Design & Wine Italy 2017 Itinerary

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Day One – Sunday, April 30, 2017

  • Arrive at Malpensa Airport, Milan, and take taxi to the Grand Hotel et de Milan. Opened in 1863, the Grand Hotel et de Milan preserves all the charm of an ancient Milanese “house” and is still the favorite hotel of celebrities -located in the heart of the city, just a few steps from the financial district, the Scala Opera House, the Fashion district and the Duomo Cathedral. The Royal Suite at the Grand Hotel is dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi, who resided in the hotel from 1872 until 1899: a remarkable 27 years!
  • Spend an afternoon respite of your choosing – unwind at the hotel or shop or explore the bustling and fashionable streets of Milan.
  • Welcome cocktail reception and breathtaking panorama awaits us in The Glass Terrace among the rooftops of Milan created by Carlo Santambrogio affording a stunning 360-degree view of Milan.
  • Dine in Italy’s hip Navigli district at the local favorite Al Pont Ferr.

Day Two – Monday, May 1, 2017

  • Tour of The Villa Necchi Campiglio. A wonderfully accomplished and luxurious example of Italian architecture of the inter-war period and surrounded by a breathtaking garden, complete with swimming pool and tennis court. Once home to the prestigious Necchi Campiglio family – renowned members of the Lombard industrial bourgeoisie – it was built by Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi between 1932 and 1935, with later renovations by Tommaso Buzzi, and signifies the introduction of Rationalism into modern architecture.
  • Lunch at the Promemoria Showcase Apartment and Showroom Tour. Traditional craftsmanship skills, the use of fine materials, continuous research: these are the values which distinguish Promemoria creations. Influences of Art Déco, Far Eastern cultures and Italian craftsmanship can be witnessed in the collections. The pieces are classic while at the same time contemporary, and lend themselves to different types of living spaces.
  • Gessi Showroom Tour. A theatrical experience– be prepared to be astounded and rejuvenated. Gessi is the Italian design manufacturer of luxury bath and kitchen faucets, showers system and electronically operated taps. But more than that, Gessi’s passion for aesthetics and uncompromising quality can be seen throughout. The environment of the Gessi showroom is atypical and aesthetically pleasing in all of its aspects. Gessi strives to create a more beautiful, more environmentally friendly and more humane industry.

Day Three – Tuesday, May 2, 2017

  • Half day trip to the Franciacorta and Lakes district. Visit gardens and villas in islands and mainland in this postcard-perfect region. Immerse yourself in all the flourish of a lush nature that also has the power to renew the mind and body. The gorgeous landscapes of Lombardy’s lakes bring together the fascination of villages lost in time, near-ancient castles and monasteries, superb villas, places rich in history and character, and intriguing museums.
  • An hour east of Milan, at the foothills of the Alps, lies the historic city of Brescia, a picturesque sweep of Renaissance palazzi, Medieval castles, and Roman ruins and one of Italy’s best kept secrets: the Franciacorta wine region. Formerly a rural escape for Milanese aristocrats and
  • industrialists, Franciacorta is now home to what many wine connoisseurs are calling Italy’s best new sparkling wine. Like Champagne, Franciacorta refers to both the geographical region and the wine itself, which was granted DOCG—the highest level of Italian wine classification—in 1995.
  • Wine Tasting and Dinner at Ca’ del Bosco Vineyard. The Ca’ del Bosco story began in the mid-1960s when, in Erbusco, Franciacorta, Annamaria Clementi Zanella bought a little house on a hill, locally known as “Ca’ del bosc” and surrounded by dense chestnut woods. Maurizio Zanella saw in Franciacorta the land that would generate the finest fruits, both in still wines and in premium bubblies: his winery was the first and best expression of the qualitative potential of this wine territory.

Day Four – Wednesday, May 3, 2017

  • Meet our Milanese tour guide to visit the Triennale di Milano, a centre for contemporary art, architecture and design and has a reputation for being at the forefront on all of these disciplines. Rather than being a museum in the classical sense – one with a fixed collection – it is a space with continuously changing exhibitions. In recent years the Triennale has displayed retrospective exhibitions on major artists like Keith Haring and Roy Lichtenstein and designer brands like Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton.
  • Open lunch and Design District Walk-Around. Enjoshopping, food and Aperitivo: Corso Como and the brand new Porta Nuona neighborhood, full of contrasts and always balancing between its historical roots and its aspiration to the future. Nowhere else in Italy you will feel the same energy, and nowhere else you will find the same refinements in terms of food, fashion and design.
  • Check out of the Grand Hotel in Milan and depart by bus to the UNESCO World Heritage Langhe region of Piemonte, home of Italy’s legendary Nebbiolo based wines (i.e. Barolo and Barbaresco) as well as a number of other indigenous and international grape varieties. Our Langhe home base, Hotel Calissano is a 10 minute walk on the edge of the town of Alba to the energetic and charming town of Alba with shopping restaurants, and sites. But, Alba is mostly made famous by their truffle growth and trade, located smack in the middle of the legendary Barolo, Barbaresco, and Roero DOCG’s. There will be free time to explore, shop and dine in Alba on your own.
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Day Five – Thursday, May 4, 2017

  • While in the Langhe, we will visit with top wine producers over meals and at their architecturally and historically important wineries to learn about and taste Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis, Moscato Bianco and Cortese wines. We are working closely with the legendary Langhe wine producer, Ceretto, to guide us to their region’s top design and cultural destinations and to host us for a special event at their staggeringly beautiful winery.

Day Six – Friday, May 5, 2017

  • Cooking class, truffles, and Michelin starred dining experience details to be announced.

Day Seven – Saturday, May 6, 2017

  • Return by bus to Malpensa airport in Milan on Saturday, May 6 in the early morning for flights home or onward.