A short stroll from the La Scala opera house, the Grand has a unique place in opera history. Giuseppe Verdi lived—and died—here. Enrico Caruso recorded here. Maria Callas and José Carreras stayed here. The hotel’s La Scala Experience package includes a CD and tickets to the theater museum. The concierge can help you get performance tickets. —Laurie Kahle
Grand Hotel et de Milan, 39/027-23-141. This appeared in the March/April 2011 issue. See more opera hotels.