Rome and Milan – Where to Stay, Eat and Have Fun

View of St. Peter's Basilica at Sunset

by John Crowe

As a recipient of a scholarship from SITE Canada, I was able to attend the SITE Global Forum held in Rome this year.  After confirming my attendance to the conference, I was then invited to attend a few additional nights in Milan, where I was lucky enough to stay at Dorchester Collection Hotels.  Dorchester’s hotels are 100% incentive quality and both Hotel Eden in Rome and Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan are city classics offering modern amenities while maintaining their historic design and traditional services.

I immediately noticed the vast differences between the two cities.   Milan is modernized, cosmopolitan and famous for its fashion and design scene.  Rome of course is an open-air museum, packed with historic monuments, cobblestone streets, and The Vatican.  Incentive travel instincts told me immediately these cities would be perfect for a combination program offering completely different experiences for participants.  The high-speed train is a perfect means of transport between these 2 cities with a travelling time of just under 3 hours. 

If you are planning an incentive program to either or both cities, check out the following.  

Rome

Stay

Hotel Eden - https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/rome/hotel-eden/

Hotel Eden Rome, Part of Dorchester Collection  Photo Credit: Hotels & Travel

Hotel Eden Rome, Part of Dorchester Collection

Photo Credit: Hotels & Travel

Hotel Eden Rome, Part of Dorchester Collection.

Hotel Eden Rome, Part of Dorchester Collection.

Hotel Eden Rome, Part of Dorchester Collection.

Hotel Eden Rome, Part of Dorchester Collection.

Eat

Traverna Trilussa – located in the popular Trasteverel area, this restaurant will appeal to a wide range of attendees - http://www.tavernatrilussa.it

Ristorante Da Sabatino – known for their extensive wine collection and cellar, this restaurant can accommodate up to 200 guests including their outdoor space - http://www.dasabatino.it/welcome.html

Ristorante Piccolo Abruzzo – perfect for small groups this family run restaurant will make you feel right at home with authentic family style Italian food - http://www.piccoloabruzzo.it

Fun Stuff

Vintage Vespa Tour – a throwback tour to 1953 and the classic film Roman Holiday.  Check out the Coliseum, Roman Forum and St Peters Square via Vespa - http://www.rome500exp.com/service/vespa-vintage-tour

Vespa Tour Rome  Photo Credit: Washington Post

Vespa Tour Rome

Photo Credit: Washington Post

Cooking Class and Dinner on Tiber Island – cook your own dinner after shopping at the local market on Tiber Island – an iconic tourist destination in its own right - http://fabiolouscookingday.com

Me and my group, learning how to make pasta in Rome

Me and my group, learning how to make pasta in Rome

Private Functions at the Sistine Chapel – no décor required.  This world-famous building can now be rented for private functions – not for the budget minded group!  - https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2015/08/10/vatican-for-sale-very-wealthy-rent-the-sistine-chapel-dine-with-the-pope-and-buy-secret-archives/#42445fff2977

Milan

Stay

Hotel Principe di Savoia - https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/milan/hotel-principe-di-savoia/

Hotel Principe di Savoia, part of Dorchester Collection

Hotel Principe di Savoia, part of Dorchester Collection

Hotel Principe di Savoia, part of Dorchester Collection

Hotel Principe di Savoia, part of Dorchester Collection

Hotel Principe di Savoia, part of Dorchester Collection

Hotel Principe di Savoia, part of Dorchester Collection

Hotel Principe di Savoia, part of Dorchester Collection

Hotel Principe di Savoia, part of Dorchester Collection

Eat

Peck – the famous food emporium – tour the store of cheese, olive oils, cheese and cured meats while incorporating a wine tasting.  Don’t miss out on utilizing the private dining space - https://www.peck.it/en

Supper at the Sawmill – excellent food and amazing privatization opportunities in a renovated sawmill – recommended by Michelin star chefs including Massimo Bottura - http://www.carloecamillainsegheria.it/?l=en#firstPage

Fun Stuff

il Teatro alla Scala – Milan’s famous opera house – organize a private behind the scenes tour of the facility and see why traditional costume design and handmade sets hold their own over time - http://www.teatroallascala.org/en/index.html

Brera District – the capital of fashion, style and design – tour the many studios or better yet create your own private function in truly stylish space - http://www.breradesigndistrict.it

Brera District Milan  Photo Credit: milancitytour.com

Brera District Milan

Photo Credit: milancitytour.com

The Last Supper – I feel this is a must see while in Milan.  Leonardo Da Vinci’s tour de force - https://www.milan-museum.com/leonardo-last-supper-guide-book.php