Atellani Apartments

Milan, Italy Book from Book from £104 per night

Elegant apartments for 2-6 in Milan's Porta Magenta district, ensconced in a 15th-century palazzo with a glorious garden and a secret vineyard
The glory of Milan’s Renaissance shines from Casa degli Atellani, a stunning palazzo in the historic heart of Milan where Leonardo da Vinci lodged when painting ‘The Last Supper’ in the 1490s. It’s now home to a museum, a café and this quartet of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments – all clean, uncluttered and filled with light. The building they sit in may be grandiose, but their interiors display up-to-date chic: op-art cushions and bedspreads adorn bright sofas and white beds, kitchens are contemporary, and bathrooms are sleek. Glide along vast expanses of parquet flooring (no threadbare medieval rugs here), and gaze through long windows across Corso Magenta to the terracotta splendour of Santa Maria delle Grazie church, where da Vinci’s masterpiece is housed.

A part of the Atellani palazzo has been preserved in all its Renaissance splendour: you can visit the superb frescoed Zodiac Hall and the sumptuous Sala dello Scalone, then stroll like a modern aristocrat to the lift and ascend to your own stylish sanctuary. There’s also an ornate private garden – a real sanctuary in a hectic city like Milan – with moss-bedecked statues, rolling lawns and a vineyard (La Vigna di Leonardo), uncovered when architect Piero Portaluppi began reconstructing the neglected building in the 1920s. Guests in the apartments have special access to both - a rare privilege.

Highs

  • Hands-on manager Julia and her team do all they can to ensure you have a wonderful stay
  • A range of well-priced apartments to suit couples and families alike, with a minimum stay of just 2 nights
  • Fully equipped kitchens, plus a 20% discount at the on-site Caffe Vigna di Leonardo (open for breakfast and lunch)
  • A friendly concierge who can help with recommendations, bookings and babysitters, and even arrange private yoga sessions
  • Book through i-escape and you’ll skip the queue (and the ticket cost) for the Casa degli Atellani house and garden

Lows

  • While the street-facing apartments have an excellent view of the Santa Maria Delle Grazie church, the trams running outside can be noisy
  • The interiors could do with a few more homey touches as the apartments are quite bare
  • The windows in Luini are small and high up, so you don’t get much of a view
  • This is an exclusive neighbourhood - late-night revellers will need to cab it to more lively districts like Brera
  • There’s a charge for parking, although few drive into central Milan

Best time to go

May, June, September and October, when the weather is balmy but not too hot, are our favourite months to visit; from November to February it’s a bit cooler. That said, Christmas in Milan is wonderful and the piazzas dazzle with lights. Although all the apartments have air-con, you may want to avoid the steamy, tourist-swamped months of July and August.

Our top tips

Be sure to sample the nectar from Leonardo’s vineyard – wine and nibbles are served in the café every Saturday at 5.45pm (additional cost) as part of the Milanese tradition of the aperitivo. The grape, Malvasia di Candia, has been painstakingly recreated by wine geneticists from roots found when the 400-year-old vineyard was unearthed.

Great for...

City Style
Family
  • Boutique apartments
  • 4 apartments for 2-6
  • Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
Room: Leonardo

Rooms

The largest apartment, Leonardo, sleeps 4-6 in 2 double bedrooms and a sofabed. The roomy master has tall windows overlooking the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, and a double-arched wall separates the spacious salon from the dining area. Marble steps lead up to a kitchen with striking striped walls and steel stools.

Next down is Bianca, which sleeps 2-4. The double bedroom overlooks the palazzo’s private inner courtyard; to the front is an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area with a sofabed, book-lined walls and expansive windows framing views of the church.

Similar in size but without the view is Luini, which is decorated throughout in soft mauve. The living area has a long glass desk and a sofabed; from here, steps lead down to the bathroom and up to a galley kitchen. The double bedroom has the bonus of a walk-in wardrobe.

The smallest apartment is Ludovico, a semi open-plan studio that also sleeps 2-4. The living area, with kitchenette, dining table and bright blue sofabed, faces the street and church; a glazed wall separates it from the double bedroom, which has a small balcony above the inner courtyard.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

All the apartments have compact kitchens with everything you need for preparing quick meals – ceramic hob, oven, microwave, fridge, Nespresso coffee maker, dishwasher, crockery, pans. Tea, coffee and sugar are provided, but you'll need to buy everything else - there's a grocery shop 50m down the road.

If you don’t fancy cooking, you can opt to have breakfast (juice, pastries, cereal, cappuccino) downstairs in the colourful Caffe Vigna di Leonardo, where apartment guests receive a 20% discount. It’s also open for lunch: the menu changes weekly but always includes traditional soups and pastas, plus a couple of vegetarian choices. We recommend enjoying a glass of crisp white with piatti freddi (cold plates) such as swordfish carpaccio and bresaola with artichoke.

A saunter around the neighbourhood will yield plenty of choices for dinner. The Tuscan-inspired L’Uccellina is good for antipasti, while Tommasi serves arguably the best pasta in Milan. We loved the family-run Pizzeria Biagio - a tiny but lively lunch spot for locals, offering delicious pizza pies. For something different, Japanese restaurant Shion is located next to the apartments and can deliver sushi to your door on request.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating: Bianca
Activity:

Activities

  • Guests booking through i-escape get a guided tour of the stunning Casa degli Atellani (the backdrop to Euro-art film I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton). Don’t miss the mosaic flooring in the Zodiac Hall, and the beautiful garden and vineyard outside
  • ‘The Last Supper’ is only steps away in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church – you need to book in advance, but the concierge can help
  • Stride along Corso Magenta to view classical architecture like the Teatro Litta and the Museo Archeologico, then enjoy a shopping splurge on the busy Corso Vercelli
  • The sprawling 15th-century Sforza Castle, which houses several museums and art collections, is a 10-min walk away; the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Teatro alla Scala are 20 mins or a short tram ride
  • For those needing a good stretch after all that sightseeing, a yoga session with a certified instructor can be arranged in your apartment

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Theatre/opera
  • Yoga

Kids

Children are welcome - Julia has 3 primary school age/toddler boys of her own so is very understanding of a family's needs - and those up to the age of 3 stay free of charge. Note that all bedrooms are doubles.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The best option for families is Leonardo, which sleeps 4-6 in 2 bedrooms and a sofabed; it also has 2 bathrooms (one with a tub). The other apartments have one bedroom only, but all come with sofabeds that can sleep 1-2 children; Luini has a tub in its bathroom, but the others have showers only. Baby cots can be added to all apartments.

Babysitting:

The concierge can arrange qualified babysitters and nannies if you fancy a night out or want some dedicated adult time for cultural outings and shopping

Baby equipment:

  • High chair
  • Baby cots
  • Other supplies such as baby food or nappies can be provided on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Plenty of family-friendly restaurants and pizzerias on via Vincenzo Monti, 100m away

Kids Activities nearby:

  • La Triennale di Milano, an outdoor sculpture park with cafe
  • Parco Sempione has lush greenery
  • Museum of Science and Technology, with original Renaissance courtyard designed by Da Vinci, has a great collection of trains and airplanes
  • New Mudec museum dedicated to art and culture, with interactive exhibits for children (and family-friendly bistro)
  • Children's museum, Muba, has a good outdoor play area

Distances:

  • Airport: 20 minutes (Milan Linate) or 50 minutes (Milan Malpensa)
  • Shop: 1 minute
  • Hospital: 10 minutes
Kid Friendly: Milan skyline

Location

The apartments are located inside the 15th-century Casa degli Atellani, on the Corso Magenta in Milan’s historic centre. They're a couple of minutes’ walk from the nearest tram stop (Santa Maria delle Grazie on line 16) and 5 minutes from metro stops (Conciliazione on line 1, or Cadorna on lines 1 and 2).

By Air:
Milan Linate (10km away) is the closest airport, but most flights to Milan land at Malpensa, 50km outside the city. Some budget airlines fly to Bergamo, 60km from Milan. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
Transfers can be arranged, or you can take a taxi. It’s also easy to reach the apartments by public transport – there’s an express train from Malpensa to Cadorna, which is only 500m from Casa degli Atellani. If you’re flying into Bergamo, there are regular shuttle buses into central Milan, which take around an hour.

By Train:
Milan has excellent rail links with other Italian cities. Most services arrive at the imposing Stazione Centrale; from there, you can jump on the metro to Cadorna.

By Car:
We don’t recommend driving in Milan - the streets are clogged with traffic, and there’s a congestion charge to enter the city centre (though apartment guests get discounted rates). If you do want a car to explore the wider area, see our car rental recommendations – you can park in a nearby garage for a daily charge.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Italy and getting around

Airports:

  • Milan Linate 10.0 km LIN
  • Milan Malpensa 50.0 km MXP

Other:

  • Beach 140.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
8/10
Food
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

A great place to stay and a wonderful haven to get back to after much walking and sight seeing. A very welcoming and helpful concierge (Massimo) was on hand to answer any questions. The room was perfect for 2 of us, though it could accommodate 2 more on the sofa bed. The bed was incredibly comfortable - given the continental preference for exceptionally hard mattresses this was a real delight. There was indeed the rumble of trams, but having lived near railway stations and airports in the past this really didn't bother us. The location is great and plenty to see within a 15-20 minute walk or less. It was lovely to be able to walk around the courtyard and through to the garden (as part of the i-escape booking) which is a real oasis in the heart of Milan. Having the cafe below the apartments and was very handy as one could get going with a quick espresso and pastry. We were only there for 2 days, but I do so hope to go back and stay a little longer to see all the things we didn't have time for.

10/10,

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