Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Milan Extraordinaire - Part 1

Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of The Last Supper is one of the main tourist attractions in Milan and is definitely worth a visit. Be sure to book in advance and make sure you keep up with your group, as the whole tour is strictly timed. http://www.milan-museum.com/index.htm

However, the city is well worth visiting for many other reasons: namely interesting museums, splendid hotels, fantastic restaurants and wonderful shops - Milan is fashion central, I don't think we saw a badly dressed Italian once during our stay.

We stayed at the Hotel Principe di Savoia  http://www.hotelprincipedisavoia.com/EN/hotel-milan .  A traditional hotel which is stylish and comfortable with friendly and helpful staff.   Hotel breakfasts can be extortionate, so we found a rather trendy cafe nearby where we had a delicious breakfast for a  fraction of the price.  Biancolatte, via Turati 30 http://www.biancolatte.it/biancolatte.php?l=en

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Milan's famous shopping gallery 'Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II' links the Piazza del Duomo with the Piazza della Scala and houses cafes, shops and restaurants.  Take a look in the Prada store and  admire the old shop fittings and display cases.  The ground floor is rather modest but downstairs is an enormous cavern stuffed with Prada bags, shoes and clothes - don't be put off by the rather superior shop assistants.

Museo del Novecentro

Just next to the Duomo and the Galleria you will find the Museo del Novecento - Milan's  modern art gallery where the exhibition begins with works from the early twentieth century and continues through the major movements and trends in Italian Art.  Make your way up to the top floor and you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Piazza del Duomo.

More to come in Milan Extraordinaire part 2.

A bientôt, Rebecca.