A new way to see Milan? Dining in the sky

Thu Oct 9, 2008 1:31pm EDT
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MILAN (Reuters Life!) - Forget fashionable cafes and restaurants, the ultimate dining experience is being suspended 50 meters high whilst admiring the views down below.

Diners who are not afraid of heights can enjoy a drink or a meal up in the sky thanks to a new initiative in the Italian fashion capital Milan, where they are hoisted up in the air in rollercoaster-type seats by a crane.

Waiters, in an enclosed space in the middle of a "flying table," serve dinner while a musician provides the musical entertainment.

"From 50 meters (160 ft) high, you can enjoy a different city, admire the parks, the greenery, old buildings and urban development from up high," said Maurizio Cadea, of Milan council's urban decor office.

The length of the dinner depends on the menu requested. Prices were not disclosed.

Some 22 people can sit around the table and the organizers say all seats have been booked up until the initiative, which has also been taken to other cities in the world, ends on October 12.

(Reporting by Ilaria Polleschi, Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>A barman serves champagne to guests as the table begins its ascent to be suspended 50 metres in the air in downtown Milan October 8, 2008. Organisers said there was no problem with guests needing to take a bathroom break, as the table was kept suspended for only half an hour at a time. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini</p>