Pari Center for New Learning

Conference Hosting
The Center offers full facilities to host your conferences, workshops and meetings. 
Information on upcoming conferences at the Center. 
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Conference Hosting

Each year the Pari Center organizes conferences that reflect its philosophy and areas of interest. The Center is open to hosting conferences in the case of groups whose vision and topics fit into the overall Pari Center philosophy.

Meeting in Pari is a very different experience from that of a normal city-based conference center or hotel. The Center can host groups of up to twenty for conferences, roundtables and meetings.

The Palazzo has pleasant comfortable meeting rooms that are light and airy, with wonderful views on all sides of the surrounding countryside. For accommodation there is the choice of a small Locanda (or Inn) in the village, furnished houses, small apartments and rooms. For those arriving by car and who would like to stay in the surrounding countryside there are a number of agriturismi - farmhouses that take guests.

Meals are served in the village community hall. The local women cook traditional Tuscan dishes that may include - depending on the time of year - wild boar, venison, and pheasant from the surrounding woods. Vegetarians are well catered for and all produce is locally grown. In addition, the wine, oil and honey served are all locally produced in the traditional way without pesticides and additives. Lunch and dinner include wine and mineral water. For a nightcap, or a cappuccino at any time of the day, you can sit outside the bar in the piazza and relax with other participants or simply watch the locals going about their daily lives.

In addition to the bar, Pari has small grocery store, a general store that stocks local postcards, film, cigarettes etc, a post office and a unisex hairdresser that opens once a week.

You may wish to meet in the mornings and late afternoon and leave some free time after lunch for rest (particularly in the summer months), to take a guided tour around the village, or visit the sulfur hot springs, once used by the Etruscans, located below Pari. There is no charge for bathing in the waters that are particularly efficacious for those who have problems with joints or skin conditions. From mid-April to mid-November the Spa is open for those who would like a massage, inhalation treatment, a facial, etc. all offered at reasonable prices.

If you would like to go further afield, a visit to the remains of the Abbey of San Galgano, built in 1218 by French Cistercian monks, is well worthwhile. The remains of San Galgano, together with the sword he plunged into a rock when he renounced the world, are located in the oratory, a tiny chapel with a beautiful cupola built with the ancient system of concentric rings used by the Etruscans in their tombs.

The Archaeological Park of Roselle is a short distance from Pari. Once a wealthy and thriving Etruscan city visitors can now see the remains of homes, graves and public buildings. There is also an amphitheater built by the Romans after their conquest of the town.

During a free afternoon you could visit Montalcino to sample its famous Brunello wines and combine this trip with a visit to Sant'Antimo a beautiful abbey church built at the intersection of traditional pilgrim routes and said to have been founded by Charlemagne.

If you have a full free day you could visit Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Perugia, Cortona or Assisi.

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