Large quiet room with a south-facing balcony in a duplex apartment on the top storey of a period building (1910), with elevator; shared use of kitchen/ lounge; private bathroom; wi-fi included.
ALERT! Two cats, but they can be kept out of your room.
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Very quiet and sunny duplex apartment on the top storey of a handsome period palazzo built in 1910.
Your room has a small balcony (with deckchair), plus the owner's pianoforte and library of musical scores, along with quantities of classical and modern literature (from Jane Austen to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie).
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PRIVATE: own bathroom (no tub) with handbasin, shaver socket, WC, and shower (along with towels, soaps, shampoos); use of washing-machine; large double bed that I built myself, fitted with a futon mattress, fresh bedding, three pillows (orthopedic, feather, anti-allergic, etc.), ample wardrobe and drawer space, pianoforte (Helmholz 1889), ceiling fan, radio/iPod player unit, sunny-side balcony.
SHARED: air-conditioned lounge-kitchen (four hobs, blender, microwave, traditional oven, toaster, dishwasher, Italian coffee-maker, fridge & freezer), sofa, 32" flatscreen TV, access to movies (old and new), 1,500+ CDs of classical and jazz music, high-speed wi-fi, laptop if you need it, telephone chargers (iPhone, HTC), writing paper, stamps & envelopes, crayons for kids (or adults), rubber bands, paperclips, and string.
Oh, and the use of a mountain-bike if you feel bold enough to face the Milanese traffic!
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Interaction with Guests
We are a gay couple, one Italian and one British, and have lived here together for twenty-five years.
You will receive your own keys upon arrival to enable you to come and go as you please.
The apartment itself is a duplex and we live and work upstairs, but share the kitchen/lounge and entrance, so you can choose:
1) as much privacy as you could wish for, OR
2) conversation (trivial, intellectual, political), watching a movie, cooking a meal together, going out to dine or drink in one of the many hip places in the immediate neighbourhood (happy hour[s] with huge all-you-can-eat buffet for a mere 8 euros), and not least a knowledgeable guide to the city, its history, art, architecture, and local amenities.
The two foundling cats are the real bosses of the house, but so discreet you may never meet them. Both are purring non-scratch types, but can be curious when they choose, so occasionally snoop around.
The neighbours on our landing are good friends, and we are wont to stray in and out of each other's houses, we borrow sugar or eggs, have coffee, and love a good natter. They too will welcome you with genteel curiosity if you cross paths.
Porta Romana is a quiet residential area with a great many fine drinks bars and restaurants of every kind, so many people converge on the area for their evening entertainment.
It is safe to walk for miles in any direction, and many of the streets are tree-lined and provide shade in Milan's hot summer months, though they hardly match the French boulevards.
There are several parks/gardens close by, within easy walking distance.
But best of all is the colourful street market every Friday morning from 7am to around 2pm.
Don't miss it.
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Metro/subway, buses, trams in all directions.
Ask for advice about day/24hr tickets (very convenient).
If you feel brave you can use our mountain-bike (regrettably, only one).
Other Things to Note
It is a duplex apartment, while you stay we live upstairs, so either we keep out of sight or we can join you for company.