Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo is the main “piazza” or square of Milan. The Piazza marks the centre of the city, not only geographically but also excuse of its importance from an artistic, cultural and of course social point of view. A must see for every tourist and obviously on the cover of every guidebook that includes Milan. Needless to mention that it is one of the busiest areas, but you certainly do not want to miss out on the many sights that can be seen here. This includes the Duomo di Milano, The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the wonderful Palazzo dell’Arengario, the Royal Palace of Milan and many other sights. In fact, best if you just walk down the streets while enjoying the beautiful architecture that surrounds you.
If you are planning to stay longer with your travel companion, then we recommend you stay in the Straf or the Spader al Duomo. The great thing about the Seven Stars Gallerie is the location. This hotel can be found in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is just at the Prada store, taking up nearly two wings of the first floor. Needless to mention that you can expect jaw-dropping views of the gilded mall. Oh, not to forget the private butler that is assigned to each room. If you have to have the spare change to afford this, well, there is no better place to stay. If you prefer to stay at a somewhat more quiet and private environment you probably wish to settle for the Straf Hotel. This hotel is located on a quiet street off the Piazza del Duomo. It is also one of the first designer hotels in Milan. For the hungry ones, who enjoy the friendly staff, a tidy and clean room for a much lower budget should book a room at the Spader Al Duomo. Expect bright sky-blue rooms and a generous morning buffet with a delicious cappuccino.
Garibaldi and the north with your Milan escort
Formerly a working-class neighbourhood that has transformed over the past few years to a rather laid back fashion hub. East of it you find the Staxione Centrale, Milan's major Railway station, so unless you arrive by plane you are going to get a glimpse of the area once you arrive and leave. However, it is worth taking a day to stroll around the area, get some shopping done and enjoy the rather interesting cultural mix that the area has to offer. If you are not planning on staying in the city centre, the Piazza del Duomo, then this area offers a great alternative. For those who can afford a bit of luxury you may wish to take a look at the Nu Hotel, the Maison Moschino and the 3 Rooms Hotel - yes it is, in fact, three apartments overlooking the courtyard at 10 Corso Como. The rooms in all three hotels are fairly priced - especially if you have travelled to cities like London, Stockholm or Tokyo. One night stay in these luxury hotels in Milan will be peanuts.
The Nu Hotel is a designer Hotel charges a lot less than its rivals in the city centre, whilst only 10 minutes metro ride away from Stazione Centrale. You will be enjoying floating beds, hanging shelves and the most unusual angels as you will not find any 90-degree corners in the hotel.
The Quadrilatero Della Moda
The Quadrilatero Della Moda aka. the Quadrilateral d’Oro (the golden rectangle), or Via Montenapoleone fashion district. This area is a high-class shopping district in the centre of Milan, characterised by the presence of numerous boutiques and related retail outlets which represent most of the world’s major fashion houses. Although the area is much quieter compared to the busy city centre, magazines such as Vogue regard this area as one of the most important fashion districts in the world. So for all you fashion lovers, it will be a must see. Famous streets and places to visit in this area include Via Borgospesso, Via Santo Spirito, Via Gesù, Via Sant'Andrea, and Via Bagutta.
If you are planning to stay in the fashion district we recommend the Carlton Baglioni, The Four Seasons Milano as well as the Hotel Armani. The Baglioni has improved a lot over the past few years. Of course, the beautiful marble bathrooms are still the same. The Four Season is for those who wish to play safe. You can expect clean and spacious rooms. The hotel is centred around a beautiful cloister, with granite columns, vaulted ceilings, and original frescos. And lastly, the Armani offers exceptional views of the Milan skyline.