Milan and Lake Maggiore – Magical Incentive Destinations
Milan is Italy’s fashion capital, financial powerhouse and most vibrant city. Located in northern Italy, a short drive from the magnificent Lakes, the stunning Alps loom in the background over the city. A home of elegance and sophistication, with sights and attractions for all, it is a great location for a city break at any time of year.
What’s more, the waters of Lake Maggiore, which straddle the Italian / Swiss border, lie just over 1 hr from Milan. The Lake offers a relaxing, all year round Mediterranean climate and some spectacular Alpine scenery. Stresa is the main town on the west shore of Lake Maggiore which offers plenty to do. Explore the colourful cafés and unique boutiques at your own pace here before arriving at Italy’s picturesque Baveno. Here, you will enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with pleasant lakeside cafés and beautiful views over the lake and mountains. The Lake also leads to many team building and conferencing opportunities, including dinners on an island in the lake, scavenger hunts in the surrounding hills or cooking classes.
With Milan being under 2 hrs flying from many UK airports with a range of daily scheduled and low-cost airlines, and Lake Maggiore just a short drive away, Milan is an easily accesible desination for your delegates. What’s more, with a wide ranging choice of accommodation, venues and opportunities, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
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Suggested Activities & Attractions
Discover Milan’s many sights on a tour of the city. The splendid Duomo Cathedral is probably Milan’s most iconic sights and the Piazza in front is classed as the heart of Milan. What’s more, the walk up the many steps to the roof is definitely worth the while as you are afforded unrivalled views of the city and the beautiful cathedral and Piazza. Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’, a 15th-century mural and one of the world’s most famous paintings, can be found in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, whereas the Castello Sforzesco was the home of Milan’s Renaissance rulers. Today, it houses a collection of museums and Michelangelo’s last piece of artwork.
Milan’s Roman past can also be seen with many remains and ruins around the town. And for opera fans, La Scala, dating from the 1780s, is one of the world’s best known Opera Houses and played host to Italy’s great composers like Puccini, Verdi and opera singers including Pavarotti. What’s more, Milano Centrale station’s stunning architecture tells of Milan’s importance in the history of Italy and Europe.
Fashion and flair - Tour the designer fashion houses!
Think of Milan and think of fashion. Home to Italy’s most renowned clothes houses, the designer names abound – Gucci, Dolce and Gabanna, Versace, Valentino to name but a few. The outstanding glass-domed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, opposite the Duomo, is Milan’s imposing cathedral to fashion. Equally, you cannot leave without a walk down Via Montenapoleone. Filled with leading designer shops and expensive dresses, you’d best take your credit cards!
Dinner on an Island on Lake Maggiore - Dine on the Borromean Islands
Nestled in the middle of the spectacular Lake Maggiore are the Borromean Islands. Excellent for visiting during the daytime, with Isola Madre and its Borromeo Palace, or Isola Bella, perhaps the jewel in the crown, with its splendid Baroque Palace with majestic terraced gardens.
As an extra special desination for an evening meal, why not take a private boat across the lake to Isola Dei Pescatori, a romantic ancient fisherman’s island village is home to many restaurants and cafés. Here, enjoy a dinner on the banks of the lake as the sun sets in a fabulous location, before sailng back to your hotel.
In central Milan, we have a selection of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in central Milan to suit your group’s requirements and budget.
If looking to stay on Lake Maggiore, we recommend the Zacchera family’s hotels. Situated in the picturesque lake-side towns of Baveno and Stresa, the four hotels are all of a fantastic standard.
The 4* Superior Grand Hotel Dino is a luxury lakeside hotel with three restaurants, two bars, terraced gardens, indoor and outdoor pool, gym and wellness centre. It boasts a ballroom and dedicated meeting centre, with a range of different meeting rooms, many with lake-side terraces, as well as dining rooms and gardens ideal for drinks functions and meals. It is located next to Baveno’s landing stage for Borromean Island excursions.
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