Milan in Lombardia equals to luxury. With its large number of hotels and meeting spaces, Milan is the perfect destination for big meetings and conferences. Free time can be easily filled with several art galleries, the celebrated Scala opera house, a very chic historical centre and off course the extensive shopping area.
For incentives, Lombardy's most popular destinations are the Lakes. Como and Maggiore, both about a forty-five minute drive from Milan's Malpensa airport. Both lakes have 4 and 5 star tophotels and extremely impressive conference venues. The area offers numerous possibilities for incentive activities: car rallies around the lake, excursions on private boats, trekking with specialized alpine guides, mountain biking and much more. Impossible not to mention Monza and its Formula 1 circuit famous throughout the world... a good excuse to visit the region and watch a great race!
In Italy's rice capital the saffron-tinted risotto alla milanese is served with ossobuco (braised veal shank). The city's soups include robust minestrone and busecca (based on tripe). Noted meat dishes are cotoletta alla milanese (breaded veal cutlet), casoeula (pork stew) and mondeghili (meat croquettes). Milan is known for fine-grained pork salami, that was traditionally made in the city, as well as in the nearby Brianza hills. Panettone, a fruit cake, is a national Christmas institution.
The region is served by three main airports, Linate located almost in the center of Milan, Bergamo's Orio al Serio and Malpensa with frequent non-stop flights to all international destinations.
Programme 1: Exploring Milan
A mix of culture and history, food & wine tastings, and full day -fashion focused- activities in the centre of Milan.
Programme 2: Exclusive shopping tour in the Italian capital of fashion
Exclusive walking shopping tour with qualified personal shopper, an expert in fashion and design. Admire the most beautiful Fashion Designer Shops in Milan center: Armani, Versace, D&G, Valentino, etc… On request : Possibility to visit fashion designer shops which recently became famous in Milan Fashion, or a typical tailor shop, producing top-class suits.
Programme 3: Cheese experience on Lake Maggiore
You will get the opportunity to meet one of the best cheese producers in Italy. Traditions kept alive by five generations in this family. Carlo will tell you everything about the passion in his job, interlarded with amusing anecdotes about the cheese world. He will also present you a tasting and show you around in their ‘grotto’ : the cave in which cheese is aged.
Programme 4: Wines in Oltrepo Pavese
The Oltrepo Pavese region is responsible for more the half of all wine produced in the Lombardy. Your hosts for today’s program are Vittorio and Camillia, the owners of a vineyard in the heart of Oltrepo Pavese. (11 hectares, gently sloping and south facing, 250-300 metres above sea-level). They offer you guided wine tastings from divers cultivated grapes : Bonarda, Pinot Nero, Barbera, Uva Rara, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling. But this family organises plenty of other activities for wine lovers, such as a visit at the wine cellars, or a guided tour through the vineyards.
Programme 5: Ferrari and the Mille Miglia Route
During at least 4 days, you will drive the exciting Mille Miglia Route of 1.600 km along beautiful landscapes, visiting the most interesting towns and small villages, in combination with other activities.
Brescia – Desenzano – Verona – Ostiglia – Pontelagoscuro – Ferrara – Argenta – Ravenna – Gambettola – Reppublica S. Marino – Montefiore Conca – Urbino – Gola del Furlo – Gualdo Tadino - Valico di Montemezzo – Assisi – Spoleto – Terni – Narni – Rignano Flaminio – RomaBack route :
Ronciglione – Viterbo – Radicofani – S. Quirico d’Orcia – Pienza – Siena – Poggibonsi – Firenze – Monghidoro – Sasso Marconi – Bologna – Modena – Reggio nell’Emilia – Castelnovo di Sotto - Boretto – Viadana – Casalmaggiore – Cremona – Quinzano d’Oglio – Dello – Brescia
Programme 6: Authentic Italian Cuisine
Maturing cheeses in the grottos :
Day 1 : Transfer to Arona with visit artisan cheese production site. During a workshop you will learn how to distinguish different kinds of cheeses, how to combine cheese with salami, mustard, bread and wine. At the end of this workshop, we offer a tasting of cheese and wine. Dinner in a typical taverna serving a cheese menu.
Michelin starred cuisine on Lake Maggiore :
Day 2 : In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, you will have a cooking class. Learn how to use mediterranean ingredients to prepare fast and tasty hors d’oeuvres with no one less than Chef Cook Silvio, awarded with the prestigious Michelin star. Lunch based on the prepared dishes. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion on the lake by private boat and a visit to the Borromee Islands. Sail around Isola Madre, have a tour of the Borromeo Palace and its gardens on Isola Bella, and visit Isola Pescatori, the smallest and most characteristic of the three islands. Dinner in a picturesque restaurant.
Programme 7: Milan By Night
An exclusive dinner in a very unusual setting : the ATMosfera, a tram-Restaurant, allows you to enjoy a unique experience in the most exclusive mobile venue in the city ! Imagine combining the magic and beauty that fills Milan by night with the delight and emotion of riding in timeless old Carelli carriages, not to mention the pleasure of savouring delicious food and sipping good wine.
Programme 8: Cycling in Italy
Don’t miss the breathtaking sunset above the water !
Day 1 : Discover the historical center of Milan by bike. After dinner we experience the magic night in the city of Gonzaga.
Day 2 : Oltrepò region : cycle along the Mincio river up to the dam of Governolo, the Po river and Mantua.
Day 3 : Direction Lake Garda, take the boat (with your bike) in Rivalta. Cross Mincio park with its cycle track and spot waterbirds in the marshes. Arrival at Mantua. Further surprises to be