60 Years Skål
Meeting International Skål at TravelexpoIN

Main Convention Programme - 26 to 29 January 2012

January 26 - Thursday

Arrival of participants and accommodation at hotel in Palermo. Time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

h. 15.00 Sightseeing tour of the city: the path through the Parco della Favorita, the central axis Via della Libertà and the Historical Center will show urban development from the eighth century B.C. to today life  We will see, the Teatro Massimo the Quattro Canti, the Baroque city the medieval town. Continue to Monreale (link 4) visit to the Cathedral and Benedictine Cloister.

January 27 - Friday

Breakfast and overnight.

h. 09.00 Skål International Day dedicated to the Meeting and Travel Expoin at the Hotel St. Paul.
Visit the stand and Workshops.
Light buffet lunch
h. 15.00 Excursion to Cefalù for companions. Walk along the megalithic walls and medieval streets, visit the Norman Cathedral, the Arab Wash and the waterfront with its beautiful beach.
h 20.30 Gala dinner
Overnight at the hotel


January 28 - Saturday

Breakfast and overnight.
Day dedicated to the discovery of Western Sicily.

h. 09.00 Am hiking through the vineyards of Alcamo and the northern coast of the island. You will reach the Archaeological Park of Segesta to visit one of the most beautiful temples of the fifth century. B.C. Continue to the salt marshes of the Lagoon that with their windmills are still a natural and economical  treasure for the production of sea salt. Stop for lunch in a typical seafood restaurant opposite the island of Mothia and continue to Trapani the city voted to the sport of sailing, with its Old Town offers a fascinating walk through the pedestrian Baroque monuments recently restored to their original beauty.

Return to Palermo in the late afternoon. Dinner


January 29 - Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel Morning visit of the city.

h. 09.00 Departure to visit the Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace, a golden casket tangible sign of the twelfth century. rich multiethnic culture and politics of tolerance that characterized the Middle Ages in Sicily. Visit the Oratorio di Santa Cita in which the colors of white stucco reveal the art in the baroque of Giacomo Serpotta and Fontana Pretoria and I Quattro Canti  Baroque heart of the city, then visit the Teatro Massimo consistently  with days and hours of rehearsal.

Transfer on one’s own cost to the airport and departure.

Individual participation fee: € 500,00

Fees must be received January 20th, 2012 THE BANK C / C OF SKAL CLUB PALERMO as the following account:
Banco di Sicilia Piazza Unità d'Italia Palermo IBAN: IT 25 W 02008 04621 000300510316


The price includes:

• The accommodation in Palermo in 5 star hotel in double bedrooms.
• Number-3 breakfast buffet continental.
• Number 3-meals in the hotel and / or restaurant, as indicated in the programme.
• Participation in the International Meeting and Skål TravelExpoin at the San Paolo Palace Hotel. Visit the Booths and Workshops.
• Gala-dinner including transfers to and from the hotel by bus.
• Half-day sightseeing tour of Palermo coach with multilingual guide.
• (For accompanying persons) Half day excursion to Cefalù coach with multilingual guide.
• Full-day tour of Western Sicily coach with multilingual guide.
• Half-day tour of historical and baroque Palermo coach with multilingual guide.
• Entry tickets to museums and monuments, where required, according to the programme.
• The highway tolls and parking costs for the bus, where required, depending on the itinerary described in the programme.
• VAT, taxes and service charges.


The fee does not include:
• The baggage-porter.
• The extra-personal nature and gratuities.
• Everything that is not mentioned in the programme and under "included".

Optional extras:

Accommodation in single room: € 110,00
Transfer Airport / Hotel or vice versa:
- Private car and driver: 1/2 persons per way, per car : € 35,00
- 3/4 persons, each way, per car : € 60,00


From november 14 it will be possible to book directly.
For option, explanation or information, write to: info@Skålpalermo.it

Rich and of great value is the Baroque Palermo testimony of urban development interventions taken by the Kingdom of Spain and the Counter-Reformation Church. Of fine sculpture and architecture is appreciated in the Four Corners so called  the Theatre of the Sun, spectacular intersection of main roads and in the famous "Pretoria Fountain " valuable work created in 1554 to decorate the garden of Don Luigi di Toledo in Florence. Then purchased and remodeled by the Senate of Palermo, where it came dismantled into 644 pieces. To make way for the monumental achievement several homes were demolished, some sculptures were damaged during transport, while others were probably retained by the owner. It constituted the first intervention of sanitation of the historical center of Palermo for the richness of its running waters. Known as the Fountain of Shame by the citizens    for the exorbitant cost of acquisition and the nudity of the statues that aroused the wrath of nuns and prelates of the churches around, is still the place of 'public meeting in protest against the' Municipal Administration.
The Middle Ages in Sicily  are characterized by the coexistence of Arabs, Byzantines and Normans result of tolerance of King Roger of Hauteville and the recommendations of his  Grand Admiral George of Antioch. In 1129 the king met for the first time in Mazara del Vallo, the Parliament of Sicily, the oldest in the world after Iceland. This was made up of three branches: Feudal, , Ecclesiastic  and  Crown Lands . The feudal branch was formed by nobles representatives of counties and baronies, the branch church was formed by archbishops, bishops, abbots and archimandrites, while the Crown Land branch  was made up of representatives of 42 state-owned towns  of Sicily. Were formalized three languages ​​Latin, Greek and Arabic, they created the conditions for a golden age in the Arts as well as in the Letters, in Economy and Democracy giving birth to the identity of the Sicilians who still recognize  their  rich and charming past in the  Arab-.Norman monuments and in the spirit of tolerance that still distinguishes them.
Located in the heart of the Mediterranean, on the western tip of Sicily, Mothia was first  Phoenician port and, after the rise of Carthage to hegemonic center of the Mediterranean in the sixth century BC, the Punic town in western Sicily. Immersed as other Phoenician maritime centers in a unique ecosystem in the middle of the Lagoon of Marsala, a sort of great natural harbor and with different resources (agricultural products, fish, salt, etc..). Mozia remained for several centuries (IV-VIII), a thriving, holding and continuing beneficial relationships with inland Elimi (Erice, Segesta) and developing a fruitful comparison with the Greeks of Sicily. At the beginning of the twentieth century the entire island was bought by Joseph Whitaker, an archaeologist and heir to an English family who had moved to Sicily enriched with the production of Marsala. He was to promote the first real archaeological excavations, which began in 1906. Mozia, from archaeological point of view, has been and is one of the research laboratories of the most fruitful and promising Mediterranean, having preserved almost intact, covering about 45 hectares and having returned a wealth of artefacts. Excavation works were carried on by a British archaeological mission of the University of Leeds, led by Benedikt Isserlin and Pierre Cintas, a famous archaeologist who had already dug in Carthage, other investigations were conducted by the University La Sapienza of Rome by Sabatino Moscati, together with the local archeological superintendent Vincenzo Tusa.
Defined by Donald Garstang "the leading artist of the stucco in Europe" Giacomo Serpotta (Palermo, 1656-1732) created a revolution of style and culture, renewing the technique traditionally poor stucco sought inart and fashion. He had fame, success and commissions from major companies and church congregations and towns in Sicily: the sumptuous decorations today (his family members or students) are present in at least thirty churches in Palermo .
His "secret" was to add the lime and marble dust to plaster, until then normally used to form the filler: marble dust that gave an unusual layer of gloss to the figures. The difficulty of this technique, namely the speed with which the grout had to be processed before they dry out, requiring a very imaginative artist improvising details in the faces, gestures and ornaments. More than decoration, it is more appropriate to speak of an elegant theater where allegorical figures, putti and 'theaters prospective "possess a vitality so intense and soft, to achieve a dynamic rhythm almost musical.