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Below you will find a list of excursions which take place during the Annual Meeting. These excursions are organised by New Aurameeting and can be booked by sending an e-mail to

SETAC Europe is not responsible for the bookings made through New Aurameeting.

Saturday, 14 May

The Joint Research Centre Ispra kindly invites all participants to the JRC Open Day, which will take place on the 14th of May at the premises of the JRC Ispra site. Please note, this tour is not organised by New Aurameeting.

Sunday, 15 May

Walking Tour in the City Center
3 – 5 p.m.
Meeting Point: 2:30 p.m. at Milano Convention Centre (MIC)
Return: around 5:30 p.m. at MIC
Price per person (including transfer and guides): €30

Tours Tours

A must for all those who visit Milan for the first time, this tour includes the most famous monuments of the city, universally praised as Italian art masterpieces: The Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza della Scala with the famous theatre, Castello Sforzesco, Loggia dei Mercanti and Via Dante with its café and shops.

All the inside visit of the monuments are not included.

Monday, 16 May

Tour of the Secrets of Castello Sforzesco
10 a.m. – Noon
Meeting Point: 9:30 a.m. at MIC
Return: Free
Price per person (including transfer and guides): €35
Additional info: comfort dress and shoes


The most interesting part of the Castello Sforzesco’s underground passages is the circuit of the Secret Covered Road and its spin-offs, almost all of which lead to the artillery osts of the so-called Ghirlanda (ring). These were part of the complex that once defended the Castle on the side facing the open country. The passages are lined with uncovered bricks. Numerous large doors probably existed once - as can be deduced by the presence of hinges - whose function was to prevent the enemy from running rampant in case one of the rooms was taken. In some parts of the underground network, passageways were dug into the walls. These are clearly visible due to their very regular surface. These works were probably carried out in the early nineteenth century, by Napoleon’s order, to contain mine pits - intended to raze to the ground the Visconti-Sforza nucleus of the Castle - and which were never used. The tunnels leading off from the Secret Covered Road contain cement pipes that descend from the vault and are buried into the floors. These are most likely what remains of the disposal system for waste from the overlying rooms of the Ghirlanda, installed before the Ghirlanda itself was pulled down and turned into barracks. This means other ancient underground rooms, reused as static pits, remain to be discovered.

Tours Tours

Lunch in a typical restaurant in the city center (optional)
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Restaurant: tbc
Price per person: €25
Available for those attending both the full day and half day tour

Museum of ‘900
2:30 – to 4:30 p.m.
Meeting Point: 2:15 p.m. in front of the ticket office of the Museum of ‘900 (Duomo Square)
Return: around 5 p.m. at MIC
Price per person (including transfer, guide and museum ticket): €35


The Museo del Novecento (Museum of the Twentieth Century), located in the Palazzo dell'Arengario in Duomo Square, is a public venue dedicated to the exhibition of Milan's collection of Twentieth-Century Art. The incomparable collection of the Museo del Novecento bears witness to the history of Italian art from the Avantgarde at the beginning of the 20th Century to nowadays.

The collection includes several art movements as Futurism, the Novecento Movement, Spatialism, the Concrete Art Movement and the Arte Povera Movement, as well as prominent artistic figures, including Boccioni, Carrà, Soffici, De Chirico, Sironi, Martini, Morandi, Fontana, Manzoni, Kounellis and many others.

Tuesday, 17 May

The Last Supper + Codex Atlanticus + S. Maria Delle Grazie Church
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Point: 4 p.m. at MIC
Return: around 7 p.m. at MIC
Price per person (including transfer, guide and museum fees): €40


The refectory of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, near homonym church, retains one of the most famous paintings in the world: the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

Carried on the north wall of the hall between 1494 and 1498, during the dominion of Ludovico il Moro, the work was painted by Leonardo in "dry" instead of the fresco technique traditionally adopted for the murals. The performance, environmental conditions and historical events over the centuries have led to a serious deterioration of the work, already documented a few years after its conclusion. Over time there have been numerous renovations, the last of which, completed in 1999 and carried out with the latest scientific methods, has recovered the original drafts of color and removed where possible, repainting overlapping in various speeches.

Exposure of the sheets of the Codex Atlanticus, the incredible collection of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, will make available to the public a glimpse of the genius of the Master that better than anyone, knew how to perceive the connection between the forces of nature and benefits that humanity could draw.

There will be 24 exhibitions until 2015 divided by themes, the exhibit shows the famous 1119 paper code object. It is the largest collection of Leonardo's sheets. The name comes from its large size, typical of an atlas.

Wednesday, 18 May

Tour of Lake Como
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Meeting Point: 9 a.m. at MIC
Return: around 6 p.m. at MIC
Price per person (including transfer, guide, lunch and boat ticket): €130


Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Verbano, and is ringed with scenic towns. On your cruise with private boat, admire the splendid lakeside villas and keep an eye out for Villa d'Este at Cernobbio, a luxurious hotel complete with tropical gardens. During the cruise, you will also admire the famous Isola Comacina, the only island of the Lake and the George Clooney’s villa in Laglio.

Docking at the delightful town of Bellagio, you can follow the steep lanes running up from the lake and stop at boutiques and cafes housed in historic buildings. The tour includes also a visit to the gardens of Villa Melzi d’Eril, the first example of an English garden in Lario. The garden was realised with great care, levelling terrain or building small hills with the goal of making the park seem larger than its true dimensions, among the garden's trees are scattered Egyptian, Etruscan-Roman, Renaissance and neo-classical sculptures. Then, you will have lunch in a typical restaurant next to the lake, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the entire lake.


Bellagio is Lario’s central headland cape of, by far one of the most beautiful tourist places, not only of Lake Como, but of the entire world.Its beauty has been praised, since the 16th century, by Italian and foreign visitors Bellagio’s charm is first and foremost panoramic, because from here is embraced with a glance, the better part of Lario. Add to that the splendid villas, the profuse lushness of the trees and flowers, the picturesque staircases, the variety of walks and paths, and you can understand how Bellagio merits the title the Pearl of Lake Como.

The tour ends with the visit of Duomo of Como and free time.


For information and reservation, please send an e-mail to by 15 April 2011.

The realization of the tour is subject to the achievement of a minimum number of participants; New Aurameeting will send a confirmation by 18 April 2011.