Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The ornate Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, one of the world’s first shopping malls (Photo: Freddy Sherman)

Rome is filled with monuments and tourists but Milan is where Italy handles business. Home to the country’s thriving financial industry, this exciting and cosmopolitan city is only an hour flight or three-hour train trip from Rome. Milan is also rich with history, home to monuments like the iconic Duomo cathedral, “The Last Supper” and a wide array of important sites dating back to Roman times.

The city’s best hotel, The Principe di Savoia, has been hosting guests who seek a higher level of accommodation and service since its opening 90 years ago. The Dorchester Collection property offers rooms and suites with true Italian style and design, most utilizing original, restored design elements and furniture. This classic style, combined with ultra-modern facilities, amenities and conveniences, delivers a truly great luxury guest experience.

Suite at Principe di Savoia
The living room of my Ambassador Junior Suite (Photo: Freddy Sherman)

Here’s a tour of my sumptuous Ambassador Junior Suite which offered a spacious living area, a beautiful bedroom separated by a large sliding panel door, and a gleaming arctic white spa-like bathroom. The hotel is right next to the trendy Porto Nuova neighborhood, Milan’s hottest for both living and conducting business. You’re also a short walk or drive from the core of historic Milan, easily reachable via the hotel’s limo shuttle which goes back and forth between the hotel and the Duomo square area.

Luxury hotel amenities in Milan
Delicious cheese and some Ferrari Maximum Brut sparkling wine were awaiting me on arrival (Photo: Freddy Sherman)

The hotel’s Acanto Restaurant serves modern Italian classics and is considered one of the city’s best places to dine. Il Salotto is the lobby lounge, which offers quite an extensive menu and the Principe Bar is always filled with Milan’s movers and shakers. During any of Milan’s many conventions and congresses (especially Milan Fashion Week), the Principe’s bar and restaurants become key deal-making spots and the places to see and be seen.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also point out the truly spectacular buffet breakfast served each morning in the Acanto space. Table after table of all kinds of breakfast delights, along with a kitchen ready to prepare anything not already laid out.

Breakfast at Principe di Savoia
Enjoying some hot chocolate with my breakfast (Photo: Freddy Sherman)
Porto Nuova Milan
A view of the Porto Nuova skyline from the terrace of the fitness center (Photo: Freddy Sherman)

Getting There
To ensure my luxurious Italian adventure started in the U.S., I flew Alitalia‘s wonderful Business Class service to Rome and then on to Milan. With delicious Italian food, fine Italian wine and a cabin crew trained in food prep and service by real restaurant pros and chefs, it’s quite a foodie experience. Alitalia considers its passengers “guests”, like a luxury hotel or fine restaurant. The welcoming attitude of the cabin crew (and ground staff) and entire flight experience was a pleasant change from what one normally finds these days.

Ferrari sparkling wine on Alitalia
The Alitalia flight started off right with some Ferrari Maximum Brut (Photo: Freddy Sherman)
Duomo in Milan
The Duomo at dusk (Photo: Freddy Sherman)

Read more of Freddy Sherman’s take on travel on his Go World Travel Blog. You can also follow more of his adventures at blog and on his YouTube channel.

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