Social Program

Social Events for Congress Delegates and Accompayning Persons

Saturday May 18th, 2024

Social dinner (extra charge)

20.30    Restaurant Il Pianone

The Pianone was built in the second half of the 1600s on the ruins of a medieval fortress, the outermost point of San Vigilio Castle. Nestled in a luxuriant vegetation in Bergamo Upper town, Il Pianone restaurant is surrounded by flowers and has a fabulous terrace overlooking Bergamo and its valleys.

Attendees can book the social dinner during the registration or later until May 8th, 2024 in their personal area.

Social Events for Accompanying Persons

Included in their registration fee

Friday May 17th, 2024

Walking tour - Hidden gems of Bergamo: gardens, cloisters, courtyards, and masterpieces Venetian Renaissance painting.    

15:00    Meeting point at the congress venue, Sant Agostino, Piazzale S.Agostino 2 Bergamo

Bergamo is home to of lush gardens, courtyards, cloisters and Venetian Renaissance masterpieces but most are hidden behind the city’s palaces, monasteries and little churches.

We will access some of the most spectacular hidden gems from public parks to private cloisters, with this exclusive walking tour for a glimpse into the hidden side of the city. Behind the scenes with your guide, you will admire flowering pergolas and private courtyards.Let’s discover the history of Bergamo in a perfect mix between nature, art and daily life!

17:30  Return to the congress venue by TukTuk


Saturday May 18th, 2024   9:30 – 17:00

09:30  Meeting point at the congress venue, Sant Agostino, Piazzale S.Agostino 2 Bergamo

Discovering Bergamo on the notes of Donizetti. A journey through space and time.

Exceptional opening and guided tour of the Donizetti Theater. The area where the theater stands was presented to the traveler of the time as a collection of wooden shacks in which merchants displayed their wares. In that place of great wealth stood a number of temporary wooden theaters, which were demolished at the end of the season and rebuilt the following season with the same specially preserved material.

In 1897, on the centenary of Gaetano Donizetti's birth, the building took on its present appearance, a majestic structure with one of the largest halls in Italy and was named after the famous composer.  "Following" the Maestro's notes, accompanied by the guide's narration, effortlessly aboard an electric TukTuk, you will travel through the streets and places of the city that were the stage of Donizetti's life: from the Theater dedicated to him in the Lower Town, to his birthplace in the medieval Borgo Canale to the magnificent Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore where he is buried and celebrated by the romantic marble sculpture.

12:00 Exploration of an ancient private tower house in the Upper Town, in the historic center of Bergamo.

The tour will start from the entrance of the tower house on the ground floor and go up the stairs of the sundial tower, thus gradually discovering the evolution of the building over the centuries, but also of the city of Bergamo itself. Then you will enter the top two floors furnished with furniture and furnishings from the various eras that characterized the lives of those who lived there. You will thus arrive at the top of the tower but be careful... without a lift. You will feel like you are reliving the times that once were firsthand, surrounded by family objects and heirlooms, an experience that will make you love our beautiful city and its most secret peculiarities even more. Finally, from the windows on the top floor, you will enjoy the view that sweeps over the roofs, the Lower Town below and the profile of the Orobic Prealps.

13:00    Lunch

14:30    Visit to Valverde Castle

The origins of Valverde Castle date right back to the 10th century. The castle, which is set among the green and rolling hills that frame the Venetian Walls, is considered to be one of the most outstandingly scenic and panoramic spots in the Bergamo area and boasts a splendid view of the Upper City. Its spacious grounds, which feature a wide variety of different plans and trees, includes a section with an Italian-landscaped garden.

17:00    Return to the meeting venue

If you wish to attend the Social Program or to register an accompanying person, please contact the Organizing Secretariat by e-mail at: