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My 50th Birthday Trip

A travel journal to Milan by ChocolateLady

Tonights Performance Photo, Milan, Italy More Photos
Quote: For my 50th birthday, my husband took me to Milan and Northern Italy for a short but fun trip.

Our Arrival

Carmen Hotel

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Hotel | "Comfortable but Not Well Located"

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This small hotel is located quite off the beaten path, outside of Milan. While this meant a very quiet stay for us, it also meant having a farily long ride to get into town - taking both bus and metro. However, the hotel is clean, bright, nicely decorated and the staff are lovely and helpful.With only two floors, I believe there are only about 20 rooms in total. The rooms themselves weren't overly large but there was enough space to move about and the bed was comfortable, but not amazingly so. More importantly, the rooms were completely spotless and everything was freshened up wonderfully. We didn't need to use the air conditioning or need heat, so I can't really comment on that. The telev...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2009

Carmen Hotel
Via A. Toscanini 2
Trezzano Sul Naviglio
+39 (02) 4453086

Day 1

Teatro alla Scala Opera House

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Attraction | "I Hope the Fat Lady Never Sings There!"

Teatro alla Scala Opera House Photo, Milan, Italy
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There is something very special about attending an opera at La Scalla that only a die hard opera lover can appreciate. It isn't that this is the most modern or fancy opera house in the world, but could be considered the most famous. La Scalla is, to put it simply, the HOME of opera.I was lucky enough to see one amazing production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" and beforehand, spent most of the day in their museum and gift shop, which are no less fascinating than seeing the opera itself.If you like opera, this is THE place to go see it. And even if you can't afford the really good seats, the ones on the sides aren't all that bad, even if they are somewhat uncomfortable....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 14, 2009

Teatro alla Scala Opera House
Via Filodrammatici, 2
Milan 20121
02 7200 3744

The Whole La Scala Experience

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Tonight's Performance Photo, Milan, Italy
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Our only reason for going to Milan was finally to get to witness an opera at the famous Teatro alla Scala. We were fortunate enough for my 50th birthday to coincide with an opera that I'd been aching to see for quite some time – "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein. But we recommend you make a whole day out of la Scala.We started out our day by arriving at the Teatro alla Scala museum. This museum has several floors of opera memorabilia, including photos, paintings, instruments, original musical scores, letters, posters and even costumes and pieces of furniture and props used in their productions. There's so much to look at, you could spend hours – and we certainly did just that. When you fi...Read More

To Como and Beyond

Hotel Bellavista

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Hotel | "Beautiful View? That's an Understatement!"

Hotel Bellavista Photo, Menaggio, Italy
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The Bellavista hotel on Lake Como is a lovely hotel that's located right on the northern shores of the lake. While only really reachable by car, the view from the front rooms is amazing and when we were there in 2007, was newly opened. With large comfortable rooms, good breakfasts and an extremely friendly staff I can easily recommend this hotel.The hotel only boasts about 45 rooms and half of these face the lake. Since this hotel was newly opened, it was no surprise at how clean and tidy everything was. When we were there, they didn't have a pool open yet but I believe they've got one open now. The rooms themselves are just huge with an enormous king sized bed that's almost sw...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2009

Hotel Bellavista
Via IV Novembre, 21
Menaggio
+39 0344 32136

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ChocolateLady

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