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Microsoft Ignite the Tour – Ciao Milano!

24 Jan 2019 by Becci Velzian

We are looking forward to saying “Ciao!” to our Italian attendees at Microsoft Ignite the Tour on January 31 – February 1, 2019. We will be there in the usual fashion ready to discuss our Office 365 solutions and to meet new people in the industry.

Getting around at Microsoft Ignite the Tour

Microsoft will be hosting the event at the MiCo Milano Congressi which is located a 20-minute drive outside the city center of Milan. This is a great location because it means you’re near all the local amenities. In this blog we will give you the inside scoop on Milan and what to look out for whilst you’re on your trip.

Milan is a big business capital and the second largest city in Italy, so getting around is easy as the city is well-connected. However, Milan is also renowned for being expensive in some respects. If you’re traveling from an airport, I would advise you assess your options before landing. It has been known to cost around €100 for taxis to the center, so I would advise using Uber or the express train for €11. You can find out more information here.

There are good public transport links to the conference center. You can either travel by tram or subway, both of which are priced very reasonably at €1.50 for one-way or €4.50 for a day rider. So, make sure you have a plan of action for what you need. The Milan subway is a new investment to the city and very efficient. You can find out more information on how to use the service here.

What to see

Milan is the fashion and design capital of the world, famed for its triumphs in looking good. It’s worth walking around the city to get a feel for its creativity if you have some time before or after the Ignite conference.

I would start with visiting the Duomo, the 600-year-old gothic cathedral which stands in all its glory in the center of Milan. The extravagant cathedral looks like something out of fairy-tale, with intricate detail on all its statues and spires. The interiors are equally as lavish, filled with beautiful 13th-century artwork and marble. The Duomo di Milano is located just 20 minutes from the Ignite the Tour venue via public transport or taxi, so I recommend visiting this stunning attraction with your colleagues during your visit to Milan.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting ‘The Last Supper’ resides in Milan and is one of the most iconic paintings to have ever existed. The eminent artwork can be found in the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, so if you’re partial to art and culture, this one is unmissable. This one is only a 7-minute drive from the MiCo convention centre. So if you’ve got some time after the event, it would be worth taking a trip down there.

Alternatively, if you’re seeking a unique shopping experience whilst in the city for Microsoft Ignite the Tour. I would recommend visiting the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which is the oldest active shopping mall in the country. The mall is quintessentially Milanese with elaborate and impressively designed interiors, especially the symmetrical glass rooftop which is a real showstopper. This is only a 15-minute drive from the MiCo convention center if you and your colleagues want to experience the best of fashion and culture.

Food to try

One of the best things about Italy is the food, whether it’s first thing in the morning in a quaint Italian café or in the evening in a loud and atmospheric ‘ristorante’. To start your day right, I would recommend grabbing a cappuccino or macchiato, however, if you ask for a “latte” don’t be surprised if they give you a glass of milk. To accompany your coffee, I would seek out a traditional breakfast in one of the bakeries. Italians tend to have ‘cornetto’ the Italian version of a croissant, which is slightly less sweet and has a citrus glaze, or a crostata, which is a breakfast tart filled with jam. Only an 8-minute walk from the MiCo Milano Congressi is a bakery which has great reviews called Panetteria Potenza Maurizio.

After Ignite in the evening, if you want to blow off some steam I would head down to one of the Sapori Solari cocktail bistros which serve delicious Italian meat and cheese platters alongside some unique cocktails with a modern twist.

You can’t beat trying out the local food, so why not round-up your colleagues and head out for a delicious meal at Dongio Trattoria, an award-winning family-run restaurant serving some of the best dishes in Milan. The reviews rave about the n’duja sausage pasta and the burrata cheese. You can accompany this with a good selection of Italian wines. This is a popular one, so I would recommend making a reservation before you arrive to avoid disappointment.

Another dish you should look out for whilst in Milan asides from pasta and pizza is the risotto alla Milanese. A colorful and delicious rice dish made from saffron, Italian cheese and stock which is creamy and satisfying after a big day at Microsoft Ignite the Tour. You can get this at Ratana which famously serves the local delicacy.

Look for the bulls!

As always, we have lots of treats up our sleeve, so come and find us at booth P05.

Don’t forget to catch Mike Weaver’s speaker session “Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures in Office 365″ 

Abstract: Office 365 Tenant to Tenant Migrations are a major challenge for organizations of all sizes. As Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures become commonplace, and the large uptick in the use of the Office 365 service, us as technologists need to adapt to these difficult projects.  One aspect of these difficult projects is that not all data will move or needs special attention.  In this session, we will review how to plan for your project and give guidance from lessons learned so you can have a successful project.

Date: February 1st

Time: 10:35am

We have a brand-new game available and we will be giving out prizes daily to our lucky winners!

We will also be giving out a free copy of the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook (2019 edition) which is normally worth around $60! In order to win this book, we want you to come and stop by our booth (P05) and answer the following questions:

  1. What is the biggest city in Italy by population?
  2. What is Quadrotech’s Reporting tool called?
  3. What is your biggest IT struggle?

Or, if you’re not interested in grabbing yourself some swag or an eBook we will be scheduling meetings to discuss your data migration and management challenges or projects and how we can help.

You can book a meeting here.

See you there, ciao!