“Classy apartments for 2-6 in Milan's Porta Magenta district, ensconced in a 15th-century palazzo with a glorious garden and a secret vineyard”
A part of the Atellani palazzo has been preserved in all its Renaiassance 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.
- 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
- 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
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- Boutique apartments
- 4 apartments for 2-6
- Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
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.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- DVD player
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Ipod dock
- Washing machine
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.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Restaurants nearby
- 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
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
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.
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.
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
- 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
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
- Airport: 20 minutes (Milan Linate) or 50 minutes (Milan Malpensa)
- Shop: 1 minute
- Hospital: 10 minutes