So I headed on Wed. from Moscow to the Windows Client BG Leads offsite in Milan. To my suprise we headed straight to the Staium to see the Inter- Barcelona Game. The downfall for me is arriving at the Stadium with 76,000 people and having a suitcase and backpack with it pouring rain. I was then told to go against the traffic of all the people and head to the Metro to meet the bus to leave my bags and head to the game with the team. After a 40 minute walk and 2 hour wait, I finally found the bus-dropped off my bags and headed to the game. The energy in the stadium was crazy but it was no Allianz stadium in Munich. It was a tie 0-0 game and not much energy in the offense, mostly defensive game. Expected a lot more from Barcelona. We then headed to the Castle. Yes, the offsite was in a Castle and we had the Castle to ourselves! Our rooms were amazing and the faclities perfect! The food was fabulous and the conference facilities great! Free internet access and anything you needed you got. I felt bad for my leads as our offsite as always in Munich at the MS office.
A little history of the castle for you. Villa Gallarati Scotti is probably the most majestic of the many delightful villas constructed in the area. Of the Baroque structure, transformed into Neo-Classic shapes with a monumental entrance between the end of the 18th, beginning of the 19th century by the architect Simone Cantoni, there remain only the traditional U-shaped play and several interior spaces with 18th-century frescoes. The 19th-century modifications also involved the park, transformed into a typical English landscape, inside of which traces of the Baroque garden survive with a valuable nymphaeum of Neptune located on the northern edge of the landscaped area. In 2008, the restoration of the villa was completed and it currently houses a centre for conferences, seminars. I would recommend staying here absolutely wonderful! A few pictures from the 2 day offsite.