International Symposium on Mobile Learning for Visually Impaired People

ISML-VIP 2012

The events venue

CNR - Institute for Education Technologies
Via Ugo La Malfa 153
90146 - Palermo
ITALY

The location of the conference is less than 30 minutes from Palermo International Airport. The Palermo International Airport is very well connected to the city center, by bus (every 30 min.) and train (the Trinacria Express connects Palermo directly with the terminal). Ticket price: € 6.50.

Resources and facilities available

The conference will be held in the conference room named biologist "Roberta Cocchiara" can accommodate up to 172 people and also in a small conference room can accomodate up to 60 people.

All conference, banqueting and meeting facilities will be fully accessible to disabled people. In particular, the conference room will be equipped with:

  • Personal computer
  • Audio video support
  • Projector
  • Wireless Internet access
  • AC adapter
  • Technical support
 

reception

Reception

 

Conference Room

Conference room

 

controlRoom

Control room

 

smallroom

Small room


The city

Palermo is the regional capital of Sicily, which is the largest and most heavily populated island in the Mediterranean.

Palermo is situated in the North-West of Sicily, it is washed by the Tyrrhenian Sea and offers a wide range of landscapes and environments. The town extends in the Conca d’Oro plain, in front of the wide and wonderful gulf, which she has taken the name from. Palermo has got a privileged position and a mild climate, that favors the presence of a luxuriant vegetation.

So now we are glad to give you some instructions about how to reach Palermo.

By car: we suggest you two ways to reach Palermo. After having crossed the Straits of Messina, you can take the motorway A20, that connects Messina with Palermo. Otherwise, you can arrive in Catania and, from there, you can take the A19 Catania-Palermo, always driving on the motorway.

By plane: the International Airport Falcone-Borsellino- Punta Raisi is 30 Km away from the town and it is connected to Palermo by the motorway A29 (Palermo-Trapani), by a railway and bus network.

By train: the Palermo Centrale Station is connected with the principal Italian towns.

By bus: reaching Palermo by bus is easy and more and more practical. There are also some buses from and to Germany, France, and Switzerland, besides the lines from and to Rome, Catania-Messina, Trapani, Agrigento and Ragusa.

By boat: if you leave from the Palermo port, it is possible for you to reach the most important Italian ports (Napoli, Salerno, Genova, Livorno, Cagliari, Catania), the little isles that surround Sicily (Eolie, Egadi, Pantelleria, Ustica, Linosa and Lampedusa) and the ports in Malta and Tunisia.


History

The area has been under numerous dominators over the centuries, including Roman, Carthaginian, Byzantine, Greek, Arab, Norman, Swabian and Spanish masters. Due to this past, to the cultural exchange that for millennia has taken place in the area, the city is still an exotic mixture of many cultures. Many of the monuments still exist giving the city somewhat unique appearance.

The city of Palermo, including the province of Palermo, has around 1,300,000 inhabitants and has about 200 Km of coastline. The old town of Palermo is one of the largest in Europe, full of references to the past.

Palermo reflects the diverse history of the region in that the city contains many masterpieces from different periods, including romanesque, gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture as well as examples of modern art.

The city also hosts it's rich vegetation of palm trees, prickly pears, bananas, lemon trees and so on. The abundance of exotic species was also noticed by the world-famous German writer Goethe who in April 1787 visited the newly opened botanical gardens, describing them as "the most beautiful place on earth".


Don't miss to Palermo

Massimo Theatre

It is one of the largest theatres in Europe, a neoclassical masterpiece started by Giovanni Battista Basile in 1875 and completed by his son Ernesto in 1897. Recently restored, it is now the lyrical temple of the city, staging the opera and ballet official season. http://www.teatromassimo.it/


Massimo Theatre

Politeama Theatre

Standing in the main square of the city, which was and is one of the largest and most beautiful in Italy, this Neoclassical theatre was built by Giuseppe Almeyda between 1867 and 1874.  The entrance is framed by a triumphal arch, surmounted by a bronze Apollo’s quadriga. The Politeama Garibaldi theatre represents a development of the typical XIX century theatre architecture, as it was destined to stage different kinds of shows and to allow the vision of such show to all social classes.


Politeama Theatre

Cappella Palatina

Built in 1130, year of King Roger II’s crowning, inside the Norman Palace, it is definitely one of the most famous sights in Palermo. Covered in dazzling Byzantine mosaics (like to those in the church of the Martorana and in the Monreale Cathedral), it is a symbol of the political and cultural union operated by the Normans.


Cappella Palatina

Web site for more information

 

 

 

 

Institute for Education Technologies

Italian National Research Council

www.pa.itd.cnr.it