Originally opened in 1863, the Grand Hotel et de Milan has a rich musical history; Verdi lived off-and-on in the hotel for 20 years (and died there in 1901), and many musicians from the nearby La Scala opera have stayed and practiced at this hotel. The 95 understatedly elegant rooms feature antique furniture, parquet floors, richly patterned rugs and chandeliers, along with marble bathrooms stocked with luxe Etro toiletries. Even the fitness room is charming, with floor-to-ceiling windows through which gym-goers can glimpse lots of greenery. The lovely Don Carlos restaurant pays tribute to Verdi, and has walls lined with art from La Scala’s museum, along with well-prepared traditional Italian cuisine. Fabulous (if pricey) shopping on Via Montenapoleone is right outside the door.
The Quadrilatero della Moda is Milan’s prime shopping area, chock-full of the crème de la crème of Italian and international designers—think Gucci, Prada, and Versace.
1. Teatro alla Scala: For world-class opera in sumptuous surroundings
2. Pinacoteca di Brera: For an amazing collection of Renaissance art
3. DMagazine Outlet: For fabulous fashion at discount prices
Time Out tip
Consider splurging on the full Opera Experience, which includes two nights at the hotel, breakfast and dinner and La Scala opera tickets.