Since Leonardo da Vinci broke all the rules in his stunning Last Supper, that can be admired in the center of Milan, the indefatigably inventive Lombards seem to have skipped straight from the Renaissance to the 22nd century. Not only is Milan a treasure trove of 20th-century art, but art deco and rationalist architecture abound, together with incredible venues and trattorias.
The most modern and cosmopolitan Italian city for a modern and upbeat event!
Around the lakes, Michelin-starred restaurants push the boundaries of traditionalism, and vintners and oil producers experiment with the latest technologies and techniques. Even now, jackhammers are hard at work on the 420-acre Expo 2015 site, producing new Milanese neighbourhoods and a futuristic skyline modelled by star architects.
Though Italian design is distributed globally, seeing it in its home context offers fresh appreciation.
From Como’s silk weavers to the wool merchants of Maggiore and the violin artisans of Cremona, this region has an outstanding craft heritage. Today Milan is home to all the major design showrooms from Armanit o Prada and most Milanese fashion houses have branched out into spas, bars, hotels, galleries, restaurants, all great spots to be used for a program in this area of Italy.