3rd June 2018

PRE-CONFERENCE TOUR (not included in the conference fee)

During the day, participants can discover the beautiful Liguria. The trip by boat will let you discover many memorable places, such as Portofino, Cinque Terre or Portovenere. During the day, a light lunch will be served on board.

Back to Sestri Levante, you will join a typical Ligurian “Showcooking dinner”.

For example, have you ever tasted genuin Ligurian Pesto? In the mean while, you could try to prepare it for you?

Here is the recept from the website:



·      4 bunches of fresh PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) Genoese basil, which guarantees high-quality taste and flavour

·         30 g pine nuts

·         45-60 g aged Parmesan cheese, grated

·         20-40 g Fiore Sardo cheese (Pecorino Sardo), grated

·         1-2 garlic cloves from Vessalico (Imperia)

·         10 g coarse salt

·         60-80 cc PDO extra-virgin olive oil from the “Italian Riviera”, renowned for its sweet and fruity taste, which adds flavour to the basil and dressing.


The marble mortar and wooden pestle are the tools traditionally used to make pesto. Wash the basil leaves in cold water and dry them on a tea towel but don’t rub them. In a mortar finely crush the garlic clove and pine nuts until they are smooth. Add a few grains of salt and the non-pressed basil leaves, then pound the mixture using a light circular movement of the pestle against the sides. Repeat this process. When the basil drips bright green liquid, add the Parmesan cheese and the Fiore sardo cheese. Pour in a thin layer of PDO extra-virgin olive oil from the Italian Riviera, which lightly blends the ingredients without overdoing. The preparation must be done as quickly as possible to avoid oxidation problems. This is not the only possible way to make pesto. In Genoa and Liguria each person has a secret to this recipe: you will never find two cups of pesto that are the same

4th June 2018


The IPCE Gala Dinner will be a coveted, exclusive event. It will take place at Hotel  2 Mari. Located in a four-star hotel attached to the Conference Centre, Hotel Due Mari enjoys a prime position between Baia delle Favole (Bay of the Fables) and Baia del Silenzio (Bay of Silence)
A celebration, the dinner will bring together 2nd IPCE delegates, who will enjoy some of the best Ligurian wine and cuisine and then unwind with live music.
Registration for this event is included in the Congress Registration and in the Accomapnying Person Fee.  Tickets will be strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

5th June 2018


During this tour you will spend a memorable day at the Aquarium of Genoa, the biggest Aquarium in Europe. Your vis twill be a fascinating journey through exhibition of biodiversity and ecosystems. You will discover 12,000 specimens belonging to 600 animal species and 200 vegetal species, but above all live a unique experience above and below the sea surface, to touch with your hands  remember forever.


Liguria: History, art, local food and wine, together with spectacular seaside villages, little ancient towns, hidden trails, green hills, crystalline water, a coast rich of nature, …a stunning and unique place to discover in each detail.

Sestri Levante is a pictoresque village in the east side of Liguria.

The oldest – and prettiest – part of the town is on the ‘neck’ of a peninsula with a small hill at the end and bays to either side called Silent Bay (Baia del Silenzio) and the Bay of Fairy Tales (Baia delle Favole) on the other side. The Bay of Fairy Tales is named after Hans Christian Andersen who lived here for a short time in the early 19th century.

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. The town is clustered around its small harbour, and is known for the colourfully painted buildings that line the shore. Even the trees are handsome in Portofino, a small but perfectly coiffured coastal village that sits on its own peninsula, seemingly upping the exclusivity factor by mere geography. Many historic notable people spent their time in Portofino, such as the French poet Guy de Maupassant that dedicated a panegyric to Portofino or the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, Sir Winston Churchill or Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and Princess Grace. Starting from the 50s of 20th century a lot of Hollywood stars, famous actors and singers began to spend their holidays in Portofino: among others Rex Harrison, Rita Hayworth, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Robert De Niro, Liza Minnelli, Alain Delon, George Clooney, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Denzel Washington, Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart.


Located on the Gulf of Genoa in the Ligurian Sea, Genoa has historically been one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean: it is currently the busiest in Italy and in the Mediterranean Sea and twelfth-busiest in the European Union.[ Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba (“the proud one”) due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006. The city’s rich cultural history in art, music and cuisine allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture. It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Niccolò Paganini, Giuseppe Mazzini, Renzo Piano and Grimaldo Canella, founder of the House of Grimaldi, among others.

Cinque Terre and Portovenere

This part of Liguria is also known as the “Gulf of the Poets”, because through the centuries, many famous poets, writers and artists spent their holidays or part of their life this area. The writer David Herbert Lawrence, the poet Lord Byron, the writer Percy Bysshe Shelley, the writer and painter George Sand, and the Italian writers Petrarca, Montale, Gabriele D’Annunzio and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti are only some example of famous writers who were enchanted this earthly paradise. The Gulf of the Poets took its name from them. This strip of land which from Lerici arrives until Porto Venere, includes promontories, shores, jagged coasts, deep blue sea, ancient towns and wild nature.

Cinque Terre, which means Five Lands, comprise the five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso located in the Italian region of Liguria. They are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Portovenere is a small town in Liguria not far from the city of La Spezia. It is famous for its beautiful places: old castle, houses, churches and picturesque islands with numerous caves. Here you will find interesting excursions and places to rest.

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