Registration for our workshops has now startet:


Please ensure you book your seat as space is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Here you will find descriptions of most workshops and a workshop schedule overview to download.

Workshop Overview as PDF


Interactive workshop on overtourism

How can guides play an active role in protecting frail territories and promoting least-known destinations? A subject significant for all the most attractive sites in the world, is the negative impact of overtourism on local communities, famous tourist attractions and destinations, may they be art cities, i.e. Venice, Rome, Como Lake, or Cinque Terre.

Speaker for the interactive workshop on overtourism: Prof. Martina Gatti, Italian tourist guide and Rome University Tor Vergata Professor

To know more about Prof. Martina Gatti, visit the Speakers page.

Interactive workshop on root tourism

All over the world, in particular in the US, Canada and Australia, people of Italian lineage are trying to trace back their ancestors and deepen their knowledge of family roots. Very often they discover not only their own lineage and blood ties, but also get a deeper understanding of the Italian cultural background that is part of their personal heritage. Letizia Sinisi, together with her team and an entire community, assisted American film maker Bob Sorrentino in tracing part of his family’s origins in the town of Avellino.

Speaker for the interactive workshop on Root Tourism: Dr. Letizia Sinisi

To know more about Dr. Letizia Sinisi, visit the Speakers page.

Interactive workshop on film tourism

In order to deepen the film tourism theme anticipated by Councilor Elvira Amata Prof. Enrico Nicosia, who was part of the team that created the cine tourism project in Sicily, will hold an interactive workshop on this very topical matter in Sicily and Siracusa,  and how this topics applies to other relevant examples all over the world.

Speaker for the interactive workshop on film tourism: Prof. Enrico Nicosia

To know more about Prof. Enrico Nicosia, visit the Speakers page.

More speakers will be announced soon!


Wednesday, January 24th 2024, 09:00 – 12:00 Dedicated to Delegates, Participants and Accompanying persons. Please, note that these tours are all going to be repeated more than once between 9 and 12. Choose the one you want to attend to during your registration to the Convention.

Catacomb of Saint John and Museum of Archaeology

The catacomb was excavated between 315 and 360 A.D. and remained in use until the end of the 5th century. To save work, the tunnels in the Catacomb of Saint John of Syracuse were opened on the site of a subterranean disused Greek aqueduct. Tradition holds that Saint Paul preached here, thus the Christians have always considered the catacomb a sacred place. It is not difficult for us to imagine the thousands of people who for centuries walked through those tunnels to bring greetings o their beloved who passed away.

Jewish Ritual Bath

Tucked on one of the narrow streets of the Giudecca, the Jewish quarter of Ortygia, at a depth of 11 metres below ground level, participants will visit the Miqwè, presumably the most ancient Jewish ritual bath that has ever been found in Europe. An exceptional discovery was made just a few decades ago during renovation works on a private palace.

Papyrus Museum

The Papyrus Museum deals with the study, conservation and dissemination of the testimonies of the papyrus culture, which has a first-rate place in the history of civilization. The Museum carries out activities for the recovery of artefacts and documentation on the use of the papyrus plant among the various populations, as well as research activities whose results have provided a concrete contribution to the solution of many questions ranging from the origin of the papyrus to the safeguarding of papyri of the Ciane river (Siracusa). Participants will know more about how the papyrus of Siracusa is made and more about its history!

Visit of the Pupi Theater

The Opera dei Pupi is a popular form of theatrical entertainment that developed in the early 1800s with tin marionettes as protagonists of elaborate tales of chivalric heroes, saints and infamous bandits. With this field workshop participants will see how pupis are created and used, the history of the theatre and more!

Greek Theater Backstage

The backstages of the Greek Theatre are situated in the Pantanelli Contrada (Pantanelli District). Here, you will be able to see all the magic behind the shows: all kinds of workers contribute to creating backdrops, theatre props, masks, costumes and more.