.... with a liberal topping of stereotypes and exaggeration ;)
1. The Milanese are stylish
This can be said for the whole of Italy, but the international reputation for Milan being a fashionable city seems to knock it up a notch. The idea of bella figura when it comes to dressing means dressing well, elegantly, stylishly. It's all about presentation, how you come across to others.
Ehehehehe. I live in skinny jeans and Converse.....
2. The Milanese love to ski
Hardly surprising considering how close to the Milan is to the mountains, many Milanese spend their winter weekends skiing, and would never give up their settimana bianca - the 'white week' of holiday in the mountains.
Err, no thanks. I wouldn't willingly put myself or other people in danger like that... Next!!
3. The Milanese escape from the city whenever they can
It's not just when they go skiing, when it's not ski season the Milanese still try to escape from the city every weekend and holiday they can.
But what's wrong with Milan?? Ok, so it's grey and smoggy, but there's no need to escape every single weekend, is there??
4. The Milanese drive everywhere
Even though Milan has cheap public transport (1 euro for one 75 minute train/underground/tram/bus journey within the city limits), the preferred mode of transport is still the car. Which makes for one smoggy Milan...
I don't drive, I never passed my test. And I would NEVER want to drive in Italy!!!
5. The Milanese love their aperitivo!
The story goes that it was Bar Magenta in Milan (on Via Giosuè Carducci, near Cordona station - highly recommended!) that invented the aperitivo. It's now a very important part of social life in Milan, and in some areas such as the Navigli (canals) during the evening you'd be hard-pressed to find a bar that wasn't doing some sort of aperitivo.
Ok. This I can't argue with one bit. I do love me a good aperitivo!!