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Wednesday 22 June 2016: Optional Three Cities Evening Tour & Dinner  

Price: EUR 50 per head (minimum number of pax 17)

The tour will start with a crossing from Valletta to the Three Cities by boat, a splendid way of experiencing the Grand Harbour. Upon arrival in Vittoriosa (or Birgu, as it is better known), the tour proceeds with a walk along the streets of this city. The name ‘Vittoriosa’ derives from the vital role the city played in the Great Siege of 1565, namely the victory of the Knights of St John and the Maltese against the Ottoman forces. A monument commemorating this victory can be admired in the main square of the city.

Vittoriosa was the area first selected by the Knights to serve as headquarters of the Order, before the building of the city of Valletta. In fact, the first buildings erected by the Knights are to be found here. Practically none of these building, however, are intact as the area was heavily damaged during the Second World War. Some of the old buildings have been totally rebuilt whilst others have been restored and are nowadays residences, offices or restaurants. The evening tour ends in one of these restaurants for an exquisite dinner.

 

Thursday 23 June 2016: Visit to the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering and Labs, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malta Msida Campus 

Participants will be taken from the Conference venue at the Valletta Campus to visit the Department and Labs at the Msida Campus. They will then proceed to Mdina for the conference dinner. More details later.   


Thursday 23 June 2016: Mdina Evening Walking Tour & Conference Dinner          

This is included in the Registration fee for participants paying the full fee. Transport included.

Accompanying persons and Single Day Registrations: EUR 40.

Mdina, the old capital city of Malta, is the Island’s most picturesque city. The tour starts with a walk through the narrow streets of this small medieval city, which allows the visitors to take in the highly ornate façades of the palazzi belonging to the most important Maltese noble families. The oldest palazzo, Palazzo Santa Sofia, dates back to the 15th century. Dominating the city is the imposing Cathedral built by the famous Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafá. The dome of this sacred building was Gafa’s masterpiece and is now considered as one of the symbols of the city.

The walk leads to the bastions, one of the highest points in the area, from where visitors can admire a panoramic view of the Island. Overlooking the whole area, it is easy to understand why the medieval soldiers used this part of the city as a look-out post in order to intervene should there be attacks in the surrounding areas.

The walk is followed by dinner in one of Mdina’s exquisite restaurants.

You may book these social events by accessing the online Conference and Social Programme Booking Form here

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