Moda Italiana: Fashion of Milan and Florence

Versace, Valentino, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana. These names conjure images of luxury, precision, beauty and, above all, Italian quality. Join L.A. Times Fashion Editor Marques Harper on an exciting expedition, exploring what it is that puts Italian fashion in a class of its own. Begin in Milan, one of the four most important fashion capitals in the world, and visit the Armani Museum, the Prada Foundation and the world renowned Instituto Marangoni, one of the premier fashion schools. Industry professionals and artists guide our explorations as we continue south to Florence, home to luxury brands such as Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Salvatore Ferragamo. Quickly becoming the fifth capital of fashion, Florence represents a convergence of fashion, art and tradition. Experience the tradition of Florentine fashion with a visit to artisans’ workshops in the Oltr’arno and the Palazzo Pitti’s Costume Gallery, which showcases the history of fashion in Italy. Throughout, meet with experts, designers and industry professionals for a unique, behind-the-scenes fashion expedition.

Nov 5-11, 2018

7 Days

6 Nights

Milan and Florence

Italy

Food, Music & Style

Itinerary
7 Days, 6 Nights

Trip Cost, Per Traveler

$6,795 double occupancy
(Single supplement: $1,600)
$500 Deposit
or Call 855.890.5298
Phone Hours - M-F, 7am – 5pm PT
Print Itinerary
Expedition Highlights

Attend a private cocktail reception at Bar Martini®, a chic collaboration between Martini® and Dolce & Gabbana, after visiting Dolce & Gabbana’s flagship store.

Learn about vintage jewelry and the art of accessorizing with Deanna Farneti, an expert in bijoux de couture.

Meet with Carla Sozzani, founder of the iconic Milan shopping complex, 10 Corso Como, to learn about the international success of the store.

Visit two of the top fashion schools in Italy to meet with up-and-coming Italian designers.

Enjoy a guided tour of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, followed by a private cocktail reception and accessorizing lesson by a visual merchandiser.

Our Expedition Experts
Marques Harper - LA Expeditions Expert

Marques Harper

Los Angeles Times Fashion Editor.

Day 1

Arrive in Milan

Arrive in Milan in the morning. Transfer to the hotel, and check in. In the afternoon, visit the Prada Foundation, housed in a beautifully renovated 1910 distillery. Meet with a curator to learn about the architecture and the foundation and its dedication to contemporary art and culture. Enjoy a coffee break in Bar Luce, designed by film director Wes Anderson. Gather this evening for a welcome reception dinner. (R,D)

Day 2

The Fashion Capital of Italy

Today, discover what makes Milan one of the top four fashion capitals of the world, alongside New York, Paris and London. Embark on a guided walking tour of the Quadrilatero district, which highlights some of the world’s most famous Italian fashion houses: Prada, Missoni, Versace, Armani, Gucci, Sergio Ross and, of course, Dolce & Gabbana. Stop at the vintage fashion studio La DoubleJ. There, meet with Deanna Farneti, an expert in bijoux de couture, to discuss vintage jewelry and the art of accessorizing. End the afternoon with a visit to the Dolce & Gabbana flagship store, on Corso Venezia, to learn about the shopping experience. This evening, enjoy a cocktail reception at Bar Martini®, a chic collaboration between Martini® and Dolce & Gabbana. (B,R)

Day 3

Italian Couture

Begin the morning with a visit to a vintage fashion studio. Continue to 10 Corso Como, also known as Galleria Carla Sozzani, an iconic shopping and dining complex. Hear from the founder, Carla Sozzani, about the international success of 10 Corso Como. Then visit the Instituto Marangoni, one of the top fashion schools in the world to hear about current fashion design in Milan. In the afternoon, step into the world of Giorgio Armani at the Armani museum. Discover the measured, timeless-aesthetic approach Armani took with his creations. (B)

Day 4

Italian Silk of Como

Depart Milan this morning, and travel to the Lake Como region, a haven for elites ranging from business to fashion. There, enjoy a guided visit of the Mantero Silk Factory, including the archive, printing plant and store. Founded in 1902, Mantero has been family-run for more than 80 years and is the leader in silk textiles. Enjoy lunch along the shore of beautiful Lake Como, known for its dramatic mountain vistas. Return to Milan, and board a first-class train to Florence. Enjoy the evening at leisure at one of Florence’s top restaurants. (B,L)

Day 5

The Houses of Gucci and Ferragamo

Begin today in Florence at the Gucci museum (subject to reopening schedule). Housed in the 14th century Palazzo della Mercanzia, the museum highlights the story of the Gucci fashion house, which launched in Florence in 1921. Speak with a curator about the rise of Gucci, then tour the museum’s rooms displaying its iconic pieces. Then attend a lecture on the future of fashion at Polimoda, ranked as the top fashion institute in Italy, and one of the top 10 in the world. Late this afternoon, enjoy a visit to Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, dedicated to the life and designs of Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo. Discover the artistic achievements of this iconic designer with a guided tour of the museum, followed by a private cocktail reception and accessorizing lesson by a visual merchandiser. (B,L,R)

Day 6

Fashion of the Italian Renaissance

Spend the morning in the maze-like Oltr’arno neighborhood of Florence, visiting artisan workshops practicing traditional methods. With each visit, step back into Renaissance Florence and see the early influences on today’s fashion world: visit the handmade leather shoe studio of Roberto Ugolini, the costume jewelry studio of Angela Caputi and the workshop of metalworkers Carlo Cecchi & Giuliano Ricchi, whose designs have reached such clients as Christian Dior. Continue your exploration of Renaissance fashion with a guided tour of the Palazzo Pitti Costume Gallery, which is dedicated to the history of fashion in Italy. The gallery is home to more than 6,000 pieces, ranging from 18th century dresses to creations by Roberto Cavalli, Versace and Prada. Return to modern fashion with a curator-led tour at the Roberto Capucci Foundation. View Capucci’s spectacular dresses, which are known for unusual form, structure and design. Toast your farewell this evening with a reception and dinner at a local Florentine restaurant. (B,R,D)

Other Expeditions You Might Like

Plunder: Art Theft in World War II Vienna

$500 Deposit
$6,295 per traveler, double occupancy
7 Days, 6 Nights
Vienna, Austria
Art & Architecture

On this seven-day expedition, uncover the history, drama and tragedy of art theft during World War II Vienna while visiting the city's top museums, tracing the footsteps of Vienna's Jews before and after the war, and meeting with top experts in the field of art to learn about the complicated issues surrounding art, law and restitution. Departs April 17 and Nov. 6, 2018.

Deborah Vankin - LA Expeditions Expert Expedition Expert
Deborah Vankin
Jessica Gelt - LA Expeditions Expert Expedition Expert
Jessica Gelt
View Trip

Mexico Today: History, Politics and Culture

$500 Deposit
$5,995 per traveler, double occupancy
8 Days, 7 Nights
Mexico City, Mexico
History & Politics

Mexico is as familiar as it is exotic, the countryside serene as the city streets are chaotic, and its moda de vida both modern and traditional. Discover Mexico’s challenges while celebrating its dynamic culture and history. See why Mexico City is considered an international trendsetter today, alongside an exploration of its past. Departs May 17 and Oct. 18, 2018.

Carolina Miranda - LA Expeditions Expert Expedition Expert
Carolina Miranda
View Trip