Politecnico di Milano 12-14 September 2016 Lecco, Italy

Conference social events

During the conference, all the participants will have the opportunity to enjoy Italian culture, architecture and food thanks to two social events that will be organized on monday and thusday evening.

Concert at Lecco Theatre – Monday 12th Spet.


Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend a classical music concert that will be held in the beautiful Theatre of Society. This theatre is placed in Lecco downtown in Piazza Garibaldi. It was designed by the local architect Giuseppe Bovara and was inaugurated on 1844 with “Anna Bolena” by Gaetano Donizzetti. The theatre has the typical Neoclassical style and was built by the will of some Lecco’s families, being part of the nobility and upper middle class, but it was immediately open to all the citizens and the gods was built for them in order they can enjoy shows thus avoiding to wander in the night. The theatre inside hosts a beautiful fresco on its vault by the contemporary artist Orlando Sora.

Social Dinner in a medieval castle – Thusday 13th Spet.


The social dinner of the conference will be held on Thusday evening in the atmosphere of an old medieval castle. The actual founding date goes back to 900 AD when a military outpost arose on the plateau, in which two vaulted entrances led to the square center, and inside the court was a well. The first floor and square tower dates back to 1100. The building was expanded in 1200 and the court lost its characteristic central structure. The most ancient remains of the center are still visible in the facade that faces the cemetery. It originally consisted of four aligned buildings built on two levels, plus a basement, a tower and a wall bordering the Castle and the Church. It has been said that the construction of this Castle, as it is seen today, was desired by Cardinal Beltramino,   who   was   the most influential character of the Parravicini family alive during the first half of the sixteenth century. However, a document from the parish archives refers to the birth of Beltramino taking place inside the Castle, leaving us to believe that it was not he who founded the castle, but rather the one that restored it and brought it to splendor.