University of Ferrara

University of Parma

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European Structural Integrity Society

German Association for
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French Society for Metallurgy
and Materials

ASTM International
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IGF Italian Group of Fracture


      The 5th International Conference on "Crack Paths" (CP 2015)

Ferrara, Italy, 16 - 18 September, 2015 (1 hour by train from Florence and Venice)


Ferrara is a cosy medium sized city in the north of Italy, situated between Florence and Venice (1 hour by train from both cities), and has good air and rail links. The climate is fine, with a daytime temperature in September of about 25°C. The best known local products are ‘cappellacci’ (hand-made pasta with pumpkin), ‘salama da sugo’ (pork meat with spices), Ferrara’s bread, Pampapato cake.

Lying in the middle of the river Po Valley, Ferrara still has the atmosphere of the past, which blends in harmoniously with the lively atmosphere of the present. In 1995, UNESCO included the historical centre of Ferrara in the list of World Cultural Heritage as a wonderful example of a town planned in the Renaissance, the age of splendour of the Estense Court (Court of the Este family). Famous artists were born in Ferrara or lived there in that period: Garofalo, Guercino, Bastianino (painters), Ludovico Ariosto and Torquato Tasso (writers), Girolamo Frescobaldi (composer and organist).

The Conference venue is in a beautiful location: Palazzo Tassoni – Via della Ghiara 36


Conference and Concert-Dinner (PDF file)

Traditional food and wines (PDF file)



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Ferrara is in the north of Italy, situated between Florence and Venice (1 hour by train from both cities).  City location and history (PDF file)

Bologna: “Guglielmo Marconi” Airport in Bologna, code BLQ
Venice: “Marco Polo di Tessera” Airport in Venice, code FCO
Verona: “Villafranca” Airport in Verona, code VRN

From Bologna: Bologna-Venezia line
From Milan: Milano-Bologna line. Change in Bologna for Bologna-Venezia line

A1 motorway (Autostrada del Sole A1): Rome-Bologna or Milan-Bologna. Then A13 motorway from Bologna to Ferrara. A13 motorway from Venice (or Padua) to Ferrara.



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