5th ESICUP Meeting


About L'Aquila

General information

The 5th ESICUP Meeting booket, wich collects the General Information, the Information for Participants, the Abstracts and the List of Participants, is available for download here (PDF file, 5.9 MB). A printed booklet will be handed to all participants at registration.


Tituated in the mountainous region of Abruzzo at a height of 750 metres above sea level, L'Aquila administrates the Italian district with the largest percentage of territory devoted to natural parks. The town has a medieval history and outstanding monuments, among which are the imposing Basilica of St. Maria di Collemaggio, the Castle, the 99 Cannelle fountain and the beautiful church of St. Bernardino. The wonderful landscape and mountains make L'Aquila popular with tourists all the year round. The average temperature in April ranges from 4.6 to 20°C (40 to 68°F).

Meeting Venue

The meeting will be held at Sala Celestiniana, a beautiful frescoed room which once used as refectory of the monastery annex to the ancient basilica of Collemaggio (map).
Collemaggio is a hill placed south-west of L'Aquila, outside the XIII-century walls. The basilica is a real masterpiece of Abruzzi Romanesque-gothic architecture for the beauty of its interior, the perfect integration of the architecture with the surrounding landscape and the unforgettable facade in red and white stones which stands out of a large, deep-green lawn. The church dates back to the XIII century.


The registration desk will be held at Sala Celestiniana on Monday, 21th, from 9:00. The conference fee is 60 € and must be paid in cash when registering in L'Aquila.

Notes on presentation

  • Equipment
    All conference rooms are equipped with an overhead projector and with a video projector and laptop computer.
    We suggest that you bring your own computer and/or transparencies as a backup.
  • Length of Presentation
    22 minutes for each talk, including discussion. Please note that we are running on a very tight schedule. Therefore, it is essential that you limit your presentation to the time which has been assigned to you. Session chairpersons are asked to ensure that speakers observe the time limits.

Social Program and Lunches

  • Get-Together
    An informal get-together will take place on Sunday, 20th April at 7:30 pm at Gran Caffè Eden, close to Piazza Duomo in the old town. Refreshments, snacks and meals will be served on a pay-yourself basis (indicative price for a drink with snacks is 5.00 €, indicative price for a meal is 25.00 €).
    Gran Caffè Eden
    Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 90
  • Conference Dinner
    Conference dinner will take place at the Villa Feronia Restaurant on Monday, 21st at 08:00 pm. Typical regional dishes will be served.
    Villa Feronia Restaurant is located in the historic city centre a few meters from Piazza Duomo, Piazza Palazzo, Corso Vittorio Emanuele and 5 minutes walking from Hotel Castello. The restaurant operates in the old house of Iacopo Notar Nanni, one of the richest merchants of L'Aquila in the second half of 1400's. The building is one of the most important and elegant of the city.
  • Tour
    The tour is optional and costs 40 € per person, including dinner in a typical restaurant in S. Stefano. A minimum of 30 subscribers is required, or the tour will be cancelled and replaced by a guided walk through the historical centre of L'Aquila.
    We will leave from the conference site on April 22nd, immediately after lunch (about 2:30 pm).
    Trip — L'Aquila - Campo Imperatore (mountain flats) - S. Stefano di Sessanio (first stop to visit the village) - Calascio (depending on weather conditions, second stop and walk up to the castle – the one depicted in the 5th ESICUP Meeting logo) - route back to S. Stefano and dinner in a typical restaurant - back to hotel until 11:30 pm.
    Details — altitudes reached: Campo Imperatore, about 2000 mt; S. Stefano and Calascio, 1250 mt; Rocca Calascio, 1500 mt. Possibility of rain. Mountain-hiking dress recommended (a pullover, k-way or similar, trekking shoes or sneakers).
    Views of places can be found at:
  • Lunches
    Buffet-style lunch on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Coffee Breaks
    Coffee and biscuits will be served during scheduled coffee breaks.

Internet Access

Unfortunately Sala Celestiniana hasn't any internet connection.

Maps (google maps)

Meeting Venue
Meeting Venue

5th ESICUP Meeting
L'Aquila, Italy, April 20 - 22, 2008 .