We are glad to announce that the XXVIII Annual Gathering of Mensa Italy will be held in L'Aquila, Italy from 1 to 5 June 2011.

We choose L’Aquila to stay closer to members who are still in difficult conditions due to the earthquake of April 2009.
It is an opportunity for reflection, but also to meet and and have fun, with many initiatives and activities for all.

L’Aquila is in the centre of Italy and it's easy to be reached from Pescara or Rome, both connected with International Airports.
The hotels that will host us for the conference were selected in a strategic position: close together and near the stop of the bus connecting L'Aquila from Rome, not far from the highway. In case of need, please contact us and you’ll receive more detailed information on how to reach the city and the hotels detailed program.


The programme is rich and varied, and includes in addition to official activities as the General Meeting and Gala Dinner, many visits: science, nature, food, conference, and then play and leisure.
The booking form can be dowloaded here.

Due to the particular situation of the hotels after the earthquake, the number of rooms reserved for the conference is limited, so we ask you to confirm your reservation by April 10.
After that date we can’t guarantee accommodation in selected hotels, but we can provide a list of other hotels whose activity was not irreversibly affected by the earthquake to be contacted directly.

As for the hotel Porta Rivera has not been possible to reserve rooms, if you are interested in this accommodation, please book early so we can send your requests directly to the hotel to check from time to time the availability of rooms.
For the hotel Amiternum we have a very limited number of rooms, but only until March 23, in this case if you are interested in this accommodation, book now.
Please note that your reservation is valid only upon receipt of the deposit.
The accommodation available in hotels chosen are varied and with different price ranges. If you are want to share a room with other shareholders, we advise you to contanct other members and communicate to the organization of the conference the complete booking.

If you have special needs, especially with regard to meals (vegetarian food intolerances or specific), report it at the time of booking and we will take care of it.
The reception desk for members will be at the Canadian Hotel from 10.30 to 12.30 and from 17.00 to 19.00 1 to 4 June. If you plan to arrive outside these hours, please contact Maria Stella Perri (+39-393-1483202) Paolo Martinez (+39-380-4221171), Marina Rossi Marcelli (+39-333-2938357) or Arnaldo Carbone (+39-348-5958187).

Here are the main activities planned during the period of the gathering, in case you wish to get more detail, please contact us.

Wednesday, June 1
20:00 - Apericena at the Koala, Monticchio, via di Fossa 11 (activity supported by sigGiovani)

Thursday, June 2
15:00 - Visit of the Town of L'Aquila
18:30 - Tasting of local products at the Canadian Hotel (activity supported by sigCucina)
22:00 - CRUXMENSANO games. At Hotel Azzurro conference room

Friday, June 3
7:45 - Nature Hike at Campo Imperatore
9:30 - Visit to CETEMPS at the Department of Physics' University of L'Aquila ()
17:00 - Visit to the famous nougat factory "Fratelli Nurzia" (activity supported by sig Cucina)
22:00 - Murder Party at Hotel Azzurro conference room (activity supported by sigGiochi)

Saturday, June 4
10:00 - Conference at Hotel Canadian conference "Earthquakes: what we know and how can we reduce their effects " held by Fabrizio Galadini, geologist and. Alessandro Pino, seismologist.
15:00 – Mensa Annual Members Meeting at Hotel Canadian conference room
20:00 - Gala dinner at Casale Signorini (activity supported by sigCucina).

Sunday, June 5
9:30 am - National Mensa Board Meeting
11:30 am - Meeting of Regional Secretaries

12:30 am - Proctor's Meeting

We are waiting for you!

Maria Stella Perri and the organizing committee (Arnaldo, Marina, Armando, Claudia, Paolo, Emanuela, Giancarlo, Luca, Fabio).