Finally, Milan! If Rome represents the “old” Italy, Milan represents the “new” Italy. Milan is the most modern of all Italian cities, and it still keeps most of its past history intact.
It’s true that Milan, unlike most usually historical European cities which throw the sights in your face, requires quite a lot of exploring – take it as it is, and you might enjoy its fashionable glitter and business-like modernity, but might find it not very “captivating”. If you spend time, though, strolling through less well known areas such as the pretty Navigli, the chic Brera district, the lively University quarter, or some of the smaller churches and buildings, you’ll find a forward thinking, diverse city filled in every corner with history, and with a plethora of hidden gems. Plus, with such an established history in theatre, music, literature, sport, art and fashion, there’s really not much you can miss and it’s the perfect place for your convention!
Talking about hotel, I would suggest The Rosa Grand, stunning luxury hotel surrounded by Milan’s iconic sights and attractions. We’re just a few steps from the gothic Duomo Cathedral, Milan’s exclusive fashion street Via Montenapoleone and the world renowned La Scala Opera Theatre. A splendid example of sophisticated design which is simply a joy to be in. This hotel of quiet luxury surprises with its original structure large spaces and innovative, precious materials. Particularly striking is the spectacular glass roof of the lobby. In all, there are 327 rooms and suites, 3 exquisite restaurants and bars, and 8 meeting rooms.
Another great solution in the city it’s The Uptown Palace – MGallery Collection a modern and elegant hotel just a short walk from the Piazza Duomo cathedral square and from Milan’s most famous shopping streets. The hotel has 158 sound-proofed rooms, some of them, on the upper floors, have wonderful views of the cathedral and over the rooftops of the Lombard capital. Located on the lower ground floor, the conference centre currently comprises 5 flexible meeting rooms, each one with a capacity that varies from 4 to 35 seats, giving a total capacity of approximately 130 seats.
For your gala dinner what about a former church? San Paolo Converso, in the heart of the city, close to the Duomo, it’s a 16th century deconsecrated church with an area of almost 1000 square meters that could accommodate roughly 200 people. The first room, called “Aula Pubblica” is mainly used for convention and congress. The second room called “Coro delle Monache” is the ideal spot for a gala dinner
A very well known address for your dinner it could be also the historical restaurant BOEUCC, one of the favorite restaurant of Milanese elite, mainly for its refined cuisine.
Last but not least why not considering Terrazza Martini?It’s a cult place for design lovers all over the world, a wonderful cocktail location with a breathtaking view of the “Madonnina”. Terrazza Martini is a perfect place for your event up to 100 people.
For your Team building I would suggest “Conquering the city” a mix of urban orienteering, problem solving and live action game: the pleasure of discovering the city by sharing a common goal.
Talking about sightseeing, of course there some places “not to be missed” like the Duomo, The Castle, The Galleria and The Scala but I would suggest for example The Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, a wonderful medieval church that was built at the beginning of the fourth century. The real “not to be missed” masterpiece is “The Last Supper” of Leonardo da Vinci painted in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Last but least I would recommend an introduction to the “Design Capital of the World” with a visit of The Triennale Design Museum that hosts more than sixty years of great Italian design.
Those are just few suggestions, I will be back soon. By the way, next time one of my favourite Italian coast!