SAC 2016
31st ACM Symposium
on Applied Computing

Pisa, Italy   April 4-8, 2016
Association for
Computing Machinery
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Visiting Pisa, Excursions, special SAC Events

Pisa is well-known worldwide for its famous leaning tower, but it has several other artistic and historical attractions worth a visit. Moreover, excursions to interesting destinations in Tuscany can be easily planned from Pisa.
Last but not least, during SAC 2016, attendees are invited to join some special events.

This page contains information about:

  1. Touristic tips on Pisa on the web
  2. Excursions from Pisa
  3. Side SAC events

For a better organization of your stay, please check also the pages about the conference venue and proposed excursions.

Information on Pisa on the web

During your stay in Pisa for SAC 2016, you may find the time for visiting the main tourist attractions in town.
Spending some time in Piazza dei Miracoli is a must for everyone. There, you can visit the Cathedral, the Leaning Tower, the Baptistry, and the Monumental Cemetery. Please check the opening hours and the ticket information.
If you want to organize your personal visit in town, you can refer to any tourist guide, or check suggestions on the web; e.g., see Wikitravel, Tripadvisor, Aboutpisa, etc..

Excursions from Pisa

Popular excursion destinations from Pisa are Lucca, Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, Cinque Terre, Portovenere.

The Organizing Committee has contacted a local travel agency ("Anthurium Viaggi") to propose guided tours for all SAC attendees and their companions. Please check below for the proposed excursions plan.

Planned Excursions for SAC 2016

April 3rd

April 4th

April 5th

April 6th


Cinque Terre and Portovenere



Volterra and San Gimignano


One-day excursion
8:00am - 10:00pm

One-day excursion
9:00am - 7:00pm
One-day excursion
9:00am - 6:30pm

One-day excursion
9:00am - 7:00pm

Rates (per person)

150 EUR LAST MINUTE OFFER: 100 EUR! Hurry up: reservations by 03/15!

70 EUR

80 EUR

100 EUR


We'll reach LA SPEZIA by bus, leaving by boat for a romantic mini-cruise of the charming sea villages of CINQUE TERRE.
In the afternoon, arrival at PORTOVENERE; dinner in a typical seafood restaurant (included in the excursion rate).

Half day guided tour of Florence (tkts/museums not included).
In the afternoon, free time for shopping or individual visits. Lunch NOT included.

Half day guided tour of Lucca (tkts/museums not included).
Lunch in a typical restaurant (included).

Full day guided tour of Volterra and San Gimignano (tkts/museums not included).
Lunch in a typical restaurant (included).

The departure and return place for all excursions is Palazzo dei Congressi (conference venue).
Excursion with less than 25 people will be cancelled.
Please read charging and refunding conditions on the booking form.

Vernazza Excursion to Cinque Terre and Portovenere (April 3rd): The CINQUE TERRE is a wonderful area of Liguria that stretches along five miles of rocky coastline enclosed by two promontories. Rocks overlooking the sea, small coves, bays, ravines, beaches between cliffs create a unique landscape with crystal-clear sea.
During our boat tour we will visit the charming sea villages of RIOMAGGIORE, MONTEROSSO and VERNAZZA.
The tour will end at PORTOVENERE, with a nice typical dinner in front of the sea!

David Michelangelo Excursion to Florence (April 4th): Discover FLORENCE, the capital of Italian Renaissance! Florence museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Enjoy with us the oldest streets in the city, reach the Arno River, cross the magnificent Ponte Vecchio. And don't miss the chance of shopping in Florence: it's an unforgettable experience!

Lucca Excursion to Lucca (April 5th): a small medieval town in the heart of Tuscany. The well-preserved city walls encircle the city centre for about 4 Km. On the top of the walls, you can stroll on a charming pedestrian promenade. Most of the attractions in Lucca today show its ancient history, from the trace of the Roman amphitheatre, still visible in the shape of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, to the many towers and villas from the 12th up to the 16th centuries.

San Gimignano Excursion to Volterra and San Gimignano (April 6th): This tour will lead you into the amazing Tuscan countryside. You will be fascinated by incredible landscapes, almost paintings!
VOLTERRA, an important centre of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art, dominates the Cecina Valley, 550 metres above sea level, affording a spectacular view as far as the sea.
SAN GIMIGNANO, declared by UNESCO "World Heritage Site," is a typical Tuscan walled town characterized by fine medieval towers.

Reservations for excursions can be requested by faxing the application form to "Anthurium Viaggi" (+39 050 970650) by March 10th.

Any further information can be requested by email at

Special Events

calculator The University of Pisa hosts a Museum of Computing Machinery [map], with an extensive collection of mechanical, electrical, and electronic instruments that represent the history of computer technology.
Here, it is also conserved the "CEP", the vacuum-tube computer fully designed and constructed in Pisa in 1961.

All SAC attendees are always given free entrance to the museum, simply showing their conference badge.

Nighttime guided visits to the museum (free and dedicated to SAC) have been organized for April 4th and April 6th (see schedule below).
Reservations for night visits can be issued via the relative booking page.

Planned Night Visits to Museum

April 4th, Monday


April 6th, Wednesday


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