“Citizens of Milan, Citizens of the World” – under this banner, Milan city hall and the publishing house Vallardi have launched a project to create a map of Milan showing all the points of multicultural history.
From the Antica Trattoria della Pesa, where Ho Chi Minh worked in the 1920s, to the building in Via Amorari where the American Red Cross treated Ernest Hemingway in 1918, the project aims to produce the map – based on anecdotes provided by the public – of places in the city connected with protagonists of history, foreign policy or international events, or the experience of the various foreign communities in the city.
The project is open to all, Milanese or not, Italians or foreigners, whose contributions will be assessed by a jury of experts starting on 25 October. The places of interest will be marked on the map with the name of the first participant to suggest each one, and ten selected winners will be awarded a prize of books from the Vallardi catalogue of dictionaries and language courses.
The map will be distributed free at the second edition of the Bookcity fair from 21 to 24 November, as well as being published on the World City Forum pages of the city administration website and that of the publishing house. Vallardi will also donate a complete series of over 50 foreign dictionaries to the new library of the World City Forum. To submit a suggestion, visit the Vallardi website.