Social Programme

Ice-breaker party
On Wednesday evening (12 October, 2016) there will be an ice-breaker party for participants and accompanying persons in the Sponza Palace (built 1516-1522), one of the most beautiful buildings in Dubrovnik that served as the cultural center of the Republic of Dubrovnik (Ragusa).
Free of charge.

Conference dinner
On Saturday evening (15 October 2016) the conference dinner will be served in restaurant “Posat” (Street Uz Posat 10), located just in front of the main town gate and with great views of the sea and the city walls. A set meal (three-courses) will be served. Drinks are extra.
Price: 30 Euros per person

One day post-symposium excursion
A one day post-symposium excursion is planned for Sunday (16 October, 2016). It is a guided tour to the towns of Korčula and Ston with organized dinner that is included in the price.
Price: 50 Euros per person

Departure by bus in the morning (pick up points at IUC and Hotel Lero). The ride from Dubrovnik along the beautiful Dubrovnik Riviera coast and the Pelješac peninsula will take us through one of the most famous wine-growing areas of Croatia. After about 2 hours we will arrive in Orebić where we leave the bus and take the boat for Korčula. The Pelješac peninsula once belonged to the Republic of Dubrovnik and the narrow strait that divides Pelješac and Korčula near Orebić represented the border between the Republic of Dubrovnik and the Venetian Republic for centuries.
A short boat ride from Orebić (20 mins) brings us to the island of Korčula where we will visit the town of Korčula (disembarking in front of the city walls). Korčula (Italian Curzola, lat. Corcyra Nigra) is an old medieval city and its streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern, allowing free air circulation but also offering protection against strong winds. The town is esteemed for being the possible birth town of the famous Venetian merchant, Marco Polo, who was born around 1254. This is based on written evidence that Marco’s family originated in Dalmatia and then settled in Venice, and that the Depolo surname, which has existed in Korčula at least from the 13th century, is linked to his family. The guided tour of Korčula will include visits to the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of St Mark (built between 1301 and 1806), the 15th-century Franciscan monastery with a beautiful Venetian Gothic cloister, the civic council chambers, the palace of the former Venetian governors, grand 15th- and 16th-century palaces of the local merchant nobles, and the massive city fortifications. There will be some free time for lunch and to do some sightseeing on your own.
In the afternoon, we will return by boat to Orebić and continue our journey to our next destination – the town of Ston. This small medieval town was one of the most important forts of the Republic of Dubrovnik. City walls that connect Ston with nearby Mali Ston are one of the longest fortifications in Europe. In front of the fortified town we will see the oldest active salt plant in the world, which has been in use since Roman times. Salt production here is still done the traditional way (manual harvesting).
We will have dinner in Mali Ston in an authentic restaurant by the sea (oysters from Mali Ston are a local specialty, and although not included in the dinner, anyone interested will be able to order some).
We will return to Dubrovnik later in the evening.