How we got there
We took the Frecciarossa 1000 from Roma Termini to Milan. We traveled in economy plus/premium economy and it was so worth it! This was by far our best train experience. The service is similar to flying in international premium economy or perhaps domestic business?
Aside from some graffiti, Milano Centrale is impressive. It's easily one of the top 3 most beautiful stations I have ever seen. We could not use our credit cards at the kiosk to buy the unlimited one day pass, but with a bit of assistance, we were able to buy tickets the traditional way. We were at our hotel in a matter of minutes.
Where we stayed
We had reserved a suite at the Park Hyatt Milan using cash and points. This was hands down our best hotel in Europe. The front desk staff wasn't as nice as the ones at Park Hyatt Zürich, but the support staff was wonderful. We will share a more detailed review of this hotel including a video walk of the suite.
Where we ate
We grabbed a quick bite at Pizzeria Spontini while we waited for our suite to be ready. This was quick, inexpensive and very good pizza.
For a late dinner, we decided to visit Mío back at the Park Hyatt. This simple meal was officially our best meal in Europe! The service was outstanding.
What we did
One huge advantage of staying at the Park Hyatt was that we were within walking distance from several of the places on our Milan must-see list. We also ended up visiting the nearby Ferrari Store. We visited the Duomo di Milan, Galleria Vitorio Manuelle II, Teatro alla Scala, Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore. After a quick break we decided to also visited Santa Maria delle grazie, but of course, we were not able to see the Last Supper since tickets need to be purchased months in advance.
During the evening we went to The Leonardo Da Vinci Museum where you can see many of Da Vinci's creations come to life. There is also an impressive digital version of The Last Supper as it might have looked in 1496. We then walked around Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Duomo. We ended our only evening in Milan eating at Mío.
The next morning we went to MXP via train. We had planned on checking out the airport lounge, but travelers to the US and Israel are subject to enhanced checkups. I felt that Milan/Italy did not want us to leave, literally! The security line took an eternity and after that came the passport check which took very long as well. When we finally made it to our gate which was not revealed to us until about 20 minutes or so before boarding, we had to deal the Alitalia boarding mess of a process. One of the workers helping with the process told me, "I'm sorry, but this is Alitalia!" Luckily for us the 9+ hours on board our A330 went by nicely. The food was good and the Alitalia staff was very attentive. The onboard entertainment system was better than average and I watched a couple of movies, took naps and made it to JFK on time.