Venue and Travel Info

About Milan and Italy

Milan is the capital of the homonymous metropolitan city which includes 134 metropolitan municipalities, having more than 3 million inhabitants. Milan is also the capital of the Lombardy region and the center of one of the most populous metropolitan areas of Europe. Six hundred thousand workers enter in Milan every day and two hundred thousand students have chosen to attend the Milan’s universities. It is known as a leading city in the world economy and a center of international trade and finance. You are doubtless familiar with our unbeatable shopping, the famous La Scala Opera House and the unique Last Supper from Leonardo da Vinci.

Milan has a compact historic center easily explored on foot through cobbled streets lined with boutiques, historic churches, some of the world’s finest museum and gardens. And just around the corner are exclusive golf clubs and Lake Como, Maggiore and Garda.
Creativity is the engine which powers Milan: the world capital of Fashion and Design. It shows a constant evolving skyline: an architectural Renaissance is underway involving the likes of Boeri, Foster, Isozaki, Piano, Fuksas and Libeskind.

Milan is a city of excellence in the field of Medicine, Biotechnology, Finance and Media. It is going to host the so called “Human Technopole”, and international research center on Genomics which will arise on the Universal Expo site held in 2015.
Milan is one of the best-connected international cities in the world and Delegates can now fly into Milan’s airports via no-frill airlines from everywhere. It is a destination oriented toward a sustainable world as it is taking several initiatives for an environmentally friendly city.

Staying Milan is safe. Recent statistics show that Milan is one of the safest European cities.

Useful links
Official Website of Municipality of Milan
Official Website of Turistic Info of Municipality of Milan
Useful and emergencyy numbers

Tourism in Milan

Milan is considered by tourists one of the best destination in Europe. It has been interesting and vibrant at least since it was the capital of the western half of the Roman Empire. It was one of the most glorious of the Italian Comuni during the Middle Ages. It housed one of Italy’s most spectacular courts during the Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci came from Florence looking for work and ended up staying a long time and achieving quite a lot, like many others have done since. Having always been in the thick of things, Milano is gifted with an impressive part of Italy’s heritage: it is a great city of art.

Have a look at the imposing marble Duomo, at our churches, palaces and museums. You will also be delighted by contemporary art and architecture. Countless works of art are waiting for you, and nearly all of them are within walking distance.

While you visit, let the atmosphere of Italy’s most modern and advanced city seep in. You will be captured by the elegance and style; by the energy and the international flair. An incredible shopping experience for all tastes and pockets, in a place where design and fashion have made their home.

Milan is the hub of Italian culture, music, media and sports. If you are a music lover, you can’t miss a performance at La Scala theatre.

During the week of the CMC-Global event, from 15 to 18 October, there will be a modular program of guided tours to the various parts of the city, with the possibility of making a “trip out of town” to the nearby Lake of Como.

One or more of the options listed may be chosen


15 October 2018 – Panoramic tour in rickshaw in Milan

Discover Milan on board a modern ecological rickshaw, with driver available. You will visit the city center from Piazza Duomo to the Sempione Park to explore the most historic neighborhoods.

16 October 2018 – Milan tour with a visit to the Cenacolo Vinciano and Teatro alla Scala

Tour in the historic center of Milan. You will visit one of the most famous theaters in the city, the fabulous La Scala Theater and its Museum, the Gothic cathedral, the Duomo, passing through the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The tour will continue with a panoramic tour of the Castello Sforzesco and then end with the entrance to the Leonardo da Vinci Last Supper, kept inside the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

17 October 2018 – Tour Milan Fashion and museum Poldi Pezzoli (morning)

Walking tour of the Fashion District to discover (via Manzoni, Via Sant’Andrea, Via della Spiga) to discover the “Made in Italy”. Since the Middle Ages the Lombard masters knew how to amaze creating “luxury objects”, “fashionable” accessories. You can discover it by visiting the Poldi Pezzoli Museum house with its collection of lace, lace, jewelery, watches and clothes from the 18th to the 20th century.

17 October 2018 – La Scala Theater (evening at 8.00 pm)

Ballet l’Histoire de Manon on music by Jules Massenet Choreography Kenneth MacMillan. Director Patrick Fournillier. Étoiles Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle. Corps de Ballet and Orchestra of La Scala Theatre.
Sales opening on request from 20/06/2018. For this date, interested parties must communicate their interest in booking the Teatro alla Scala and prepaid tickets that are not refundable. Possibility to request seats in the stalls or boxes.

18 October 2018 – Milan tour in the Brera district and Piazza Gae Aulenti (morning)

A walking tour among the skyscrapers, the infrastructures and the artistic monuments of Milan. Discovering the so-called bohemian neighborhood named Brera, the artistic heart of the city. The extraordinary view of Piazza Gae Aulenti located in the Porta Nuova district, to discover the skyscrapers such as the Unicredit Tower, the Diamond Tower and the residential towers of the Vertical Forest.

18 October 2018 – A journey through time in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci: Last Supper and the Atlantic Codex (afternoon)

Meeting of the participants in the Pinacoteca di Brera. Meeting with the guide and introduction on Da Vinci’s life and works. Visit of the Atlantic code. At the end walk to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and entrance to the Last Supper. End of the tour at the church.

19 October 2018 – Excursion on Lake Como with Bellagio Cruise (full day)

Departure from Milan by bus to Como. Meeting on site with the local guide and start of the guided tour of the city starting from the Basilica of Sant’Abbondio. Walk through the streets of the historic center. Mini cruise (2 hours) on the lake towards the village of Bellagio. Arrival and time available for free lunch and for visiting the village. Return by ferry to Cadenabbia and by bus to Milan.


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Post Conference Tour

Milan – Venice and beyond

Saturday 20/10

Departure by GT bus to Camignone, in the heart of Franciacorta to visit the Mosnel winery, a centuries-old residence with 16th century cellars and annexed lands, which bears witness to the long winemaking tradition that the Barboglio inherited from 1836.

Guided tour in English at the winery, the village and the park of the villa with its ancient trees. At the end tasting of 3 of the 4 Franciacorta of the Mosnel style: Brut, Rosé, Pas Dosé and Saten, accompanied by local specialties.

At the end of the lunch visit inside one of the premises of the estate to taste the local specialties paired with the wines produced.

In the afternoon proceed to Treviso. Arrival of hotel accommodation. Dinner and overnight.

Sunday 21/10

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure by GT bus to Venice Tronchetto.

Upon arrival, meeting with the local guide in English and walking tour of the historic center of Venice with entrances to the Palazzo Ducale and the Basilica of San Marco.

At the end, lunch in a Venetian restaurant (3-course menu: first course, second course with side dish and dessert – drinks not included).

Afternoon dedicated to the Tour of the Venetian Islands. Boarding on Gran Turismo boat and tour of the island of Murano, Burano and Torcello.

Duration of the tour 4 hours with assistance / guide in English. Visit also a glass factory in Murano with a welcome drink. Return to Treviso in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Monday 22/10

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. Departure in the direction of Vicenza. Arrival, meeting with the local guide in English and visit the historic city center including the Olympic Theater. At the end, lunch in a typical restaurant to taste the specialties of the place.

In the afternoon, towards the return road, stop for a visit to the Villa Almerico Capra (called La Rotonda di Palladio). Arrival in Milan in the evening.

The participation fee includes:

  • GT bus for the duration of the tour
  • Two nights in a 4-star hotel with half board at the Hotel Villa Pace **** S, a historic residence located just outside Treviso
  • Guided tour in English at the Mosnel winery with tasting of 3 wines; lunch in one of the rooms of the estate with tasting menu
  • Gran Turismo boat from Tronchetto bus terminal in San Marco; guide in English for 2-hour walking tour of San Marco with entrances to the Basilica and the Doge’s Palace (including earphones); typical lunch in Venetian restaurant, drinks not included (3-course menu to be defined)
  • Gran Turismo boat for tours to the Murano, Burano and Torcello islands of about 4 hours including English speaking assistant / guide and visit to a glass factory in Murano with welcome drink
  • Guided tour in English of the historic center of Vicenza with admission to the Teatro Olimpico; lunch in a typical restaurant with drinks included; entrance to Villa Almerico Capra
  • Medical health insurance

The tour will be organized upon reaching the minimum number of 20 participants.


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Hotel Galles is a prestigious 4-star hotel situated in an elegant 19th century building in the centre of Milan. Overlooking Corso Buenos Aires, it is situated in a strategic and privileged position thanks to the proximity to Milan Central Station, reachable in a few minutes walk. The Metro station Lima M1, situated right in front of the entrance of the hotel, takes you everywhere to visit the main points of interest and to discover all the events in Milan.

Hotel Galles has 200 elegant and comfortable rooms and it offers to its guests exclusive services including free Wi-Fi, Sky TV, Fitness Centre & SPA with indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna and Turkish bath.

Position Milan – Piazza Lima 2 (Metro Red Line Stop Lima)

10 minutes walking distance from Congress Center of the Union of Commerce of Milan – Venezia 47

Parking Available 20 € per day
Wi-Fi Free of charge and available both in the rooms and in common areas
Services American breakfast, fitness center with swimming pool, relax area, gym, sauna, Turkish bath, emotional shower
Rooms Rooms On request by email (see Hotel contacts for booking)
Rates Double Single Use: 125,00 €

Double/Twin: 135,00 €

Payment Credit Card, bank transfer
Booking policy Credit Card as guarantee
Cancellation policy No penalty until 30 days of the arrival date
Check-in From 2:00 pm
Check-out By 12:00 am
Breakfast 7:00-10:00 am

Booking requests must arrive by 31st August 2018

Galles Hotel contacts for booking

Phone: +39 02 204841
Please specify in the email: APCO Conference 2018

CITY TAX: 4€ per person per day

Room fees do not include City Tax envisaged by the current Municipal Regulations, as indicated on the website of the Municipality of Milan at:


The ibis Milano Centro hotel is located in the center of Milan, a stone’s throw from the Milano Centrale train station and close to the Repubblica metro stop. An ideal base for exploring the cathedral, Milan’s La Scala opera house and the fashion district. The rooms are soundproofed and air conditioned and all have free WIFI. Comfortable meeting rooms also make this the perfect place for conferences and meetings. The bar is open 24 hours a day, and the ibis Kitchen restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

The ibis Milano Centro hotel is ideally located for exploring the city: a stone’s throw from the Centrale train station, the cathedral and esteemed works of art such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Milan Linate airport is just 3.7 miles (6 km) away.

Position Milan – Via Finocchiaro Aprile 2 (Metro Yellow Line Stop Repubblica)
10 minutes walking distance from Confcommercio Congress Center Venezia 47 – Milano
Parking On payment – place not reservable- altenative Machiavelli Parking, situated in front of the main entrance
Wi-Fi Free of charge and available both in the rooms and in common areas
Services Breakfast included in room fees
Rooms Rooms On request by email (see Hotel contacts for booking)
Rates Single Use: 89,00 €

Double/Twin: 97,00 €

Payment On arrival in hotel
Booking policy Credit Card as guarantee
Cancellation policy No penalty until 30 days of the arrival date
Check-in After 3:00 pm
Check-out By 10:00 am
Breakfast 7:00-10:00 am

Booking requests must arrive by 15th June 2018

IBIS Hotel contacts for booking

Phone: +39 02-63151
Send the email to the attention of Mrs Colleoni Monica and specify APCO Conference 2018

CITY TAX: 4€ per person per day

Room fees do not include City Tax envisaged by the current Municipal Regulations, as indicated on the website of the Municipality of Milan at:

Other Hotel options

Before Leaving Home & Visa

All foreign citizens who wish to enter Italy are required to provide documentation justifying the reasons for entry and the duration of stay, plus, in certain cases, proof of availability of adequate financial means and housing arrangements.

The following travel documents are considered valid for entry into Italy:

  • Passport
  • Identity card (member countries of the European Union)
  • Travel document for foreigners
  • Pass for travellers under the age of 15

In some cases a visa is also required. The latter can be obtained from the Italian Diplomatic and Consular offices in the country of residence.

A guided procedure will help you decide if you need to apply for a visa based on your nationality, country of residence, reasons for your visit and length of stay.

Click on the following link to access the guided procedure provided by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation:

If you need a visa for Italy, you will be provided with all the information and forms needed to submit your application.

The table below indicates if a visa is requested for the listed countries (stay as tourist up to 90 days).


Algeria Y Kazakhstan Y
Armenia Y Korea (South) N
Australia N Kosovo Y
Austria N Kyrgyzstan Y
Bangladesh Y Lithuania N
Brazil N Macedonia FYROM N
Bulgaria N Myanmar Y
Canada N Netherlands N
Caribbean Y New Zealand N
China Y Nigeria Y
Chinese Taipei Y Norway N
Croatia N Philippines Y
Cyprus N Romania N
Denmark N Russia Y
Finland N Serbia N
Germany N Singapore N
Hong Kong (SAR passport holders) N South Africa Y
Hungary N Sweden N
India Y Switzerland N
Iran Y Thailand Y
Ireland N Turkey Y
Israel N Ukraine N
Japan N United Kingdom N
Jordan Y United States N


Conference Secretariat is available to issue invitations letters to Delegates and Conference Participants upon request.


CMC International Conference Venue

Palazzo Castiglioni – Conference Center of the Union of Commerce of Milan

Address: Corso Venezia 47 – 20122 Milan – Italy

Metro M1 Stop “Palestro”

Designed in 1904 by architect Giuseppe Sommaruga, Palazzo Castiglioni is a jewel of European Liberty. The elegant floors on the grand floor overlook on the beautiful veranda, in front of the garden. Each event will become unique and exclusive. The Conference venue is close to all major locations of commercial, cultural and institutional interest.

As APCO is headquartered in Palazzo Castiglioni, the Conference Secretariat is onsite in order to support the needs of the participants.

CMC-Global Annual Meeting of Delegates Venue

Palazzo Bovara – Conference Center of the Union of Commerce of Milan

Address: Corso Venezia 51 – 20122 Milan – Italy

Metro M1 Stop “Palestro”

The Annual Meeting of Delegates will take place in Palazzo Bovara which belongs to the same Conference Center of the Union of Commerce of Milan, which is just nearby Palazzo Castiglioni.

Designed in 1787 by Francesco Soave, a happy expression of Lombard Neoclassic style, Palazzo Bovara is the prestigious venue of the Circle of Commerce. The private court is often the cornerstone of scenic festivities.