Social Events

The following events are planned:

  Fee for delegates Fee for accompanying persons
Conference banquet € 60,00 € 80,00



Tour A – Monday, 3 June 2013 (10.00-12.30)

Florence sightseeing: Cathedral and Santa Croce Church

Your Florence professional guide will meet you at the Conference site, near SMN Station, and walk towards the beautiful Gothic church of Santa Maria Novella, whose outstanding marble facade was completed in 1470 (exterior). We will reach then the religious core of Florence, the marvelous square of Santa Maria del Fiore, where we will enjoy one of the most ancient buildings of the town, the Romanesque Baptistry of S. John (exterior) and admire two masterpieces of Renaissance Florence: the magnificent gates of the Baptistry itself (particularly the eastern ones, known as "the Gates of Paradise") and the spectacular Brunelleschi's Dome, together with Giotto's impressive Campanile and the awesome austerity of the Gothic Cathedral interior. After a 15 minutes walk across the centre of the town, enjoying a medieval atmosphere of narrow streets and 13th-century houses, we will reach the monumental church of Santa Croce (the Holy Cross) and visit its outstanding works of art: the tomb of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Rossini and many other famous italians, not to mention Giotto's frescoes, the elegant Pazzi Chapel and Cimabue's Crucifix, severely damaged as the Arno river heavily flooded Florence in 1966. The participants will be free to remain inside Santa Croce cloister or return downtown as the guided tour ends.

Price per person: € 25,00 (including earphones)
Minimum 10 participants

Tour B – Monday, 3 June 2013 (17.00-19.30)

A walk along the Arno River

This pleasant walk with a professional tourist guide will take you through the most famous scenic spots in the centre of Florence and along the Arno river. Starting from the Conference site, we will walk down elegant Tornabuoni Street, with its outstanding palaces and renown boutiques. Upon reaching the Arno river, we will cross S. Trínita bridge, a perfect spot to take pictures of the nearby Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. On the other side of the Arno river, we will reach the impressive Pitti Palace, last dwelling of the Medici family and Royal Palace when Florence was made capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Walking in this area - the most creative of the town - we could have a glance at the windows of many artisan's workshops before crossing back the river on the 14th century stones of the same Ponte Vecchio. Under the unique Vasari Corridor, we will reach the Uffizi Gallery and, crossing its inner yard, get to the political core of Florence, Signoria Square. After a glance at the Sixteenth century frescoes in the inner yard of Palazzo Vecchio, we will meet the famous statues of the square, a real open-air art gallery, with masterpieces by Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini and many others. Just around the corner, we will reach then Mercato del Porcellino, an open-air market known once as the "Straw Market", and walk along the modern area of Florence centre, completely rebuilt after the town was made capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The visit will end in front of the Cathedral, just in time to admire the sunset colours lightening its beautiful facade.

Price per person: € 20,00 (including earphones)
Minimum 10 participants

Tour C – Tuesday, 4 June 2013 (13.45-19.15)

Excursion to Pisa and the Leaning Tower

This enchanting excursion will take you through the unforgettable Tuscan countryside to the marvelous city of Pisa, known all over the world for its impressive monuments and for its prestigious University. A professional guided walking tour will take you to the Piazza dei Miracoli, where you will be able to admire the Leaning Tower, the Baptistery (exterior) and other important monuments. You will enjoy then an interior guided visit of the Cathedral, real masterpiece of Romanesque art, built between the 11th and 12th centuries. The guided tour will end by the magnificent Leaning Tower: climbing to its top by mounting its 294 steps rising up in a spiral, will be one of the most amazing experiences you can ever try. The tower is 55.86 m tall (183.27 ft) from the ground on the low side and 56.70 m tall (186.02 ft) on the high side, around 3.99 degrees leaning. The weak and unstable subsoil caused this unique phenomenon, contributing to create one of the wonders of the world.

Price per person: € 65,00

Tour D – Thursday, 6 June 2013 (9.00-18.30)

Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Landscapes Tour

Our trip starts as a pleasant excursion through the delightful hills of the Chianti countryside, offering an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Along the way, from the wide panoramic windows of our coach, you will be able to spot the medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni, enclosed by its famous walls which remain standing to this day. Upon arrival in Siena, you will enjoy a guided tour of the old town centre: you will walk along its narrow medieval streets admiring its splendid palaces until you reach the magnificent Cathedral*, of which you can visit the superb interior and the amazing frescoes of the Libreria Piccolomini and the adjacent Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana. The guided tour of Siena ends in its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, of which the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) is the focal point.
Free time is available for lunch (not included).
After lunch break, you will leave for San Gimignano, a tiny walled town located on a hill-top, intact through the centuries and famous for its numerous tall towers, frescoes and other valuable works of art. You will have some free time to discover this lovely town at your own pace.

Price per person: € 59,00

Chianti countryside and Orcia valley with exclusive wine tasting

Our post-Conference excursion, organized exclusively for the INPC 2013 members and their families, will offer you two days enjoying both the delightful hills of the Chianti countryside and the fascinating, gentle landscape of the Orcia valley, added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2004.
We will leave Florence as the Conference ends, late Friday afternoon (June 7th), with private transportation and take you to an exclusive location in the Chianti area, where you will enjoy a heartly-prepared dinner according to the most genuine Tuscan tradition and have a relaxed stay overnight. The following morning (June 8th), our private driver and professional guide will pick you up after breakfast and let you enjoy both the e­ver-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees and the unique atmosphere of the little towns of the area, like Castellina, Radda, Greve or the medieval hamlet of Montefioralle. Along the way, we will visit one of the most famous vineyards of the area and enjoy lunch tasting 2-3 different types of Chianti wines. Dinner will be included too, upon return to the same exclusive location of the first night. The following day, (Sunday June 9th) we will check out after breakfast and reach Orcia valley with our private driver and professional guide. After a short stop along the mysterious landscape of the Crete Senesi, we will get to the hamlet of Montalcino - famous all over the world for its Brunello wine - and walk on the walls of its timeless medieval castle, whose walkways will give the visitors a spectacular view over the surrounding countryside. We will enjoy a Brunello-tasting lunch shortly after, in one of the nice-little-towns of the valley, San Quirico d'Orcia, before leaving for Pienza, a perfect spot to take breath-taking pictures of the Orcia valley. You will have some free time to discover this lovely town at your own before heading back for Florence in the afternoon.

Tour price
Adult price in twin room (two people) € 996,00
Adult price in single room (one person) € 578,00

The organiser reserves the right to cancel the tour in case of less than 12 registered
participants. Full refunds will be made if an activity is cancelled due to lack of
participants. On-site requests will not be accepted.

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For excursions and social events the paid fees will be refunded as follows:

Important dates

Conference registration opening
15 October 2012

Abstract submission opening
15 October 2012

Abstract submission deadline
25 January 2013

Students Support

25 January 2013

Abstract notification
18 March 2013

Deadline for early registration
7 April 2013