All conference participants and accompanying persons are kindly invited to take part in the conference social programme. This is the perfect opportunity to build up and strengthen your social networks and friendships.

Tuesday 20 September

Welcome Reception – Cloister of San Francesco


  • Included in the registration fee.
  • When: 19:30
  • Where: Cloister of San Francesco (part of the University of Verona) – access from Via S. Francesco or Polo Zanotto building.

Wednesday 21 September

Student Meet & Greet – Cloister of San Francesco

You are warmly invited to attend the Student Meet & Greet drinks, at the end of the sessions, on Wednesday 21 September from 18.00 at the Cloister of San Francesco (part of the University of Verona).

This event is for students who want to meet other students! Meet new friends and network with your peers from all over the world while having some drinks! Non-alcoholic drinks will be available too, and there is no need to register.

For all registered students.

When: 18:00 – 19:30
Where: Cloister of San Francesco (part of the University of Verona)

Thursday 22 September

Conference Dinner – Giardino e Palazzo dei Conti Giusti


At the end of the thirteenth century wool-dyeing was Verona’s main source of wealth, and it was in order to further their interests in this industry that the Giusti family moved to Verona from their home in Tuscany. In 1406 Provolo Giusti purchased a piece of land next to the ancient Postumian Way, the main east-west thoroughfare across the Po valley, and for the next two centuries this patch of ground bordered by the old city wall – the site of the present garden – was used to boil the enormous cauldrons of dye in which wool was soaked before being laid out to dry.

The factory buildings were replaced during the course of the sixteenth century by an elegant palazzo in the style of Michele Sanmicheli. Behind it, a formal garden was laid out according to the fashion of the age, with low hedges, cypress trees, fountains and grottoes. The driving force behind these transformations was Agostino Giusti (1548-1615), an erudite man with a passionate interest in music and painting. A Knight of the Venetian Republic, he also had many contacts among Europe’s ruling families, the Medici and Habsburgs among them.

The new palazzo was created by bringing all the various buildings used for wool working under one roof, thus forming two separate wings that shared a single long facade towards the street and a large reception hall on the first floor for entertaining important visitors. The entrance leads into a porticoed area that gives onto the main courtyard. Beyond the gate on the opposite wall may be glimpsed a long avenue of cypress trees terminating at a grotto, above which looms a huge grotesque mask sculpted out of the rock face. The Giusti Garden had many elements in common with the Gardens of The Medici, which provided a sort of aesthetic reference point for the educated elites of the period.


Included in the registration fee.

  • When: 19:30
  • Where: Via Giardino Giusti, 2, Verona