20-25 October 2013
Treviso, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Social events and Companion programme

Social events and Companion programme

 

SOCIAL EVENTS:
 
WELCOME PARTY: it will be held on Sunday Oct. 20 (hr: 19:30) at the “Hotel B4 Treviso -  Maggior Consiglio”, conference site. All the registered participants to the Symposium are entitled to participate.
Accompanying persons and Exhibitors are invited to participate (free entrance).
 
SOCIAL TOUR: a tour to the scenic town of “Asolo”, on the hills surrounding Treviso, and visit to the Palladian villa "Villa Barbaro di Maser", a UNESCO World Heritage site, including local wine tasting ( http://www.villadimaser.it/en ), is scheduled on Wednesday Oct.  23 (for details, see “Companion Program” section).
The cost is 40,00 euro per person and must be booked in advance in the Registration Form and pre-paid.
Departure time from the
“Hotel B4 Treviso -  Maggior Consiglio”, conference site: hr 14:00.

CONFERENCE DINNER:  it will be served on Thursday Oct 24 (hr 20:30) in the very attractive and fine dining restaurant of the amazing 16th century venetian villa "Villa Corner", few kilometer from Treviso ( http://www.villacorner.it/index.php?lang=en ).
 
The dinner ticket for accompanying persons and exhibitors costs 70,00 euro.
 
The participation to the conference dinner must be indicated in the Registration Form.
Please, report on the Registration form any dietary restrictions.
 
 
COMPANION PROGRAM:

The companions’ programme includes some guided visits to interesting places in Treviso and its surrounding towns and cities:
 
 
Monday, October 21, 2013  - Discovering Venezia (Venice)
(a multi-choice programme)
 
 
1 - DISCOVER VENICE – Walking tour in “Minor Venice”
 
This tour will take the Visitors to the area between St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge with an extraordinary guided-tour of the so-called "Minor Venice" including the famous “La Fenice Theatre” , the “Rialto” area and “Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo”.

During this fascinating walking tour an expert tour guide will tell you curious anecdotes and historical facts of its thousand-year long history until the present day. You will admire from the outside some of the most special areas of Venice and experience the unique enchanting maze of “campi”, “campielli”, “calli” and “canali”.
 
Price per person: 20,00 Euro
Including: guided visit (train or bus ticket  not included)
Duration: about 1.5 hours
Departure time: 3.00 pm
Meeting point: Inside the tourist information office in San Marco Square n. 71/F near Correr Museum
Please, be aware: The tour will be suspended in case of bad weather.
 
Tour must be booked in advance in the Registration Form.
The fees are due at the Conference desk.
 
 
2 - A HALF DAY TO MURANO, BURANO and TORCELLO ISLES
 
An exhilarating boat trip though the Venetian Lagoon will introduce the Visitors to the history, art and folklore of the three major Venetian islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello. A half day tour to get in touch with ancient traditions handed down unchanged for centuries.
 
Located in the north of the historic city centre, Murano, Burano and Torcello are the faithful guardians of their culture and traditional handicrafts that have made them famous throughout the world: Murano stands out for its beautiful glass processing, Burano for lace making and the cheerful colourful buildings, Torcello for the many legends and mysteries that characterize its main monuments.
 
Price per person:  22,00 Euro
Including: guided tour, return boat journey (train or bus ticket not included)
Duration: half day
Departure time: 9.30 am; or 2.30 pm
Meeting point: Serenissima Boat Station in St. Mark’s Square (in front of the Old Prison building)
Please, be aware: The tour will be suspended in case of bad weather.
 
Tour must be booked in advance in the Registration Form.
The fees are due at the Conference desk.
 
 


Tuesday, October 22, 2013 -  HISTORIC TREVISO – Walking tour
 

The historic old town of Treviso is surrounded by the medieval city wall, which is crossed by three canals. Historic houses, long arcades, river islands and numerous picturesque places and corners characterise the city of Treviso. It is certainly worthwhile taking a walk through the old town to visit the main square “Piazza dei Signori”, the cathedral “Duomo San Pietro”, the “fish market” and many other sights (San Nicolò Church, San Francesco Church, Via Calmaggiore)
 
Price per person:  30,00 Euro (minimum participants: 6 pax)
Including: guided tour
Duration: about 2 hours
Departure time: 3:00 pm
Meeting point: City centre (precise meeting point will specified)
Please, be aware: The tour will be suspended in case of bad weather.
 
Note: Tour will be performed with a minimum of 6  participants and must be booked in advance in the Registration Form.
The fees are due at the Conference desk.
 
 
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 -  Social Tour
(for Delegates and Companions)
 
Asolo town and Villa Barbaro-Maser (with local wine tasting)
 
The scenic Hill town of Asolo, called the “pearl of the Marca” (of the province of Treviso), is located 34 km from Treviso. It dates back to pre-Roman era and is characterised by a glorious and unusual history.  The peaceful Asolo has been chosen as adopted homeland by famous figures such as the English poet Robert Browning, the actress Eleonora Duse and the explorer Freya Stark and others. At the end of the 1400's it was also home and prison to the Queen of Cyprus, Caterina Cornaro, to whom Venice offered the symbolic dominion of the town in exchange for rule over the Cypriot kingdom.
Asolo offers a rich artistic heritage, worth to be visited:  the centrally located “Piazza Garibaldi”  with its giant fountain still powered by an antique Roman aqueduct; the Queen Cornaro's castle; the Cathedral (1747) housing a masterpiece by Lorenzo Lotto (1506); “Casa Duse” and “Casa Longobarda” with its unique architecture; and many other fascinating places. Asolo cemetery houses Eleonora Duse and Freya Stark graves.
Not far from Asolo, in the town of Maser, it is located one of the masterpieces of Italian Renaissance architecture, included in the Unesco's "World Heritage List": “Villa Barbaro” also called “Villa Maser”. It has been built in 1550-1560 by Andrea Palladio, the Italian architect who revolutionized the way of perceiving architecture in the 16th Century, in a slightly elevated position on the slope of a hill. The interior of the villa is decorated with frescoes by Paolo Veronese who created one of the most extraordinary fresco cycles of the 16th century just here.
Nowadays “Villa Barbaro di Maser” is not just one of Andrea Palladio’s masterpieces but it is a working house, whose current owners still run the thriving farm, and whose wines are exported throughout the world.
In a farmhouse next to the Villa, Visitors will enjoy light refreshments along with guided wine-tasting.
 
Price per person:  40,00 Euro
Including: guided tour; entrance fee; light refreshments and wine tasting
Duration: a half day
Departure time: 2:00 pm
Meeting point: Micros2013 - Congress Centre
 
Tour must be booked in advance in the Registration Form and pre-paid.
 
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 – Vicenza and Palladio Architecture
 
One of the most charming and therefore most popular walking itineraries in Vicenza, is, without any doubt, the old town, on the path of the numerous monuments the celebrated architect Andrea Palladio (1508 - 1580) designed for Vicenza. The guided tour will illustrate the history of Vicenza through its art, especially the masterpieces of Palladio, undoubtedly one of the greatest architects of the Renaissance, emphasizing the evolution of Vicenza's town planning, in particular from the XV to the XVI centuries. At his death, Palladio left a completely different town compared to the one he found when he arrived in Vicenza, in his youth. The monuments included are: the unique “Teatro Olimpico”, the first indoor theater in masonry in the world, with interiors made of wood, stucco and plaster; “Chiericati Palace”, nowadays the city picture-gallery; “Cà d'oro” (a Venetian gothic style building), “Piazzetta Santo Stefano” with “Palazzo Sesso-Zen-Fontana”, “Palazzo Negri-De Salvi”, “Palazzo Thiene”, “Contra' Porti” and its palaces Porto-Festa, Porto-Colleoni, Porto-Breganze e Barbaran-Porto. The tour will end with a visit to the “Piazza dei Signori”, the main square of Vicenza with the “Captain Loggia” and the “Palladian Basilica”.
A veritable immersion in the city's unique Renaissance atmosphere.
The whole city of Vicenza is included in the list of the UNESCO World’s Heritages
 
Price per person:  30,00 Euro (minimum 6 pax); train ticket not included
Including: guided tour
Duration: 2.5 hours, walking tour
Departure time: 10:00 am
Meeting point: Vicenza railway station
 
Note: Tour will be performed with a minimum of 6  participants and must be booked in advance in the Registration Form.
The fees are due at the Conference desk.
 
Friday, October 25, 2013- HISTORIC PADOVA - Walking Tour
 
 
A visit to Padova (Padua) is a fully fascinating experience.
The origins of this city date a long way back in time, to  the mists of  prehistory. The Roman historian Livio (Livy) attributed its origins to the Trojan Antenor in 1000B.C., though in reality by that time the area was already populated by a highly-evolved civilisation, skilled in commerce. In the 1st century B.C. it became a Roman municipality.
Guided walk in the historical city centre will starts at St. Anthony’s  Basilica (inside if there are no religious  celebrations), the paduan shrine with the tomb and the reliquary of the Saint, and will continue walking through narrow streets right to the medieval heart of the city with its squares: “Piazza delle Erbe”, “Piazza della Frutta”. Here the tour guide will point out the finest and symbolic monument “Palazzo della Ragione” also called “Salone” for its enormous hanging hall, that for a long time was the biggest of its kind in the world, with its characteristic hollow-like roof. The guided walk continues in “Piazza dei Signori”, whose name refers to the Carraresi family that governed the city in the XIV century.  Right opposite the Municipal Palace stands the XVI century facade of the “Palazzo del Bo”, the ancient University seat, the oldest in Italy after Bologna, founded in 1222. It still houses, among other heritages, the “Galileo Galilei chair”, used by Galileo when taught at the University of Padova (between 1592 and 1610);  and the “Anatomy theatre”, with its impressive unique wooden structure, built in 1594 by Hieronymus Fabricius ab Acquapendente and designed by Fra' Paolo Sarpi, which is the oldest surviving medical lecture theatre in the world today.  Next to the “Bo” stands one of the most important European coffee-houses, the historical “Caffè  Pedrocchi”, founded in the 18th century by Antonio Pedrocchi and designed in neoclassical style by the architect Giuseppe Jappelli. It was friendly called for several years the “Café with no doors” because it actually remained open day and night according to its first owner’s wish A. Pedrocchi.
 
Price per person:  30,00 Euro (minimum participants: 6 pax); train or bus ticket not included
Including: guided tour
Duration: 2.5 hours, walking tour
Departure time: 10:30 am
Meeting point: Padova railway station (precise meeting point will be specified)
 
Note: Tour will be performed with a minimum of 6  participants and must be booked in advance in the Registration Form.
The fees are due at the Conference desk.