October 30-31, 2013

Palermo, Italy

Venue & Hotel


SustainIT 2013 will be held at Palazzo Chiaramonte-Steri, Piazza Marina, 61 90133 Palermo - Italy.

Palazzo Chiaramonte-Steri (early 14th century) was the residence of the powerful Sicilian lord Manfredi III Chiaramonte. Manfredi commissioned the decoration of the Sala Magna ("Grand Hall") with a painted wooden ceiling by Cecco di Naro, Simone da Corleone and Pellegrino Darena. From the late 15th century to 1517 it housed the Aragonese-Spanish viceroys of Sicily. Later, Palazzo Chiaramonte-Steri was home to the Royal Customs and, from 1600 to 1782, to the tribunal of the Holy Inquisition.
The palace was restored in the 20th century, eliminating numerous elements associated with its role as a jail of the Inquisition. During the works, the grooves left by iron cages in which had been hung the severed heads of the nobles who had rebelled against emperor Charles V were discovered in the facade.


Palermo offers a wide choice for accommodation, with varying costs.
The social event of the conference, on the evening of Oct 30, will be hosted at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, which will also provide accommodation at reserved rates for attendees of the conference.

Indicative rates (taxes and breakfast incl.) are:

"Executive" Double room (for single use)Euro 126.00
"Deluxe" Double room (for single use)Euro 170.00
Charge for additional guestEuro 20.00

For information and reservations, please contact the Hotel (piazzaborsa@piazzaborsa.it), mentioning "SustainIT 2013".

Other hotels close to the conference location are:

  • Hotel Centrale
  • Palazzo Sitano
  • Hotel Quinto Canto
  • Hotel Porta Felice
  • Hotel Politeama
  • Hotel Jolie
  • Hotel Posta

Additional hotel information is available through web sites including Tripadvisor, Booking.com and VisitPalermo.it.

How to reach Palermo by air

How to reach Palermo City center  from "Falcone and Borsellino" Airport

  • By bus
  • The bus service between Airport and Palermo is excellent and runs up to every 30 minutes:
    - from Arrivals terminal from 5.00 to 24.00
    - from Palermo Centrale railway station to Airport Departures terminal from 4.00 to 22.30
    Tickets can be bought aboard from the driver.
    Price: € 6,10 (one-way)
    For timetable and information: http://www.prestiaecomande.it
  • By train
  • Every day the Trinacria Express connects Palermo Centrale station with Punta Raisi airport. The first departure from Palermo Centrale station is at 4.55 and the last is at 20.09. From Falcone-Borsellino airport, the first departure is at 5.54 and the last is at 22.05 . The journey times vary depending on the departure time and the number of stops, and can take between 45 and 70 minutes. The cost of the ticket is 5.80 euro. You can buy tickets on this site, at the ticket desks, at the self-service machines, in travel agencies and at authorised sales points.
    For planning your journey search you can look timetable and purches tickets here.
  • By taxi
  • The airport's taxi service is in operation from 06.00 to 24.00 and the taxi rank is to be found outside the Arrivals Area. Fares from Palermo Centrale railway station to the Airport is about 45 euros.
    For timetable and information: Coop. Trinacria: +39 091-6878 and Coop. Autoradio taxi tel: +39 091-513311
  • By car
  • Palermo Airport is about 35km for Palermo.
    From Palermo: take the A29 motorway in the direction of Trapani and exit at "Puntaraisi - Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino"

How to reach Palermo City center  from Trapani International Airport

Terravision bus: http://www.terravision.eu/italiano/trapani_palermo.html
The journey time is approximately 120 minutes.

How to reach Palermo City center  from Catania International Airport

SAIS Autolinee: http://www.saisautolinee.it
The journey time is approximately 150 minutes.