Downtown Milan, the best area to stay in Milan
Downtown Milan is a world class cosmopolitan city, but when you head downtown you are also simultaneously taken back in time. There are so many iconic landmarks from days of the past it is almost hard to keep up with them, but one great stop that shouldn’t be missed is that of, “Basilica Di Saint’ Ambrogio”. This Basilica was consecrated by Saint Ambrose himself in 387 AD. Saint Ambrose one of the original leaders of the first Roman Catholic Church is a revered saint in Milan and the reverence had for him can still be seen to this day. Saint Ambrose himself is actually on display in a crypt below the church. If you don’t mind the idea of staring at dead saints you can still see the founder in his eternal slumber dressed in elegant robes in a glass case.
But for a much more live experience you can get an earful from Milan’s Blue Note. This is the first European outpost of the Jazz Giant that originated in New York. The Blue Note Milan is a favorite stop for Jazz lovers as well as those just wanting to go to a vibrant club with a good atmosphere. This Blue Note is one of only four in that are in the world. The Blue note first opened in 2003 and has seen nothing but an ever rising current of popularity ever since. This club presents live music six days a week. Each night consists of two gigs, one that is held at 9pm and then followed by a late night gig at 11pm. Along with the music Blue Note Milano has some of the best food on the menu you could ever find. The restaurant section of the club is open from 7:30pm to 12am and has some of the best Italian dishes you could ever find, with a constant supply of, grilled meat, pasta, breadsticks and delicious salad. With a marriage of Italian food and American Jazz, this place is simply spectacular.
After taking in some Jazz at the Blue Note head on over to the, “Teatro Alla Scala” to take in a form of music that originated in Italy itself, this is of course, the music of opera. This opera house is set up like a cathedral which only adds to the dynamics of the vocal performers. This place has a charged and magical atmosphere filled with living history. This is the location that saw the likes of Verdi and Maria Callas. This also a chance to take in a bit of history, there is also a museum at this site as well. This museum was founded in 1913 gives a full overview of the history of this magnificent opera house.
Just mere steps away from this famed opera house you will find an excellent place to stay for the night. “Hotel La Madonnina” is a wonderful hotel, with bright and modern rooms, equipped with free wifi and many other amenities at a very reasonable price. Here you can have a nice place to stay on a budget and still be in the midst of rich culture.