Milano is a unique city where you can be a tourist and blend with locals at the same time. Being from Rome, I always felt that Milano was a different, cold, business city. However every time I go I have to reconsider these thoughts…
I always feel immersed in a fast dynamic city that functions well.
A walk in a park or amongst modern buildings, a light "apericena" in a modern-vibrant enoteca or a visit to Eataly makes you feel you never run out of options.
The diverse aspects of Milano are showing everywhere in the basic every day life. Take one of the city “tram” for example. There is the old and the new. Do you feel like jumping in the past? Or do you want to experience a more modern, high-tech life. You can go with your mood of the day…
If you know me, you know that food is always in my head... one of my preferred places to eat is, of course, Eataly in Piazza Venticinque Aprile. Or the nearby outdoor restaurants and patio in Corso Como.
Take a stroll along Corso Como, heading north, and you will find yourself in the middle of one of the most modern complexes of Milano (Piazza Gae Aulenti) where you can also find the "Bosco Verticale" the "Vertical Forest" a famous condo tower with trees on every floor, the latest expression of 'sustainable architecture'.
If you want to eat inside, two of my favourite restaurants in the area are:
Ex Mauri Via F. Confalonieri, 5 and Ratana' - Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28
As for hotels I like to stay near the Stazione Centrale train station. I find it well connected to the modern outskirts of Milano as well as to the historical downtown core. The subway system is very efficient and not expensive. When I travel for business I find in this area everything from the local supermarket for my "mozzarella and alici" light dinners to the barber shop with the Neapolitan owner (BELIEVE it or NOT, I also need them from time to time....)
-- Smart Hotel 4-star, simple, functional, convenient
-- Hotel Berna 4-star, great service and breakfast
-- Brunelleschi 4-star (classic, great breakfast)
-- Gran Duca di York 3-star (more modern, great location)