Soccer and Milano go together like ossobuco con risotto!
Milan is in fact the only city to have given birth to 2 winning teams of the Champions League: Inter and Milan.
The life of the city has always been marked by a passion for football that can only be defined as visceral. This love gives life to places where fans meet to watch matches and discuss whether Romelu Lukaku’s Inter or Zatlan Ibrahimovic’s is stronger.
Through the places of the city you can relive the emotions and palpitations of the over a century-old competition that involves thousands of Rossonerazzurri hearts every day, those of the casciavit (Milan fans) and bauscia (Inter supporters).
FRIDAY evening 18.00:
At the time it was called “Hotel du Nord”, today it is the “Principe di Savoia”, one of the most famous and prestigious hotels in the city. Here on December 16, 1899 the Milan Football and Cricket Club was founded.
You can choose to stay in a Mosaic room, with the colors of the other Milan team, Inter, or, if it is a special occasion, opt for the Presidential Suite: the wow effect is guaranteed!
After check-in, walk just a few steps to enjoy a refined aperitivo at the Radio Rooftop Bar of the Me Milan Hotel il Duca: here you can admire the skyline of Porta Nuova, one of the favorite areas for Inter and Milan players to live, as well as the neighborhood where Inter is currently based.
FRIDAY dinner 20.00:
Book a table at Botinero, in via San Marco, in the heart of Brera, one of the most evocative and characteristic neighborhoods of the city.
The restaurant was opened by the legendary Javier Zanetti, former Captain and now Vice President of Inter, together with former teammate and compatriot Esteban Cambiasso, another Inter Milan star.
Botinero is not a simple restaurant, but a real sports museum: memorabilia hangs on the walls with an entire wall of autographed football boots. Here you’ll find an environment that is both elegant and convivial, and you can taste the best meat in Milan while watching live matches of your favorite team on a large screen in a private room.
SATURDAY morning 9.00:
The historic center of the city is full of symbolic places of Milanese football.
A few steps from the Duomo, in via Giovanni Berchet, is what was the first headquarters of the Milan Football and Cricket Club. Opened in 1899, the headquarters remained here until 1909, and then moved to other buildings until 2012. Casa Milan, the current headquarters, was opened in the Portello area.
Strolling along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the shopping street that connects Piazza Duomo to Piazza San Babila, you will also come across the building that hosted Inter from 2009 to 2019 – the historic home of the Triplete years.
Speaking of shopping, if you want to take home souvenirs of the two teams, you are in the right place: the Milan Megastore and the Inter Store Milan are located right along the Corso.
From here to via Montenapoleone the distance is short: take a tour of the most famous shopping streets in the world and stop for a coffee or an aperitivo in the historic Cova pastry shop which in the 1960s was considered the headquarters of Helenio Herrera’s Grande Inter. Rossoneri VIP fans, on the other hand, preferred to taste the sweets of the “rival” Gattullo.
SATURDAY lunch 13:00:
Walk to Piazza Missori and for your lunch we suggest Il Bolognese, where you can taste the famous Emilian cuisine in a refined and elegant setting. During the 1960s the restaurant was called “L’Assassino” and was the favorite of the legendary Nereo Rocco (Milan coach).
SATURDAY afternoon 15:00:
Did you know that Milan is not only home to the Teatro alla Scala, but also the Scala of football?
We are talking about the San Siro stadium, one of the symbols par excellence of the city, which has earned the nickname of “Scala del Calcio” thanks to its prestige and the importance of the events it has hosted, from football to music.
Inaugurated in 1926 and expanded for the 1990s Italian World Cup, San Siro is today the largest stadium in Italy and one of the most famous in the world.
Inside it houses a museum dedicated to Milan and Inter, which showcases the history of the 2 Milanese teams through the victories, cups and jerseys.
SATURDAY evening 17.30:
The Arena Civica is another symbolic place of Milanese football.
Here, Berlusconi’s first AC Milan was presented with a memorable party in 1986.
Inter played their matches here before moving to San Siro: the last match was played on 10 December 1958 and ended with a 7-0 win against Lyon.
The time has come for an aperitivo, which you can enjoy in the Paolo Sarpi area, a few steps from the Arena. The Milanese “China Town”, which has been recently redeveloped and made pedestrian, is full of charming and very informal places, perfect for a beer with friends.
SATURDAY dinner 20.00:
For your dinner, we recommend the “Finger’s Garden” in via Keplero, owned by the “bipartisan” Clarence Seedorf, who played as a footballer both in the ranks of Inter and Milan.
The location is enchanting and the dishes, created by the Japanese-Brazilian chef Roberto Okab, are dedicated to experimentation and creativity.
SUNDAY morning 10.00:
End your Milanese weekend with a tour of the new City Life district, the largest urban redevelopment project in Europe.
The best international archistars participated in the design of the spaces, from Daniel Libeskind to Arata Isozaki through the late Zaha Hadid.
Each of them designed one of the 3 towers that characterize the area, defining the new Milanese skyline.
The project has given new life to the entire neighborhood and walking through its squares and skyscrapers lets you breathe the cosmopolitan and innovative atmosphere that pervades Milan.
It is this neighborhood that some of the most famous Inter and Milan footballers have chosen as their home: from Biglia to Handanovic, from Kessié to Lautaro Martìnez.
Once you have visited, you will understand why…
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