Silvia ZeccaSan Giuliano Milanese, Milano, IT
Italian illustrator based in Milan.
Maps By Silvia Zecca
I live at Milan's outskirts and I love the big park that is between my town and the town next, San Donato, just before the city.
My favorite moment to be there is the early morning. There is hardly anyone, just a few people crossing the park to head somewhere. There is a small bar just in the middle of the park to enjoy a coffee or an ice cream in the summer. I love it how it is full of trees and home to rabbits and ducks. The path is 2 km long, great for clearing my head before starting the day.
I come from the Italian Apennines and spend much of my time over there at my grandma's home. One of the things I've always loved the most is taking a very long walk across the valley on Sunday mornings that starts from home to Bedonia, a town in the center of the Taro valley. It's a long walk into the green fields and a lot of fresh air at the edge of the wood. It's not unusual, during the walk, to meet hedgehogs and sometimes even deers or a fox.
Once in town I go get focaccia bread, have a walk around the colorful houses and tiny streets and go back home ready for lunch after a 10 km walk and many hills. I have happened to walk even further along the river, up to Compiano's Castle, but then after a couple of times I realized it was a little too much for a morning walk..!