balmain, Marc Jacobs, CoSTUME NATIONAL, Porter e Moscot.

The third floor is reserved for women clothing; it features well-established brands such like Valentino, Chloé, Marni e Joseph as well as the rising ones 3.1 Phillip Lim, Vanessabruno, e Vincenzo De Cotiis.

When it comes to shoes and leather accessories, you can find the top of luxury at the last floor. There, the list of top-brands includes amongst others: Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, Sergio Rossi, Pierre Hardy e Repetto, and for the handbag department: Givenchy, Proenza Schouler, Zagliani, Marni, Chloé.
And if you are looking for rising American designers, the first floor offers brands such like Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Alice and Olivia, Vince.

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»» Risotto and Wine Tasting in Milan

Milan hosts a major combined food&wine event from Jan. 29 to Feb.1st, 2011.
Identita’ Golose, featuring “creative and healthy eating options based on the most basic produce”, partnered with Winelove, the “quality and low budget wine” event.

The events will share the same venue: Milano Convention Centre in via Gattamelata, in the heart of the city centre.

Winelove will kick off Saturday, January 29 in the afternoon and run through Monday 31st. Identita’ Golose will be held from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1st .
Also with “Risotto per Milano“, five of the major restaurants in Milan will be preparing risottos on Saturday 29th.

Where: Milan (Venue: Milan Convention Centre, 5 Via Giovanni Gattamelata)
When: Jan. 29 to Feb. 1st, 2011 (annual).
Details of the combined event are available at .

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»» Winter Sales Season in Italy – How To Grab Designer Deals

The winter sales season in Italy starts early January. Below is the 2011 winter sales schedule with the start date for each of the regions.

Lombardy (Milan) Jan 6; Lazio (Rome) Jan 6; Tuscany (Florence, Siena etc…) Jan 6; Umbria (Perugia, Assisi etc…) Jan 6; Veneto (Venice, Padova etc..) Jan 6; Campania (Naples, Capri, Amalfi Coast…) Jan 2; Liguria (Genoa, Ligurian Riviera, Cinque Terre…) Jan 6; Emilia Romagna (Bologna) Jan 6; Piedmont (Turin) Jan 2; Sicily Jan 2; Sardegna Jan 8; Marche Jan 6; Apulia Jan 6; Friuli Venezia Giulia Jan 3; Trentino Alto Adige Jan 8; Valle d’Aosta Jan 10; Molise Jan 2; Abruzzo (L’Aquila) Jan 6; Basilicata Jan 2; Calabria Jan 2.

Please, be aware, even the sales season lasts around 60 days, you could grab the best deals only in the early weeks.

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»» Christmas Markets in Italy: Turin & Milan

The Christmas Market in Turin is held in the piazzas and gardens of Borgo Dora. The market stalls open daily (Mon-Fri: 3pm-8pm ; Sat-Sun: 10am-9pm).

Turin Christmas Market is not only shopping, it offers more attractions and activities at weekends. Details can be found at .

When: Dec 3 – 23, 2010 (annual);
where: Turin (Borgo Dora)

Milan hosts an ancient Christmas market in the area surrounding the Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle).
The market, called “Oh Bej! Oh Bej!” fair, is one of the top annual folkloric events in the city. It offers a large variety of Christmas typical items and sweets.

When: Dec 5 – 8, 2010 (annual)
where: Milan (Castello Sforzesco).

The Castello Sforzesco is one of the top attractions of the city. Schedule to visit the castle: daily 7am-6pm; the castle museums: Tue-Sun 9am-5.30pm.

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