Milan. Places to stay

May 3rd, 2006, 03:06 PM
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Milan. Places to stay

Looking for quaint B&B's or small hotels in the old district of Milan. Will spend two or three days during mid October. Also would be like ideas for eats and sight seeing.
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May 3rd, 2006, 03:30 PM
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If you're looking for quaint then rather than Milan I would stay in the nearby town of Bergamo. Milan was very much like many of Europe's built up cities - in fact very much like Glasgow(Scotland) We were rather disappointed although there are some great parts of the city and great shops. We stayed at the Grand Dumo Hotel which was excellent.
We also took the train from Milan to Lake Como - fabulous. In fact we enjoyed our excursions out of the city rather than Milan itself. If I returned I would most definitely stay in Bergamo not Milan.
Hope this is helpful and hope you have a lively trip.
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May 3rd, 2006, 04:51 PM
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Gran Duca di York is one of the few affordable characteristically old-fashioned Italian hotels of Milano, near the Duomo. It's a 3 star. You might also check out Antica Locanda Leonardo off the Corso Magenta, and -- I'm not sure I have this name right -- Albergo Borromei. (It may be Locanda Borromei. I do know it's on via Borromei near Piazza Borromei.)

But you should do a search for B&Bs and boutique hotels. Milano has a few.

One of the most charming places to eat in Milano is Alla Vecchia Latteria on via Unione near the Duomo. It is a tiny grocery store and it serves marvelously rich vegetarian lunches. (It's at via Unione 6, but go early because it fills up fast).

It is very hard to go wrong eating in Milano, although it can be expensive. Check out the guides. Time Out is a good one.

My favorite charming museum in Milano is the Pinoteca Ambrosiana. You can look it up on the web. It's near the Duomo. I also enjoy walks along the pedestrian streets of Milan -- the via Brera or the Via Dante -- in the evenings.

The rest you can find in standard guidebooks.

I like stylish, wealthy northern European citeis so I like Milano. But if you don't, you can easily catch a train and be someplace else in an hour or two for a day trip. Some possibilities (look them up in advance on the web) are Lago Maggiore (Stresa), Lago di Como, Pavia, Verona, Mantova and Torino for the cinema museum.

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May 3rd, 2006, 05:20 PM
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I liked the Hotel Spadari al Duomo, which I found using last August. Rate was under $200 and it was just 2 blocks from the Duomo and around the corner from the Museo Ambrosiana, which I also liked. The top of the Duomo is a must if you can climb up not too many stairs. I was skeptical, but the Last Supper, just 20 minute walk, was well worth it, but book ahead at least one week. Shopping and people watching is fantastic. My other favorite museum, which happens to be a palazzo in the shopping area, an easy walk from the hotel, is the Poldi Pezolli. I have never been intrigued by armor or by lace, but I was so facinated by these collections that I needed to be escorted out at closing. Never got to see the rest of the art but it's my first stop on my next visit. That and a performance at La Scala. Great little museum, but an opera would be fab. Again, just a short walk from the hotel. Don't forget the shopping! PS, Como is wonderful and I would recommend Bellagio, not Como, for overnight. There's a commuter train that runs between Milan and Como that's on level ground (think suitcases on stairs). It's just a few minutes from the center of Milan and ends a block from the ferry in Como. Much better than the major train on either end, and cheaper.
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May 4th, 2006, 07:33 AM
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Thanks much for your replies. Your thoughts and ideas are most appreciated.
We are scheduled for Lake Como during our visit, but certainly thought a couple of days in Milano would be worthwile.
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May 8th, 2006, 06:48 AM
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I can also recommend Antica Locanda Leonardo ( and Hotel Spadari al Duomo ( Spadari al Duomo is more central (right around the corner from the Duomo) and more upscale but also a little more expensive. Locanda Leonardo is about a 15- to 20-minute walk from the Duomo, but practically right next door to the Last Supper. Both have nice, very clean rooms and friendly, helpful staffs. Good luck!
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