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Milan: Architecture and Design 2021

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3 Sep – 13 Sep 2021

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Overview

Milan: Architecture and Design 2021
Tour Highlights

  • With design writer Stephen Crafti, explore the very best of Milan’s contemporary art, architecture, furniture and fashion, while based in a centrally located 3-star or 4-star hotel.
  • Tour elegant Villa Necchi Campglio, with its splendid collection of Art Deco furnishings and artworks by Tiepolo, De Chirico, Picasso, Fontana, Modigliani and Matisse.
  • By special appointment, visit the studio of award-winning architect and designer Michele de Lucchi, a prominent figure in movements like Cavart, Alchimia and Memphis. With one of the studio’s architects, we will then go on-site to see one of their projects.
  • By special appointment, visit the interdisciplinary studio of Lissoni Associati, founded by award-winning architect and designer Piero Lissoni.
  • By special appointment, visit the studio of Matteo Nunziati, considered one of the most influential international architects and designers of his generation.
  • Meet designer and collector Rossana Orlandi as she introduces her collection at Galleria Rossana Orlandi; dine at Bistro Aimo e Nadia, whose furnishings and decorations come from the Gallery.
  • Accompanied by a local architect, tour two distinctive districts of Milan to view some striking exteriors. The Porta Nuova district boasts the famous Ca’ Brutta (‘Ugly House’), emblematic of the Novecento movement and controversial in its day; the Bosco Verticale towers, the first example of a ‘vertical forest’; and the Casa della Memoria, the city’s latest archive, exhibition and conference space. The City Life development, north-west of Milan’s centre, features 3 Glass Towers designed by Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki, and Daniel Libeskind.
  • Enjoy a private viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
  • Discover the way in which Herzog & De Meuron’s Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli sits harmoniously in its urban environment, and learn about businessman and publisher Feltrinelli’s fascinating role in 20th-century Italian historical events.
  • Take a guided tour of the Prada Foundation. Its new venue, designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA architecture firm, was unveiled in 2015.
  • Accompanied by a local architect, take in the angular exteriors of Bocconi University.
  • Tour Molteni‘s vast compound, taking in the Molteni museum, which houses a permanent collection of iconic products and prototypes; the showroom; and Ron Gilad’s famous Glass Cube.
  • Visit the Vico Magistretti Foundation. Learn about the methods and philosophy of this outstanding figure of Italian post-war architecture and industrial design, and explore the space in which he worked for 60 years.
  • Discover the colour, variety and finesse of private collections in galleries such as Galleria Luisa delle Piane, Six Gallery, Memphis Post Design, and Dimore Studio.
  • Go ‘behind-the-scenes’ at the famous La Scala theatre’s Ansaldo workshops, where most of the productions’ sets and costumes are created.
  • Spend a day in Turin, where we visit the Renzo Piano-designed Pinacoteca Agnelli, We take a tour focussed on its 20th-century works, by greats such as Matisse, Modigliani and Picasso, and view the former Fiat test-track on its rooftop.
  • In Turin, tour the National Automobile Museum, featuring a collection of almost 200 cars, including some of the first Italian cars dating to the 1890s, and race cars by Ferrari and Alfa Romeo.
  • Visit Milan’s Museo del Novecento, which houses an extraordinary collection of 20th-century art; the Triennale Milano‘s outstanding Museum of Italian Design; and MUDEC, Milan’s museum of cultures.
  • View extraordinary objects and installations at Fondazione Achille Castiglioni and Pirelli HangarBicocca.
  • Dine in some of Milan’s finest restaurants, including Michelin-starred Cracco, with grand interiors overseen by Studio Peregalli, and Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, where the old sawmill’s rustic exposed walls and beams contrast with the opulence of crystal chandeliers.

11-day Architecture and Design Tour of Milan

Overnight Milan (10 nights)

Informal Professional Development for Architects

Practising architects who travelled on this program in past years qualified for Informal Professional Development points. The tour program includes over 10 hours of on-site learning delivered by qualified architects. Please refer to the daily schedule for the description of the sites visited. For details about the Continuing Professional Development point requirements please refer to the Australian Institute of Architects website: www.architecture.com.au

Itinerary

Itinerary

This draft itinerary lists a range of museums, galleries, buildings and design projects which we plan to visit. Many are accessible to the public, but some require special permission, which may only be confirmed closer to the tour’s departure. The daily activities described in this itinerary may change or be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate alterations in museum opening hours and privately hosted visits. Participants will receive a final itinerary together with their tour documents prior to departure. The tour includes breakfast daily, lunches and evening meals as indicated in the itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch, and D=evening meal.

Milan - 10 nights

Day 1: Friday 3 September, Arrive Milan
  • Airport transfer for participants arriving on the ASA ‘designated’ flight
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper
  • Guided Tour of Bocconi University, led by a local architect
Day 2: Saturday 4 September, Milan
  • Achille Castiglioni Studio Museum
  • La Triennale: Museum of Italian Design: Guided Tour
  • Missoni Showroom
  • Memphis – Post Design Gallery
  • Dimore Gallery
  • Welcome Dinner at Cracco restaurant (to be confirmed)
Day 3: Sunday 5 September, Milan
 – Turin – Milan
  • Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli: Guided Tour of the Permanent Collection and Fiat test track
  • Automotive Museum: Guided Tour
  • UNESCO-listed historical centre of Turin
Day 4: Monday 6 September, Milan
  • Studio of Lissoni Associati (by special appointment)
  • Brera Design Apartment (by special appointment; to be confirmed)
  • Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli (design by Herzog & De Meuron): Guided Tour
  • Studio of Michele de Lucchi (by special appointment)
  • Galleria Luisa delle Piane (by special appointment; to be confirmed)
Day 5: Tuesday 7 September, Milan – Varedo – Meda – Giussano – Milan
  • Villa Osvaldo Borsani (by special appointment; to be confirmed)
  • Minotti Showroom (by special appointment; to be confirmed)
  • Molteni Museum and Complex, incl. Glass Cube
Day 6: Wednesday 8 September, Milan
  • Vico Magistretti Foundation: Guided Tour
  • Villa Necchi Campiglio: Guided Tour (by special appointment; to be confirmed)
  • Studio of Patricia Urquiola (by special appointment; to be confirmed)
Day 7: Thursday 9 September, Milan: Tortona district
  • La Scala Ansaldo Workshops: Guided Tour
  • Armani/Silos: Guided Tour (to be confirmed)
  • MUDEC: Guided Tour
  • Six Gallery
  • Galleria Rossana Orlandi: Introduction to the collection by Signora Orlandi
  • Dinner at Bistro Aimo e Nadia
Day 8: Friday 10 September, Milan
  • Guided Tour of Porta Nuova and City Life districts, led by a local architect
  • Studio of Matteo Nunziati (by special appointment)
  • Pirelli HangarBicocca
Day 9: Saturday 11 September, Milan
  • Museo del Novecento (Museum of the 20th Century): Guided Tour
  • L’Arabesque Gallery & Café
  • Fornasetti showroom
  • Lorenzo at Larusmani: concept boutique
  • Bottega Veneto Milano BV Home: homewares boutique
Day 10: Sunday 12 September,
  • Fondazione Prada: Guided Tour
  • Farewell Lunch at Carlo e Camilla in Segheria (to be confirmed)
  • Afternoon at leisure
Day 11: Monday 13 September,
Depart Milan. Tour Ends.
  • Airport transfer for participants travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flight
Day 1: Friday 3 September, Arrive Milan
  • Airport transfer for participants arriving on the ASA ‘designated’ flight
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper
  • Guided Tour of Bocconi University, led by a local architect

(Overnight Milan)

Day 2: Saturday 4 September, Milan
  • Achille Castiglioni Studio Museum
  • La Triennale: Museum of Italian Design: Guided Tour
  • Missoni Showroom
  • Memphis – Post Design Gallery
  • Dimore Gallery
  • Welcome Dinner at Cracco restaurant (to be confirmed)

(Overnight Milan) BD

Day 3: Sunday 5 September, Milan – Turin – Milan
  • Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli: Guided Tour of the Permanent Collection and Fiat test track
  • Automotive Museum: Guided Tour
  • UNESCO-listed historical centre of Turin

(Overnight Milan) B

Day 4: Monday 6 September, Milan
  • Studio of Lissoni Associati (by special appointment)
  • Brera Design Apartment (by special appointment; to be confirmed)
  • Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli (design by Herzog & De Meuron): Guided Tour
  • Studio of Michele de Lucchi (by special appointment)
  • Galleria Luisa delle Piane (by special appointment; to be confirmed)

(Overnight Milan) B

Day 5: Tuesday 7 September, Milan – Varedo – Meda – Giussano – Milan
  • Villa Osvaldo Borsani (by special appointment; to be confirmed)
  • Minotti Showroom (by special appointment; to be confirmed)
  • Molteni Museum and Complex, incl. Glass Cube

(Overnight Milan) B

Day 6: Wednesday 8 September, Milan
  • Vico Magistretti Foundation: Guided Tour
  • Villa Necchi Campiglio: Guided Tour (by special appointment; to be confirmed)
  • Studio of Patricia Urquiola (by special appointment; to be confirmed)

(Overnight Milan) B

Day 7: Thursday 9 September, Milan: Tortona district
  • La Scala Ansaldo Workshops: Guided Tour
  • Armani/Silos: Guided Tour (to be confirmed)
  • MUDEC: Guided Tour
  • Six Gallery
  • Galleria Rossana Orlandi: Introduction to the collection by Signora Orlandi
  • Dinner at Bistro Aimo e Nadia

(Overnight Milan) BD

Day 8: Friday 10 September, Milan
  • Guided Tour of Porto Nuovo and City Life districts, led by a local architect
  • Studio of Matteo Nunziati (by special appointment)
  • Pirelli HangarBicocca

(Overnight Milan) B

Day 9: Saturday 11 September, Milan
  • Museo del Novecento (Museum of the 20th Century): Guided Tour
  • L’Arabesque Gallery & Café
  • Fornasetti showroom
  • Lorenzo at Larusmani: concept boutique
  • Bottega Veneto Milano BV Home: homewares boutique

(Overnight Milan) B

Day 10: Sunday 12 September, Milan
  • Fondazione Prada: Guided Tour
  • Farewell Lunch at Carlo e Camilla in Segheria (to be confirmed)
  • Afternoon at leisure

(Overnight Milan) BL

Day 11: Monday 13 September,
Depart Milan. Tour Ends.
  • Airport transfer for participants travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flight
Accommodation

Accommodation

11-day Architecture and Design Tour of Milan

Accommodation will be provided in twin-share rooms with en suite bathroom, in a centrally-located 3-star or 4-star hotel. The name of the hotel is yet to be confirmed.

How to book

How to Book

Making a Tentative Reservation before the tour price has been published

ASA INTENTION TO TRAVEL APPLICATION FORM

Some ASA tours fill almost immediately. Don’t miss out! You can register your ‘Intention to Travel’ by completing this application and returning this to ASA with a non-refundable AUD $250.00 per person deposit. Once the tour price has been published, the itinerary and ASA Reservation Application Form will be sent to you. From the time you receive the itinerary you will have two weeks to either:

  • Send us a completed ASA Reservation Application Form together with an additional deposit of AUD $450.00 per person. On receipt of this Reservation Application and deposit, ASA will process your booking and if approved, send you a tour confirmation. At this time your deposit of AUD $700.00 is subject to the tour’s Booking Conditions. Please send your additional deposit promptly or we may not be able to hold your place on the tour.

Or

  • CANCEL your Intention to Travel in writing. Please note that the AUD$250.00 per person deposit is non-refundable.
Practical Information

Practical Information

The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, seven to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless, all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.

This 11-day Architecture and Design Tour of Milan involves:

  • Exploring Milan (and Turin) on foot.
  • Extensive walking (up to 5km per day) and standing during museum and other site visits. Walking tours may include steep slopes, flights of stairs, cobbled streets and uneven ground.
  • Regular use of Milan’s public transport system.
  • Inter-city train travel between Milan and Turin; use of Turin’s public transport system.
  • You must be able to carry your own hand luggage. Hotel porterage includes 1 piece of luggage per person.
  • The use of audio headsets which amplify the voice of your guide (despite noisy surroundings). This technology also allows you to move freely during site visits without missing any information.

It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.

Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form.

Practical Information

Prior to departure, tour members will receive practical notes which include information on visa requirements, health, photography, weather, clothing and what to pack, custom regulations, bank hours, currency regulations, electrical appliances and food. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website has advice for travellers: www.smartraveller.gov.au

Tour Price & Inclusions

Tour Price & Inclusions

AUD $TBA Land Content Only – Early-Bird Special: Book before 30 March 2020

AUD $TBA Land Content Only

AUD $TBA Single Supplement

For competitive Economy, Business or First Class airfares and/or group airfares please contact ASA for further information.

Tour Price (Land Content Only) includes:
  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms with en suite bathroom in a centrally-located 3-star or 4-star hotel
  • Breakfast daily, lunches and evening meals as indicated in the itinerary, where: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=evening meal
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included.
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at the hotel
  • Lecture and site-visit program
  • Public transport in Milan and Turin as per the itinerary
  • Airport-hotel transfers if travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flights
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Use of audio headsets during site visits
  • Tips for the coach driver, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Tour Price (Land Content Only) does not include:
  • Airfare: Australia-Milan, Milan-Australia
  • Airport-hotel transfers if not travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flights
  • Personal spending money
  • Luggage in excess of 20kg (44lbs)
  • Travel insurance
Tour Map

Tour Map

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Terms & Conditions
Deposits

A deposit of $700.00 AUD per person is required to reserve a place on this ASA tour.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 75 days before departure: $700.00 non-refundable**
  • 75-46 days prior 25% of total amount due
  • 45-31 days prior 50% of total amount due
  • 30-15 days prior 75% of total amount due
  • 14-0 days prior 100% of total amount due

**The deposit of $700.00 is non-refundable and non-transferable. We take the day on which you cancel as being that on which we receive written confirmation of cancellation.

Unused Portions of the Tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Will the Tour Price or Itinerary Change?

If the number of participants on a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ASA reserves the right to amend the advertised price. We shall, however, do all in our power to maintain the published price. If an ASA tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all tour monies paid. Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ASA make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes in due course.

Travel Insurance

ASA requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. A copy of your travel insurance certificate and the reverse charge emergency contact phone number must be received by ASA no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the tour.

Final Payment

The balance of the tour price will be due 75 days prior to the tour commencement date.

Limitation of Liability

ASA is not a carrier, event or tourist attraction host, accommodation or dining service provider. All bookings made and tickets or coupons issued by ASA for transport, event, accommodation, dining and the like are issued as an agent for various service providers and are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by each service provider. ASA is not responsible for their products or services. If a service provider does not deliver the product or service for which you have contracted, your remedy lies with the service provider, not ASA.

ASA will not be liable for any claim (eg. sickness, injury, death, damage or loss) arising from any change, delay, detention, breakdown, cancellation, failure, accident, act, omission or negligence of any such service provider however caused (contingencies). You must take out adequate travel insurance against such contingencies.

ASA’s liability in respect of any tour will be limited to the refund of amounts received from you less all non-refundable costs and charges and the costs of any substituted event or alternate services provided. The terms and conditions of the relevant service provider from time to time comprise the sole agreement between you and that service provider.

ASA reserves the sole discretion to cancel any tour or to modify itineraries in any way it considers appropriate. Tour costs may be revised, subject to unexpected price increases or exchange rate fluctuations.

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