11th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling
23-26 Sep 2018 – Palermo, Italy

Welcome to Palermo


 Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, is located in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. Built and grown over the course of centuries, Palermo conveys a range of diverse cultures and traditions, from the Fenicians to the Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish-French people, until the recent unification within the Italian kingdom. Nestled in La Conca d’Oro (the golden shell) and roughly embraced by Monte Pellegrino and Capo Zafferano, Palermo was declared “the most beautifully situated town in the world” by Oscar Wilde – rightly, in many people’s eyes.

Palermo may not be the natural choice for first-time visitors to Italy, yet its dark complexities have attracted artists and writers for centuries: Wagner wrote Parsifal here, and until a few years ago Jenny Saville operated from a studio in a crumbling 18th-century palazzo.

Moving from the city center to the more recent quarters of Palermo, in via Ruggero VII and via Libertà, you will encounter very interesting shopping areas enriched by the presence of the two main city theatres, Politeama Garibaldi and Massimo, the largest opera theater in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. Built between 1875 and 1891, it can accommodate more than 1,380 spectators. The opera was designed and supervised by the great Italian architect Giovan Battista Filippo Basile. It is considered one of the most famous operas in Italy where you can enjoy music and beautiful room.


Walking within then narrow and characteristic streets of the city center you will also be able to smell and taste the flavours of Palermo street food: “pani ‘ca meusa” and “panelle” (bread with fried spleen or chickpeas slices), “stigliola” (grilled meat), arancine (rice balls), “sfincione” (typical Palermo’s pizza) particularly abundant in historical markets of the city.

Colourful and picturesque, you will find small open shops selling food with their array of multicoloured awnings, their brightly painted stalls decked with assortments of fruit, vegetables or fish, lit with bare light-bulbs. To get the real soul of Palermo, take a walk at its markets. You will stroll through Ballarò market to reach Professa square with the baroque Casa Professa del Gesù church. The ‘Vucciria’ market is certainly Palermo’s most famous, always bustling with colour and noise (which possibly gave rise to its name). Eventually, just beyond Massimo theatre you will find the Capo market, the most famous for the variety of spices and aromas.

In the very close neighbourhoods of Palermo, the small village of Monreale hosts the Cathedral, a unique architectural jewel, built according to the Bizantine style and astonishingly enriched with golden mosaics, representing the main episodes of the Holy Bible.

The Foro Italico, a sea side marina walk populated by Palermo citizens, separates the city center from the sea side, reaching the gate of the city harbour the third largest commercial harbour in Italy. Here you can enjoy a walk, eating ice Palermo also offers wonderful options for enjoying beaches and bathing and swimming in the crystalline water of the city’s most popular beach of Mondello, 30 minutes from the city centre by city buses.


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Conference Venue

The UDM sessions will be held at the modern Conference building located in within the University of Palermo’s Campus. With its 19 rooms, the conference building is an ideal location to host parallel sessions during the UDM.


The opening session will be held at the Aula Magna of the Polytechnic School of Palermo, located within the University of Palermo’s Campus. The Campus is very close to the city center and is easy to be reach; the main entrance to Campus is just a few meters from the underground station and is also reached by the urban bus service. The University of Palermo’s Campus is located within the Park d’Orléans.


The park was built in the early nineteenth century as a reserve d’Orléans Palace, which currently houses the Presidency of the Sicilian Region. It is also an experimental catchment with measuring (quality and quantity) of an area of 10 ha stations.


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How to reach Palermo

How to reach Palermo city centre from Palermo airport:


Palermo airport is connected to the city centre by the A29 highway (about 35 km, i.e. 40–45 min driving).

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The Trinacria Express connects Palermo central station directly with the terminal.

Ticket costs around €6.00. Click for the timetable


From Palermo central station (or Piazza Politeama) to the airport and vice versa: Autolinee Prestia e Comandè.. Buses every 30 min. Trip duration 45–60 min. Ticket costs around €6.50.



A special rate of €35 is offered to UDM participants to reach the city centre by the company Cooperativa Autoradiotaxi. To reach the center the rate is €38.

Trapani Airport

The second airport located in Trapani (about 120 km from Palermo) offers also a number of low-cost flights from/to most European countries. Trapani airport is connected to Palermo city center by BUS. Click for the timetable.


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