Fashionistas and football fans alike recognise the allure of Milan.
No wonder the stunning northern Italian city is such a popular city break destination for those wishing to pay homage to the San Siro or Dolce & Gabbana.
And if fashion or footie fail to fascinate, well there’s always the opera, the architecture, the food…
Today’s Big Deal, courtesy of the Travel Company Edinburgh, flies you to this enthralling city for a three night break in a modern hotel, offering the perfect opportunity to soak up all that rich Italian culture and heritage.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, offers direct return flights to Milan Malpensa Airport with EasyJet from Edinburgh International, with hand luggage allowance, and three nights room only accommodation, based on two sharing a standard room, at the four star Ih Hotels Milano Gioia.
The city breaks are for three nights, flying out from Edinburgh International airport. The departure dates are the following:
11th, 14th January
1st, 24th, 25th February
2nd, 7th, 11th March
Four star hotel
Ih Hotels Milano Gioia is a stylish four star hotel situated five km from Milan’s city centre and a fifteen minute walk from Istria metro station. Its rooms are fitted with free Wi-Fi, cable TV with on-demand movies, a safe, coffee/tea makers and a personal computer.
The hotel also has a bar and restaurant which serves Italian specialities.
The Milanese regard their city as the industrious and creative capital of Italy and they have a case. It’s a city that offers a graceful combination of the historic and ultra-modern.
Fashionistas will congregate in the Quadrilatero square and the Via Montenapoleone, where the boutiques represent most of the major fashion houses. Vogue rates it as the most important fashion district in the world, but check your credit card limit before deciding to splurge on that to-die-for dress.
Less worldly glory is on display in the refectory attached to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the site of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper fresco. Admission tickets are hard to come by, and you only get 15 minutes in the presence of the masterpiece, but it’s an unforgettable experience.
Milan’s Duomo, the 16th century cathedral, dominates the old city. Climb the steps or take the lift to the roof for spectacular views that can reach as far as the Alps on a clear day.
Milan’s other cathedral is the San Siro stadium, home of the rival clubs AC Milan and Internazionale. If you can’t catch a match, take the stadium tour and visit the museum.
Ih Hotels Milano Gioia has picked up appreciative feedback on TripAdvisor. Recent reviews include the following, edited for length:
‘This hotel is a modern and stylish one, not far from the city centre and transport is good. It is not expensive for what you get, staff are very kind and professional, breakfast choice is large with good tasty food, rooms are clean, modern, large size and efficient.’
‘Nice hotel, clean, good kitchen, rooms are nice and beds are comfortable. Kind people. It is not a nice view from the rooms. Free wifi. Good transport connection with downtown. Bus station and metro are nearby.’
Memorable city break
With designer labels, the Duomo and Da Vinci, Milan deserves its reputation as one of the world’s great cities.
With direct flights and accommodation, today’s Big Deal offers you the ideal opportunity to take a loved one for a memorable stay in this jewel of a destination.