EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar - dedicated to the Memory of Wally Marasas
Fusarium - Pathogenicity, Mycotoxins, Taxonomy, Genomics, Biosynthesis, Metabolomics, Resistance, Disease control

10-14 may 2015 - Martina Franca (TA) - Italy

EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar
EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar
EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar
EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar
EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar
EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar
EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar
EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar
EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar
EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar
EFS13 - 13th European Fusarium Seminar

Info> Tours


Several half-day  or one day tours could be available for our guests, all of them of historical Architectural and naturalistic interest.
Additional special offers and proposals will be available at Conference desk.

TRULLI AND CAVES - Alberobello-Castellana Grotte-Locorotondo

ON THE FOOTSTEPS OF FREDERICK II - Castel del Monte-Trani-Bari




  • Alberobello
  • Castellana Grotte
  • Locorotondo

Alberobello was probably founded around the XV century by the Acquaviva and the d’Aragona,Earls of Conversano.Its real urbanization began around 1635. All around the town centre we can find the characteristic trulli, which make Alberobello famous all over the world as UNESCO HERITAGE site.
The monumental area of the town is completely made up of trullis united into groups along the narrow and steep alleys leading up the hill. The inside of the trullis are generally made up of a central room communicating with the other rooms by means of arches. The most complete and highest trullo is the so called Sovereign trullo, it is on two floors, it can be found behind the square near the mother church.
Castellana Grotte
is a small but active city. The first documents mentioning the city go back to the X century. The towb has a well kept city centre which goes back in time, rich of noble buildings dating back to the XVII and XVIII centuries. Many churches can be found around the city among which the Mother church and the church of S.Francis from Assisi.
The convent of the monks of S. Francis, with its church is a very interesting place to visit . The church is dedicated to the Madonna della Vetrana, protecting saint of the city.
Castellana Grotte is famous around the world, above all, for the beauty of its Grotte which we can find about 2 kilometres outside the city itself, it is the most important speleologistic site in Italy, and it is one of the main tourist attraction.
Locorotondo ,agricultural and economic centre is characterized by the presence of trullis and vineyard and dominates the Valle d’Itria .
Locorotondo was once called Casale San Giorgio, renamed Locorotondo ( from the latin locus Rotondus) because of the roundness of its territory.
Some of the most beautiful places to visit are : the quarter street of San Marco, the Basile-Caramia Villa, the De Bernardis Palace, the oldest trullo of the Marziolla area and the historical city centre.
Apart from the patrons day feast (on the 16th of August ) from June to October , the country side around Locorotondo becames the centre of numerous feast.
There you can taste the typical (involtini soffocati) a meat dish cooked on the barbeque and enjoy the wonderful wines typical of the Valle d’Itria.


  • Castel del Monte
  • Trani
  • Bari
Near the city of Andria , 540 metres above sea level , we can find the Castel del Monte named so because of its collocation , infact it stands on top of a hill in the middle of the Murgia in Puglia.
It’s the most important monument of the time , as it was built by the Emperor Frederic II of Svevia.
Castel del Monte was built between 1240 and 1246, documents show that the Emperor took great care in building the castel even if there is no proof that he actually lived there.
The Castel has a unique shape infact its octagonal , with an octagonal courtyard inside thought to have been originally a swimming pool .Eight octagonal towers make up the Castel all of them are of the same height a the rest of the structure. The Castel isn’t surrounded by a ditch and for this reason it is prived of any type of defence. This was done on purpose because it was Built to celebrate the Emperor and and his power . Looked at from a distance if has the aspect of a crown.    
The name Trani comes from the latin  Tirenum or Turenum.
According to an ancient legend it was founded by Tirreno, the son of Diomede and it became famous after the distraction of Canosa by the Saraceni.
Trani became the splendid town we have today also thanks to Frederic II who built its castel still standing today.
The historical part of train is rich in churches and palaces , once the homes of nobles, proof of its illustrious past.
The most important of these palaces are, Palazzo Caccetta, Palazzo Quercia and Palazzo Bianchi all built in the XVIII century.
The Cathedral is without doubt one of the most beautiful ones of the Romantic period in Puglia and the most suggestive one in Italy. The ideal position in which it stands shows off all of Trani’ medieval origins. Dedicated to Saint Nicholas Pellegrino, it was founded in 1907 above the ancient curch of Saint Mary. The front of the church is made of a pinkish-white stone, ornated by only a few openings: the decoration is sobre , only the figures of special animals decorate it.
The belltower , belongs to the first half of the 13th century and it was built by Nicolaus et Protomagister. Inside the Duomo Of Trani there is a division between the superior church and the inferior church dedicated to S.Maria della Scala. Underneath   the church there is the apogee of S.Leucio.
Other churches worth seeing in Trani are: S.Teresa, a beautiful baroque building, S Giacomo, of medieval origin,Sant’ Andrea, in bizentine style and S.Domenico, built in romantic style.
Outside the city centre we can find the Abbey of S. Maria di Colonna: founded in1098 by the Benedictines. Its entrance is still in a good state of conservation , while inside we can see three naves with a splendid central one.
Last but not least there is the Castel of Trani, built by Frederic II in 1233 , it was finished in 1249 and until a few years ago it was used as a prison.
Bari is a city which has grown slowly. Until the end of the 18th century it was a peninsular of a triangular form and it began to be inhabited during the Bronze Age, later it became roman, bizintine, Norman svevian, and so on.
For centuries the population of Bari built their homes around the main sites of the city , for example the castel , the church of Saint Nicholas and the market square.
Bari’s financial heart can be found in Piazza Mercantile, which is also its town centre.
The main street is Via Palazzo di Citta’, it was created in the year 1500, today there we can find decaying buildings which have been turned into shops, cheap restaurants,courtyards in which sunlight enters from above.
All  around we can find people who still live the life style of years ago, who still put out their chairs outside their homes together with the ( tavoliere) the wooden tool used to make (orecchiette ) the famous pasta made in the south of Italy.
The church of Saint Marco of the Venetians, the small church of Saint Agostino, which was rebuilt in 1508 and the romantic church of San Gregorio, the home of the statue of Saint Nicholas cannot be missed.
Apart from the churches and the castel , the old part of the city (Bari Vecchia) is of great interest along with the other monuments which are a must , like the Arco della Meraviglia , the De Gemmis library., the museum and the monument of Santa Teresa dei Maschi.


  • Matera
  • Taranto

, once the famous city of stone, is today modern in appearance even if the old stone homes are still visible. Where the old stone buildings meet up with the new concrete ones the spectacular view it offers is marvellous and of high interest to historians . During the Greek times Matera probably wasn’t very important .
But the hidden treasures dating back to medieval times , among which there is a necropolis with tombs similar to those found at Canne della Battaglia , makes   visiting it worthwhile.
Matera was part of the region of Puglia ( Otranto’s land ) up to 1163, year in which it was handed over the region of Basilicata which confines with Puglia.
In 1952, Taranto come up with the grand opening of its archaeological museum where it presented its collection of gold objects. Many of these jewels go back in time from the I to the IV century B:C. In particular we can see the splendid tiaras imitating Oak and Laurel leaves, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings of all shapes and sizes. Other jewels we can see in the museum come from Canosa .
In fact the most beautiful necklace we can see was found in a tomb in Canosa di Puglia , its made of heavy gold and its 33.5 cm long . On the necklace there are also some lucky charms of different sizes.
Apart from gold and silver items, we can also find ceramics , many of which were found during the digging and building works.


  • Lecce
  • Otranto.
Lecce  is the capital of the Salento , from the 16th century , it became a little Versailles and it attracted many nobles who went to live there and they began a kind of game where everyone tried to do better than the others, as far as the type of palaces they built , how they furnished them , the churches they built and so on .
The baroque style in Lecce is particular . It is completely different from the Roman one or from the German and Sicilian one. It is bound by a secret nobody knows about and the stone used to build it is also very different from any other stone normally used.
The monument where the baroque of Lecce is more visible is the basilica of Santa Croce , this basilica has been restored recently .
Another monument which is a must to visit is the Duomo and the seminary Palace next to it, but it’s the Cathedral square which is the symbol of the baroque in Lecce .
Other baroque monuments to visit are the church of Santa Chiara , the elegant church of Santi Nicolo’ and Cataldo and the church of the Teatini.
Otranto was called Hydruntum ( from the river Idro which flows in the port) was once a Greek city.
Thanks to its position the port of Otranto was very much used during the roman period.
In medieval times it was one of the most important centres of the Byzantine dominium in Italy.
It was assailed by the saraceni more than once. Together with Bari and Taranto  Otranto was also the fulcrum of the last Byzantine resistance against the Normans . In 1480 Otranto was assailed by the fleet of Maometto II.
The most important monument is without doubt the Cathedral. A silent temple , sacred to the memory of the massacre in 1480. Another important church in Otranto is the church of San Pietro.
In Byzantine style of the X and XI centuries , Its main interest is due to the numerous wall paintings we can find inside.
But Otranto is also famous for its beautiful shores , which attracts thousands of tourists every year, also for the mild climate and clear waters which characterize the sea in Puglia.