Where to go, where to stay, all the information you need. 

The 43rd CIESM Congress will take place in the historical center of Palermo (Sicily) at Palazzo dei Normanni and Palazzo Sclafani.

We highly recommend booking your hotel quickly as availability is already limited for this time of the year.

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, a place where the richness of marine life complements its cultural and historical tapestry. This island, strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, has long been a nexus of biodiversity and multiculturality. Sicily, with its blend of natural beauty and historical fascination, provides a unique backdrop for our congress.

In Palermo, Sicily’s capital city you can feel the authentic atmosphere that wins the hearts of everyone who sets foot there. Make sure to save some time for a quick tour of the city’s historic centre, or a longer discovery of Palermo and its surroundings. 

There are several ways to travel to Sicily. Here are some options for you to choose from:

By Plane

The international airport of Palermo, knowns as Falcone-Borsellino (is about 30 km from the heart of the city. It has daily connections to other popular Italian cities as well other major cities throughout Europe.

By Boat

Palermo’s port is directly connected via waterway to Genoa, Naples, Civitavecchia, Cagliari, Salerno, Aeolian Islands, Ustica, Tunis and Milazzo. This port is located in the heart of Palermo, which means that this point of access is easy to get to.

By Train

The main train station in Palermo is known as Stazione Centrale. This is located in the Old Town District in Giulio Cesare Square. These trains connect this hub to every other major Italian city, as well as other main Sicilian cities.

By Bus

This bus station will connect you to all of the other main Italian and Sicilian cities. You can fly into Rome and taking a bus heading to this station from Rome, but it is a very lengthy trip (around 12h).