Venues

Seismic and Energy Renovation for Sustainable Cities
International Conference 1st to 3rd February 2018

Venues

Welcome to SER4SC 2018, an extraordinary opportunity to see Catania and Sicily as never before. You will experience some of the most exciting venues of this beautiful island, the pearl of the Mediterranean, as well as the world famous Festival of Saint Agatha, which takes place in Catania annually from 3rd to 5th February. Find out more:
SER4SC 2018 takes place in Catania, a lively city set on the eastern coast of Sicily, at the foot of the Volcano of Etna. Known for is wonderful Baroque center, Catania is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The conference will be hold in the University Campus (Città Universitaria), in the northern part of the City, 2 km away from the center.
SER4SC 2018 ends on Saturday 3rd February with three tours of the historical center of Catania, Taormina, and Etna, which can be alternatively be chosen by the participants. On the same day, from 7 p.m., the Festival of Saint Agatha will start in Catania at Piazza Duomo. You have the opportunity to experience one of the largest Christian celebrations in the world, three days of cult, devotion, folklore, and tradition! It commemorates the life of what is the city’s patron saint, Agatha of Sicily. The festival culminates on 5th February in a great all-night procession through the city for which hundreds of thousands of the city’s residents turn out.

Catania

“Catania’s historic core is a UNESCO-listed wonder, where black-and-white palazzi tower over sweeping baroque piazzas. One minute you’re scanning the skyline from a dizzying dome, the next contemporary art in an 18th-century convent. Beneath it all are the ancient ruins of a town with over 2700 candles on its birthday cake. Indeed, food is another local forte. This is the home of Sicily's iconic pasta alla Norma and the extraordinary La Pescheria market. Keeping an eye on it all is Catania's skyscraping frenemy, Mt Etna, a powerful presence that adds another layer of intensity and beauty to Sicily's second-biggest city”.
Link to UNESCO World Heritage list.
Credits: www.lonelyplanet.com
Photo: wikipedia.it

Taormina

Taormina is a charming hillside town on the east coast of Sicily and is one of the island's main tourist resorts. Close to the site of one of the earliest colonies founded by the Ancient Greeks in Sicily, Taormina became a thriving Greek and then Roman town. The size and elegance of the town cathedral and many of its buildings are evidence of Taormina's moderate prosperity over the centuries. By the end of the 19th century this picturesque and ancient town was already on the tourist trail, with famous visitors including Oscar Wilde, Richard Wagner and Tsar Nicholas II. Over the last decades travellers have come for the views, the ancient ruins, the seaside, the town's film festival, an outdoor theatre season, the fine hotels and more.
Whilst Taormina can be hot and busy during July and August, crowded with tourists, it is far more pleasant and less busy during the rest of the year.
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Mount Etna

“Sicily’s Mount Etna boasts the most otherworldly scenery in Italy. It’s a lunar landscape of black sand, volcanic rocks, and oozing lava flows that is as stark as it is beautiful. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013 for its “exception level of volcanic activity” as well as global scientific, culture and educational importance, Etna is an important part of Sicily’s topography, not to mention simply gorgeous. As Sicily’s most beautiful natural attraction, this massive mountain is worlds away from the lazy beaches and historic architecture throughout the rest of the island but it’s also one of the top attraction in Sicily. Below are all the reasons you should visit Mount Etna and what you need to know before you go:
It’s one of southern Italy’s most significant (and historical) landmarks
It’s enormous, and still active!
It offers great hiking and even better views
It has great skiing
Its volcanic ash grows excellent wine.”
Link to UNESCO World Heritage list.
Credits: www.walksofitaly.com
Photo: corriere.it

Syracuse

“More than any other city, Syracuse encapsulates Sicily's timeless beauty. Ancient Greek ruins rise out of lush citrus orchards, cafe tables spill onto dazzling baroque piazzas, and honey-hued medieval lanes lead down to the sparkling blue sea. It's difficult to imagine now but in its heyday this was the largest city in the ancient world, bigger even than Athens and Corinth. Its 'Once upon a Time' begins in 734 BC, when Corinthian colonists landed on the island of Ortygia and founded the settlement, setting up the mainland city four years later. Almost three millennia later, the ruins of that then-new city constitute the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, one of Sicily's greatest archaeological sites. Across the water from the mainland, Ortygia remains the city's most beautiful corner, a casually chic, eclectic marvel with an ever-growing legion of fans.”
Link to UNESCO World Heritage list.
Credits: www.lonelyplanet.com
Photo: siciliafan.it

Valley of the Temples, Agrigento

This splendid archaeological park consists of eight temples (and various other remains) built between about 510 BC and 430 BC. “An exceptional historic testimony to Magna Graecia’s presence in this area, the archaeological site was inserted onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The remains from the Hellenic city, and additionally from the successive Punic-Roman era, the imposing Doric temples – to this day almost completely intact – the agora, the pagan and Christian necropolises, and the crawling network of subterranean aqueducts, constitute the richness of this site. Extending over approximately 1,300 hectares, it recounts a millenary history that began in the 6th Century BC with the foundation of the ancient Greek colony of Akragas, one of the largest Greek cities on the Mediterranean Sea. The actual core of the archaeological site of Agrigento lies in the area of the magnificent temples. The Temple to Zeus – or Jove the Olympian – and the only remaining ruins of which are its base and principal altar, was one of the biggest Greek temples in Antiquity. The oldest temple in Agrigento is, rather, that of Heracles or Hercules, while the best-preserved is that of the Concordia, probably the most impressive Greek Doric temple still extant in our day, after Athens’s Parthenon.”
Link to UNESCO World Heritage list.
Credits: www.italia.it
Photo: infopointpalermo.com