48 hours in ... Milan

C&IT highlights what delights are in store for delegates visiting the Italian city

DAY 1

9am: Arrive at one of Milan's three airports, Malpensa, Linate and the international airport Orio al Serio (Bergamo). Head straight to the city's expanded convention centre, MIC Plus, for a morning conference. The venue, managed by Fiera Milano Congressi, offers an auditorium for 1,500 delegates, an assembly hall for 4,500 and 73 meeting rooms from January 2011.

1pm: Check into the 228-room Westin Palace hotel, located near to the city's famous monuments. The period-style property offers a gym and 13 modular function rooms, the largest of which covers 4,831m2. Book delegates into a corner room for panoramic views of Il Duomo cathedral. Take lunch in the hotel's Casanova Restaurant, serving regional dishes in a refined environment.

3pm: Head to the nearby Pinacoteca di Brera for a taste of Milanese culture. The neoclassical building boasts a library, observatory, a botanic garden and the Academy of Fine Arts. Here, delegates can while away the afternoon admiring more than 400 works from artists including Raphael, Caravaggio, Andrea Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Fattori and Canaletto.

7pm: Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and city views on the hotel's 700m2 private roof terrace.

8pm: Enjoy dinner at the Lambruscheria restaurant, which opened in the Boscolo Exedra Hotel last year. It boasts cutting-edge decor by architect Italo Rota and a menu inspired by rustic local produce such as bolliti (boiled meats served with sauces), polpette meatballs and risotto Milanese.

DAY 2

9am: No itinerary is complete without a visit to Il Duomo, the gothic cathedral dating back to 1386. Take the lift to the roof to enjoy fabulous views and admire the building's stained-glass windows. Also essential is a visit to the refectory at the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see Leonardo da Vinci 's renowned Last Supper.

12.30pm: The Gente di Mare restaurant makes a stylish lunch stop, promising the French Riviera combined with Italian flair. It prides itself in the freshness of its fish, flown daily from the coast, and offers dishes such as the plateau de fruits de mer served with herb butter and homemade bread.

1.30pm: Visit the Teatro alla Scala museum, which tells the life of the opera house through a collection of musical instruments, portraits, busts and documents, before suprising delegates with matinee tickets. The opera house's 2010/11 season features 14 operas and six ballets.

7pm: Intercontinental Travel Company (ITC) offers the short Milan by Night tour, where delegates can take in sights such as the Regal Palace, the Gallery, Piazza Scala and the Town Hall in Piazza Marino.

9pm: Dine at the Hotel Maison Moschino, which opened in a former neoclassical railway station in March. The 65-room property's Clandestino Milano restaurant has capacity for 45. The chef's Italian sushi opts for balsamic vinegar and Italian herbs over wasabi and seaweed, and dishes include gnocchi with shellfish and parsley sauce.

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