Social & cultural events

Attenzione: apre in una nuova finestra.

The OESO Conferences are, of course,

  • 10 hours of intense daily work during 4 days,
  • But, also the result of intensive, imaginative planning of “cultural and social events” that we wish each time to be original and memorable. Different leads have already been explored in Como, and we can already say that, once again, we will not let you down.

Opening Ceremony

  • Teatro Sociale di Como – Saturday, September 1, 2012 – 6.30 pm

To welcome the Congress, OESO has chosen the “Teatro Sociale” in Como.
 It’s behind the Duomo, and its architecture, as a Greek temple, will invite us to share a privileged moment.
 In this 18th Century building, strains of classical Italian opera and dance will put OESO’s guests in the mood for the 4 day ”Avventura Italiana” on the shores of the Lake Como, in the romanticism and extraordinary beauty of one of the most fascinating scenic places in the world.

The old red curtain of Teatro Sociale guards the memories of Opera famous voices, of perceptible Dancing bodies, of endless emotions of Music. The old guardian of the theatre, aware of all its secrets, lives an ideal journey, leading the audience ‘beyond the curtain’. A poetical and visionary journey, on the traces of the  artists that have been here, revealing the soul of the place and the rhythm of time, in the everlasting emotion combining and blending stage and audience.

Accompanying persons

– Complimentary visit to a renowned French Maison in Milan


Jewels have always been considered as an expression of creativity, being as well objects of desire and emblems of ostentatious power.

Diamonds, precious stones of excellence, in their different declinations, from engagement rings to tiaras, represent the greatest expression of all these elements, thanks to their strong symbolic value.

A renowned French Maison will host you in the context of the “Quadrilatero” in Milan for a journey into the world of jewelry creations in which diamonds are the absolute.

An experience that conjugates culture and pleasure with a touch of glamor, that will enchant jewelry lovers and any one passionate about art and beauty.

Meeting Point: Grand Hotel Como

-  departure 2.00 p.m

-  return 6.30 p.m

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Gala Evening

  • at Villa Erba – Monday, September 3, 2012 – 8.00 pm

A dazzling evening "Belle Epoque",  evocating Luchino Visconti movie “The Leopard” (Il Gattopardo – 1963) during which you will participate to a Waltz Contest !

You can’t imagine the beauty of this spot, and the extraordinary, magnificent atmosphere of the interior…

The Gala dinner will be held at the Villa Erba, a mansion built in the late 19th Century with its private dock on the Lake Como, which was  the scene of elaborate receptions with prestigious guests from the cultural, political, and industrial worlds of that time.
 In the 1920s, the Villa passed to Carla Erba who became the wife of Duke Giuseppe Visconti of Modrone, the parents of of the renowned director Luchino Visconti, who lived in the Villa.

You, at the OESO Gala, will be special guest of Mr Jean-Marc Droulers, the master of the place.
 You will attend a “Belle Epoque” evening where you will dine and dance in the splendid ballroom in which the final grand scene was shot for the greatest of Visconti’s films, the 1963 “The Leopard”.
 For the occasion, men will be expected to have a mustache, and women to come with a hair adornment.

Dress code: Any “Gala” attire acceptable.

Tours and Excursions

Make the most of your stay and enjoy the beauty of Como. Book one of the following available tours, by filling in the form and sending it by email to Questo indirizzo e-mail è protetto dallo spam bot. Abilita Javascript per vederlo. or by fax +39 051309477 within 15th July 2012.

(All prices are VAT included) Date Duration Departure Fee
Como City Tour 1
Saturday, Sept 1
2,5 hours at 2:30 pm € 22
Lake Cruise – Villas & Gardens
Villas Balbaniello & Carlotta
Sunday, Sept 2
4 hours at 9:00 am € 90
Como City Tour 2
Sunday, Sept 2 2,5 hours at 2:30 pm € 22
Wine tasting Sunday, Sept 2 1 hour at 7:00 pm € 25
Shopping Tour Fox Town Monday, Sept 3
4 hours at 9:00 am € 38
Lake Cruise 2 – Bellagio and Varenna 
Monday, Sept 3 4 hours at 2:00 pm € 70

Como City Tour

Como, the lake’s capital town, surrounded by hills and mountains, lies on the tip of the south western branch. It boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods. This itinerary includes the Cathedral and its magnificent interiors, the Broletto Palace, the Romanic Basilica of San Fedele and its homonymous small Piazza, Porta Torre, the city main door, and the city’s walls. Walking down the medieval neighbourhood of the Cortesella, you’ll reach Piazza Volta and the lake promenade with its beautiful Neoclassical Villas

Date: September 1st /September 2nd
: at 10:00 a.m. / 02:00 p.m.
: 2,5 hours
: € 22,00 per person with licensed English speaking guide

Lake Cruise 1 – Villas & Gardens Villas Balbaniello & Carlotta

The lake must be seen from the lake.
Private cruise on the most enchanting and romantic lake in Italy. While cruising, it will be possible to admire all the most beautiful and important villas which dot the lake shores. From Villa Olmo to Villa d’Este, Villa Erba former home of Luchino Visconti, Villa Fontanelle of the Versace family, Villa Oleandra of Mr. Clooney, the top luxury Villa Cassinella of Mr. Branson. Stop for visits at the masterpiece of Villa Balbianello, natural setting for Star Wars, Casino Royale and a Month by the Lake, with its magic atmosphere and its remote location on the top of a promontory and at Villa Carlotta, with the superb botanic garden and the statues of Canova.

The visit to Villa Balbianello, only gardens, last 45 minutes. The visit to Villa Carlotta last 75 minutes. Always by boat, back to Como. All boats have seats at disposal inside and outside

Date: September 2nd
Duration: 4 hours
Departure: at 09:00 a.m.
Cost: € 90,00 per person
Includes: private boat at disposal for 4 hours, pilot, fuel, licensed English speaking guide, entry ticket to Villa Balbianello and Villa Carlotta

Wine tasting

Food and wine have aprimary importance in Italian culture and, with no doubt, they are worldwide known for quality and taste. An introduction about how to correctly taste wine, involving 3 of our 5 senses: sight, smell, taste. With the help of a professional sommelier you will be guided in the fascinating and charming world of wine.

Date: September 2nd
Duration: 1 hour
Departure: at 06:00 p.m.
Cost: € 25,00 per person
Includes: professional sommelier, introduction and 3 wines on taste

Shopping Tour Fox Town

A full immersion in shopping.
In the Factory Outlet Center, the most famous international companies offer their products at factory prices directly to the customer, with a discount from 30% to 70%. In this way companies find a commercial solution for liquidating their surplus production or stock of the previous season, guaranteeing the quality of the merchandise. The Factory stores are just what the smart shopper needs: no wonder, for here you'll find the same outstanding quality, friendly service and unique shopping experience that you can find in the most exclusive stores - but at much lower prices.

At FoxTown there are 160 prestigious stores,
250 big brands at factory prices,
1'200 free parking places, 1 Casino,
7 bars and restaurants and... fun for the whole family.

Date: September 3rd
Duration: 4 hours
Departure: at 02:00 p.m.
Cost: € 38,00 per person
Includes: round trip private transfer
from Como to Mendrisio and disposal

Lake Cruise 2 – Bellagio and Varenna

A fantastic cruise dedicated to the most beautiful villages of Lake Como: Bellagio and Varenna.
During the navigation it is possible to admire all the most beautiful Villas of the lake, as described in program “Villas and Gardens”. The stops for sightseeing will be in Bellagio, known as “the pearl of the lake” with all its numerous shops spread along the typical stairs. Following stop in Varenna, another enchanting and picturesque place, where to stroll around and sip a drink admiring a wonderful scenery. Always by boat, back to Como.

Date: September 3rd
Duration: 4 hours
Departure: at 02:00 p.m.
: € 70,00 per person
: private boat at disposal for 4 hours,
pilot, fuel, English speaking assistant