Social Program

Social Program

Frescoes in the Great Cloister

Welcome Reception

Date: Sunday, May 27
Time: 19.45 – 21.30
Place: Chiostri di Santa Maria Novella
Address: Piazza della Stazione

The Welcome Reception will take place in the Great Cloister of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella founded by the monks of the Dominican Order in the first half of the thirteenth century. The celebrity of Santa Maria Novella during the Middle Ages and Renaissance period attracted important artists such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Michelangelo, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli and Vasari who realized beautiful artworks inside the complex.
The frescoes decorating the entire cloister date back to the second half of the sixteenth century.
Commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici, they were completed between 1570 and 1590 by the “accademici fiorentini” (among them Santi di Tito, Bernardino Poccetti and Alessandro Allori). The frescoes depict episodes from Christ’s life on one side and the lives the most famous Dominican saints on the other.

WiCAS event

Date: Monday, May 28
Time: 18.45 – 21.30
Place: Istituto degli Innocenti
Address: Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 12

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Istituto degli Innocenti

Fortezza da

Gala Dinner

Date: Tuesday, May 29
Time: 20.15 – 24.00
Place: Fortezza da Basso – Padiglione Cavaniglia
Address: Viale Filippo Strozzi, Porta Faenza (5 minutes on foot from the Congress Centre)

After the Awards Ceremony that will take place at the Congress Centre, the Gala Dinner will be hosted in the Fortezza da Basso, a fortress surrounded by the XIV century walls of Florence.

The compound was designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger for Alessandro de’ Medici, Duke of Florence and built between 1534 and 1537.

The pentagonal Fortezza outlived its functions and in the 1960s it was reconverted to host international fairs and events such as Pitti Immagine, a milestone in the fashion world.

Farewell Party

Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 18.00 – 20.30
Place: Congress Centre
Address: Piazza Adua 1

The Farewell Party will take place in the garden of the Congress Centre.

A show will be performed by the Castiglion Fiorentino Historical Group and its Flag-Wavers. This performance originates from the ancient custom of flag-waving dating back to the 13th century when, throughout Europe and particularly in Italy, after a special event like the end of a war, the standard bearers of the town’s military companies would celebrate such event by performing difficult exercises with their flags.

Typical Florentine performance