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Shopping: Everywhere you go in Milan there are shops, boutiques, stores and galleries to tempt your indulgence. Check out (milano24ore.net/shopping/), but talk with your bank first.
Transportation: What you need to know is here (http://goitaly.about.com/od/milanitalytravel/l/bl_milan-transportation-map.htm)
Business Information: Milan is open for your Business! Check out (www.comune.milano.it)
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
Convention Center: If you’re here for a convention it’s probably at FieraMilano SpA – Strada Statale 33 del Sempione, 28,
This is the website for information (fieramilano.it/en/home), FieraMilano SpA is a trade fair and exhibition organizer headquartered in Milan, Italy. It is the most important trade fair organizer in Italy and one of the largest in the world.
US Embassy: (http://milan.usconsulate.gov/) via Principe Amedeo, 1002-2903.5400
Day One: Dance over to Teatro alla Scala and Museum – Daily: 9-12:30 and 1:30-5:30, Largo Ghiringhelli , 1Piazza Scala, 39 02 88 79 2473 / 7473
If you’re here in the off season or you can’t get tickets, it’s worth your time to visit the La Scala Museum and take a peak into the theater where you might see a rehearsal.
The museum contains a collection of paintings, drafts, statues, costumes, and other documents regarding La Scala and its opera history.
Close by is the Duomo of Milan – Terraces are open from 9 – 7, Piazza del Duomo, 39 02 7202 2656
Milan Cathedral is the center of Milan. It is dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete.
The cathedral has 135 spires, 3200 statues, beautiful stained glass windows, several impressive sarcophagi and two large organs.
Time for lunch so gallop to Ribot – L & D: Tu-Su, Via Marco Cremosano 41, 00 39 02 3300 1646
Start with the puntarelle salad with anchovies, artichokes and Tuscan ham or the pork salami with Padano and buffalo mozzarella.
Then move on to the rib roast with potatoes and sliced red onions or the crostini baked polenta with porcini mushrooms and parmigiano reggiano.
The Amarone Proemio would be a delicious pairing.
It’s time for a little shopping and gawking at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - Piazza Duomo, 39 02 7740 4343
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the world’s oldest shopping mall. Housed within a four-storey double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy.
The Galleria is constantly crowded with locals and tourists. Here you will find upscale stores, cafés and restaurants.
Dinner is at Trattoria da Abele– D: M-Sa, Via Temperranza 5, 02 261 3855
At Trattoria Da Abele you will have the sweet and sour sardines or share the charcuterie board.
They are well known for risotto so we suggest the veal shank with Milanese risotto or the perche filets with risotto.
Your wine is the ’11 Tenuta della Tere Nere Etna Rosso and dessert is their chocolate and chestnut bavaroise.
Day Two: Our cousin suggests having breakfast at Sant’ Ambroeus - B,L,D: Daily, Corso Matteotti 7, 3902/76000540
You’ll enjoy the 1930′s decor icluding the Murano chandeliers and silver rose vases as much as the hot chocolate, fruit tarts and cakes.
With this fortification you should visit Sforza Castle – Tu-Su: 9-5:30, Piazza Castello, 39 02 8846 3700
The Sforza Castle is one of the most famous monuments in Milan. It was demolished, then rebuilt several times, embellished and restored to become a symbol of events found in the historical background of the city.
Here you can see 230 works of art, which include masterpieces by famous Italian painters such as Mantegna, Antonello da Messina, Foppa, Cesare da Sesto, Procaccini, Cerano and many others.
Lunch is at Ristorante Dongio – L: M-F, D: M-Sa, Via Bernadino Corio, 02 551 1372
Here you have Calabria cuisine which translates into big spicy flavors. Start with the arugula and greens with burrata.
Everyone raves about their homemade pasta and so will you. Other favorites include the chicken aragonese, the bucatini with sardines, fennel and tomatoes or the linguini with cherry tomatoes, anchovies, and fresh oregano.
The Dina Barbera D’Alba – Angel Negro – 2010 would go well with this meal.
Art lovers rejoice because your next stop is the Pinacoteca di Brera – Tu-Su: 8:30-7:15, Via Brera, 28, 02722 63264-229
The collections of the Pinacoteca di Brera are varied and illustrious. They include many masterpieces such as: The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael, the Madonna and Child by Giovanni Bellini and the Crucifixion of Bramantino.
In a trade with the Louvre museum, Brera obtained five paintings by Rubens, Joardens, Van Dyck and Rembrandt to represent the Flemish school of the seventeenth century.
The same year they acquired frescoes by Bernardino Luini, Gaudenzio Ferrari, Vincenzo Foppa, Bergognone and Bramantino giving rise to one of the largest collections of this kind.
Bequests and purchases brought works by Correggio, Pietro Longhi, Piazzetta, Tiepolo, Canaletto as well as the Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio and Arbour by Silvestro Lega.
In the seventies an extraordinary donation brought works by major artists of the early twentieth century, including Boccioni, Braque, Carrà, De Pisis, Marino Marini, Modigliani and Morandi.
If you have some energy left you should see The Orto Botanico di Brera – Via Brera, 28, 39 02 723201, located behind the Pinacoteca di Brera
The garden is populated by trees, a botanical trail steeped in history that is told through the architectural remains, the observatory and flowerbeds.
Time for dinner at Cracco – B,L,D: Daily, Via Victor Hugo 4 | Sono IL Migliore, 02 87 6774
Let’s see do you start with the fresh water shrimp with scampi cream or the caramelized Russian salad with mango cream and mint gelatin.
Enjoy a glass of Gewürztraminer – Cantine D’Isera – 2010 with either of these starters.
The fritti are other worldly – sardines, seaweed leaves, rice crisps and corn crisps to remember. The Milanese risotto is the best.
The Brunello Montalcino – Val di Suga – 2005 is your wine choice here. For dessert don’t miss the crochette cioccolato fondente con chimotto e eaviale.
Day Three: Start your day with breakfast at Peck’s Italian Bar – B & L: Daily, Via C. Cantu, 3 Andrea Berton, 39 02 86 93 017
Having breakfast at Peck’s is like a museum visit. Your wonderful choices include coffees and teas, fruit juices, cookies, cakes, jams, panetone, short bread and lots of other gourmet temptations.
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci“, M-F: 9-4, Via S. Vittore 21, 02 48 555 558
15,000 technical-scientific and artistic objects make up the Museum’s collections. They represent the history of Italian science, technology and industry from the 19th century to the present.
They include technical-scientific tools, equipment and machines with particular reference to transport, energy production, the iron and steel industry, and the history of communications.
A visit to the Santa Maria delle Grazie – M-Sa: 7-12, 3-7, Su: 7:30-12:30, 3:30-9, Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2, 39 02 467 6111 is mandatory.
Santa Maria delle Grazie is a church and Dominican convent in Milan. The church contains the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci which is in the refectory of the convent.
And now for your last meal on this journey let’s go to Giullio Pane e Ojo – L & D: Daily, Via Ludovico Muratori, 10, 39 02 545 6189
Start with the bruschetta with eggplant pate, pecorino cheese and paprika or the broccoli casserole with raisins and almonds.
Move on to the chicken with rosemary, thyme and red wine or fusilloni pasta with zucchini flowers and ricotta. A sensible dessert is in order so go for the mascarpone with berries.
Before leaving Milan you need to see the Museo Poldi Pezzoli – W-M: 10-6, Via Manzoni, 12, 39 02 794889
The Museo Poldi Pezzoli has masterpieces by Pollaiolo, Botticelli, Giovanni Bellini, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, Tiepolo and Guardi, plus wonderful jewelery, Murano glass, porcelain, arms, tapestries, carpets, furniture and archaeological artifacts.
Here is a Welge Report lagniappe: If you have an extra day or more you definitely should see the lake area and especially Lake Como, situated about 50 miles from Milan, where you can dine and/or stay at the famous Villa d’Este –
“This famous resort destination has been widely praised for its beautiful gardens, exquisite cuisine, gala celebrations, impeccable decor and extraordinary hospitality.
Sitting on the banks of one of the most romantic lakes in the world and just north of Milan, Villa d’Este was built in 1568 as the summer residence of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio.
The property comprises 25 acres of gardens whose statues and landscape have been photographed for centuries.”
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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