The Conference will take place in Palazzo Carlo Giavanti, Via A. Sofia, 78, Noto (SR), Italy. It was the Franciscan convent of Santa Maria di Gesù, founded in Noto Antica by the Minori Osservanti around the year 1440, was destroyed by the earthquake of 1693 and rebuilt in the new city built on the Meti hill, in an isolated position, on the western edge of the town. For reasons not yet clarified, it was suppressed at the end of the eighteenth century and with the Royal Decree of 8 July 1800 the Albergo dei Poveri was established in its premises, financed with the convent’s revenues.
The vast premises had a new destination in 1872, when the Casa del Refugio for orphaned and poor girls moved there, founded with an act of 20 March 1606 by Baron Carlo Giavanti, then built into a non-profit organization in 1878. For over a century the Casa del Refugio fulfilled its meritorious social function, but the financial difficulties and the changing times started it towards a progressive decline, until its extinction, ordered by Decree of the President of the Sicilian Region n ° 47 of February 17, 2004, and to the consequential devolution of the patrimony to the Municipality of Noto.
After the complete restoration, completed in 2009, the Municipality has assigned the large and prestigious premises to the seat of the Eastern Mediterranean University Consortium (CUMO).
The city stands as a jewel perched on a plateau overlooking the Asinaro valley, covered by citrus groves, almond and fruit trees. Its beauty stems from a tragic event: the earthquake of 9 to 11 January 1693, that brought death and destruction in this part of Sicily, but also gave a strong impetus to reconstruction, rebirth. Before then, the city rose 10 km away on Mount Alveria.
The city was built by studying and enhancing the prospects in a unique way, playing with the lines and curves of the facades with the decorations of the shelves, the curls and the spirals, the gargoyles, the cherubs, the balconies with wrought iron railings that fold in graceful and round shapes. Noto is rich of majestic palaces, built with the local, soft and compact limestone, the candor that time and the atmospheric agents have colored, creating that magnificent golden and rosy colour that the light of sunset highlights.
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