5 Places to Visit in Milan during ESH 2017

The ESH Annual Meeting is held in Milan every second year (odd numbered years) and in other European cities on even numbered years. Meeting attendees have access to an array of scientific programs related to research in basic and clinic areas in hypertension with lectures on the latest innovations, satellite symposia and teaching sessions.

As you might have already guessed, in 2017, the annual European Hypertension Meeting will be held in Milan between the 16th and the 19th of June. And because Milan is such a wonderful city, it would be an idea to take this opportunity and do some sightseeing. In that sense, we’ve selected 5 important places that you can visit while in Milan.


Santa Maria Presso di San Satiro

This is a 9th century church with Gothic frescoes, wooden sculptures and trompe l’oeil paintings. The latter refers to an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. Although the church itself is quite small, the interior makes up for all that it lacks in size.

The Gothic frescos, two bays and a vaulted ceiling actually date back to the 9th century, while a wooden sculpture of St. Christopher and baby Jesus is from the 14th century. It was in the 15th century that architect Donato Bramante added the Church of Saint Mary as an adjacent to the original structure. He was also the one who added the trompe l’oeil paintings in an attempt to make the church look larger. This was the first known use of the trompe l’oeil painting technique.

Santa Maria Presso di San Satiro

Royal Palace of Milan

The Palace is situated on Piazza del Duomo in central Milan and it is home to the Contemporary Art Museum and the Duomo Cathedral Museum. Covering 7,000m², the palace was the center of Milan government in the Middle Ages and during the rule of Torriani, Visconti and Sforza. During the 17th and 18th century the palace was damaged by fires and restored in 1745.

It became the home of successive rulers including Maria Theresa, Napoleon, Ferdinand I and the Savoy family. In 1920, the palace was opened to the general public. In 1943, during WWII, the building was bombed and later restored. The only part of the palace that survived bombings  is the Hall of the Caryatides (Sala delle Cariatidi) which is also one of the building’s most stunning rooms.


Piazza del Duomo

This is the main square site of the Duomo, the city’s cathedral, and other historic buildings. It is considered to be the heart of the city. The square is surrounded by the Palazzo Settentrionale with a triumphal arch leading to the 5 storey high Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade; the Royal Palace of Milan; the Palazzo Meridionale; Palazzo dell’Arenario; Palazzo Carminati and two symmetrical modernist buildings known as the propylaea.

The statue of Victor Emmanuele II, the first king of unified Italy, has been standing at the centre of the square from 1896.


Santa Maria delle Grazie

The church in the Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco The Last Supper. Da Vinci spent 2 years (between 1495 and 1497) painting the scene of the Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. Although the painting suffered some damage during WWII and Napoleon’s times, it is still one of the most iconic paintings out there.

The church is also worth taking a look at. It was completed in 1490 and the vaults have frescos dating back to the original construction of the building.


Discover Michelangelo’s unfinished masterpiece

The Castello Sforzesco is home to one of the city’s most precious, yet often overlooked,  artworks: Michelangelo’s final, uncompleted sculpture, the Pietà Rondanini. In 2015, the sculpture was moved to a new, purpose-built display area at the castle and shouldn’t be missed.


Accommodation for ESH 2017 & Milan sightseeing

If you’re going to Milan for ESH 2017, it would be a pity not to visit this wonderful city. You know what they say: mix business with pleasure whenever possible.

We can help you find the right accommodation for ESH 2017 in 6 of the best hotels in Milan:

Uptown Palace Hotel – 4 stars

Visconti Palace Hotel – 4 stars

Hotel Cavour – 4 stars

Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo – 4 stars

Melia Milano Hotel – 5 stars

Westin Palace Milano – 5 stars

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7 Things to Do in Amsterdam while on a Business Trip

Travelling to Amsterdam? Lucky you! It’s one of the best places to visit in Europe. With more than one million inhabitants in its urban area, Amsterdam is Netherland’s largest city, as well as the country’s financial, cultural, and creative centre.

The name Amsterdam derives from the city’s history and origin as “dam” on river “Amstel”. Amsterdam is also known as Venice of the North because of its lovely canals and its impressive number of bridges ( there 1,500 bridges in Amsterdam!).

This amazing city attracts over 7 million international travellers annually, thus being one of the most popular destinations in Europe.

It is said that there’s something to do for every traveller in Amsterdam. Therefore, coming up with a list of 7 things that you can do during a business trip there wasn’t that difficult.

Hop on your bike for the best sightseeing experience

In Amsterdam, cycling has become a way of life, with over 800,000 bicycles in the city. You will soon see that Amsterdam is one of the world’s most cycle-friendly cities, as this is the best way to explore the city’s streets, canals and attractions. Cycling in Amsterdam is not only safe but also enjoyable and easy. There are plenty of places where you can rent bikes, such as MacBike and Rent-A-Bike. To make sure you won’t miss anything, you can book a guided tour from the Yellow Bike company.

Bicycle CC BY

Stop at Museumplein

This is considered to be the cultural heart of Amsterdam and is situated in Oud-Zuid (Old-South), one of Amsterdam’s most elegant neighbourhoods, with impressive manors and chic boutiques. This is where you can visit the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. Alternatively, you could spend some quality time in Vondelpark which, we guarantee, is one of the most beautiful parks in Europe.

Visit Anne Frank’s house

The Prinsengracht house is where diarist and writer Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for two years during World War II, after fleeing persecution in Germany. Although the front of the house is now a museum, the back annex was left untouched to show the difficult times that families hiding there were put through. In the museum, you will find all sorts of documents, photos, and objects that actually belonged to the people hiding there. Anne’s original diary and other notebooks can also be found in the museum.


Go on a canal cruise

Amsterdam’s Canal Ring was built in the 17th century to keep the sea at bay and is now an UNESCO protected site. Each year, Amsterdam’s canals host a number of events on or alongside the water (e.g. King’s Day, the Gay Pride Canal Parade, the Grachtenfestival, etc).

There are many different canal cruises that you can choose from. You can either hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours or attend night time cruises with food and wine. Here is where you can find out more about Amsterdam canal cruises.

Do a bit of vintage shopping

When it comes to shopping in Amsterdam, everyone heads to Kalverstraat which can be compared to London’s Oxford Street. However, if you really want to purchase one-of-a-kind items (from vintage accessories and second hand designer apparel to retro furniture), you should definitely take a walk on the Nine Streets. These connect the main canals between Leidsegracht and Raadhuisstraat and contain some of the most unique shops in the city.

The Nine Streets area was constructed in the first half of the 17th century and is now home to a multitude of restaurants, cafés, galleries and amazing shops.

To access a list of shops and locations, visit the 9 Streets website.


Visit the Rijksmuseum

This is one of Amsterdam’s most well-known museums. It is home to a wide variety of artefacts that reflect more than 800 years of Dutch history, including painting from famous artists like Rembrandt and Van Gogh and historic art by Vermeer and Frans Hals. The museum’s large collection also includes Delftware, sculptures, archaeological artefacts, clothing, Asian art, prints, items from Dutch maritime history and many other.

Visit the only floating flower market in the world

The Bloemenmarkt was founded in 1862 and it is located on Singel between Muntplein and Koningsplein in the city’s southern canal belt. There are 15 florists and garden shops which stand on the houseboats. Visitors can purchase tulips, narcissus and other bulbs and flowers. In December, the market also sells green Christmas trees.


Accommodation for EAN 2017 & Amsterdam sightseeing

If you’re going to Amsterdam for EAN 2017, it would be a pity not to visit this wonderful city and attend at least one of the events above. You know what they say: mix business with pleasure whenever possible.

We can help you find the right accommodation for EAN 2017 in 7 of the best hotels in Amsterdam:

  1.     Sir Albert Hotel – 4 stars
  2.     Mercure Hotel City – 4 stars
  3.     NH City Centre – 4 stars
  4.     DoubleTree Centraal Station – 4 stars
  5.     WestCord Fashion Hotel – 4 stars
  6.      JAZ Amsterdam Hotel – 4 stars
  7.     Ramada Apollo Centre – 4 stars

Travelling to Amsterdam for EAN 2017? Book your accommodation now!

Attending the 2017 European Cancer Congress (ECCO) in Amsterdam? Here’s what you should know

The 2017 edition of the European Cancer Congress (ECCO 2017) will be held in Amsterdam between the 27th and the 30th of January. It will cover the latest innovations in the field of Oncology. The programme will revolve around 4 main areas of interest: multidisciplinarity, outcome research, Health economics of cancer care and organization of cancer care delivery. You can read about what each of these 4 pillars will cover on their official page.

Important congress deadlines and information

The abstract submission opened on April 25th and will close on August 25th. You can submit your fellowship application by August 30th ,submit a late breaking abstract between November 23rd and December 7th and pay a regular rate by November 28th.

Here are your rates if you register today.


Amsterdam in winter


There are plenty of things to do in festive Amsterdam during winter months, from spending time in cosy pubs to attending different events. When temperatures drop in Amsterdam, fun begins! Here are some events you may wish to attend while in Amsterdam:

Jumping Amsterdam – from January 26th to January 29th

Jumping Amsterdam 2015 - © Luifoto.nl
Jumping Amsterdam 2015 – © Luifoto.nl

This annual event takes place at the RAI Amsterdam and gathers internationally renowned riders, including Olympic champions. Jumping Amsterdam features show jumping and dressage competitions with the best dressage riders who come from all over the word. Events include the Grand Prix, the World Cup to music and the Amsterdam Dressage & Show Night.

During Jumping Amsterdam, there are also shows and evening entertainment, as well as an exhibition area and several bars and restaurants where visitors can hang out.

Food Soul Festival – from January 27th to January 29th

During the Food Soul Festival, the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam Noord is turned into a huge restaurant filled with mobile kitchens serving up delicious dishes to visitors.

The dishes are specific to different places on the globe. There is also a wine bar and a bar where you can purchase all sorts of craft beers to accompany your tasty meal.


IMPRO Amsterdam – from January 25rd to January 30th


The 21th edition of IMPRO Amsterdam will take place from the 25th to the 30th of January in the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam.

The event aims to bring together the best impro players worldwide on the same stage.

During the festival week, visitors will be able to attend various shows, workshops, IMPRO talks, an open stage representations.

In case you’re wondering what impro theatre refers to, this is a popular, spontaneous theatrical form which relies on characters, plotlines and dialogue being created on the spot. That means: no rehearsals and no previously created stories. Everything happens on the spot with input from the audience. Therefore, each performance is incredibly original!

At IMPRO Amsterdam, you’ll have the chance to meet people from all around the world. In the past years, they had visitors from Belgium, Germany, UK, Switzerland, France, Slovenia, Finland, Portugal, Croatia, Brazil, Canada, and the USA .


Accommodation for ECCO 2017 & Amsterdam sightseeing

If you’re going to Amsterdam for ECCO 2017, it would be a pity not to visit this wonderful city and attend at least one of the events above. You know what they say: mix business with pleasure whenever possible.

We can help you find the right accommodation for ECCO 2017 in 5 of the best hotels in Amsterdam:

  1.     Citizen M City – 4 stars
  2.     Crowne Plaza Amsterdam – 4 stars
  3.     NH Carlton Amsterdam – 4 stars
  4.     WestCord City Centre Hotel – 3 stars
  5.     WestCord Fashion Hotel – 4 stars

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