Artificial Life is an interdisciplinary undertaking that investigates the fundamental properties of living systems through the simulation and synthesis of biological entities and processes. It also attempts to design and build artificial systems that display properties of organisms, or societies of organisms, out of abiotic or virtual parts.
ECAL, the European Conference on Artificial Life, is a biennial event that alternates with the US-based Alife conference series.
Important datesWorkshop submission: January 31, 2013Workshop acceptance: February 15, 2013Paper submission: February 28, 2013Author notification: May 1, 2013Camera-ready Paper Submission: June 1, 2013
For some time now we have been sharing our mutual appreciation for all things Sicilian. This week I am traveling to my home in Sicily, and along the way I’ve made a detour to my other childhood home-- the ever-beautiful city of Rome.
A staple of Sicilian cooking, the humble fava bean has a colorful and controversial history dating back to the time of the Egyptian pharos and is mentioned in numerous Greek and Roman texts of antiquity. Thought to have been brought to the...
There are some great little ones in Southeast Sicily, say between Ragusa Ibla to Giarratana to Palazzolo Acreide with a side trip to Buscemi and down to Siracusa. Or around Noto. Maybe around Mt. Etna?
Below I have picked out 9 italian of 50 international best cultural tours for 2013
6 Emperors and Artists, Italy
A great option for those new to the cultural treasures of Italy, this tour promises all the show-shopping Italian moments, from gondola rides in Venice to gelati in the Roman sunshine. It also offers a snapshot of Italy’s artistic legacy, including an expert-guided tour of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery; and the many artistic riches housed in the Vatican City at Rome, including that famous paint-job by Michelangelo. July 8 and 22, from £4,489 (0845 485 1525; abercrombiekent.com)
8 Norman Might, Baroque Splendours: Puglia Across the Ages
The historian Charles Freeman leads this “leisurely” exploration of Puglia, the heel of Italy. It includes visits to a wide range of monuments from medieval and later periods, and time to absorb the magnificent Baroque architecture of Lecce and the much lesser-known Norman cathedrals and castles of the regio. September 23-30, £1,995. Ciceroni Travel (01869 811167; ciceroni.co.uk)
11 Florentine Palazzi
A new itinerary focusing on Renaissance palaces and allowing access to several that are normally closed to the public. These include Palazzi Corsini, Lanfredini, Pandolfini and Capponi all’Annunziata. Special arrangements also allow entry to the Uffizi’s 16th-century Vasari Corridor. The leader is Dr Joachim Strupp, an expert in Italian art. November 6-10, £1,920. Martin Randall Travel
15 The Ancient Greeks and Romans of Naples
Rupert Smith, a classicist and teacher, brings the stories of ancient Greece and Rome to life on this week-long Easter holiday tour aimed at families with children aged 11 and over. Boat rides and a stay on a mozzarella farm combine with trips to Naples, Pompeii, Amalfi and Paestum to provide a good balance of fun and education. April 4-11, £1,630 excluding flights. Cazenove and Lloyd (020 7384 2332; cazloyd.com)
23 Pompeii, Herculaneum & Classical Campania
A chance for special, behind-the-scenes access to some of Pompeii’s private monuments and buildings is why this tour is among Andante Travels’ most popular options. Spring and autumn departures are led by a range of expert lecturers including William Manning, Emeritus Professor of Roman Archaeology at Cardiff University. Seven departures March to May and September to October, £1,365. Andante Travels (01722 713800; andantetravels.com)
34 Verdi at La Scala, Milan
Kirker is offering several trips to La Scala; given that this is Verdi’s year, the one that includes two of his greatest works in three days looks like the one to pick. The productions of Aida and Don Carlo are conducted by Fabio Luisi, and the trip is accompanied by Sandy Burnett, the musician and former Radio 3 presenter. October 28-31, £1,290. Kirker Holidays (020 7593 1899; kirkerholidays.com)
41 Eastern Sicily
Private visits to gardens in the company of Robin Lane Fox, reader in ancient history at Oxford University, gardener and occasional contributor to Telegraph Travel. The itinerary includes palaces in Catania and Syracuse, the amphitheatre at Taormina, the Baroque town of Noto and a trip to see the Riace bronzes. Sept 13-19, £2,985 excluding flights. Fine Art Travel (020 7437 8553; finearttravel.co.uk)
45 Gastronomic Piedmont
Piedmont, centre of the Slow Food movement, arguably takes its food and wine more seriously than anywhere else in Italy. This tour includes visits to Alba, the world’s white-truffle capital, and to several Barolo wineries, plus meals at simple trattorias and Michelin-starred restaurants. It also leaves time to explore the region’s art and architecture – which are also of the highest order. The lecturer is Marc Millon, co-author of Frommer’s Food Lover’s Companion to Italy. Oct 5-11, £2,660. Martin Randall Travel (020 8742 3355; martinrandall.co.uk)
46 Gastronomic tour of Sicily
Peter Sommer is best known for his cultural cruises in Turkish gulets, but he also offers themed trips to other European destinations. This itinerary in Sicily takes in both gastronomical and historical highlights and is led by Marcello Baglioni, a cultural specialist, and Dr Michael Metcalfe, an archaeologist. It includes cooking classes, visits to local producers of cheese, olives, honey and wines, and numerous tastings, including one of traditional modicano chocolate. Oct 5-12, £2,495 excluding flights. Peter Sommer (01600 888220; petersommer.com)
Negli ultimi 12 mesi oltre tre milioni di russi hanno cercato Venezia nei motori di ricerca online: il 51% in più rispetto all’anno prima. Un milione e 300mila hanno digitato Verona (+49%), mentre in 391mila hanno digitato Sorrento (+75%). Sono queste le mete più gettonate dagli utenti ex sovietici, seguite a ruota da Taormina, Terracina, Torino, Trento e Trieste, oltre alle classiche Roma e Firenze.
In Sicily, don’t rely solely on public transportation – rent a car to see more of the island. Since most travelers in Italy don’t venture south of Rome, Sicily is often considered very foreign territory.
The gathering of the official Ducati club of Southern Italy. / Official Ducati Clubs South Italy gathering
Saturday 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Racalmuto (AG) in Sicily, was held the great event of the Ducati Sicilians. Nell'autodromo Valley of the Temples, in the frame of Moto Fest, Day organized by the South VI Ducati Ducati DOC Palermo Club with the cooperation of all the DOC of Sicily (Catania, Syracuse, Messina, Trapani, Baroque) involved many Ducati fans from all over Italy who welcomed the guest of honor , the great Troy Bayliss. The 3 time world champion was available for photos and autographs and had fun on the track along with the pilots of the Red Cup Trophy Twins, organized for many years by the DOC of Palermo to aggregate the Ducati lovers of the track. The event was very exciting on-track with alternating performances in the paddock, free trials, circuit races, performances by stuntman, a sexy bike wash, Ducati models, and a great evening with barbecue, music and shows.
The Guardian Travel tips: Sicily, walking in Yorkshire and place to stay in the Forest of Dean The Guardian A new Ryanair flight from Stansted to Comiso has put this south-eastern corner of Sicily on the radar.
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