Plenary meeting, Catania 6-8 February 2013

Meeting venue

The next TREND Plenary meeting will be held in Catania on February 6-7-8, 2013. It will take place at the Katane Palace Hotel, Via Finocchiaro Aprile 110, 95129 Catania.

Katane Palace Hotel is located in the historical centre in Catania, one of the most attractive areas in Sicily, between the sea and Etna. Katane Palace Hotel, near Via Umberto and Via Etnea, the heart of Catania.

The meeting structure will be the following:

  • Feb 6: 14.00-18.00 Working sessions
  • Feb 7: 9.00-18.00 Working sessions
  • Feb 8: 9.00-18.00 Internal TREND Plenary Meeting

If necessary, working sessions can continue their activities on Saturday morning, Feb 9.


Final Agenda

Social dinner (Feb 7): Ristorante "I Crociferi":  (map)


Please register here

How to reach Katane Palace Hotel

By Plane
From Airport Fontanarossa Vincenzo Bellini: 

  • Taxi: rate from the airport to the city center is 20 Euro. 
  • Public Transportation: from/to airport take bus line AMT “Alibus” 457.
    The Rate is 1Euro and the ticket has to be purchased inside the Airport.
    Closest bus stops to Katane Palace Hotel is Piazza Giovanni Verga.
    The “Alibus”457 time schedule is reported below (please note that the bus timetable can be subiect to unexpected change so consider more than half an hour of delay on the estimated time of travel):


Bus schedule

Bus schedule holiday

Bus route

  • By Train:
    Catania Centrale Train Station is at walking distance (1km, estimated time by Google maps:13 min)


  • By Car
    From motorway Messina - Catania(A18) and motorway Palermo - Catania(A19) get exit for Catania and follow indications for Katane Palace Hotel.
    Coordinates Gps
    Longitude  15.0935873
    Latitude      37.511680


Hotel accommodation:

Katane Palace Hotel

We have negotiated a special group rate that is very convenient, and includes the use of meeting rooms. Please use the booking form available on this section.

Arrival: 6 February – Departure: 8 February 2013

  • Euro 118.00 per day per person in single room or double for single use
  • Euro 98.00 per day per person in double room sharing with a colleague
  • Euro 20.00 per day per second person in double room (only overnight)

City tax not included in the package rate and will be paid on arrival : euro 1.50 per day

Package includes:

Free mini bar (mineral water, and analcoholic beverage daily furnished)  ; free wi-fi, free buffet breakfast, light lunch and meeting facilities.

Continental breakfast, Free wi-fi connection, Fax, 24h Reception, Hall, Internet Point, Laundry Service, Bar, Conference Room, Newspapers, Excursions and visit to monuments and exhibitions , Multilingual Staff,"Il Cuciniere" Restaurant, Banqueting, Free Parking (subject to availability). 

Booking: for organization purpose the participant are invited to book the hotel through the booking form available here . The form can be delivered by mail or fax  (  Fax: +39 095 7470172). 

Payment: direct by the participant provided by prepaid (credit card or bank transfer), or on arrival. In any case a credit card to guarantee will be requested on reservation time.

Cancellation policy:

10% 1st night will be requested for cancellation made 15 days prior to arrival.
50% 1st night will be requested for cancellation made 7 days prior to arrival.
100%  total stay  will be requested for cancellation made 45 hours prior to arrival.


Overnights: 4 + 5 February (Sant’Agata day’s fest):
Double for single use: euro 80.00 per day per room
Double room: euro 100.00 per day per room

Special Week end: 8+9+10 February 2013 (minimum stay 3 nights)
Double for single use: euro 65.00 per day per room
Double room: euro 80.00 per day per room

All rates include: free mini bar, free wi-fi, buffet breakfast.

About Catania

Turistic information about Catania and S. Agata celebration are available here.