Arrival back into Italy in June 2016 meant I would be based in and around Milan for my first few days. I flew into Bergamo airport, which is 45 kilometres from Milan city centre. Rather than be based in Bergamo or the city centre of Milan to start with I decided to stay in Novate Milanese, at the charming Antica Corte Milanese Bed and Breakfast.
These days, Novate Milanese has been swallowed into the urban metropolis of Milan. However, traditionally this is a rural farming village of its own. There’s barely a tourist in sight on the main streets and it has an old school village feel here rather than a commercial city vibe.
I met up with Marco and Beatrice, the two owners of Antica Corte B and B. They were intrigued by my round the world adventure and my writing, and Marco dedicated an afternoon to me to explain as much Milan history as he could. It was a lot to take in and a lot of new knowledge, which will stand me in good stead ahead of my future articles on Milan and Italy.
Once the history lesson was over, I was out to explore the sights and sounds of Milan. I toured the famous Duomo, the San Siro, the Fortress, the “spot” where Benito Mussolini once hanged and I also was on tour with Walks of Italy to review the Pinacoteca di Brera Art Gallery Tour.
Here at Antica Corte, this was a charming home for two nights and these are my favourite things about it. It is perfect for a couple who want to tour Milan but avoid the over commercial and over-hyped big city hotels.
Once inside the gate, a charming courtyard greets you and this is the rustic appeal that your travel brochures of Italy showed you. But you never quite believed it until you stepped foot in here. Antica Corte Milanese is a nineteenth-century court that was restored to maintain the atmosphere of a typical Lombard Court.
Shrubs, flowers and painted walls in an enclosed courtyard are the first attractions here. There are storage containers for wine and olive oil. Even the cobbled stonework on the ground has a traditional feel too it. Designed so that you can walk on water when Milan floods.
Instead of staying in a soul-less downtown hotel in an area full of commerce and busy streets, this is a village life appeal. There are local cafes and bars and traditional Italian businesses nearby in Novate Milanese.
Marco tells me the importance of Milan, the meaning of the city’s name “Medio Lanum”, middle of the land. Marco tells me about the history of aspargus and Milan’s importance as a trading capital for good from all over Europe.
Adorning the walls of the dining room are lots of relics and information on the history of Milan. There are plenty of books to be read and you can treat your stay here as an unexpected history lesson.
4.Cosy, Quiet, Tranquil Rooms
My room was excellent. With old school beds, a full kitchen, a nice bathroom and a table in the middle for blogging. This was my piece of luxury in Milan.
The court offers 15 apartments: studio, two-room, three-room, or four-room for groups.
The apartments can accommodate from 2 to 11 guests, depending on the type of apartment, and are furnished and equipped with all that is needed to ensure that any guest here will be accommodated in a charming environment.
5.Welcoming Local Hosts
Beatrice and Marco met me on arrival and welcomed me to their lair. They speak very good English, which was brilliant as my Italian is non-existent.
Here are the details for booking Antica Corte Milanese in Novate Milanese, Italy:
Antica Corte Milanese – Immobiliare Torre Romeo srl Unipersonale – Via della Repubblica, 86 – 20026 Novate Milanese (MI) P.IVA: 03711150155
Email: [email protected] Tel. +39 0239100888 Mobile +39 3387067796 Realizzato da www.miasoluzioni.com
Here are some videos from my stay at Antica Corte B and B in Novate Milanese, Italy: