A Welcome Cocktail will be served in Hotel Splendid La Torre on Monday, September 25, from 20:30 to 22:00.
All colleagues registered in the IMMC9 2017 Conference are invited to attend this Cocktail.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Alle Terrazze
Viale Regina Elena, c/o Antico Stabilimento Balneare (Mondello)


Haute cuisine between sky and sea

Thanks to its spectacular waterfront location in Mondello, the restaurant Alle Terrazze is one of the most exclusive restaurants in Palermo, and it is famous for its beauty, the panoramic view, and its setting even beyond local and regional borders.

Since its inauguration in 1912, the Bathing Establishment has been synonymous to beauty and elegance, with its Art Deco furniture, the innovative concrete structure, the wide windows opening on the horizon and the terraces stretching on the sea.

Attending a meal in its elegant halls was the status symbol of a privileged class. These terraces have hosted crowned heads and aristocrats dining: the view is breathtaking and, the cuisine is divine.

After a careful renovation, the restaurant has reopened to the public in spring 2011, taking up the glories of the past without omitting the comforts of the present. Total white décor, with the fine touch of the comfortable Masters chairs designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell, pleasant decorations and works of art by contemporary authors give the environment a cozy and refined atmosphere.

All the colleagues registered in the IMMC9 2017 Conference are invited to attend the Congress Dinner.
Participants will arrive at Le Terrazze on their own. The event will start at 21:00.



Thursday, September 28, 2017

Departure from Palermo 08:00 am

Estimated time of arrival in Palermo 08:00 pm

The small town of Castelbuono (423 m a.s.l.) is located 97 km from Palermo, which is a province it belongs to and is included in the wonderful Madonie National Park. In the ancient times the village was called with the Byzanthine name of Ypsigro meaning “cool place”. In 1316 Francesco Ventimiglia built a castle on St. Pietro. In the monumental field besides the medieval castle with a regular plan with two quadrangular towers, there is the Old Matrix dedicated to SS. Assunta, consecrated in 1494 and recently restored. Castelbuono is a famous centre for the production of Manna, laxative got by cutting the bark of ash trees.


The scientific excursion will take place in the surrounding forest of Castelbuono mainly composed by chestnut, oaks, maple trees, and holly including some monumental trees. The forest is a hotspot of biodiversity for fungi including some wild medicinal species (Ganoderma lucidum, Hericium erinaceum, Grifola frondosa, Pleurotus eryngii, etc.).

Currently, the IMMC9 local organizers are negotiating with the City Council of a Castelbuono for a lunch offered by the Major of Castelbuono.

In the afternoon the IMMC9 conference participants will move to the nearby town of Cefalù. For a small town, Cefalù offers a great deal including sandy beaches, winding Medieval streets flanked with shops and its unique Norman cathedral. While Cefalù’s origins go back to at least Greek times (the name derives from the ancient Greek word for “Cape”), the town we now know and love was built at the behest of the Norman King, Roger II. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1131 and is an exquisite example of what has been termed “Sicilian Romanesque”. Thanks to the splendid mosaic of Christ Pantocrator above the altar, it is twinned with the Palatine Chapel in Palermo and the Duomo in Monreale. Also of interest is the Medieval wash house – lavatoio – which is fed by a natural spring and the Osterio Magno which, according to tradition, was King Roger’s very own residence.


In 2015, Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalù were granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site


The IMMC9 Local Organizing Committee is delighted to offer the tours for the accompanying person´s program. Three half-day sightseeing tours are included in the accompanying person´s registration package. The cost of these tours is included in the registration fee. Evidence of registration as an accompanying person must be shown.

Tickets for the half-day guided tours can be reserved by sending an email to registration@immc9.info not later than 10 September 2017.

Please note that these tours are subject to availability and require a minimum amount of confirmed bookings in order to take place.

1. The Golden Age of the Normans in Palermo

Date: Monday, 25 September 2017

Time: 09:00 – 13:00

Meeting Point: Hotel Splendid La Torre in the Registration Area

There are surprising cities, where everything is possible. Places where the stratification and the traces of the past have survived. Images overlap, sharing styles and periods, and many different languages can be heard. Palermo is such a place. Palermo is surprising for its many aspects: in the field of visual arts you will come across all kinds of poetic techniques. For example, Palermo is one of the capitals of the mosaic and stucco, several possibilities of sculpture, interpreted here in its most eccentric vision. Thus, you can also admire the bright colors of glass tiles, as well asmarble, shells, stones, lapis lazuli, enamel, malachite forming the mosaics created in the twelfth century, and the whiteness of the absolute white of the Oratory decorated by Serpotta, one of the many sons of the popular Kalsa district. (source: http://www.secretitaly.it/).

2. Tales of foolish groove: The Inquisition in Palermo

Date: Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Time: 09:00 – 13:00

Meeting Point: Hotel Splendid La Torre in the Registration Area

The Spanish Inquisition was a Tribunal of the Faith established by the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile to hunt down heresy, in other words, bring the crown in line with the unitary logic of un rey, una fé, una ley (one king, one faith, one law). In 1487, the Inquisition arrived in Sicily, yet only started around 1500, when sufficient economic resources had been put in place. However, it should be remembered that during the Middle-Ages in Sicily there had already been the Papal Inquisition and from the 13th century on, the Inquisition had been delegated by the Pope (the Roman Inquisition). Jurisdiction over acts against the faith had normally been exercised by the Bishop, at times with the support of the Papal Inquisition. King Ferdinand II of Aragon availed himself of the privilege of the Apostolic Legazia bestowed upon by Urbano II on Roger I in 1098, according to which the sovereigns of the island were born legates to the pontiff. Thus, the Sicilian kings could claim control over any ecclesiastic matter and, in 1579, Phillip II established the Tribunal of the Monarchy with the right to intervene in every single controversy relating to the rapport between the lay tribunals and ecclesiastic tribunals. In virtue of this privilege, no act by the Holy See could be sanctioned without executory letters from the Viceroys. Therefore, on the island we have a tribunal of the faith, not dependent of papal or ecclesiastic authority, but on the Spanish monarchy (source www. provinciadipalermo.it)

3. The Baroque Age in Palermo: a colorful and stone theater

Date: Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Time: 09:00 – 13:00

Meeting Point: Hotel Splendid La Torre in the Registration Area

Baroque was much more than a design style for churches and palaces. It embraced the concept of the city as theatre, a place for people to gather and to take part in great ceremonies and festivals. The baroque style with its flamboyant decoration was applied to the city’s open spaces, its streets and squares, as well as to the façades of its buildings, to be enjoyed by just walking around. The outstanding baroque monuments in Palermo, those not to be missed, are to be found in the interiors of churches and oratories. In the churches, work with inlaid and coloured marble was taken to a fine art, representing some of the most important and original creations of baroque art on the island. The Serpotta family, in particular, Giacomo and his son Procopio, represented the peak of the local tradition in sculpture. Working in stucco, Giacomo developed a distinctive style of natural, richly decorated figures. Less expensive and lighter than marble, stucco enabled a profusion of figures to be displayed on chapel walls and ceilings. A high degree of skill and dexterity was needed, for stucco dried quickly, leaving only a short time to complete the modelling. A shine was given to the surface of the Serpotta statues by the addition of marble dust to the stucco (source http://jeremydummett.com/)