The conference will be held in Padova (also Padua in english), one of the largest cities in Veneto, northern Italy. The city of Padova has long been acclaimed for its university, founded in 1222. Since then, the city attracted many of the most important thinkers of their time, from Copernicus to Galileo Galilei. The university hosts the oldest botanical garden in the world (1545), which appears in the UNESCO World Heritage List, as well as the oldest anatomy theatre in the world (1594).
The vibrant cultural scene in Padova attracted also many revered artists such as Giotto, whose frescoes decorate the Scrovegni Chapel (1305), and Donatello. The cycles of XIV century fresco cycles, which comprise the Giotto frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel along with others, earned Padova its second inscription in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Padova is also the birthplace of the celebrated architect Andrea Palladio, whose Villas in the area between Padova, Vicenza and Venice are among the most notable of Italy. The sculptor Antonio Canova also produced his first work in Padova.
How to reach Padova
The city of Padova is located at the heart of the Veneto region and it is easily reachable with all means of transport. The city's closest airports are:
- Marco Polo Airport (Venice - Tessera)
- Antonio Canova Airport (Treviso)
- Valerio Catullo Airport (Verona)
- Guglielmo Marconi Airport (Bologna)
Padova has also excellent rail connections, it is in fact reachable in 3 hours from Rome and in 2 hours from Milan.