Close to Switzerland and just a stone’s throw from Malpensa and Milan, the province of Como
looks as though it was created by a meeting organiser. One just needs to look at the variety of
congress locations, the wide choice of activities for moments together and the diversity of free time
activities, both for conference participants and their partners.
Variety is in the very nature of the territory of the province: the lake, the mountains with their ski
slopes, the hills, the city of Como with its refined shops, the uncontaminated nature reserves and
the fairytale villages.
The location opportunities offered by the province of Como are extremely varied: from castles
hidden in the green countryside to hotels in the city centre, to prestigious villas on the lakeshore.
And for moments of relaxation, ideas could range from the boats of Renzo and Lucia (the main
characters from the famous novel “I Promessi Sposi”) to visits to the Volta Temple (where one of
the star exhibits is the first battery, invented by Alessandro Volta) to a trip to the Sanctuary of the
Madonna del Ghisallo, the patron of cyclists, with its collection of historic racing bikes. Or one
might plan to visit the historic villas with their gardens and museums, the statue of “Amore e
Psiche” at Villa Carlotta, or the sledge on which Guido Monzino reached the North Pole (now kept
at Villa Balbianello). And then there’s shopping in Como, the Casinò at Campione d’Italia, an
evening in the mountains to enjoy a taste of the local “tocc” ......and the list goes on and on.
A thousand opportunities that professionals can exploit to create a positive working climate for
important meetings that are looking for lasting success.
The International Conference and Exhibition Centre Centro Internazionale Esposizioni e Congressi
di Villa Erba in Cernobbio is totally dedicated to conferences. The centre comprises the splendid
nineteenth century villa on the lakeshore and a wide park with elegant pavilions (over 11,000
square metres of covered space) hidden among plants that have lived through the centuries.
The villa is a fine setting, with elegant stairways down to the lake. There is a private landing stage,
which means that guests can arrive by boat – offering the unforgettable spectacle of the façade
reflected in the lake. The exhibition pavilions (a central pavilion, three wings and two towers)
provide an exhibition space of 6,500 square metres and can accommodate up to 280 stands.
Areas can be booked separately as meeting rooms or for study sessions....
The central pavilion can host over 1300 guests and is equipped with mobile platforms which can be
arranged within the space as required.
Another beautiful villa used for congresses and art exhibits is Villa Olmo in Como. Built at
the end of the 18th century for the Odescalchi family, today is property of the municipality of
Como that, in the last few years, organises here important art expositions.
In Erba, between Como and Lecco, is situated the Congress Centre Lariofiere, very close to
Milano as well. It is a flexible structure in a territory with a lot of development possibilities.
Lariofiere disposes of very modern technologies and wide spaces for any kind of events.
The 3 pavilions offer 14.500 square meters of covered space and give the possibility to
organize different events together.
The structure is an important congress centre with two permanent rooms from 50 to 300 seats,
and the possibility to arrive at 1800 places.
For high profile meetings there are also three 5-star hotels with 329 bedrooms sleeping up to 764
guests. These are the Grand Hotel Villa D’Este in Cernobbio (close to Villa Erba), The Grand
Hotel Tremezzo at Tremezzo, close to the famous gardens and museum at Villa Carlotta, and the
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, on the point of the Bellagio promontory, also known as “the pearl of
the lake”, thanks to its enchanting position at the very centre of the Como Lake.
The charm of Bellagio has bewitched many, including Steve Wynn, who here found his inspiration
for the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
There are also many meeting rooms, ballrooms and reception rooms available in 37 4-star hotels.
They are to be found in the city of Como and the surrounding area, or immersed in the green hills
of Brianza. Many of them are managed by the families who own them, and they make customer
satisfaction a point of honour when it comes to organising conferences.
And finally, the aristocratic villas, true jewels of refinement and atmosphere. Many of them are to
be found in the Brianza countryside. Some offer rooms to guests, others are dedicated to
exhibitions or daily events. They offer the chance to breath an air of elegance and hospitality from
Como is waiting to greet you!
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