NICSO 2007  
Acireale, Sicily (Italy), November 8-10, 2007
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NICSO 2007 will be held in Acireale, Italy, a nice city near Catania. It enjoys a splendid position near the seaside.


Acireale is situated on the Timpa, a green plateau, covered with citrus plantations, between the slopes of Mount Etna and the sea. Acireale is built over a lavic territory, and it boasts a conspicuous production of citrus fruits, cereals, other fruits, and vegetables. It presents a characteristic handicraft, based on objects in lava-rock and on wrought iron.

Acireale is famous for its neogothic cathedral, Saint Peter's Basilica, and its paintings, such as The Basilica di San Sebastiano whose shapes summarize the entire baroque movement in Sicily. The oldest academy in Sicily, the "Accademia dei Dafnici e degli Zelanti" is located here.

Every year in Acireale is celebrated the most beautiful Carnival in Sicily, which has strong folkloristic and tourist values for the city.

The main attraction of the carnival are the typical allegorical and flowers wagons, which attracts a great numbers of tourists and it is recognized like one of the most famous events at international level

The works of the workshop will be in one of the more characteristic baroque building, city hall of the town. It presents several mascheroni (stone figures) in each balcony, typical representation of the baroque style.


See how to reach Acireale here



The recently modernised Grande Albergo Maugeri is situated in the heart of Acireale, immersed in the green gardens of Garibaldi Square and walking distance from the Cathedral, city hall (place of NICSO 2007 works), and the Basilica of San Sebastiano, fine examples of Baroque architecture.

The hotel is less than a kilometer away from the motorway and 2 kilometers away from the train station.

As the location is central, it is very easy to reach the many nearby shops and if you wish to spend an evening out there are cinemas and a host of quaint restaurants.

The Grande Albergo Maugeri, a 4 stars hotel, has 59 rooms, 58 spacious and comfortable rooms and 1 junior suite, all furnished in a refined manner, 2 restaurants, an American Bar and five meeting rooms.


There are rooms available for the disabled and smokers, all designed for those seeking comfort in the traditional Italian manner.

The hotel also has 14 new rooms with shower jacuzzi

Grande Albergo Maugeri
P.zza Garibaldi, 27
95024 - Acireale (CT) - Italy
phone: +39 095 608666
Fax: +39 095 608728
to book:

If you contact the Hotel for any informations or for booking a room, specify always the name of the workshop NICSO 2007.