Explore Milan with Ezio Indiani
Ezio Indiani has been our loyal and dedicated general manager at Hotel Principe di Savoia for many years now. Here he shares with us his love of the hotel and what makes Milan such a magical place for him.
What’s your favourite area of Milan?
The Brera district is a particular favourite of mine as it’s home to Pinacoteca di Brera, which is the city’s most extraordinary museum. It also has a beautiful botanical garden and lots of traditional restaurants.
What’s your favourite Milanese monument?
Palazzo Reale for its amazing architecture and well-curated exhibitions. I always find something interesting to see every time I visit.
Can you describe Milan in three words?
I’ve lived in Milan for many years and it always strikes me as somewhere that’s wonderfully dynamic, historical and fashionable.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I like to wake up late and wander from the new Porta Nuova district through to Brera, especially when there’s a lively street market to browse around. I also enjoy heading out to Lake Como in the summer and in winter I love skiing in the Alps.
What’s your favourite Milanese dish?
I adore traditional veal Milanese served with a cherry tomato and rocket salad. Another great favourite is risotto ‘alla Milanese’, such a simple recipe yet utterly sublime.
What’s your favourite song?
I never tire of listening to ‘Libiamo Ne’ Lieti Calici’, the famous duet from Verdi’s La Traviata. It’s so lively and expresses a real sense of joy. If you get the chance to see it performed live at La Scala it’s even more memorable.
Where do you like to shop?
Milan has a world-renowned reputation for exceptional shopping, especially when it comes to fashion. For me though, I love to shop at the Hoepli International Bookshop as my passion lies in collecting antique cookery books.
What drink epitomises the Milanese aperitif?
Campari served in a highball glass with ice and a slice of orange. This classic drink has symbolised Milan’s popular ‘aperitivo’ time since it was invented in the city back in 1862. Its glorious colour and aromatic aroma has the power to make people smile.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A good friend of mine once shared with me the famous Confucius saying, “Choose a job that you like and you will never have to work a day in your life.” It’s something I really took to heart, I’m so passionate about what I do that I consider my role so much more than a job.
Ezio Indiani General Manager, Hotel Principe di Savoia
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