15th ACM International Conference
on Supercomputing

June, 16 - 21, 2001
Sorrento, Naples

Sponsored by ACM/SIGARCH

Tourist Excursions

The program of ICS'01 includes, among the other social events, an excursion to the excavation of Pompeii that will take place on Tuesday June 19th starting from 2:30p.m.

Additionally, here you can find a set of excursions proposed by the Russo Travel agency for the accompanying guests of ICS'01 participants.

The excursions can be booked until the day before you decide to do it at the Russo Travel desk that will be located in the hall of the Sorrento Palace Hotel. The prices reported for the excursions are for groups of minimum 25 people.

Full Day (FD) excursions last approximately from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., while Half Day (HD) excursions last approximately from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Meeting with the guide in the lobby of the hotel and walk to Sorrento centre.
First stop to visit the Cathedral, built on the site of the ancient temple dedicated to Saints Philip and James and the Bell-tower of the Cathedral, situated in a position not adjoining the church.
Walking through the historical centre we reach the church of San Francesco and its cloister, impressive scenario of musical concerts and art exhibitions. Close to this church there are the Public Gardens overlooking the sea with a splendid view of the Gulf of Naples. Stop for an ice cream.
Free time for shopping and walking back to the hotel. It lasts about 3 hours and half.
Rate per person, Lit. 33.000 / Euro 17,04 (guide service included)


Meeting with English speaking guide in the lobby of the hotel and departure by minibuses to Sorrento harbour. Embarking on the hydrofoil to Capri.
First you will visit the fabulous villa of Dr. Axel Munthe, a Swedish doctor whose best selling book "Story of San Michele" tells of his time on Capri. His villa was built with the remains of Roman ruins with a beautiful shady garden and terraces offering splendid views of the island.
This is optional, and the entrance fee should be paid to the guide directly.
Free time for shopping and walking down to Capri town along its cobbled and winding streets full of shops selling the handicrafts of the island (clothing, shoes, ceramics, jewellery made from coral and gold).
Admire the colourful gardens of Augustus overlooking the famed Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola where Gracie Fields once lived.
Return to Sorrento by hydrofoil and to the hotel by minibus.
Cost per person, Lit. 76.000 / Euro 39,25 (it includes: minibus transfer, hydrofoil and all transfer on the island, guide service)
Villa San Michele entrance fee: Lit. 8.000 / Euro 4,13

Positano HD

Meeting with English speaking guide in the lobby of the hotel and departure by bus to Positano.
Positano is said to be one of the most beautiful village of the Amalfi Coast.
The winding cliff top road offers breathtaking panoramic views at every turn.
Positano is famous all over the world for fashion, and jet set life, with its villas of famous actors and movie directors.
Lit. 45.000 / Euro 23,24

Amalfi Drive

Meeting with English speaking guide in the lobby of the hotel and departure by bus to the Amalfi coast.
The "Amalfi Drive" is said to be the most spectacular in Europe and from Sorrento, the winding cliff top road offers breathtaking panoramic views at every turn. Each spot is a world of its own, a fantastic world which dazzles the imagination and inspires unforgettable impressions.
We make a stop just above Positano, yet another splendid jewel of the coastline, which boasts picturesque pink and white villas perched dramatically on the steep hillside. Then go on to Amalfi, which gives its name to the whole coast on which it lies. Once a thriving Marine Republic, powerful and prosperous and now a thriving holiday resort. The unmistakable cluster of white tightly packed houses rising up the hillside is dominated by the beautiful Cathedral which stands superbly on the top of a great flight of steps leading up from the main square.
Housed in the magnificent cathedral are the remains of St. Andrew, the Patron Saint of Amalfi. From Amalfi we visit Ravello which nestles eleven hundred feet above the sea in the mountainside. We visit Villa Rufolo which gave the musician Richard Wagner the inspiration to create one of his most famous works. Return to Sorrento along the motorway.
Duration: about 8 hours.
Rate p.p., Lit. 44.000 / Euro 22,72
Villa Rufolo entrance fee, Lit. 6.000 / Euro 3,10

Naples FD

Meeting with English speaking guide in the lobby of the hotel and departure by bus to Naples.
Naples was founded in 600 B.C. by the Greeks and the Romans took over in 320 B.C., Naples is rife in history with buildings, churches and monuments dating back centuries. Just over an hour from Sorrento, it makes an interesting day out. On our tour, you will be able to visit the National Museum which is one of the best archaeological museum in the world. Most of the treasures from Pompeii and Herculaneum have been transferred to this museum for safe keeping. There is also priceless collection of paintings and bronze works.
Whole day escorted tour. Stop at the heart of the lively quarter of the city popularly known as “"Spaccanapoli"” for the visit of some of the most beautiful churches. The Church of Santa Chiara, with its fascinating majolica cloister in rococo style, the best known of the 18th century churches in Europe and the Church of the Gesù Nuovo with the astonishing richness of its floral marble decoration. Then proceed to the Royal Palace for the visit of the Royal Apartment. Time for an optional lunch in the centre and in the afternoon a nice walk through Piazza del Plebiscito, Galleria Umberto I.
Proceed by coach touching the S. Carlo Opera House, the imposing Anjeuin Castle and Posillipo from where you will enjoy the most fascinating view of the whole city of Naples from high above.
Alternatively we can visit the National Archaeological Museum, imposing building of the XVI century, which contains several mosaics from the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Duration about. 8 hours
Rate per person. Lit. 60.000 / Euro 31
Archaeological Museum entrance fee, Lit. 12.000 / Euro 6,20

Contact details
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Via S. Antonio, 80067 Sorrento (Napoli)
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