The organising committee are busy setting up the social programme that will run alongside the conference. Full details will follow, but here are some of the visits that might be available:

We will organise a walking tour of Florence. Florence’s historical centre is small and thus perfect for exploring on foot! There may be opportunities to explore: The Centro Storico: The historical area around the Duomo; The Oltrarno: the left bank of the Arno river; or perhaps a climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo & San Miniato.


A trip to Florence during the bicentennial of the birth of Florence Nightingale has to include a visit to her birthplace – the Villa Columbaia, near the Porta Romana in Florence. The Villa, located just on the outskirts of the heart of Florence, sits on a very steep hill with good views over the city.


The “Ospedale degli Innocenti” is more than an architectural milestone. It has provided care of infants and children continuously for more than five centuries. Beginning with its sponsorship and through its services as well as its architecture, the “Innocenti” represents the evolving humanistic views of Florence of the early Renaissance.


For those wanting to explore Florence independently you can visit the Tourist Information Centre online.