Last December Manuela Vitulli was our guest: a seasoned traveller and creative mind.
Manuela stayed in one of our two Garibaldi Suites, a few steps from the Arena Civica and Parco Sempione. The Suites are located in the heart of Brera district, in the old town centre of Milan, and from there it’s possible to reach the main attractions of the city in just few minutes, also by walk.
On Pensieri in Viaggio, Manuela wrote about her experience in Milan, describing all that she saw and the emotions she felt living the city in the privacy of an apartment and, at the same time, with all the exclusive hotels services available 24/24.
Few days ago we had a small talk with her and took the opportunity to explore the topic. We asked her to tell us what it means to visit Milan living in an apartment in the heart of the city – as a true local – and what you should not miss next time you’ll visit our wonderful city!
Hi Manuela, first of all we want to thank you for being our guest. How was your experience in Milan during winter and Christmas time?
“Wonderful, I couldn’t have asked for better. Although it was cold, Milan welcomed me with the warmth of its bars and the elegance of the Duomo, made even more compelling by the Advent Calendar set up right next to it. Despite all the prejudices on the frenzy of the city, I discovered another Milanese side: the kind and slow one. Yes, Milan knows how to be slow. “
What sensations did it give to you to live for a few days in an apartment in the heart of Milan?
“I felt at home, as if I’ve been living in Milan for years. Several times it happened that I said unconsciously << Come on, let’s go home >>, referring to the apartment.”
How would you describe the Brera district in a sentence?
“One of my favourite districts in Milan and if I ever decided to move to the city, I definitely would like to live there.
Brera is a quiet and lovely neighborhood, and it almost seems a village absorbed in a big city.”
Was there during your experience something unexpected that impressed you positively and you would like to share with us?
“Definitely, the familiarity that immediately settled in my mind and in my heart. I had already been to Brera, but always passing by. I didn’t expect that one day, with its narrow streets and little shops, it would have become so familiar to me. Now it has a special place in my heart.”
Could you suggest to our readers three things that actually should not to be missed in Milan?
“The Duomo and the top view from it, Brera and the Pinacoteca, a stop (for shopping or for a coffee) at 10 Corso Como.”
What special memories has this experience left to you?
“The kindness of the people I met. I’ll keep forever in my heart the kindness of the owner of the Olmetto restaurant and his passion in telling to me the story of this place. And, of course, I will keep in my heart also the delicacy of the dishes I tasted!”
What is the thing that you liked the most of our Garibaldi Suite?
“I enjoyed the furniture, that was basic but well-finished in every detail: from the design table to the lights and, finally, the Nespresso coffee machine – a blessing in the morning. Also the position between Lanza and Moscova was perfect, because allows you to go easily anywhere.”
If we asked you to describe the city with 3 adjectives, which ones would you choose?
“Elegant, full of opportunities and constantly changing.”