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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:

Fashion Hotels:

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 Vegetables

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

Enjoy aperitif and dining at Gerry’s bar , Restaurant..

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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.

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