12th European Conference on Artificial Life

September 2-6 2013, Taormina, Italy

Designing, Programming, Evolving, Simulation and Synthesis of Natural and Artificial Living Systems
"What is Life?", Erwin Schrödinger.


Taormina is a small town on the east coast of the insland of Sicily, and is one of the most beautiful places in Italy. Taormina has been a very popular tourist destination since the 19th century.

It has popular beaches (accessible via an aerial tramway) on the Ionian sea, which is remarkably warm and has a high salt content. Taormina can be reached via highways (autostrade) from Messina from the north and Catania from the south.

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Travel to Taormina


Catania Fontanarossa International is the nearest and most convenient airport at some km. 55 from Taormina. It features several flights from the major Italian cities such as Milan Malpensa, Rome, Naples, Venice, etc and many international direct flights from important european cities such as Bruxelles, Munich, Barcelona, Athens, Malta and many more. Lots of charter flights from all over the world land to Catania too.

From Catania airport you can reach Taormina in one hour drive by very convenient direct highway A18 (direction Messina, exit TAORMINA ).
Direct bus to Taormina centre are available at 08.30 - 11.30 - 13.30 - 16.30 - 18.30 - 20.30 every day.
By Taxi about 1 hour.


Taormina's railway station is considered one of Italy's most beautiful for its elegant charming Sicilian Liberty style decor; every train arriving from Northern Italy to Sicily stops here.

One has a large choice of trains, from de-luxe Eurostar down to simple but very efficient "Espresso train" normally departing from Milan, Turin and Rome through Naples and the Amalfi & Capri area.