ACM SIGCHI Symposium on
Pisa, Italy - June 13-16, 2011
Social and Related Events
Connect with EICS 2011
Other Events in Italy
Social and Related Event
Social Dinner on June 15th ...
A guided tour of the Natural History Museum of Pisa University and the social dinner in The Charterhouse of Calci, that is open to EICS 2011 participants and for their accompanying persons with the supplementary social dinner pass.
The Charterhouse of Calci was founded in 1366 as a ghotic building, even if it display currently a baroque style
due to reconstructions operated in the 18th century.
All the construction plans were laid out by the monks themselves, for they only knew exactly the organizational,
architectural and administrative needs of the chartusian life as it was intended by the Rule of S. Benedetto:
times and places shared by the community and places for silence and solitude.
The building was used by the monks until the 1972, when the last monk moved to the
Charterhouse of Farneta (Lucca).
The Natural History Museum of Pisa University originated in the "gallery" founded in 1591 by Ferdinando I de'
Medici, as an annex of the Botanical Garden
This museum was subsequently divided into independent sections, because of the division of Natural History into
specialised fields of research, although it remained housed under the same roof.
In the following decades the Museum and the related research facilities expanded greatly; the collections were
continuosly enlarged by the addition of new specimens.
The museum was also used as a storage place for research material for the Faculty of Natural History at the University.
Luminara on June 16th ...
On June 16th Pisa holds the Luminara festival, held for the patron saint's day (San Ranieri).
At sunset, all the lights along the Arno are dimmed and more than 10000 candles are lit, which makes for some spectacular sights from the Ponte di Mezzo.
Various activities are organized in the streets and the night ends with a big fireworks.
For touristic information on Pisa see Tourism Pisa.
Last update: May 31, 2011