Social Program

A social program has been designed for all participants. Availability will be confirmed on a first-come first-served basis.


A Welcome reception will be offered to all registered participants after the scientific sessions on Sunday, 10 September at 19.30 at the Congress Venue.


Congress dinner will take place on Wednesday, 13 September. More details will follow soon.
The cost is not included in the registration fees.
Prices and deadlines available on the Registration Form (click here).


Accompanying person fee includes:
• Welcome Reception - Sunday, 10 September
• Half day tour to Borromean Islands - Monday, 11 September

The history of the Borromeo family winds its way from the end of the XIV century, charting a fascinating path where politics, diplomacy, weddings, military deeds, conscientious patrimonial administration, passion for art, collection and botanical sciences meet one another.

By visiting the Borromeo Islands and the Rocca D’Angera you walk along the path of one of the most renowned Italian families, following the history of the places built and lived in by their ancestors, and now safeguarded and preserved with extreme care.

Isola Bella is a place of splendor thanks to the recurrent blooming and the priceless architectural treasures that blends into a wonderful microcosm. Since when it was transformed from barren rock to a blooming garden, the island appears as a galleon floating on the blue waters of the Lago Maggiore as his founder, Vitaliano VI Borromeo, meant for her. Here, the baroque boldly blends with the green architectures of the garden, creating a sight for sore eyes. 

Isola Bella’s Palazzo is like a baroque chest of wonders floating on the water. You will walk though beautifully furnished halls that afford incredible views of the lake and witness many renowned artists’ exclusive paintings, precious furniture, marbles, neo-classical stuccos, shining armors and Flemish tapestries made of silk and gold.

The garden is a heaven where you can see statues and architectural decors set amidst the perfect green geometry of botanical treasures. Many trusted and capable gardeners trim, fertilize and experiment, preserving this place of wonders from the passage of time. A two-hundred-years-old camphor tree welcomes you at the garden's entrance. Crossing the gate, you will experience the breath-taking panorama of the Amphitheater in the middle of the island. This Italian garden with a baroque taste spreads on parterres and terraces placed at different heights and sprinkled with statues, obelisks, ageless stone stairs and balustrades. This results in an impressive view, displaying the power and magnificence of the noble house.

This tour includes:

  • Transfer from Ata Hotels in Varese to Laveno and v.v.
    Departure form Ata Hotels at 08.00
    Return to Ata Hotel at 12.00 (more details about the meeting point will be communicated on site)
  • Private taxi boat
  • English speaking guide
  • Ticket entrance to Isola Bella
  • Guided tour of Isola Bella Palace and Gardens

The above mentioned tour can also be purchased separately according to availability.
Cost per person: € 85,00 VAT included


An attractive choice of different guided tours will be available for delegates and can be purchased in advance.
For each tour a minimum guaranteed of 25 participants is requested. In case this number should not be reached, OIC Travel reserves the right to cancel the tour and define the correct procedure to be followed.
Further details concerning the logistics of the tours will be advised closer to the date.

GRAND TOUR MILAN - Half day tour (PM)

12 September 2017




OPTION 1 – Guided walking tour of Milan

Discover Milan by foot, a modern city which represents the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of the country and has its origins in the distant past. Among the most beautiful sites you can explore with your guide there is the Sforza Castle (the Fortress of Milan), a majestic medieval castle and one of the symbols of the city. You will visit the Square of La Scala Opera House, one of the biggest and most renown theatres in the world since 1776. Enjoy the “Quadrilatero della moda”, the most important fashion district in the world, where you can find the most luxury Italian and international brands. And finally arrive to the impressive Duomo Cathedral, one of the biggest in the world, which was built in six centuries.

The tour will last about 3 hours. Free time till 21.30

This tour includes:

  • Transfer from Ata Hotels in Varese to Milan and v.v
    Departure from Ata Hotels at 14.30

    Return to Ata Hotels at 21.30 (more details about the meeting point will be communicated on site)
  • English speaking guide
  • Head-set (1 Vox per person)

Cost per person: € 65,00 VAT Included

OPTION 2 – Guided walking tour of Milan + Guided visit to The Last Supper

If you wish to make this afternoon even more special, you can continue your tour with the exclusive visit to Leonardo's Last Supper.

“The Last Supper” is a Renaissance masterpiece, painted in Milan by Leonardo da Vinci between 1495 and 1498. It was commissioned by Duke Ludovico Sforza for the refectory of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie. In the painting the Renaissance virtuosity reached its peak; it is innovative in terms of its study of emotional reactions and psychological states. Santa Maria delle Grazie Church itself is known as a Renaissance building and has been damaged during World War II; nevertheless, “The Last Supper" remained miraculously unharmed.

With only 25 people allowed in at a time, tickets to see The Last Supper are always in high demand... So don't miss out on one of Italy's most visited works of art!

The tour will last about 5 hours. Free time till 21.30

This tour includes:

  • Transfer from Ata Hotels in Varese to Milan and v.v
    Departure from Ata Hotels at 14.30
    Return to Ata Hotels at 21.30 (more details about the meeting point will be communicated on site)
  • English speaking guide
  • Head-set (1 Vox per person)
  • Ticket entrance to The Last Supper
  • Limited tickets: availability to be checked upon request. Please note that no more than 25 people are allowed to enter at a time and the visit lasts max. 30 minutes.

Cost per person: € 80,00 VAT included

OPTIONAL DINNER IN MILAN (This Dinner can be reserved only in addiction with Grand Tour Milan Option 1 or Option 2)


In case you are wondering what to do for dinner after all these amazing views, we will be glad to arrange it in one of Milan’s most typical restaurants. Here you will taste the regional cuisine in a very relaxing atmosphere.

Leonardo da Vinci, as a reward for his stay in Milan, received a vineyard and an orchard of sixteen poles from Ludovico il Moro, a few steps from the Refectory of the Last Supper and the Graces. This space today is still regarded as a valuable green island nestled between historic buildings in the city centre. This site is also home of the restaurant Orti di Leonardo, placed under the arches of the Palazzo delle Stelline in a charming former convent wing.

Chef Luca Cobelli believes in a kitchen of research and always evolving, but anchored to specific roots in traditional regional Italian and classical repertoire.

Cost per person for a 3-course menu (water, wine and coffee included): € 60,00 VAT included

Should you have any particular dietary restriction be sure to let us have this information in advance in order to get a proper meal. Please address your request to and we will take care of your needs


The congress shuttle bus will be available at the special rate of € 35,00 per person.

Shuttle timetable
10 September from Malpensa Airport to Atahotel Varese
hr 11.00
hr 14.00
hr 18.00

14 September from Atahotel Varese to Malpensa Airport
hr 07.00
hr 14.00
hr 17.00

Do not miss the opportunity to book your seat!

The service will be confirmed with a minimum of 25 people.