Social Programme

Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Time: 19.30 – 21.00
Place: Congress Venue (STRESA Convention Center)
Fee: The Welcome Reception is included in the registration fees.
The Organising Committee and the ESCV have the pleasure to invite you to attend the Welcome Reception.

Date: Thursday, 14 September 2017
Time: 17.00 - 20.00
Place: Tour of the Borromean Islands (Isola Pescatori and Isola Bella).
Fee: not included in the registration fee
Delegates Euro 30 per person (vat included)
Accompanying persons and exhibitors Euro 45 per person (vat included
Boat cruise from/to Stresa with private motorboat in the Borromean Gulf Isola Madre – Isola Pescatori with stop - Isola Bella with stop dedicated English speaking guide

Isola Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), or Upper Island because of its more northerly situation than the other islands in the Gulf, is the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands, as well as the only one to be permanently inhabited.
Distinctive features of its ancient little village are narrow lanes with characteristic two-storey houses, with long balconies traditionally used for drying fish; the island’s inhabitants earn their living mainly by fishing and tourism.
Its unmistakable skyline is punctuated by the pointed spire of the Church of San Vittore, which rises above the red roofs of the houses; its shore is always occupied by the little boats of its fifty residents. It becomes even more atmospheric in the evening, when the whole island is discreetly lit up, a living picture reflected in the calm waters of the lake.

The Isola Bella is a natural treasure made even richer by human intervention; it has always been one of the favourite visitor attractions of Lake Maggiore, not to be missed if you want unparalleled views of the lake and its surroundings. Isola Bella is dominated by its sumptuous Baroque palace, along with a luxuriant Italian-style garden, which reaches a height of 37 metres and is laid out on ten terraces.
The garden is full of flowers and exotic plants of great rarity, which grow thanks to the particularly mild climate of the Borromean Gulf. Everything on the island has been designed to create a scenic effect, including the “Theatre” constructed at the end of the superimposed terraces, dominated by a statue of a Unicorn, the heraldic emblem of the Borromeos, which is flanked by statues representing Nature and Art.
The huge, extraordinary garden is further decorated with ponds, fountains and a plethora of statues dating from the second half of the 17th century.
The white peacocks that wander over the manicured lawns add their grace to this enchanting spot.

Date: Friday, 15 September 2017

Time: starting from 20.30
Place: Regina Palace Hotel - Corso Umberto I n. 29, Stresa (VB) Italy

Join us for a special evening! During the night you will have a rich dinner and live music.

If you have already booked your tickets, through the online registration system, you will find them inside your congress badge. Please present the tickets on the boat and at the entrance of the venue where we will take dinner.