Rome and Milan – Where to Stay, Eat and Have Fun
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.
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
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
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
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
Hotel Principe di Savoia - https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/milan/hotel-principe-di-savoia/
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
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
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