The Conference Social Programme
Some details of social events at the HIC2018 can be found below – more details will be provided as they become available.
Monday 2nd July – The Welcome Ice-Breaker
The organizing committee is pleased to welcome the participants to the large courtyard of the ancient Theatines Convent (17th century), today the School of Legal and Economic Sciences of the University of Palermo, with refreshing drinks and some typical Sicilian delicacies. The welcome venue is in the Palermo historic center close to Quattro Canti, officially known as “Piazza Vigliena”, a Baroque square which is at the crossing of the two principal streets in Palermo, the “Via Maqueda” and the “Corso Vittorio Emanuele”, and recognized as one of the first major examples of town planning in Europe.
To reach the meeting venue from the conference building (25 minutes’ walk), delegates will be able to enjoy the most ancient street of Palermo “ù Cassaru” (in Sicilian), known as “Corso Vittorio Emanuele”. The street is rooted in the age of the foundation of Palermo by the Phoenicians. It provides access to a number of important sights, including the Royal Palace (also known as “Palazzo dei Normanni”) and the Cathedral, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After the Ice-Breaker, the delegates will then be free to move on to restaurants of their choice and to explore the Palermo’s night life.
Wednesday 4th July – The Gala Dinner
The HIC 2018 Gala Dinner will be held at the old Bathing Establishment of Mondello which today hosts the prestigious “Alle Terrazze” restaurant.
Since its inauguration in 1912, the Bathing Establishment has been synonym of beauty and elegance, with the innovative concrete structure, the wide windows opening on the horizon and the terraces stretching on the sea. One of a kind, it is one of the most beautiful examples of the Art Nouveau in Europe. This stunning venue is located in the small borough of the city of Palermo, Mondello. It was originally a small fishing village, but at the end of the 19th century it grew into a tourist destination. Mondello is characterized by a sandy bay of tropical colors that binds the two promontories, called Monte Gallo and Monte Pellegrino, with a coastline of white sand that nowadays is little more than 1.5 kilometers long. The numerous Liberty style villas on the seafront promenade make it an important landmark in the history of international modernism.
The Accompanying Person Programme
Accompanying persons are similarly to the conference participants also warmly welcome.
The conference has organized for them a pleasant stay with a rich social programme, giving them the opportunity to enjoy as well as discover the culture and the history of Palermo and Sicily.
Accompanying persons’ registration will be done through the HIC 2018 account of the participant they are accompanying.
The accompanying person registration fee includes:
- Welcome reception
- Palermo Arab-Norman Mini-Tour (first come, first served)
- Welcome Ice-Breaker
- Gala Dinner
- Transfer from and to the Gala Dinner location
Palermo half-day tours
HIC 2018 is pleased to offer the conference accompanying persons the very best.
Several tours have been arranged from them (at an extra cost):
- Tour 1: Tuesday, 3 July 2018 (morning) – Monreal Historical tour
- Tour 2: Wednesday, 4 July 2018 (morning) – Mondello Chilling in the Blue
- Tour 3: Thursday, 5 July 2018 (morning) – Sicilian Folk Cooking
- Tour 4: Thursday, 5 July 2018 (evening) – Street food walk
For more details, download here.
Closing Conference Tour
We have arranged a interesting guided tour to the Mothia Island, a Phoenician settlement, located inside the Natural Reserve of the Lagoon of Marsala. Mothia and the lagoon, called Stagnone are of natural, historical, archaeological and technical interest.
The city of Mothia, of which the name perhaps originated from an oriental word that means “standing water”, satisfied the conditions typical of several other Phoenician settlements: it was on a small island near the coast, surrounded by shallow waters, thus able to secure a good defence against enemy attacks and at the same time provide a safe anchorage for ships. From the archaeological point of view Mothia was and is one of the research laboratories most fruitful and promising in the Mediterranean, having been preserved intact for an extension of 45 hectares.
The Natural Reserve of the Lagoon of Marsala is characterized by shallow and very salty water, which has favoured the settlement of numerous salt marshes. Inside the lagoon, beside the islands of Mothia and Santa Maria, there is a slightly submerged relict Phoenician road, which is effective in reducing flow, thus creating a low-flushing sub-basin to the North-East. In the presence of a small tidal range, the lagoon flushing is expected to be mainly due to wind. Among the most important floral species are the Aleppo pine, dwarf palm, bamboo cane, the calendula maritima, salicornia (with fleshy trunk), sea scilla, the sea lily and rushes. The area of the Lagoon is also populated by many species of birds including larks, finches, magpies, plovers and calenders. The waters of the Lagoon, rich in fish, are populated by a very rich fauna including anemones, sea flakes, murex, from which the Phoenicians used to extract a valuable purple dyeing textiles, and about forty different species of fish including bass, sea bream, bream and sole, the bottom is instead characterized by the presence of posidonia oceanica.
The itinerary includes the visit to the Mozia Island and to the archaeological museum, the lunch and the trasport from/to Palermo.
This tour is for the first 150 purchasers, specially arranged by the organizing committee to showcase the beauty of Sicily. You may pay the conference tour registration fee by your account page after the registration to the conference.
We will send an email to inform you when it is possible to book the tour.
Rate per person: 70 €
Save the date: Friday 6th July
Post Conference Tours
HIC 2018 participants who wish to extend their stay in this beautiful country and grab at the opportunity to visit a few more of its cultural and natural wonders will find that the conference has arranged a few post-conference tour options for them (at an extra cost):
- 1-DAY TOUR: Etna and Taormina – Saturday, 7 July 2018
- 3-DAY TOUR: Travel like a local – from 7 to 9 July 2018
- 5-DAY TOUR: Along the eastern coast towards Vigata (Montalbano tour!) – from 7 to 11 JULY 2018
More details are available here.