Social Functions

Welcome Reception 

Date: Monday 29th July 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
 Terrace, Monash University Prato 
The Welcome Reception is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and network. 

Conference Dinner

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Date: Tuesday 30th July 2019
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
Venue: Villa Medicea La Ferdinanda 

The Conference Dinner will be held on Tuesday 20th July 2019 at Villa Medicea 'La Ferdinanda', a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.

The history of Villa 'La Ferdinanda' began in 1596 when the famous architect Bernardo Buontalenti was commissioned to build it by Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Originally constructed as a hunting residence, the villa was completed very quickly and the court of the Grand Duke with the Duchess, Christina of Lorraine, moved to this delightful estate. The Grand Duke and Duchess also lived here during the summer, when the weather was too sultry to stay in Florence.

A distinctive feature of the villa is its numerous chimneys protruding from the roof, making it visible for miles around and giving it its name of the 'villa of the 100 chimneys'. Not only an artistic affectation by Buontalenti to liven up the villa's austere architecture, the chimneys also had a functional reason for existing: heating. Aesthetics and functionality together testify a great work, the famous Tuscan architect's last.

Its history unavoidably features great names. In 1608, Galileo Galilei was invited to the estate by Ferdinando I to teach his son Cosimo mathematics. On the ground floor, the ancient kitchen boasts the famous roasting spit designed by Leonardo da Vinci. The unique Boudoir of Christina of Lorraine is only found at Villa 'La Ferdinanda', a corner of art with frescoes by Domenico Passignano which have remained intact for 600 years. The frescoes found in the drawing rooms on the piano nobile are the work of Domenico Passignano and Bernardino Poccetti; the villa had famous pieces by Pontromo, Bronzino, and even Titian and Caravaggio. 

The Conference Dinner at Villa Medicea 'La Ferdinanda' is not to be missed!

Villa Medicea La Ferdinanda

Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 1
59015 Artimino - Carmignano - PO - Italia

Please note: A transfer from Monash University Prato Centre to Villa Medicea (and return) is provided.The bus transfer to the Villa is departing at 6:30pm from Piazza S. Maria delle Carceri. Download the city map

Dinner bookings can be made while registering for the conference or added at the later stage to your registration from the "Add-ons" menu.