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Friday, August 10, 2012

Hotel Ariosto Milan

Renovated palace in a handy location in Milan

There is so much to see in Milan that it is important to choose a hotel in a handy location to cut down on travelling time during your stay in the city.
Hotel Ariosto
The elegant Magenta district is a good base if you plan to see Il Cenacolo (The Last Supper) by Leonardo da Vinci or the impressive Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle). 
An excellent choice in this area would be the Hotel Ariosto in Via Ludovico Ariosto. The hotel has been converted from an art nouveau palace, an architectural style described as ‘stile liberty’  in Italian. The palace has been completely renovated to provide guests with all the modern comforts.
The four star Hotel Ariosto is about 200 metres from the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie where Leonardo painted The Last Supper, his largest and most famous work. It is also approximately ten minutes walk from the Castello Sforzesco.
The Ariosto is also handy for the Cadorna railway station, close to a metro stop and a tram stop and near the Corso Vercelli shopping area.
The rooms either look out over an inner courtyard or at the decorative facades of the palaces opposite in Via Ludovico Ariosto. All 49 rooms have air conditioning, satellite television and wi fi connections and are decorated with natural wood floors and furniture.
Guests have the choice of either a room service breakfast or the excellent buffet breakfast served in the restaurant.
Editor’s note: “The helpful staff at the Hotel Ariosto booked tickets for me to take my family to see Leonardo’s The Last Supper before we arrived, which saved us time.”

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Why stay at the Hotel Ariosto?

The Hotel Ariosto in Milan’s Magenta district is a good choice for either the holidaymaker or the business traveller.
The hotel is within walking distance of two of Milan’s major tourist attractions, while convenient for the metro, the tram and the Cadorna railway station, enabling visitors to travel further afield easily.
The hotel is also handy for business people visiting Fiera Milano, an enormous venue that holds exhibitions and conventions attracting more than five million visitors a year.

What to see near the Hotel Ariosto

Teatro alla Scala
The Renaissance church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, now a UNESCO world heritage site, is in Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, just a short walk from Hotel Ariosto. Don’t miss the chance to visit Il Cenacolo (The Last Supper), the world famous fresco by Leonardo Da Vinci. The great artist painted his masterpiece directly on to the wall in the refectory used by monks. Visits are carefully organised in order to protect the work of art and must be booked in advance. For more information visit www.grazieop.it
Milan’s 15th century Castello Sforzesco is full of fascinating exhibits and art treasures and overlooks a beautiful park, Parco Sempione, which is within walking distance of the hotel.
A short ride on the metro will take you to Milan’s main square with the Duomo and the ornate Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. You can walk through the Galleria to reach Teatro alla Scala and access the famous fashion shopping streets around Via Montenapoleone from there.

Directions: From the Cadorna railway station it is a short taxi ride to the hotel or you can take the metro red line MM1 to Conciliazione, just one stop away. Hotel Ariosto at Via Ludovico Ariosto, 22 is about 200 metres away on foot.
The Malpensa Express train connects the airport at Malpensa directly with the Cadorna station. From Linate airport take ATM bus No. 73 to Piazza San Babila to link up with the metro.

Restaurant recommendation:  Ristorante Nabucco in Via Fiori Chiari is close to Parco Sempione (nearest metro stop Lanza.) A long established Milan restaurant, the Nabucco is a popular after theatre venue as the kitchen stays open late. It is the perfect place to try typical Milanese and Lombardian dishes.

Local specialities: Sample an authentic Risotto alla Milanese, which is made yellow by the addition of saffron when the rice is almost done. Follow with either Costoletta alla Milanese, a tender veal loin cutlet covered with breadcrumbs that has been lightly fried in butter, or Ossobuco alla Milanese, a cut of veal that includes the bone and its marrow, which is braised slowly and then served with risotto.

Local wines: Look out on wine lists for the excellent white, red or spumante (sparkling) Franciacorta wines made in the area of Lombardia that is bordered by Lago d’Iseo, the city of Brescia and the beginning of the Po valley.

Shopping: Milan is famous for its fashion shops in the area between Via Manzoni, Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea. For interior design and antiques shops look in the Brera and Navigli quarters.

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