Northern Italy - Turin, Milan, & the Lakes: Exceptional Private Estates, Gardens, & Historic Sites
May 16-27, 2020
The ICAA is pleased to present this tour of the beautiful private estates, gardens, and historic sites of Northern Italy, including the areas of Turin, Milan, and the lakes. The tour will be led by expert lecturer and author, Frank Dabell.
Main Program - Private Turin & Milan, May 16-24, 2020
Over the course of eight exceptional days, the group will discover Milan and Turin's most creative and significant interiors and interact with distinguished hosts along the way, including interior designers, architects, and other prominent members of the cultural community.
Extension - Lake Como and the Countryside, May 24-27, 2020
During this tour, the group will admire the most refined private villas and gardens of Lake Como in bloom. The itinerary will offer behind-the-scenes visits to beautiful gardens in Northern Italy, as well as bespoke private access to exquisite villas and architectural wonders.
This tour is arranged by Pamela Huntington Darling, Consultant and creator of exclusive cultural travel programs. For more information, please email Pamela Huntington Darling ([email protected]), visit www.exclusiveculturaltours.com, or call +33 1 45 67 62 81.
Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.
Historic Center of Turin
This tour includes an architectural discovery of the Historic Center of Turin, the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Participants will view refined architecture such as the Baroque palazzi built by the Dukes of Savoy, under the Kingdom of Savoy and the Kingdom of Italy.
Villa Silvio Pellico
During the tour of Private Turin and Milan, participants will enjoy a private visit and luncheon with the owners at Romantic 18th Century Villa Silvio Pellico, surrounded by remarkable gardens designed by Russell Page.
Francesco Federico Cerruti Collection
This tour includes a private visit to the Francesco Federico Cerruti Collection, which includes more than 300 sculptures, paintings, rare books, and priceless furniture pieces and showcases the history of art from the 14th Century to the early 21st Century.
Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi
During the tour of Turin and Milan, participants will receive a special welcome from the Director of the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi. A Residence of the Royal House of Savoy, this location was built from 1729 on Filippo Juvarra's plans and includes a royal hunting lodge.
Private Cocktail Reception
This tour includes a private cocktail reception at the private residence of renowned collectors of art of unique quality from the antique to the contemporary period.
Participants will be welcomed by renowned landscape designer Paolo Pejrone to his residence garden, Bramafam, in Revello. Pejrone is a student of Russel Page and President of the Associazione Parchi e Giardini d’Italia.
Participants will enjoy a private reception with the Conte e Contessa Beraudo di Pralormo at their residence, Castello Pralormo. Originally a medieval fortress, Castello Pralormo was transformed over the centuries into a Savoy castle with beautiful English gardens designed by landscape architect Kurten Xavier.
Palazzo Venaria Reale
Tour participants will be welcomed by the Director of Palazzo Venaria Reale, a former hunting lodge and country retreat what showcases the influence of the House of Savoy. Designed and built from 1675 by architects Filippo Juvarra and Amedeo di Castellamonte, Palazzo Venaria Reale includes stunning gardens of the traditional Italian and French style, with ponds, pergolas, and views of the Alps, while featuring sculptures by Giuseppe Penone.
Teatro alla Scala de Milan
Included is an optional evening at the Teatro alla Scala de Milan to view a performance of the opera L'amore dei tre re on May 20. This option is only available for participants who register before December 24, 2019.
During the tour, the group will also enjoy a tour of the Teatro alla Scala when closed to the public. Built to replace the Royal Ducal Theatre, destroyed by fire in 1776, La Scala was designed by the great neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini. Today, it is considered one of the most significant venues in the world for opera, ballet, and more.
Tour participants will be welcomed by the Director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana library and picture gallery. Established in 1618 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is a world-class collection of ancient books, paintings, drawings, and statues, including the greatest masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Sandro Botticelli, and Jan Brueghel.
Palazzo di Brera Art Gallery
During the tour of Turin and Milan, participants will visit the Palazzo di Brera Art Gallery in Milan.
Participants will have the opportunity to visit Fondazione Prada, designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA. This transformed distillery expands the repertoire of spatial typologies, and houses permanent and contemporary art exhibits.
Studio of Prominent Architectural Firm
The group will enjoy an unprecedented visit to the studio of a foremost architectural firm in Europe for a discussion of the firm's philosophy and creativity, and how they create exceptional residences for their clients.
Villa Necchi Campiglio
The group will enjoy a private visit, welcomed by the Chief Curator, to the Villa Necchi Campiglio house museum. The Villa was built between 1932 and 1935 by the renowned Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi and is still preserved intact.
Private Dinner at Baroque Style Palace
Featured on the tour is an exceptional dinner at Milan's grandest private palace, of the Baroque style, welcomed by the hosts, international patrons of the arts. The palace is decorated in a Lombard style, and houses a unique collection of art from the 14th to 21st Centuries.
Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta
Included in the tour of Lake Como and the Countryside is a visit to Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta, first built in 1585 by Count Pirro I Visconti Borromeo with architect Martino Bassi. Inspired by the Medici villas in Tuscany, this vast estate houses an exceptional collection of mosaics, statues, frescoes, and more.
Private Luncheon at Villa Cicogna Mozzoni
The group will enjoy a private luncheon with Conte Jacopo Cicogna Mozzoni at his exquisite villa featuring unique Renaissance frescoes and elaborate gardens.
Gardens of Villa Melzi
This tour includes a visit to the gardens of Villa Melzi in Bellagio, a Grande Giardini Italiani, commissioned by Luigi Canonica. The axis of the garden extends up the slope from Lake Como to a high point above the Villa, offering spectacular views.
Private luncheon at Villa Sommi Picenardi
Participants will enjoy a private luncheon with the owners at the magnificent Villa Sommi Picenardi. This villa features a remarkable example of terraced Italian gardens and is composed of a mansion with an adjoining chapel dedicated to San Galdino, dating back to 1703.
Villa Sola Cabiati
This tour will conclude with a farewell dinner with the owners at the 16th Century Villa Sola Cabiati, often described as the pearl of Lake Como. This elegant villa was transformed into the summer home for the Dukes of Serbelloni in the 18th Century.
- Private Turin & Milan: Accommodations at 5-star Grand Hotel Sitea in Turin for four nights
- Private Turin & Milan: Accommodations at 5-star Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan for four nights
- Lake Como and the Countryside: Accommodations at 5-star hotel and spa the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni for three nights