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Monday, August 6, 2012

Travel tips for ballet lovers: Milan

If you are going to the ballet at La Scala, the first thing you need to know is that to get a good ticket, you have to be on the website the minute tickets are released (9 am Milan time, 2 months before the performance you're interested in). If you miss this chance, and there are no good seats available, you can keep checking back for returns. The time I went to Milan, I settled for a not very good ticket just to be sure I could get into the theatre, and then by repeated checking found a better seat. When I got to Milan I lined up at the box office (underground in the piazza in front of the cathedral) and managed without much difficulty to sell my less good ticket to someone waiting in line. But there are no guarantees!
Try to avoid going to Milan in any of its many fashion weeks (for dates, visit the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana site), as hotel rooms will be hard to find and very expensive.
I stayed at the Ariston Hotel  Largo Carrobbio 2 | 20123 Milan, Italy | Ph. +39.02.72000556 | Fax +39.02.72000914 | which I found very pleasant. About 15 minutes walk from La Scala and likewise from the cathedral, and on a very convenient tram line. Just down the Corso di Porta Ticinese from the hotel, about 5 minutes walk, there are many restaurants, in one of which I had the tastiest penne carbonara of my life.

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