…..is a city on the Adige river in Veneto, Italy, with 258,108 inhabitants. It is one of the seven provincial capitals of the region. It is the second largest city municipality in the region and the third largest in northeast Italy. The metropolitan area of Verona covers an area of 1,426 km2 (550.58 sq mi) and has a population of 714,274 inhabitants. It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy because of its artistic heritage and several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, an ancient Roman amphitheater.

Two of William Shakespeare’s plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. It is unknown if Shakespeare ever visited Verona or Italy, but his plays have lured many visitors to Verona and surrounding cities. The city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture.

Numerous traces of Verona’s long history are to be found in the old part of its city centre. The centre and neighbouring areas can be easily visited on foot.

Piazza Bra is dominated by the impressive Roman Arena, built in 1 BC, and one of the most important well preserved Roman amphitheatres.

To the south-east of the square, near the garden, there is the neoclassical Palazzo Barbieri, currently the headquarters of the Municipality, and built in the 17th century for military use. To the south of the square, there is the recently restored Palazzo della Gran Guardia, which now hosts important events and exhibitions.

On the west side of the square there is the wide Liston pavement, where Verona people traditionally go for a walk. Piazza Bra is also known by the name “Braida”, which comes from the Germanic term breit, which means wide.

From Piazza Bra, going along Via Mazzini (one of the best-known streets for shopping) and turning right into Via Cappello, at number 23, on the left you can see and visit the courtyard of Juliet’s House with the suggestive balcony. Going back and passing (leaving on the left) the beginning of Via Mazzini, visitors reach Piazza delle Erbe, an ancient Roman Forum, now well-known for its daily fruit and vegetable market. Adjoining this square, on the right-hand side, there is Piazza dei Signori, Verona’s favourite meeting point; from here, it is possible to glimpse the nearby Arche Scaligere and enter the Cortile del Mercato Vecchio, from which the Torre dei Lamberti can be reached, where it is possible to admire a spectacular view of the city. If you continue towards the Adige, walking alongside the river, you reach Ponte Pietra, on the other side of which there is the Teatro Romano, which hosts important theatre and ballets performances during the summer. The nearby cathedral is a “must-see”.

Continuing south along the Adige, you reach Castelvecchio, with its famous Scaligero Bridge. Continuing to follow the course of the river, on the other hand, you’ll arrive at the Basilica of St Zeno, a masterpiece of Romanesque art.

A very popular tourist destination is Lake Garda, well-known for its mild Mediterranean climate and suggestive position among the mountains that run north of the city, among which Monte Baldo stands out. Here it is possible to relax in the lake’s waters, sunbathing and admiring the surrounding soaring mountains and the picturesque nearby towns. It is also possible to go on boat trips to the various lakeside towns and, for bicycle lovers, there are several routes immersed in the countryside.

THE CONFERENCE CENTER: TEATRO FILARMONICO

The Teatro Filarmonico is the main opera theater in Verona, Italy, and is one of the leading Opera Houses in Europe. The Teatro Filarmonico is property of the Accademia Filarmonica di Verona. Having been built in 1716, and later rebuilt after a fire of January 21, 1749, and again after the allied bombing of February 23, 1945.

Verona needed an opera house, so the Accademia Filarmonica di Verona decided in the early 18th century to build a theatre worthy and large. Work began in 1716 and lasted 13 years. Finally, inauguration was on the evening of January 6, 1732, with the pastoral drama La fida ninfa by Antonio Vivaldi, a libretto by Scipio Maffei. The opera season became famous, and the performances led society events. But on January 21, 1749, fire eventually spread in the theatre. Rebuilt, the theater was re-dedicated in 1754 with the opera Lucio Vero by Neapolitan composer Davide Perez. The opera had a limited success. Corsican in the 18th century, during the French invasion, a long series of celebrations were held in the theater, such as the Cantata per la Santa Alleanza (“Cantata for the Holy Alliance”) of Gioachino Rossini. The theater hosted international singers, and among its repertoire appear the most famous works of Italian and foreign melodrama.

On the tragic night of February 23, 1945, the theater collapsed under the Anglo-American bombing. The Academy Philharmonic announced that it would try to rebuild the theatre exactly as it had been before. The proceedings lasted a long time: the theatre was inaugurated again in 1975, with the opera Falstaff by Antonio Salieri.

The theatre still hosts opera, ballets and concerts seasons. The operatic repertoire is one of the most famous for Italian operas and international (La sonnambula, The Barber of Seville, Tosca …) and the works of non-repertoire (A day of the kingdom, Manon Lescaut of Auber, Loreley of Catalani …).

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PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

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Thursday, June 04, 2020

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09:00 – 18:00 Courses & Symposia

Friday, June 05, 2020

08:00 – 19:00 Scientific Sessions

Saturday, June 06, 2020

08:00 – 19:00 Scientific Sessions

Sunday, June 07, 2020

08:00 – 14:00 Scientific Sessions

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FLIGHT CONNECTIONS

Verona Airport is located 10 km (6.2 mi) southwest of Verona. It handles around 3 million passengers per year. It is linked to Porta Nuova railway station by a frequent bus service.

There are direct flights between Verona and Rome Fiumicino, Munich, Berlin, Moscow, Naples, Frankfurt, Catania, Paris Charles De Gaulle, London Gatwick, Dublin, Palermo,Cork, Manchester, Vienna Schwechat, Liverpool and Cagliari among others.