ESF 2017 | Congress Program

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Participants arrival at Catania Airport
Shuttle transfer to the hotel
Dedicated check-in
Welcome Dinner

Congress participants
Start registration in hotel
Welcome to partecipants: Michel Fauconnier, ESF President
Key speech
Coffee break
The economic situation of the spring industry in different part of the world
Lunch at hotel
New developments for the spring technology: 4/5 scientific speeches / Call for papers
Coffee break
Closing of the congress
Gala Dinner
Partner Tour: Siracusa, Archaeological park and Ortigia
Transfer to Siracusa. Cicero described it as "The greatest greek city and the most beautiful of all". Guided tour of the "Neapolis Archaeological Park" (from the Greek "new city"), which will include the Basilica of St. Nicolò dei Cordari, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Altar of Ierone, the Greek Theatre, the Paradise Quarry and the so-called "Ear of Dionysus". Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon guided tour of Ortigia, the historical centre of the city of Siracusa. Mediterranean island of ancient Greek temples, labyrinthine medieval streets and flamboyant Baroque palaces set in a turquoise sea. You can also visit the ancient Jewish quarter "Giudecca" to admire the Jewish ritual baths. Tasting of cannolo in Palazzo Borgia del Casale, where "queen" Lucy was born. Among the damasked walls and the tapestries of the 18th century, the splendid halls are furnished with a picturesque mixture of minimalist elements; other spaces are obtained from the stables of the ancient building. From here you can enjoy a panorama which takes your breath away and admire the golden square of the Cathedral, the most elegant place of Ortigia
Social program: Etna
Guided tour of Etna, with its 3340 meters is the highest active volcano in Europe, and offers a picturesque view of the sea to the Gulf of Taormina and the Aeolian Islands. Escursion on jeep. Lunch in wine cellars, the road zigzags along fruit trees, a chestnut grove and a great variety of rose bushes, lying around the ancient family castle "Villa Nicolosi", at 550 metres above sea level, in the idyllic countryside setting of lush vineyard-covered slopes of the Etna foothills. The chef and somelier showing the group how the food has been prepared.
I cannot think of another place in the world where it would be possible to drink a glass of wine surrounded by "alberello" vines on terraces made from lav and in such wonderful scenary: on one side the imposing, snow-white peak of Etna, on the other side, the sea glinting under the rays of a warm southern sun
Special dinner in Taormina
The restaurant "La Baronessa", one of the most popular ones in Taormina, is located in a famous aristocratic building of the old town centre. Three inner halls evoking Gattopardian atmospheres and a panoramic terrace provide the landscape for exclusive cocktails and unforgettable dinners. You can taste the local traditional dishes under a beautiful fresco ceiling, or next to ancient armours, in an old-timey warm and elegant environment. There is a wide range of rich courses and prestigious wines, always different according to the season, and entrusted to the master Chef who reinterprets the traditional Sicilian cousin in a modern key

Breakfast in hotel
Shuttle transfer to Catania Airport
For people departing in the late afternoon, half day tour of Taormina with lunch included
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