This residence dates from the 16th century and has a sculpted facade, high painted ceilings and mosaic stone floors.
Passing through the entrance, one is surprised by the colours and scents of a small Mediterranean garden found in the a peaceful courtyard, where time seems to have stopped.
One discovers a hibiscus, and the rock wall serves as a trellis for stunning bougainvillea, climbing jasmine, India fig trees and caper plants.
The external and internal floors are decorated with koklaki- tiny mosaic designs hand-laid according to an ancient technique still followed in Lindos.
On this grand koklaki "carpet," one finds all the symbols dating from the period of the Knights of Rhodes: doves, fish, the sun and flowers.
The kitchen, originally comprised of a simple outdoor stove, was later connected to the house and given walls. Nearby, is a small vaulted, cubic structure, the remains of a captain's tower destroyed by the earthquake of 1926. These towers originally served as accommodation for captains and provided the perfect point from which to survey their ships anchored in the bay.
The main living room, with its 6-metre high ceiling, is the crowning feature of this residence. It holds different levels connected to the main level by little staircases, some outfitted with traditional wooden platforms, others serving to hold closets, storage boxes and local craft pieces- a showpiece of local craftsmanship which refuses to enter into the next century...
The flat was a perfect stay for my trip to Milan with my mother! We found the location ideal - not only can you walk to the Duomo, Castello Sforzesco, and many amazing restaurants, but there's a market next door, ATMs all around, and the train station across the street. Niccolo was a perfect host, stopping by to help with the AC unit and answer a question about the TV. He also made sure we were all set up on the wifi and could print as needed. I would love to stay here again should I return to Milan.
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Niccolo's apartment is well situated in a very nice district of Milano! I travel to Milano every couple of years and found this spot to be very convenient. He also has air conditioning, which is a huge positive factor for staying in Milano during the summer months. The space is great for two or three people and is very clean and orderly. Would stay here again on my next visit!
My family of three stayed in Niccolo's apartment for three nights, and it was fantastic! The location is very central; it's a short walk to the castle, the Duomo, Via Dante, and it's straight across from the Malpensa Express which takes you to the airport. The front door is right beside the Cadorna metro station. The apartment is clean, well-equipped, and very spacious. Communication with Niccolo was flawless, and he even picked us up from the Central Station. The location is extremely safe as well. I recommend staying with Niccolo if you're ever looking for a place in Milan!
Niccolo and his Mom were fantastic hosts - we had to reduce our reservation by one day due to a last minute airline issue. Niccolo was very gracious about modifying the reservation and refunding the night's stay. His nice Mom had to stay in town a day later to show us in. Both Niccolo and his Mom speak perfect English and are happy to guide you around Milan.
The location of his cool, contemporary flat is ideal in the middle of town. A few minute walk to the famous MIlan shops; there is a convenience store next door for water, wine, fruit, cheese etc. There is a cute cafe steps away. It's next to the train station and the metro.
We can't say enough nice things about this flat if you are looking to stay in Milan.
Ciao -Greg & Jen
Ps one small caveat: there are a couple flights of stairs. I am sure Niccolo would help you if there is an issue carrying your bags up the stairs. Otherwise this place is perfecto!
Awesome apartment in a great location. Metro station is close by to get you anywhere in the city you need to go.
Perfect location for this wonderful bachelor flat. Superb use of limited space. The whole Milan city centre is within easy walking distance. That Cadorna station is directly across the road for malpensa airport is a huge plus. Although we were only able to use the aparrtment overnight, (having to leave at 7.30am) we warmly recommend Niccolo's flat.
Niccolo and his mother, Sylvia were extremely kind and helpful and bent over backwards to meet our needs. We loved our stay at the apartment! As a traveller of over 45 years, for me it is very important that a city apartment is welcoming, organized, clean and open spaced. Niccolo’s apartment is a real dream!
Our only negative comment is that this is a B&B site, it would be nice to know that breakfast not included. Milk for tea and coffee would be much appreciated. A breakfast voucher for a nearby café would be a good idea (as we received in Rome).
Dear Keith, thank you so much for your lovely feedback. I am sorry if it was not clear that I didn't provide the breakfast, as it is optional. But I very much appreciate your suggestion and I will work to find a solution with the various bistrot and bars nearby, or simply provide some typical italian breakfast things :)
This is a fantastic apartment right in the center of Milan. We stayed 4 nights and we had a great time (two adults and a 14 months old baby). The location is great, within walking distance of Milan's historic center, with many nice restaurants nearby and a subway stop just across the street. Also very convenient: a supermarket next door. Highly recommended!
Perfect apartment to discover the city como un Milanese verro! Close to everything, furnished with style and perfectly equipped. And a very charming welcome from Silvia to top it all up... A definite recommendation.
Dear Didier, thank you so much for your kind words, very nice of you. I am glad you liked Ingo Maurer's light, I have in plan to get another one... so... stay tuned and come back again! :) I am sorry for the TV issue, there is too much technology in the house and it looks tricky sometimes!
Descrivo la mia esperienza di soggiorno nel bellissimo loft di Niccolò. Ho soggiornato per 3 giorni a Monza e devo dire che sono rimasto piacevolmente sorpreso. La casa è molto grande e ben attrezzata, offre una comodità quasi indescrivibile data anche dal design e dal gusto nell'arredamento del signor Niccolò. La comodità si riscontra anche dalla posizione della casa (a piedi sono due minuti dal centro) che permettere di raggiungere qualsiasi metà in pochissimo tempo. Scrivo anche due parole per il signor Niccolò il quale si è dimostrato una persona disponibile al cento per cento a modo e molto gentile. In conclusione se ritornerò a Monza un giorno so già chi contattare! Esperienza molto consigliata.
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