New Symposium Venue
Gnudi Scagliarini Palace

via Riva di Reno 77 - Bologna
Phone: 051 27 12 57
Mobile: 339 38 06 428 | 338 5968044

The organizing committee announces that PBA2013 venue will be moved to an historical residence located in the heart of Bologna.

Built literally across the channel that brings Reno waters to the city, is located via Riva Reno n. 77. The building has its origins in the first half of 500, when the family Malvasia bought a group of houses in order to unify them. Ownership went to family Fibbia and then to family Zambeccari  until year 1747 when it was sold to Raffaele Gnudi, business man of modest origins that  became rich through his knowledge and his work at the Apostolic Camera.

In 1758, Raffaele died and his 3 male sons three sons (Anthony, Francis and Canonic Giovanni Ludovico) divided his properties and the building a ground floor, right of entry, there were rooms devoted to the bench Family Gnudi, left the apartment of Canonic Giovanni Ludovico, in the third apartment of the mother Antonio, Teresa Zambler. On the first floor were housed Antonio with his wife and his brother Francesco. In 1775 Antonio, the most dynamic among the three brothers, began climbing the society: between 1776 and 1796 he married his children to the most important nobles of Bologna and the Adriatic. In 1786 he finally received the title of Marquis of Porretto and Piumazzo. In this social climbing is the rebuilding of the palace in the city: from 1785 to 1789 took place different kinds of changes on the project of Francis Tadolini. The loggia between the two self-made inputs different apartments where they continued to live brothers and mother. Antonio, committed to social climbing, spare no money on decoration of his palace and called it the best painters of the time: Serafino Barozzi, Giacomo Rossi, Pedrini the father and son, Vincent Martinelli and David Zanotti: but many of these halls are but destroyed the 1944 bombing.

In 1801 the wealth of the family Gnudi began to decline, resulting in the sale of household assets, excluding the building that went into the family legacy ponds and then, after several sales, family Scagliarini. It was then the Attorney Arturo Scagliarini who left to his death in 1943 the Royal Palace to the Poor House in Bologna, then called the Institute for Care and Riposo Giovanni XXIII. The facade is the work of Francis Tadolini and presents the typical characters including bicromia, which emphasizes the decorative elements, and the rusticated smooth. The high neoclassical portal is surmounted by a balcony and the door, adorned the top of the sculpture depicting allegories of the Abbondanza (right) and Sapienza (left), attributed to Petronius Tadolini, brother and assistant to Francis.

Inside the apartment of Antonio above the door the stucco are generally attributed to Luigi Acquisti and dated to 1786, while the decoration is very difficult assignment. In the hall of the so-called “ Vittoria alata che incorona la Nobiltà" decoration of the ceiling is still without attribution although some suggest the name of Fancelli, active also in the hall. The hall of Flora and Zefiro and the time is attributed to Filippo Pedrini for lightness and the grace of touch. Gnudi in the archives of the family were found only payments to Domenico Pedrini, father Philip, however, is very likely that his son had worked and worked under the direction and responsibility of the father.

How to reach the PBA2013 venue

You can reach the venue:

By train: walking distance (10 min walking) from the railway station. You can arrive at Bologna Central Station, thanks to high speed trains, in half an hour, from Florence, an hour from Milan, in an hour and a half from Venice, in 2 ½ hours from Rome, in 5 hours and 45 minutes from Bari.

By airplane: the Bologna Airport is 30 minutes distant from the venue by taxi or air bus transfer “Aerobus” (the bus stop is outside the airport, reaching the railway station and viceversa). The best way to get to Bologna from Marconi Airport is the Aerobus, which takes about 20 minutes and costs €6, dropping passengers at Bologna train station. Tickets can be purchased on the bus, or from the machine at the bus stop outside the terminal building.

By car: from the motorway take the Riding Road (“Tangenziale”); exit no. 7 “Bologna Centro”.


Parking nr 1
2 minute walking
Via Riva di Reno, 75
Tel. 051.268991

Parking nr 2
5 minute walking
Piazza VIII Agosto
Tel. 051.4222114 

Parking nr 3
5 minute walking
Via Azzo Gardino, 10
Tel. 051.6494143

Official Language
The official meeting language is  English.

Responsibility for personal accidents, loss or damages to private properties of participants and exhibitors can not be accepted. Participants and exhibitors are advised to make their own arrangements if they consider it necessary.

Changes in Program
For scientific and/or technical reasons the Organizing Committee and the Organizing Secretariat reserve the right to make change in the Meeting program.

Bologna has a continental climate, without any influence from the seaside. The summers are hot and muggy due to the high humidity in this area; in July and August it is normal for temperatures to rise above 37°C (99 °F).

There is no real need for a car in Bologna's compact centro storico (city centre) and parking can be tricky. The area is also closed to private cars Sunday to Friday 07:00-20:00. If you are staying in a city centre hotel or B&B, the hotel management should inform the transport department of your car registration number within 24 hours, so that you will not receive a fine for parking in the centre. You can also buy a special combined parking and bus ticket from hotels. This includes a day ticket to all city-centre parking or the car parks on the outskirts, and a day bus ticket valid for one person. The pass can be used 24 hours from when it is validated. To reach the city centre, drivers should follow the centro sign off the tangenziale (ring road), which links Bologna to the motorway. Full details of the city's park and ride scheme, which operates at the major car parks outside the restricted area, are available from ATC.

Local transportation

Bologna's efficient bussystem, run by the TPER - Bologna Passenger Transportation, has information booths in the train and coach stations, on Via Marconi and at various other points around town.
Telephone information is available by contacting the Call Centre: 051-290290 open daily from 7.00 to 20.00.
The office open to public located closely located to the PBA2013 venue is at the Railway Station Piazza Medaglie D'oro
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 6.45 to 19.45, Sundays and holidays from 8.45 to 19.45
Tickets allow the traveller to change buses or make a return journey within the hour. Single ticket price is 1.20 euro. As it is with the trains, travellers must validate their bus tickets by punching them in the machine upon boarding the bus. Better value is the Citypass, which permits 10 journeys (each punch covers the holder for one hour) which costs 11.0 euro, or theDayTicket,which is valid for 24 hours from the time of validation (4 euro).
Tickets and passes can be purchased at tabacchi, bars, newspaper kiosks, and tourist information offices. Hour-long tickets can also be obtained from parking meters. Single ticket can be also purchased on board from vendor machines, when available (price surcharge).

Car hire
Most major car hire companies have offices in the city, including Avis, Via Marco Polo 91 (tel: 05163 41632), and Europcar, Via Boldrini (tel: 0513 53665), as well at the airport. Drivers must be 21 (but there is a young drivers' per day surcharge for drivers aged under 25) and carry either a valid EU licence or an International Driving Permit. Car hire in Bologna is expensive. Basic insurance is included in the price, although extra cover can be purchased in order to avoid any excess charges in the case of an accident.

Bicycle hire
Bicycles are available for hire from Autorimessa Pincio, at Via Dell' Indipendenza,71/Z (tel: 0512 49081).

Taxis can be hailed on the street but rarely stop. It is better for tourists to hire them at taxi ranks (Piazza Maggiore and the train station) or to telephone the city's taxi cooperative,
CoTaBo, tel: 0513 72727
CAT, tel: 051 4590
Taxis in Bologna are expensive, with supplements for luggage and for travelling late at night (2200-0700) or on Sunday. If booking by telephone, passengers will be charged for the trip to the pick-up point. Taxi fares are calculated to include taxes and service - further tipping therefore is at the customer's discretion.