Come meet Paolo, your guide in Milan!
On our monthly interview we’ll introduce you to your guide in Milan, if you’re going to book a Food Walking Tour he’ll be the one showing you around!
Nationality and Hometown? I’m Italian, a genuine, native Milanese!
Name of tour you lead and where: I lead the Milan Food Walking Tour, to introduce you to our culinary traditions and history.
Why you chose to become a touristic guide? I am a tour guide because I love Milan and I want to share its history with you, who come to visit this wonderful city!
Your favorite part of the tour: I can’t tell which is my favorite, because each stop of the tour has its distinctive traits and the owners of the shops where the tastings take place, are nice and friendly and all with a different story to tell. Just walking about Brera district is an experience!
Favorite Local Restaurant in your city: The pizza by slice of Pizzeria Gaffurio, cooked in the “padellino” with a wood oven! Perfect for a quick meal at the end of the day or between tours.
One thing visitors to your city can’t miss: Milan has many beauties. The monuments and churches of the city are marvelous, but if I have to choose I’d say: the Duomo, the Sant’Ambrogio Basilica and the Navigli (canals, “i canali”) area
Favorite Travel Quote? “I am not the same having seen the Moon shine on the other side of the world” by Mary Anne Radmacher. The sky isn’t the same from everywhere but the only way to find that out is to travel the world.
What’s next on your travel bucket list? On my bucket list’s top is the Trip, with capital “t”: I’m planning to take the Trans Mongolian Express!
What’s your best travel tip for those coming to visit Italy? Save a day to visit a small medieval town. People tend to admire only the visible, forgetting what is used to be like before the grandeur of the marbles. In Italy there are many medieval villages and all are beautiful and all are worth spending one of your days visiting.
What’s the food that someone must try in your city before leaving?
The saffron risotto, without a doubt. Make sure to eat at least once the “risotto giallo” the traditional and most representative dish of Milano.
What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had on one of your tours? Well, all the tours are unique so it’s hard to tell. What makes the tour worth leading though, is when someone tells me the they never thought that Milan could be so fascinating!
What do you like most about leading tours? What else but meeting people from all around the world, a refreshing experience to compare customs and tradition of one another’s country!