11th International Congress on Aerobiology
3 - 7 September 2018, Parma, Italy

EXTRA FEE: guided visit and Conference Dinner on Wednesday 5th Sept afternoon to be purchased at the moment of the registration

Guided visit at the discover of Parma treasure and Conference Dinner
€ 100,00 per person (VAT 10% included)

Take a break from the Conference and stretch your legs and have a guided visit through Parma and its unique art treasures which will pleasantly surprise you. The guided visit will culminate with the Social Dinner in a charming location with excellent local foods and wine. Relax after a long, stimulating week of talks and networking.

Guided visit includes Galleria Nazionale, Museo Archeologico, Teatro Farnese

The National Gallery is located on the second floor of the Pilotta Palace. Started by the Dukes of Parma, Don Philip and Don Ferdinand of Bourbon, it was subsequently enriched by the acquisitions made by Marie Louise of Austria, thereby originating the important collections of the picture gallery. The collections currently include works from the 13th to the 19th centuries, by several schools and masters. Works by the Emilian school of the 15th and 16th centuries are particularly important (Correggio, Parmigianino, Cristoforo Caselli, Alessandro Araldi); the Italian Mannerist school (Bronzino, Domenichino, Tintoretto); the Emilian and Flemish schools of painting from 15th to 17th centuries (Annibale and Lodovico Carracci, Schedoni, Lanfranco); the Emilian school of painting of the 17th and 18th century (Guercino, Cignani, G. M. Crespi); Neapolitan 18th century painting; Venetian 18th century painting (Tiepolo, Pittoni, Canaletto, Bellotto); French 18th century painting; Parmesan painters of the 19th century (Borghesi, Carmignani, Boccaccio, Barilli).Among the most noticeable pictures in the Gallery are the Head of a Young Girl, attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, the Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam by Hans Holbein the Younger and the Madonna della scodella and Madonna di San Girolamo by Correggio.

The Museo Archeologico was founded in 1760 by Philip of Bourbon to preserve the artifacts which were found in the Roman Municipium Veleia, including the famous bronze, Tabula Alimentaria, and was later expanded with the purchase of local collections and archeological finds; in 1867 one of the first prehistoric collections in Italy was created.
It is divided into two sections. One which includes the finds of the spectacular historical collections from Veleia, including marble statues of the 12 characters of the imperial family Giulio-claudia (The first half of the first century AD), large ceramic Greek, Italic and Etruscan and the prestigious Egyptian section with sarcophagi, canopic jars, papyri, bronzes and votives as well as the important Magnarini Collection (429 Scarab Seals dated from 2100 to 525 BC). This valuable area is not usually open to the public. The section that conserves the traces of the province of Parma includes prehistoric materials from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age (very important are the Neolithic finds which includes some burials, and those of the "Terramare Culture" from the Bronze Age), Protohistory (Etruscan and Ligurian), Romans (statues, architectural fragments, mosaics, funerary inscriptions from Parma and from the territory and a wealth of jewels and coins of the third century) and Lombard (jewelry from some tombs).

The theatre Farnese, one of the most beautiful historical theatres in Italy, was built between 1618 and 1619 at the order of Ranuccio I with the aim to pay homage to Cosimo II de Medici, who had planned to stop in Parma during a journey towards Milan. The journey never took place and the theatre, built in the former arms room of Pilotta palace, was only opened in 1628 for the wedding of Margherita de Medici and Duke Odoardo Farnese, with mythological and allegorical performances and a spectacular naumachia.G.B. Aleotti, the architect, based his design on Palladio's theatre Olimpico in Vicenza: horseshoe shaped stalls are surrounded by two tiers of loggias with Palladian windows, the lower row Doric and the upper one Ionic, topped by a balconied gallery. The stage was equipped with an innovative system of movable scenery and gallerie, the first example of such stage machinery in the history of italian theatres. Special effects were used to recreate land and sea not only on the stage but also in the huge auditorium. A Corinthian proscenium is decorated by the Duke's coat of arms and an inscription dedicated to Bellona and the Muses.The theatre, built out of wood, plaster, straw and scraps of fabric, fell into a state of disrepair after the last performance in 1732 and was almost completely destroyed by Allied bombing in 1944. It was rebuilt in 1950 using the same materials.

EXTRA FEE: ICA optional Food Valley visits on Friday 7th Sept afternoon to be purchased at the moment of the registration

Half day visit at the discovery of roads of wine and flavor visit in the countryside, transportation by bus, English speaking guide
€ 75,00 per person (VAT 22% included)

On this tour you’ll experience one of the most delicious foods in the world such us Parmesan cheese and Parmesan ham tasting the wine and savor the excellent products of Parma.



1) Historical botanical garden – Monday, September 3, 10.30 A.M.

Who is interested must send their booking to ica2018@mvcongressi.it by August 24. Those who have booked can go directly in “Strada Farini 90”. The visit lasts about two hours.

The Botanical Garden, founded in 1770 under the initiative of G.B. Guatteri, is located in in the historical center of Parma.
Based on a design by Petitot, it was definitively realized in the year 1793. The Garden has an area of 11,000 square meters and over 2000 species of vascular plants are there currently cultivated. Particular remarkable is the presence of a Ginkgo biloba L., planted in 1791.
The garden is subdivided into three different sectors. The central part is in the style of an Italian Renaissance Garden, the lateral sectors are represented by an English landscape Garden in the western side and by an Arboretum in the eastern one. Moreover, the Garden includes two greenhouses hosting remarkable collections of succulent, tropical, carnivorous and water plants. Also medicinal plants are especial focus of the Garden.


2) Natural History Museum – Wednesday, September 5, 3.30 P.M.

Who is interested must send their booking to to ica2018@mvcongressi.it or must book on site at the desk congress center, by September 3. Those who have booked can go directly to “Str. dell'Università, 12”. The visit lasts about two hours.

The Natural History Museum of the University of Parma was founded by J.B. Fourcault in 1766. Distinguished zoologists such as Peregrin Strobl and Angelo Andres were among its Directors. The latter was responsible for the impressive exhibitions, completed in 1925, hosted in two large halls in the university building. The Museum today is split into two sections: the older is hosted in the university building and retains the original layout by Andres. Here visitors can find the ‘Bottego Eritrean Zoological Museum’ and the ‘Piola Hall’, hosting collections of material from Eritrea and Congo, as well as the ‘Gallery of Systematics’, a wide collection of vertebrate specimens from all over the world. The second, more recent, section of the Museum is instead within the Botanical Garden and hosts several collections mostly devoted to the extant and fossil fauna from surroundings of Parma, a very rich collection of butterflies from all over the world, as well as the Congolese ethnological collection ‘Temistocle Ferrante’.