Rimini 2008

European Conference 2008
Rimini, Italy

Program About the City | Participants and Sponsors | Photogallery

Dear PTPI Friends,

It was a true pleasure to meet with you in Rimini. 

See you next year in Montpellier!


Preliminary Schedule Event Comment
Thursday May 8 Optional day - Ravenna and Youth Program
9:00 Departure for Ravenna day excursion Optional program
14:00-17:00 Youth Meeting Optional program
20:00 Dinner in Rimini Optional program
Friday May 9 Arrival and Registration
8:00 Registration open
9:00 City Walk
10:00 "Exempla" exhibition at Sismondo Castle Optional program
Lunch on own
14:00 City Walk
14:00 Board of Trustees Meeting Optional program
18:30 Welcome cocktail
19:30 Welcome reception
Saturday May 10 Council meeting and Chapter Fair
8:30-9:00 Registration open
9:00 Council Meeting
TOPIC Dott.ssa Bondoni
12:30 Lunch
PTPI updates Mary Eisenhower
Chapter Fair
18:45 Departure for Villa Verucchio
Conference Gala Dinner in Villa Verucchio Villa Verucchio
Sunday May 11 Excursion to San Marino
8:30 Departure for San Marino
Meeting at Palazzo del Governo Dr. Tamagnini, San Marino Ambassador
Guided walk in San Marino
12:15 Possible early departure to Rimini Local bus on own expense
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Return from San Marino
16:00 Latest return to Rimini
Departures Homestay

Trip to Ravenna

Departure for Ravenna by bus

Lunch in the city centre

Free time in the city

Return to Rimini by bus

Ravenna has a unique cultural and artistic herritage. Please read more under travel information.

The program will only take place if twenty participants register.

About the City


Rimini, which consists of an extensive sea-beach side and an old heart, the town centre, is an open, hospitable and people-friendly city. In the centre, the ancient narrow streets and squares such as Corso d'Augusto, Via Gambalunga, Piazza Cavour, Piazza Tre Martiri and Piazza Ferrari are pedestrian zones and some parts, like the 'old fish market square', are popular meeting place for young people in particular, who have become even more numerous now that Rimini is an important university centre with over 5,000 students. Near the old stone counters where fish was once sold, trendy bars and pubs have opened turning this charming little square into the heart of nightlife in Romagna. There are plenty of memorable places in Rimini. Special highlights include monuments such as the Tiberius Bridge, the Arch of Augustus and harmonious Pigna fountain that so enchanted Leonardo da Vinci. Important ethnographical, art and photographic exhibitions are held throughout the year in historic palaces such as Palazzo Arengo, in the Municipal Museum, in the Dinz Rialto Museum of Extra-European Cultures, and within the ancient walls of Castel Sismondo.

For those who love shopping, Corso d'Augusto and the surrounding area are a must and offer everything from craft shops selling traditional, rust-printed cloth to top boutiques selling famous designer labels.


Ravenna is a city and comune in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The beautiful historic city is inland, but is connected to the Adriatic Sea by a canal. Ravenna was once the capital of the Western Roman Empire and later of the Ostrogothic kingdom. At present, it is the capital of the province of Ravenna.

The city – which has eight historic buildings included in the UNESCO's World Heritage list – is worth visiting all year round, as it offers many things to see, such as the Neonian Baptistery, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Arian Baptistry, the ancient church of Spirito Santo, the St. Francis Basilica, rebuilt in the 10th-11th centuries, the baroque church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Porto, the so called Palace of Theoderic and we could go on and on.

Ravenna is called a "living mosaic" city, since masterpieces of this art decorate the interior of churches and mausoleums. THe buildings in Roman, Gothic and Byzantine style are testimonies of Ravenna's long and rich history.

Ravenna's cuisine is famous for its delicious foods and drinks. There are tasty dishes, like the "piadina romagnola", a traditional speciality, breads and different types of pasta, as for example Cappelletti, served with meat sauce.

Taking a walk in the narrow streets of the old part of the city, which brings you back to the ancient past, sitting in a local bar and drinking a good Italian wine, visiting natural sights such as the forest, the lagoon, the golden beach or just simply being part of a real and exiting Italian city life for a while are the things that attract thousands of tourists every year.

Villa Verrucchio

Villa Verucchio is a part of Verucchio, a municipality in the province of Rimini, region of Emilia-Romagna. It is located at 18 km from Rimini, on a spur overlooking the valley of the Marecchia river.

Today Villa Verucchio is attractive place for the tourists because of its history on the one hand and its wonderful climate on the other. Among the most interesting sights are:

  • Rocca Malatestiana: Malatesta Castle, 12th-16th century; also known as Castel del Sasso, or "Castle of the Rock"
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Rocca del Passerello with the annexed gate
  • Romanesque-Gothic Pieve (church), dating around 990
  • Franciscan Convent (built around 1215), the most ancient in Romagna, inside the church is a masterpiece of the 13th century Riminese painting school representing the crucifixion, outside is a high cypress that, according to the legend, was planted by St. Francis himself.

San Marino

San Marino, a European microstates, is one of the most serene republics in the Apennine Mountains. It is a landlocked enclave, completely surrounded by Italy.

San Marino claims to be the oldest constitutional republic in the world: it was founded on September 3, 301 by Marinus of Rab. Following a local tradition, Marino left the Adriatic island of Rab with his lifelong friend Leo and went to the town of Rimini as a stone worker. After persecution because of his Christian sermons, he escaped to the nearby Monte Titano, where he built a small church and thus founded what is now the city and the state of San Marino.

San Marino was the world's smallest republic from 301 to 1968, when the even smaller Republic of Nauru gained independence. By the mid-fifth century, a community was formed; because of its relatively inaccessible location and its poverty, it has succeeded, with a few brief interruptions, in maintaining its independence. In 1631 its independence was recognized by the papacy. During the early phase of the Italian unification process in the 19th century, San Marino served as a save haven for refugees who were persecuted because of their support for the unification. In memory of this support, Giuseppe Garibaldi accepted the wish of San Marino not to be incorporated into the new Italian state.

The capital of San Marino is itself called 'San Marino' and is situated high up on a mountain top. The capital is surrounded by a wall and three distinct towers overlook on the rest of the country. The three towers are: Guaita, the oldest of the three; the 13th century Cesta, located on the highest of Monte Titano's summits; and the 14th century Montale, on the smallest of Monte Titano's Summits, still privately owned.

San Marino has a famous cake known as La Torta Di Tre Monti (Cake of the Three Mountains/Towers), similar to layered wafer cake covered in chocolate. The city can be easily explored on foot since it is so small. The narrow streets are full of surprises. The walkways wind up and down the hillside in an interesting way, inviting exploration.

Participants and Sponsors

Complete registrations: 128


Region of Emilia-Romagna            Provincia di Rimini                            Rimini



Fatbardha Bullari
Dhimo Bullari
Ervin Canollari
Silvana Canollari
Olda Cico
Iris Cico
Stela Dhamo
Violeta Dhamo
Teuta Dyla
Blerina Gjonaj
Zoje Kasmi
Genci Mucaj
Luigjina Sata
Ervis Sela
Mimoza Tali

Anna Znosko

Daniel Schaubacher
Myriam Schaubacher-Taes

Czech Republic
Jirina Vejdelkova

Gunild Bogdahn
Svenn Erik Kristensen

Ahmed Roushdy

Heather Exell
Stuart Exell
Betty Holland
Len Holland
Leila Martin
Andrew Martin
Peter Whitby

Copois Aurélie
Nawel Belkourchia
Marilyne Denohic
Anne Hawksworth
Sophie Jail
Julien Kraemer
Chantal Lengrand
Mathieu Male
James Parker
Muriel Tabet
Charlène Valero
Twelimona Wakolele

Hannelore Buechler
Peter Buechler
Luise Denk
Hans Denk
Verena Denk
Lars Poignant
Christiane Schadow
Dagmar Schönbeck

Anikó Bedekovits-Garami
Ágnes Pásztor
Hans G. Randau
Julia Randau
Bálint Tényi

Ferrero Achille
Stefano Boezio
Vittorio Castracane
Manuela Corti
Maria Frego Ferrero
Alessandra Furletti
Anna Giovannetti
Massimo Gottifredi
Profsa Guarnieri
Architetto Ioli
Maria Vittoria Liverani
Valeria Magistrelli
Andrea Magistrelli
Marco Magistrelli
Catia Manduchi
Jacopo Mauro
Raluca Maria Mihaila
Kirste Milligan
Martina Morini
Chiara Pedretti
Piera Pelosi
Angela Puglisi
Alberto Ravaioli
Mrs Ravaioli
Pierluisa Ronchi
Beatrice Scuri
Maurizio Temeroli
Francesca Villa

Enisa Bajrami

Bayanjargal Moldoi

Doina Cepalis
Constantin Danciu
Sorina Danciu
Carmen Hbous
Corina Moraru
Bogdan Tamba
Cristina Timirgaziu
Ivona Toader
Vadim-Radu Toader
Corina Tofan

Pedro Pablo Del Olmo Garcia

Rolf Dahlberg

Veronika Aebi
Anca Alius
Thomas Ammann
Ronnie Blakeney
Charles Blakeney
Denise Girard Ammann
Isabelle Hänni
Ernst Honegger
Martine Honegger
Veronica Kobel
Ulrich Krebs
Claudia Krebs
Cornelia Siegenthaler
Ernest Wälti
Regina Wälti
Nicolaus Westerkamp

Kateryna Romanova

Ted Britton
Barbara Capozzi
Mary Eisenhower
Homer R. Hicks
Carol Jarvis
William Jarvis
Anita Manuel
Troy Nash
Joseph Patterson
Dean Runkle
La Vicie Runkle
Leonard Tharney
Beatrice Tierny
Julia Tjeknavorian
Viktor Zikas


We thank the conference sponsors for making the event possible:

Hannelore Buechler
Peter Buechler
Barbara Capozzi
Rolf Dahlberg
Heather Exell
Stuart Exell
Ernst Honegger
Martine Honegger
Marco Magistrelli
Anita Manuel
Leila Martin
Andrew Martin
Genci Mucaj
Joseph Patterson

Lars Poignant
Hans G. Randau
Julia Randau
Pierluisa Ronchi
Daniel Schaubacher
Dagmar Schönbeck
Beatrice Scuri
Brian Tetlow
Julia Tjeknavorian
Francesca Villa

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