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Lombardy

Province:
Como

Mixing CONFERENCES and Tourism in the PROVINCE of COMO
a thousand ways to organise
a successful conference

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 LOCATIONS

Cernobbio in Lago di Como in Italy 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 another age.

Como is waiting to greet you!

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