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What do you do and why do you do it?
I read, I write, I share. Most of the time I freak out. I currently work for lastminute.com as a copywriter and creative content producer. Being part of the editorial team, I manage the contents on our travel blogs, define the editorial plan and bring our readers to discover the best places in the world. I would define myself a binge traveller, a curious reader and a content lover.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
When I was studying in university, I tutored Latin and Greek to a couple of teenagers (just to save some money). That was the time I realized I'm not patience and how they are smarter than I was at their age.
Were you born and raised in Milan? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Milan?
I was born in Puglia, southern Italy. I moved to Milan for studying and because I've always been attracted by the dynamic soul of this city. I also knew that here I would have found what I was looking for: a friendly, exciting, innovative place where to live.
What’s your current hood in Milan and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I currently live in via Tortona, the design district of Milan. An area that has been gone through gentrification in the last ten years, becoming one of the most fancy and trendy areas in Milan. What I love of this hood is its strategic position (not far from the city centre, well connected, quiet, safe and full of good dining spots). During the Design Week is actually pretty hectic, but I can’t find worst things about it. I would recommend living here for sure.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
Pop and soul are the kinds of music I love. But I also like listening to some rap and R'n'B. Metal will never be on my iPod.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
The voices: Whitney, Adele, Amy. Plus some ballads by Madonna.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
This is hard! I name the top 3: RuPaul's Drag Race because is full of queens and sparkling gowns; Big Little Lies for some very good actings; the Festival di Sanremo is the essence of the Italian television. I can't imagine the world without it.
Name some spots in Milan that are good for a Tinder date.
Pavè for an afternoon dessert. Carlo e Camilla in segheria for a fancy drink. Bar Basso for the best Negroni. La Ravioleria if you just want to grab some delicious Chinese street food and then have a walk around. No need to book a table. Enjoy your night and good luck! ;)
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Donald Trump, every hater on the web, Barbara D'Urso (famous Italian tv host);
Who’s your hero and where in Milan would you take them out for a serious hang?
I would bring Michelle Obama to have a walk from Piazza Duomo to Brera district, the artistic heart of the city. I would show her the old part of the city, where the enchanted and romantic soul of the city still survives. Then I would pay her a dinner at Antica Trattoria Solferino to taste some delicious and authentic local food in a very charming restaurant;
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Cos, for a casual and basic outfit; Dictionary, for a taste of the northern soul; Gap, if you are a normcore;
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
There are some areas in Milan where I really don’t hang out. Sempione is one of them, basically because I still can’t find interesting places there. So I guess you will never find me there drunk or caught dead.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
A lot! Chilling out at the park, doing some food shopping in the markets around the city, biking around the city.
Where do you go in Milan for a casual night out?
I just have a walk in Milan’s Naviglio canal area, grab some food and have an ice-cream or a drink with my friends chatting and chilling.
Where would you go in Milan to celebrate some freaking good news?
The last time I had to celebrate I spent the night in via Lecco, the gay street in Porta Venezia district. If you’re looking for cheap and good cocktails, a sparkling and lively atmosphere, this is the best place where to go.
What’s your choice of transportation in Milan and why?
Public transport, of course! It's cheap, handy and it doesn't pollute; it's the best choice also for the tourists.
What are the Milan spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Touristy spots are part of the city, so If you are in Milan for the first time you definitely have to visit Piazza Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (don't forget to dance in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele on the testicles of the bull), Parco Sempione and the close Castello Sforzesco. Then have a walk from here to Brera.
What are the Milan spots tourists should run from screaming?
If you don’t like chaotic, crowded places, better avoid going shopping in the city center on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. It’s crazy!
Tomorrow’s your last day in Milan. How do you spend it?
Well, I would wake up early. I would try to visit as much as museums as possible (Fondazione Prada, Pinacoteca di Brera, Museo del Novecento if I have to choose). I would have a walk in the public gardens Indro Montanelli and, why not, I would stop to visit the Planetarium. Do I have to choose where to have my last supper? Maybe at Lile in Cucina, or at Gesto. Or maybe a pizza at Pizza AM. It's a hard choice. What I know is that I would be definitely sad.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
There's a few. London, San Francisco, Lisbon. But I would choose San Francisco because it's the perfect mix of what I look for in a vacation city: good dining spots, arts venues, astounding views.