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The Doge's Palace (Italian: Palazzo Ducale) is a historical building in Genoa. Once the home of the Doges of Genoa, it is now a museum and a center for cultural events and arts exhibitions.

It is situated in the heart of the city, with two different entrances and facades, the main one on Piazza Matteotti, and the second one on Piazza De Ferrari.

Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 9 - 16123 Genoa, Italy

Conference rooms

ICDL-Epirob 2014 will be held in the hall of Minor Consiglio (2nd floor). Registration and posters as well as coffee breaks will be located just outside the main hall. The workshops and tutorials will be carried out at the ground level in the “Munizioniere” hall (three rooms). Registration on the first day will happen just outside the Munizioniere.

Historical Notes (from wikipedia)

The first parts of the Palace were built between 1251 and 1275, during the flourishing period of the Republican history of Genoa, while the Torre Grimaldina (also named "Torre del Popolo" - Tower of the People) was completed in 1539. The Palace of the Doges was restored in 1992, in occasion of the celebrations of Christopher Columbus and the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. The palace originated from the acquisition by the commune of Genoa of houses of the Doria between San Matteo and San Lorenzo churches (1291), after which the construction of an annexed new building was started. To this, in 1294, a tower of the Fieschi family was added. The palace was restored in the 1590s by Andrea Ceresola. Around 1655, the Ducal Chapel was frescoed by Giovanni Battista Carlone and Domenico Fiasella. In 1777 it was subject to a fire, and was subsequently rebuilt in Neoclassicist style by Simone Cantoni. On the main floor, the so called Piano Nobile, are the frescoed halls of the Maggior and Minor Consiglio, where many public events take place. In July 2001 the Palace hosted the G8 Summit, which was attended by the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.

Area attractions

The conference is going to be held in Genoa, ITALY. Genoa is the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy. Genoa is one of Europe's largest cities on the Mediterranean Sea and the largest seaport in Italy. Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba ("the Superb one") due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006. The city's rich art, music, gastronomy, architecture and history allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture. It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

Genoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle of north-west Italy, is one of the country’s major economic centers. The city has hosted massive shipyards and steelworks since the 19th century, and its solid financial sector dates back to the Middle Ages. The Bank of Saint George, founded in 1407, is among the oldest in the world and plays an important role in the city’s prosperity since the middle of the 15th century. Today a number of leading Italian companies are based in the city, including Fincantieri, Ansaldo Energia, and Ansaldo STS.

Genoa's historic centre is one of the widest of Europe (about 400.000 m2). The structure of its oldest part is articulated in a maze of squares and narrow caruggi (typical genoese alleys). It joins a medieval dimension with following 16th-century and baroque interventions (San Matteo square and the ancient via Aurea, now via Garibaldi). Remains of the ancient 17th-century walls are still visible nearby San Lorenzo cathedral, the most attended place of worship of Genoa.

The conference location at the heart of the Genoa will have all major monuments, museums and tourist locations within walking distance. Numerous restaurants and bars are available in the same area for lunch and dinner. Accommodation is available similarly at walking distance to the conference place (a list of hotels and prices will be provided).

Accommodation in the area

The conference venue is in the heart of the city and therefore the possibilities for accommodation are plenty with a varied range in quality and price. Most of them are within walking distance from the venue. Prices are indicative for the same period of the year (October) in 2013.


Bristol Palace
4*, 142$
Best Western Metropoli
3*, 135$
Best Western City
4*, 160$
Locanda Palazzo Cicala
from ~100$
Melia’ Genova
5*, from 176$
Holiday Inn Express
4*, from 76$

Latest News

Conference participants can take advantage of a special discount for the exhibition "Frida Kahlo e Diego Rivera held in Palazzo Ducale, by showing their conference badge with a document at the Ducale ticket office.

The conference official program is available here.

Online registration is now available here.

The euCognition final meeting will be held in Genoa just after ICDL-Epirob on October 17th-18th. euCognition members can have their travel expenses covered by the network.

Important dates


   April 30th, 2014 - paper submission

   July 15th, 2014 - author notification

   Sept 7th, 2014 - final version


   July 20th, 2014 - Registration opens

   October 13th-16th, 2014