Places to See

Given its enormous success last year, the Belvedere di Palazzo Lombardia will be open to the public every Sunday during 2016. Entrance to this new symbol of Milan which soars above the Milanese skyline is free and can be accessed from 10am to 6pm (go to ingresso N1). In less than 30 seconds (the building is 161 metres high) you can reach the Belvedere on the 39th floor to enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the city. Close by you can see the Bosco Verticale, Unicredit Tower, the Pirelli skysraper, Stazione Centrale, the San Siro Stadium and if it's a clear day you can even see the Alps. Until 31st January you can also ice skate on the ice-skating rink in Piazza Città di Lombardia in front of Palazzo Lombardia. During the weekend it's open from 11 to 22.
Palazzo Lombardia Via Melchiorre Gioia 20124 Milano
Located just an hour and a half from Milan is this wonderful Spa and Golf resort nestled against the Brescian hills. It is an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Milan for a few days, and if you are not a golfer it is an ideal base to visit nearby Lake Garda.  Palazzo Arzaga is a beautiful 15th century villa which has been converted into a 5-star Golf & Spa Resort. Set in an estate of 144 hectares it has beautfiful views of the surrounding countryside and Palazzo Arzaga's two golf courses (18 holes and 9 holes) designed by Jack Nicklaus II and Gary Player together with Arzaga Golf Academy. Guests can make full use of the Clarins Spa offering a wide range of spa treatments; the wellness centre which is a great place to recharge your batteries; the gym; sauna or simply laze around the indoor or outdoor swimming pools. The interior is classic but in keeping with the villa boasting original frescoes, wood-beamed ceilings and antique furniture. For those of you travelling with young families we suggest you book a superior room and ask for roll-out beds or cots to ensure that you have plenty of room for your little ones to run around. Guests can dine in the hotel's restaurant "Moretto" which offers classic Italian cuisine with a modern twist. During the warmer months dinner is served on the huge terrace overlooking the golf course, while in the colder months guests can dine under the villa's vaulted ceilings.  During the day guests can lunch at the Club House which offers a wide selection of hot and cold dishes. Palazzo Arzaga also has a wine bar as well as a cozy lounge bar with a spectacular fireplace. During our stay we visited the beautiful town of Sirmione located at the end of a peninsula in the middle of Lake Garda. Sirmione is famous for its healing waters and spa ,but is also a beautiful little town teaming with boutiques and cafes. Sirmione is also home to "Le Grotte di Catullo" an ancient Roman villa built in 1 B.C. To get there we took a 18 minute boat ride from Desenzano del Garda located 14km from Palazzo Arzaga.   
Via Arzaga, 1 25080 Calvagese della Riviera (BS)
030 680600
The Villa Reale in Monza was built between 1777-1780 by Piermarini for the son of Empress Maria Teresa - Archduke Ferdinand - as his summer home and hunting lodge. Over the centuries the Villa has changed hands many times and at one point was home to the Italian monarchs Umberto I, his son Vittorio Emanuele II and his wife Margherita di Savoia (the first Queen of Italy). After years of being closed to the public, Villa Reale has undergone extensive restoration work for EXPO 2015 and has been returned to some of its former glory.This wonderful palace complex includes the Cappella Reale (Royal Chapel), the Cavallerizza (Royal Stables), the Rotonda dell'Appiani, the Teatrino di Corte ("Small Court Theatre") and the Orangerie. Visitors can now visit the rooms in the main body of the Villa which include the grand salons and halls, as well as  the Royal apartments of King Umberto I of Italy and  Queen Margherita of Savoy and Belvedere. Unfortunately much of the original furniture is currently in the Quirinale in Rome, however, pieces are slowly being restored and returned to this former Royal residence.In front of the palace are the Royal gardens, designed by Piermarini as a formal English garden where visitors can enjoy a walk. If you are feeling more adventurous why not step out through the palace walls into the Parco di Monza - the largest fenced park in Europe, If you wish to visit the Villa Reale groups will need to book a guided tour in advance and we suggest that other visitors do so too to avoid the queues. To book please phone the call centre on 199151140 (Monday to Fridays from 9am to 6pm or Saturdays from 9am to 12pm) or go to or If you book tickets in advance you will need to pay a pre-booking fee, otherwise tickets cost: Euro 12 for adults, Euro 10 for OAPs and Euro 4 for under 18s.  Guided tours can be organised for groups (minimum 15 people) in different languages for Euro 120. After you have visited the Villa Reale why not go to the bar on the ground floor for a drink or something to eat. You won't be disappointed.       
Viale Brianza, 1 20052 Monza
039 39464213
Circolo Ippico La Rocca is great for riders big and small of any level. Located in Cambiago on the outskirts of Milan, this riding school is within easy reach of the city centre while being immersed in the greenery of the Milanese hinterland. Courses are offered in English riding, fixed obstacle jumping and dressage (with a Spanish instructor). What is particularly special about Circolo Ippico La Rocca is that it is one of two riding schools in Italy that offer side saddle lessons in association with AIMA ( ), the Italian side saddle association. If you have your own horse, Circolo Ippico La Rocca is more than happy to stable it for you.  
Via della Rocca, Cambiago
02 9506188
Top Fuel Racing is an indoor kart and bike racetrack which is suitable for all ages and levels of expertise, even first timers. Lesser able bodied drivers can also take advantage of the Baby Driving School and special facilities on offer.Top Fuel Racing allows children to experience the excitement of driving in a safe and controlled environment. Delfini Mini Karts are available for little ones (4 plus) and children over 130 cm get to ride Fun Kid Karts (approx 11 years of age). While children over 5 years old can try riding Mini bikes and 12 year olds and above can race Pit bikes.Top Fuel Racing will supply racing suits, crash helmets, under helmets and rub protectors if you don't have your own. Don't forget to bring a pair of gloves (even ski ones) and make sure you wrap up warm during the colder months as the track isn't heated. Courses are available every day from 17.00 to 19.00 and 14.00 to 16.00 on Saturdays and Sundays. For prices and further details please contact Top Fuel Racing directly as prices are subject to variation. As at January 2014 Kids Kart Courses cost €35 per course or €150 for six courses. Each kart course lasts 30 minutes while bike courses last 20 minutes. Both courses are part theory and part practical.A €5 twelve month membership fee is payable if you wish to rent karts or bikes and use Top Fuel's facilities. Groups of 10 people can book the Gran Prix experience, with a five minute qualifying lap. For all the bike riders out there - whether you want to ride your own Mini bike or Pit bike or learn to ride one on a track, Top Fuel Racing has the solution. Top Fuel Racing holds bike courses from Tuesday to Friday at 17.00 to 19.00, while bikes can be rented Tuesday to Friday from 14.00 to 16.30 and 17.00 to 01.00, Saturday 10.00 to 13.00 and Sunday 21.00 to 01.00. Bike owners can ride their own bikes on Saturdays 10.00 to 13.00 (lockers and showers are available for owners)Otherwise, why not relax in the spacious indoor bar or open-air terrace, which offer a selection of drinks and food, while watching drivers race round the track through the enormous glass window. Top Fuel Racing will also cater for birthdays and corporate events. Birthday guests are awarded trophies and medals. 
SP 103 Cassanese km 10 Vignate (MI)
02 40707301
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