2020 IEEE Radar Conference: Social Program

Welcome Reception

Where: Congress Venue – Palazzo dei Congressi
Piazza Adua, 1 – 50123 Firenze
Time: From 7:00 pm

Congress Palace

Congress Palace, housed in the nineteenth-century Villa Vittoria, surrounded by a centuries-old park is located in front of the Palazzo degli Affari and is connected to the Fortezza da Basso thanks to a square that forms a single fair-congress citadel of over 100,000 square meters. in the historic center of Florence. Villa Vittoria boasts a prestigious congress hall – the Auditorium, which can accommodate up to 1,000 people with an auditorium layout with annexes 920 sq m. of exhibition spaces, the Belvedere with a breathtaking view of the main monuments of the city and various rooms on the floors of great allure and elegance. The Limonaia (220 m2) overlooking the garden is a perfect location for small art exhibitions, product presentations, conferences and presentations.

Social Dinner

Where:  Santa Maria Novella Cloister
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI

Santa Maria Novella

Within the historic setting of Florence, the cradle of Renaissance art and culture, guests will be welcomed into one of the most representative buildings of the city: Santa Maria Novella.

A few steps from the Congress Venue, Palazzo Vittoria, we will reach the Basilica and its cloisters: walking through history, in a path of paintings and frescoes, guests will be welcomed between the secular arches and the large garden that is enclosed within them, to relive an evening that talks about past, present and future.

Santa Maria Novella is a church in Florence, Italy, situated opposite, and lending its name to, the city’s main railway station. Chronologically, it is the first great basilica in Florence, and is the city’s principal Dominican church.

The church, the adjoining cloister, and chapter house contain a multiplicity of art treasures and funerary monuments. Especially famous are frescoes by masters of Gothic and early Renaissance.

They were financed by the most important Florentine families, who ensured themselves funerary chapels on consecrated ground.

Classical Music Concert

Where: Theatre “La Pergola”
Via della Pergola 12/32 – 50121 Firenze
Time: Entrance at 8:30 pm

Theatre “La Pergola”

Theatre La Pergola” is an historic opera house in Florence, Italy. It is located in the centre of the city on the Via della Pergola, from which the theatre takes its name. It was built in 1656 under the patronage of Cardinal Gian Carlo de’ Medici to designs by the architect Ferdinando Tacca, son of the sculptor Pietro Tacca.

The opera house, the first to be built with superposed tiers of boxes rather than raked semi-circular seating in the Roman fashion, is considered to be the oldest in Italy, having occupied the same site for more than 350 years.

It has two auditoria, the Sala Grande, with 1,500 seats, and the Saloncino, a former ballroom located upstairs which has been used as a recital hall since 1804 and which seats 400.

Work on completing the interior was finished in 1661, in time for the celebration of the wedding of the future grand duke Cosimo III de’ Medici, with the court spectacle Ercole in Tebe by Giovanni Antonio Boretti. Primarily a court theatre used by the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, it was only after 1718 that it was opened to the public. In this theatre the great operas of Mozart were heard for the first time in Italy, and Donizetti’s Parisina and Rosmondad’Inghilterra, Verdi’s Macbeth (1847) and Mascagni’s I Rantzau were given their premiere productions.

By the nineteenth century, La Pergola was performing operas of the best-known composers of the day including Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi. Verdi’s Macbeth was given its premiere performance at the Pergola in 1847.

The Pergola’s present appearance dates from an 1855-57 remodelling; it has the traditional horseshoe-shaped auditorium with three rings of boxes and topped with a gallery. It seats 1,000. It was declared a national monument in 1925 and has been restored at least twice since.

Today the theatre presents a broad range of about 250 drama performances each year, ranging from Molière to Neil Simon. Opera is only presented there during the annual Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.


Today the Pergola is much more than a theater. Epicenter of the Teatro della Toscana Foundation, a theater of national importance, the Pergola is today a living cultural center, which uses its history and the prestige of its spaces as its main potential. It has a multifaceted activity, which culminates in the great prose season, but hosts hundreds of different and all important events.

Every evening in the theater a ritual is celebrated, that of the show.

Walking in the corridors of the theater is like reading a book strewn with immortal names. All objects tell a story, the individual fabric fibers or wood particles are witnesses of a memorable event.

Then the ritual ends. Every evening the theater ceases to be itself. But it never gets lost.

Like a body, even at night it breathes and transmits magic all around. La Pergola has always looked to the future, bearing in mind its history as an invaluable wealth. Reaffirms its role as a temple of prose, and theater of the city to which it is intended to be offered as an irreplaceable meeting point.

Because La Pergola, in Florence, is The Theater.