SOCIAL PROGRAM

The social program complements the scientific program of the Symposium and it will create many enjoyable occasions to mingle, talk, meet old friends and make new ones, in the special atmosphere of Florence.  

The social program consists of a welcome cocktail on Tuesday, September 24th and a closing reception on Friday, September 27th – both included in the registration fee. The Symposium social dinner (with additional admission fee) will take place on Thursday, September 26th in a magnificent  “green” location representative of Florence and its enchanting beauty.

Welcome cocktail
Tuesday, September 24th 2019

Salone de’ Cinquecento

The Symposium opening ceremony and welcome cocktail will take place in Palazzo Vecchio, the historical town hall of Florence dating back to 1299. The Opening Ceremony will be hosted in the grandiose Salone dei Cinquecento, the largest and most important hall of the palace, which was used for the assemblies of the General Council of the People, after the State reforms brought about by Girolamo Savonarola. Paneled ceilings and large wall frescoes by Leonardo and Michelangelo, golden decorations and imposing sculptures will leave you admiring in marvel. The welcome cocktail shall follow right afterwards.

Welcome cocktail
Tuesday, September 24th 2019

Giardino dei Semplici

The Symposium Social dinner will take place in the Botanical Garden “Giardino dei Semplici”, created by the Medici as the Garden of medicinal plants (the Semplici) in 1545. It is the third oldest botanical garden in the world.
Throughout the sixteenth century and the next centuries, the garden had a period of great splendor and it was enriched with many rare plants collected around the world.
Today the garden contains some 9,000 plant specimens and spreads over an area of two hectares, including both outdoor space and green houses.

Closing Reception
Friday, September 27th 2019

Villa Vittoria

The Closing Reception of the Symposium will take place in the beautiful, centuries-old garden of Villa Vittoria, where participants can enjoy a glass of prosecco for a final toast to the Symposium.