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10 historic churches reborn as something else

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 28, 2015, 3:12 p.m.
The interior of the club Il Gattopardo in Milan

Photo: Bruce Turner/flickr

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Il Gattopardo

Il Gattopardo is housed in a deconsecrated church in the middle of Milan. The name comes from one of Italy's most famous novels (and films), "The Leopard." The church hasn't hosted a mass since the 1970s, but some people are still critical of its current tenants.

This club is one of the hardest to get into in all of Italy. Its pricey cocktails and hip atmosphere generate lots of buzz. However, this is a nightspot for Milan's young, fashion-conscious elites. It's not conducive to a quiet evening drink. InYourPocket Guide suggests a strategy to avoid waiting in the endless line outside: make a reservation for an aperitivo, and then just hang around until the DJ starts spinning and the party starts.