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Dipartimento di Fisica della Materia e Ingegneria Elettronica


Istituto per i Processi Chimico Fisici



Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti







The conference venue is the Hotel Imperiale - Taormina.



Taormina, located on the northeastern coast of Sicily,   shares importance with other historical Sicilian cities like Syracuse, Messina and Catania. It is perhaps the most popular of tourist destinations in Sicily, noted both for its natural beauty and its art treasures.

Taormina offers so much to see and do. While touring ancient ruins, you can also book a tour of the nearby Capo Sant'Andrea grottos or visit the Isola Bella (beautiful island), known as the “Pearl of the Ionian”. Isola Bella is protected by the World Wildlife Federation, and is a designated Nature Preserve. 

Taormina is close to Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano which makes it an unforgettable area to tour. As amazing as it is during the day, it gets  enchanting at night when it is an illuminated wonder.




Travel Informations


By Car

Taormina can be reached via highways (autostrade) from Messina and Catania.


By Train or Bus

There are regular trains to and from Messina and Catania. However the station (called Taormina-Giardini) is at the bottom of the hill, on the seafront 2 km below the centre. There are some buses down, but it's often more convenient to take a long-distance bus from the centre straight to or from your destination.


By Plane

The closest airport is Fontanarossa International Airport, located in Catania, about 50 km (31 miles) south.

At Catania airport taxis and bus services are available at any time.






Never shall I forget the sensation of our arrival in Sicily. The sky was the bluest of blues; on one side of the train the sea was sparkling, to the other were mountains, and orange and lemon groves. The sun was dazzling. It was hot.


D. Phelps, A House in Sicily



Key Dates

  • September 26, ELS XIII begins


U.S. Army International Technology Center-Atlantic Research Division

Department of the Navy

Office of the Naval Research Global


Rosalba Saija - Dipartimento di Fisica della Materia e Ingegneria Elettronica  

Viale F. Stagno d'Alcontres, 31 - 98166 Messina - e-mail: elsxiii@unime.it

Last Update: 05/27/2011