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I love Milan! – since the expo of 2015 known as one of worlds most staged and controversial world fairs ever ! the city has become even more requested and is packed with fantastic sites from the historical of course you can’t miss out on seeing the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, The Sforza Castle, The Largest Church in Italy -Milans Cathedral and the Ambrosian Library to name a few. We have top guides in this city to take you on private walks including an insight to the food scene in Milan some of the best you can find in Italy! Be sure to stop by the historical Camparino for a Campari Spritz where you can find locals enjoying aperitivo before lunch of course!
Camparino in Galleria – Campari Bar – Gallery Vittorio Emmanuele
Campari Bitter the perfect afternoon Aperitivo – Camparino Bar
It is ideal to stay around the Piazza Duomo area where you can enjoy the bustling city on foot. Here is a list of our favourites:
Five Star – Five Star Luxury
Relax in the sanctuary of the 4000 square meter private garden – Five Star Luxury
The Bulgari Hotel is a green oasis in the city centre. Ideal if you are planning to stay for a few days as you honestly will never want to leave!! with a few days you can actually take the time to enjoy its lavish gardens that covers 4000 square meters.
Just a 10minute walk to Piazza Duomo in the fashion district between Via Napoleone and Via della Spiga
Exclusive Armani Furniture in the Hotel Lobby – Five Star Luxury Armani Hotel Milan
Armani Hotel being the fashion capital of the world Quadrilatero della Moda just minutes away from Via Napoleone and Piazza del Duomo 95 guests rooms and suites
Minimalist design overlooked by Giorgio Armani natural light panoramic views original 1930’s building . Reception and bar on the 7th floor. spa and fitness centre on the 8th floor. Business centre on the 4th floor. Private rooms two and six
For an exclusive light lunch or aperitivo overlooking the skyline of Milan including views over the Duomo be sure to experience Armani Bamboo Bar. Dine at the elegant one star Michelin – Armani Ristorante restaurant located on the seventh floor. See images from Head Chef Francesco Mascheroni ‘s instagram page of his spectacular plates.
Foie Gras – Beetroot – with Kampot Pepper
Lobster with scallions, mango and Furikake
Grand Hotel Et Milan
An all time favourite of the famous actors and writers of La Scala and the for years the Home of Giuseppe Verdi. This was a strategic location for Verdi with La Scala Theater situated opposite the Hotel. It was here that he wrote ‘Othello’ and you can see his writing table just by the Verdi Suite . This Suite includes one bedroom with two bathrooms, a sophisticated lounge room that can also be used for business meetings and exclusive events.
Room Dedicated to Giorgio Strehler – Five Star Luxury – Grand Hotel et de Milan
Better known as the ‘Milanese house’ the Grand Hotel Et Milan celebrates its history with suites dedicated to also Maria Callas, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Temara de Lempicka, Giorgio Stehler & Enrico Caruso. On of my favorite suites is the one dedicated to Rudolf Nereyev
Room Dedicated to Tamara de Lempicka – Five Star Luxury – Grand Hotel et de Milan
Rudol’f Nureev’s Suite when he would perform at La Scala – Grand Hotel et de Milan
So as you know Florence is the birthplace of numerous divine dishes and Pizza is not one of them. Although if you are in town and feel like one here are a few great options:
Santarpia Giovanni Santarpia is one of Italy’s best Pizzaiolo’s. From his wonderful restaurant where I had the chance to eat at years ago in the hamlet of San Donato in Chianti Classico Ristorante Palazzo Pretorio to his new location in Florence Santarpia he has even been rated in the top Pizza’s of Italy in the Gambero Rosso When you taste his Napolitan Pizza made with top ingredients such as burrata, bottarga, anchovy, mozzarella di buffalo, Friarelli & sausage the list goes on… with its 48H leavening and use of 100% Italian Grain Petra its no wonder it is almost impossible to get a reservation. My boys loved it! Diego said it was like the pizza in Napoli and Giulio gave it a four out of five explaining the tomato overpowered the flavour of the mozzarella which is a great sign those fresh pulpy sweet tomatoes. Yum we can’t wait to return !
La Pepiniere – A New addition to our district where I live in San Frediano uses 48-100 hour pizza dough of ancient grains. Fresh vegan and vegetarian toppings the pizza is to perfection
Pizzeria Sud – Roman Pizza guru Stefano Callegari owner of famous Roman Pizzeria Sforno and inventor of the Pizza Sandwich Trapezzino is now running the show at Mercato Centrale Firenze at Pizzeria Sud where you can actually book a table up stairs and be served to enjoy one of Florences best Pizza. Be sure to taste the Filletto – thin slices of san marzano tomato on a bed of mozzarella topped with fresh basil is a delight and his salsiccia and friarelli – a Roman bitter vegetable is the best!
Simbiosi Bio that you can also find at Molo 5 during the summer from May to October is a worthy pizzeria. An interesting selection like their apple and gorgonzola pizza and even their traditional margherita is perfect with 48 hour Pizza dough and original 100% Italian Grains
La Casella 18 – In the heart of the Historical centre just a street away from the Cathedral you can find this lovely family run restaurant that serves a delicious Pizza along with other lovely primi and salads. The menu changes from Lunch to dinner offering a wide selection of local fair. Pizza is also served for lunch one of my favourites is their Pizza Bianca!
Pank – David Bedu: The divine bakery of David Becu situated on the top floor of Mercato Centrale is the place for pizza by the slice. David Bedu’s uses ancient stone ground flour from four different granaries that include ‘Molino Grifoni’ – Arezzo, ‘Molino di Piezza’ – Lucca with mother yeast to create an easy to digest and incredible flavoursome heavenly slice of Pizza.
Obica’ – The delightful Mozzarella bar on one of the most beautiful streets of Florence serves a delicious thin crust wood fired pizza. Using a mother years left to rise for 48 hours.
Ristorante Pizza Man: The perfect Napolitan style pizza so not your typical Northern Italian thin crust. Yeast is left to rise for 48 hours so the base is light and flavoursome. The restaurant also prepares gluten free pizza for celiacs
Divina Pizza – This is definitely Gourmet Pizza so if you are looking for a cheap meal this is not the place for you! This family run institute of bakers has a selection of incredible pizza some of the best I have ever eaten! toppings include zucchini flower, truffle, funghi porcini, nduja the list goes on…. Apart from the great toppings again the difference with this Pizza is the dough. The pizza is made more like a Roman Pizza long in length rather than round so you can try a selection of flavours rather than just having a mono – round per person size. You can dine in or take away
Il Pizzaiuolo – Situated in the St Ambroggio district still continues to be one of the best pizzeria in town. Making Napolitan style pizza. The pizza is cooked in a wood fire stone oven. You will also find a selection of other great foods. This is a typical family type restaurant.
With out a doubt Italy has the most advanced high speed trains in Europe. We have two types of high speed trains one is ‘Le Frecce’(rossa,argento & bianca) run by Trenitalia – Italy’s state owned TGV and the other one is ‘Italotreno’ – a privatised company founded by NTV – Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (new travellers transport).
NTV was created by Italy’s most powerful business men Luca Cordero di Montezemolo Group CEO of Ferrari and Diego della Valle CEO of Tod’s, This privatised transport company was the first ever to create competition against the state. Known as the fourth fastest train in the world. Its interiors designed and covered by Poltrona Frau the same leather company to upholster Ferrari this train became known as the Ferrari bullet train.
In Italy it is impossible to go against the state so when Italo began in 2011 the state started with only allowing Italo arrival and departures from less know stations for example rather than arriving at Rome Termini they would only arrive at Tiburtina and the same in other major cities like Milan, Venice, Florence and Naples. The state had hoped this would extinguish NTV although it hasn’t as is still running.
In February 2018 NTV -ITALO was bought by the American Company GIP – Global Infrastructure partners and the glam ideas or the Italian Ferrari & Tods CEO has been extinguished by the incredible changes to the LE FRECCE.
In Seven years Trenitalia has lifted its game and offers the absolute best in high speed train comfort. The Freccia Rossa runs at speed of 300km per hour and has a total of 187 connections per day with variable hours. There are 111 Freccia rossa currently in service between Rome and Milan, 46 between Milan and Venice and 26 between Rome and Venice. The Freccia Argento runs at a speed of 250km per hour with 48 daily connections from Rome to other major cities from the North to the South as far as Napoli Centrale.
The Freccia Bianca is almost non excitant and only has 42 trains per day connections from major cities to southern italy typically as far as Calabria this is the only region where train lines are not sufficient for the top two.
Take a look at the diffence between the classes Freccia Rossa & Argento in economy – premium, business and our favourite executive. An important difference is although Frecce has better services and comforts, Italo’s WIFI always works and FRECCE WIFI never works !
The most luxury class that exists in Italian Transport – Executive Class – Frecce Rossa
Seasonal Menu by renowned Milanese Chef – Carlo Cracco. If you travel before lunch or dinner you can enjoy aperitivo with Mozzarella di buffala DOP, cocktails and a great wine list
Spacious cabin with only 8 chairs – comfortable and reclinable seating
Chairs can also be utilised for Business meetings
Executive Class – Freccia Argento older interiors although comfortable with sam menu as Freccia Rossa
Italo Club – Prestige Class private cabins for four – with reclinable seating all upholstery by Poltrona Frau. Welcome drink and snacks are very average much better quality snacks in Freccia Rossa business class
Italo Prestige Class – seating is not reclinable snacks are offered
Italo – Premium Class uncomfortable and un-reclinable chairs – newspapers and snacks are offered.