During the days of the Conference a social program for accompanying persons has been organised. Such program is inclusive of visits to monuments and excursions in order to discover the artistic and cultural treasures of L'Aquila and the charm of the city and its surroundings. If you wish to participate in the social program, please book your tour directly at the registration desk, not later than 3:00 p.m. of the day before the chosen tour. 

A coach will pick up the participants in their hotels for the visits and an English speaking guide will be at their disposal. 

The participation fee for each tour is of 70,000 Italian liras per person (or 35 US$) and includes transportation, guide and lunch.

Sunday September 9th, 2001
Natural itinerary:

During the morning an excursion to the Grottoes of Stiffe will take place; these grottoes are extremely interesting from a speleological point of view and they are preserved by the homonymous medieval village.
Then Bominaco and the church of San Pellegrino, Fontecchio Medieval tower and monumental fountain will be visited.

Time of departure: about 9.30 a.m. (indicated in the hotel).

ROUTE: Grottoes of Stiffe, Bominaco, Fontecchio.

Lunch: 1:30 p.m., Restaurant San Francesco, Fontecchio

Return: about 5:30 p.m.


Monday September 10th, 2001
Historical and city itinerary:

Such itinerary offers a guided visit to the main churches and monuments of the city. From the bronze nudes of the "Fontana Luminosa" (Luminous fountain) to the crossing of the internal streets of the old town centre, the tour will reach the most interesting churches, from the Basil of S. Bernardino (XIV century.), considered one of the most important masterpieces in Italy during the late Renaissance, to the magnificent Basil of S. Maria of Collemaggio, where Pope Celestine V was crowned in 1294, going through the central square of the city (Piazza Duomo), where a frenzied small market takes place every day. Further on the visit will move from the old town centre to the Rivera zone which 
hosts the monumental "Fontana delle 99 Cannelle" (Fountain of the 99 pipes), unique of its kind and heraldic badge of the city.

If you want to admire the historical and artistic patrimony of the city close up, it is preferable to go by foot from the starting point, but it will also be possible to use a shuttle bus when moving to different 

Time of departure: 9.30 a.m. indicated in the hotel

ROUTE: Fontana Luminosa, Basil of S. Bernardino, Basil of S. Maria of Collemaggio, Piazza Duomo, Fontana delle 99 cannelle.

Lunch: 1:30 p.m. in a typical place

Afternoon: free for shopping

Return in the hotel at 4:00 p.m.


Tuesday September 11th, 2001
Historical and cultural itinerary:

Castello Cinquecentesco: a Spanish Fortress situated in the middle of the city, transformed in one of the most important museum of the Abruzzo Region.
Castelli: this village lies in the centre of the Valle Siciliana, in the south-eastern part of the Teramo province in the Abruzzo region. Castelli is very place of pottery. Recently has been established a "Pottery Museum", where is beginning to collect evidence of the baroque splendor of majolica works of artists such the Grue's, the Gentile's and the Cappelletti's. 

Time of departure: 9:30 a.m., indicated in the hotel

ROUTE: L'Aquila - Spanish Fort (Museum), Castelli (Teramo) visit to the 
Ceramics Museum and Market

Lunch: 1:30 p.m., Restaurant Castelli

Afternoon: free in Castelli 

Return: about 5:30 p.m.