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Italy’s everlasting cosmopolitan city

  • 09/07/2019 - 09/15/2019
  • 9 Days
  • Starting price $4,995

Milan has served as Italy’s industrial and financial core since the late 1800s, but a cultural renaissance in recent years has given rise to new museums, sustainable architecture, and numerous contemporary art exhibits. Visit hidden gems including San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a complex that was founded in Lombard times, and the rationalist marvels of Como. See new treasures and modernizations of the 21st century as well as classic monuments and timeless artistic gems of Milan’s storied past. From enjoying private access to a 15th-century villa to exploring the sustainable buildings and green mobility of the Porta Nuova business district, experience the brilliant contrast of Renaissance treasures and the bold new wave of modern Italian innovation.

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Max. guests - 30

Architectural highlights

  • Marvel at the spectacular Duomo di Milano, or the Milan Cathedral, which took more than six centuries to complete.
  • Take in the iconic 15th-century fresco and the austere church, Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.
  • Enjoy Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale, the pair of residential towers opened in 2014 that each host a “vertical forest.”
  • Discover the Casa Campanini, known for its characteristic caryatids located at the main entrance.
  • Explore the Prada Foundation complex, designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA firm, and by far the most important contemporary art center in 21st-century Italy.  
  • Visit the UniCredit Tower, designed by architect Cesar Pelli and the tallest building in Italy today.
     

More highlights

  • Explore the Navigli district, the present-day remnant of Milan’s complex and interconnected canals that once traversed the city.
  • Visit the Pirelli HangarBicocca, the non-profit foundation established in 2004 that produces and promotes contemporary art.
  • Enjoy the Porta Nuova business district, and engage in a discussion with the city’s leading real estate developers who are committed to shared principles of sustainable building and green mobility.

 

Accommodation

As the only hotel on the Piazza Fontana, the Hotel Rosa Grand is a short stroll from some of Milan’s most impressive artistic and architectural sites. The Rosa Grand sits immediately next to the apse of the Duomo, giving visitors unparalleled access to the city center. Shopping in the Galleria, taking in an opera at La Scala, or relaxing with a glass of wine on the terraces looking out over the city skyline: all of these activities are just steps from the hotel lobby. Refined rooms offer free Wi-Fi,  flat screen TVs, minifridges, and white-marble bathrooms. Deluxe quarters have fashionable decor and floor-to-ceiling windows. Other amenities include an elegant restaurant, a chic wine bar and lounge, a fitness center, steam baths, and tanning beds.

 

Also included

  • 7 nights accommodations at the four-star Hotel Rosa Grand
  • 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 receptions and 2 dinners
  • An experienced Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert.
  • All guided visits and entrance fees for all included visits
  • Land transportation by private motor coach as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.
  • Service charges, taxes and gratuities for guides, bus drivers, porters, and restaurant staff

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven or cobblestoned terrain, and climbing on stairs.

 

Price

  • $4,995 per person, based on double occupancy
  • $1,395 single supplement
  • A deposit of $750 per person, payable by credit card or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

Not included

Airfare and air departure taxes and fees; airport transfers, airline baggage fees and excess baggage fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; food and beverages not part of the included meals; items of a personal nature; gratuities to housekeeping staff; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

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Photography credits: Homepage - Porta Nuova ©Heinz Bunse; itineray -Galleria Vittorio Emanuela II ©Matthias Rhomberg.

 

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin your journey

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to Milan.
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Arrive in Milan

Enjoy an introductory walking tour of Milan’s city center, stopping to visit the spectacular Duomo di Milano, or the Milan Cathedral, which took more than six centuries to complete. The Duomo is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Notice how the facade of the marble is pink, white, and light grey. Since the facade was constructed over the span of many years, the style is changes from the bottom to the top. The lower level, constructed in the early 1600s, is Renaissance in design, while the higher portions of the facade, built between 1645 and 1812, follow a Gothic design. The square in front of the Duomo epitomizes the Italian piazza, a central meeting place for trade, dining, and the passing of time in the company of friends. Enjoy a private welcome dinner.

Accommodations: Hotel Rosa Grand
Meals: Dinner
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Essential Milan

View Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, the iconic 15th-century fresco, and Santa Maria delle Grazie, the austere church that houses this masterpiece. Visit the nearby hidden gem of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a complex that was founded in Lombard times within ancient Roman edifices. Walk along Milan’s central corso to the Castello Sforzesco, the fortified citadel at the heart of Milanese power. Tour the grounds and interior structure to better understand the castle’s storied history from its construction in the 15th century through the Allied bombings of 1943. Post-war reconstruction has returned the castle to its incredible original state. Enjoy a reception at Mio Lab, the Park Hyatt Milan’s contemporary bar that serves great classics and whimsical variations of the bar's signature cocktails, designed by head-chef, Oscar Quagliarini.

Accommodations: Hotel Rosa Grand
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Reception
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North of Milan

Explore the northern villages that once served as country estates for Milanese nobility. Enjoy a private tour of a 500-year-old villa on the Swiss border led by the Count whose family has owned the residence for generations. He will outline the villa’s history, the challenges of preserving the estate, and future plans for restoration. Stroll through the 18th-century gardens before breaking for lunch with the Count in the villa’s stunning ballroom. Travel further northeast to Como to discover stunning examples of Rationalism and Futurism. See the former Casa del Fascio (1932-36) by Giuseppe Terragni. Visit Antonio Sant’Elia’s only completed Futurist building, the Monumento ai Caduti. Remain in Como for dinner and take the train back to Milan, or return with the group for an independent evening.

Accommodations: Hotel Rosa Grand
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Urban renewal and eco architecture

Travel to the Porta Nuova business district and engage in a discussion with the city’s leading real estate developers who are committed to shared principles of sustainable building and green mobility. Take a walking tour of Porta Nuova, stopping at notable modern and contemporary buildings. See Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale, the pair of residential towers opened in 2014 that each host a “vertical forest;” Giò Ponti’s Pirelli Tower, the tallest building in Italy until 1961; and the UniCredit Tower, designed by architect Cesar Pelli and the tallest building in Italy today. Visit the iconic 10 Corso Como concept store located in the nearby Porta Garibaldi neighborhood, famous for its independent fashion retailers and chic restaurants. The space, which combines outlets that show and sell works of art, fashion, music, design, and cuisine, was founded in 1990 by Carla Sozzani, a businesswoman and sister of Vogue Italia’s longtime editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani. Explore the CityLife Residential Complex. This 21st-century project consists of three skyscrapers, about 1,300 apartment units, and ample green space. Zaha Hadid Architects designed and equipped the car-free complex with state-of-the-art alternative energy systems, using sources like ground water, district heating, and photovoltaics.

Accommodations: Hotel Rosa Grand
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch
Overview

20th-Century Milan

Visit the Museum of the Twentieth Century, which houses works by Picasso, Braque, Kandinski, and Modigliani. Take an Art Nouveau-themed walking tour of the city center and learn about developments of the 19th and 20th centuries. Notable stops include Casa Guazzoni, a turn-of-the-century house that is an excellent example of Milanese Art Nouveau; Castiglioni Palace, occupied by the U.S. Army during World War II; and Casa Campanini, known for its characteristic caryatids located at the main entrance. Visit Villa Necchi, an iconic Milanese property that served as the setting of the Tilda Swinton film I Am Love. Designed by Piero Portaluppi in the 1930s, the villa perfectly encapsulates the life of wealthy Milanese captains of industry. Stroll through the residence’s atmospheric gardens and enjoy a Prosecco aperitivo as the sun sets.

Accommodations: Hotel Rosa Grand
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Reception
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Contemporary Milan and local life

Enjoy a brief walking tour of the Navigli district, one of Milan’s most beloved neighborhoods. Milan’s historic canals, known as Navigli, once covered the entire historic center, even enabling the transport of marble on barges to the Duomo’s doorstep. Many of these canals were covered or filled in, but the Navigli district is a living memory of these historic waterways. Drive to the Università Bocconi, the masterful project by Grafton Architects, also the curators of the last architecture Biennale in Venice. Visit the Prada Foundation complex, designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA firm, and by far the most important contemporary art center in 21st-century Italy. This avant-garde art space is truly unique in its raw, industrial structure and proximity to the historic city center.

Accommodations: Hotel Rosa Grand
Meals: Breakfast
Overview

Il Futuro di Milano

Visit the Pirelli Foundation’s HangarBicocca, an exhibition space located in northern Milan. The space is the permanent home of one of Milan’s greatest contemporary masterpieces, The Seven Heavenly Palaces by Anselm Kiefer. Return to the city center for a visit with an important private art collector and public figure who cares for a collection primarily amassed by her father before, during, and after World War II. The collection is comprised of modern treasures including drawings and sketches by Yves Klein, rare works by Andy Warhol, and unique pieces by Damien Hirst, Josef Albers, Paul Klee, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, and many others. Gather for a gourmet farewell dinner at the Michelin-starred Armani Restaurant and enjoy one last panoramic view of Milan.

Accommodations: Hotel Rosa Grand
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overview

Depart Milan

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
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