Design For Life

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Monday, July 27th – A Welcome “Aperitivo” will be offered  by the ICED 2015 Organization from 07:00 pm till 08:30 pm after the Opening Ceremony at the conference venue. 
Wednesday, July 29th – The Gala Dinner will take place at Palazzo delle Stelline from 8.30 pm
The Palazzo delle Stelline is one of the most rooted historical place in Milanese history, opposite the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie where is placed “The Last Supper” of Leonardo da Vinci, and  is one of the most striking features of Milan’s urban fabric.
It was once the whole complex of the suppressed monastery of St. Maria della Stella, then – in the 1600 – having become a public institution for housing and educating orphan girls (the “Stelline”), by the will of San Carlo Borromeo.
Today the palace – bound up indissolubly with the history and culture of Milan and outstanding figures such as Leonardo da Vinci and Saint Carlo Borromeo, as well as more contemporary personages such as  like Paolo Grassi  who here founded his School of Dramatic Art -  has undergone profound structural changes and uses.
Purchased by the city of Milan to become the headquarters of the International Institute for Management Technology, the corresponding section at number 61 was restored to a design by the architect Jan Battistoni in the Seventies.
The whole project was faithful to the original structure of the building and retains its original features, the stone staircases, the passages in the cloister and the magnolia in the centre, which has become its symbol.
In 1986 the Lombardy Region and the City of Milan established the Stelline Foundation, in order to maintain and enhance the refurbished Palace, encourage the development of nationally and internationally social and economic, cultural enterprises, and from the last years in order to promote exhibitions devoted to contemporary and 20th century art.

The Gala Dinner will take place at Palazzo delle Stelline from 8.30 pm. The Palazzo delle Stelline is one of the most rooted historical place in Milanese history… To read more click on the title.

Thursday, July 30th – On the last day of the conference a farewell cocktail will be served in the conference venue after the Closing Ceremony. This will be a moment for people to get together one last time and will allow all participants to relax and say “ARRIVEDERCI!”
We are pleased to offer you a few different thematic itineraries that will make your stay more pleasant and unforgettable.Discover the world of Italian excellence and lifestyle!



We would like to propose you an unusual guided city tour on board of a historical trolley.

The itinerary lasts 90 minutes in the city centre and in the Navigli area with possible stops in specific places, like Duomo or Sforza Castle.



milano_history_300x200Half day tour

A classical tour of Milan to discover its most famous monuments, together with a professional guide. The tour will start at Duomo square where you will visit the Cathedral. Then you will go towards Sforza Castle, walking through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, stopping at La Scala square to see the famous theatre. Finally you will admire the famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper.




milan_fashion_300x200Half day tour

Milan is universally identified as the capital of fashion. For this reason, we propose you a walk along the Fashion Quarter: Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Corso Venezia. You will be accompanied by a personal shopper, who will advice you in your shopping. Depending on your needs, the personal shopper can also take you to the Rinascente Store or along Corso Vittorio Emanuele. You will also stop to have a tea in one of the oldest and renowned tea shops.



museum_houses_milano_300x200We would like to make you discover the historical background of Milan thanks to its Museum Houses: you will visit the famous Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, and Poldi Pezzoli Museum. Their founders, belonging to the high bourgeoisie, decided to open their homes to the public. These fascinating places reflect the evolution and transformation of the Milanese society displaying important works of art.


new_milano_300x200Half day tour

Brera District MilanThis tour will make you discover both the artistic area of Milan named Brera and the modern area of the city. The tour will start at Brera, where you will have a walk in the pedestrian area. You will visit the Pinacoteca of Brera, a gallery of ancient and modern art located in a historical building. You will then reach San Marco square where you will visit the beautiful Church. Your walk will continue along Corso Garibaldi to reach the famous Corso Como, one of the most fashioned and animated streets of the city. You will have time to visit Corso Como 10, a multibrand shop and art gallery created by Carla Sozzani, and have a break for a quick drink, if you want. The visit will end at Piazza Gae Aulenti, the core of the most modern area of Milan.





Genoa_acquarium_300x200Full day tour

Genoa Aquarium is one of the biggest and most famous in the world. It has 70 exhibition tanks with more than 15.000 animals belonging to 400 species. For this reason we would like to propose you a visit in the morning by taking a bus from Milan. In the afternoon you will visit Camogli, a typical marine village, renowned for its port and all the colorful buildings on the sidewalk. After that, the bus will take you back to Milan. Genoese typical lunch included.



como_lake_300x200Full day tour

You will leave Milan in the early morning with a private bus to discover the town of Como. Once arrived in Como, you will take the funicular railway to Brunate where you will be astonished by the beautiful view of the city. After that, you will have a boat ride to admire all the villas located around the Lake. A guide will explain to you the history linked to these beautiful villas. Moreover, you will reach Bellagio, where you will visit the village and have some spare time for lunch and shopping. You will then go back to Como, sailing along the coast of the Lake. At the end of the journey, the bus will take you back to Milan.



parmiggiano_food_parmaFull day tour

This tour offers the perfect mix of luxury shopping, food and wine tasting and regional gastronomic delights. A bus will take you from Milan to Emilia-Romagna region, located in the north-center of Italy. You will visit the Fidenza Village (about one hour and a half far from Milan), to enjoy more than 100 boutiques of your favourite international fashion brands. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating food guided tour in the heart of Parmigiano Reggiano world. At the end, you will experience regional specialties and wine tasting.

We are pleased to offer you a few different thematic itineraries that will make your stay more pleasant and unforgettable.Discover the world of Italian excellence and lifestyleTo read more click on the title.

Milan will also host the EXPO 2015 which will take place from May 1st to October 31st .

The proposed theme for the EXPO2015 is Feeding the planet, energy for life, which wants to include everything connected to food, the problem of lack of food in some areas of the world, the food education and the topics related to GMO .


Milan is the second largest Italian town, the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of the country, recognized as a major world fashion and design capital.Milan is characterized by its dynamism, creativity and innovation.It’s a city that creates its own trends: art galleries in bars, concerts in libraries, aperitifs in grand hotels.




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