Barbara Gualco

Barbara Gualco

Università degli Studi di Firenze - UniFI




Florence, one of the most beautiful and visited art cities in the world, is an open-air museum, was placed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1982. The Historic Centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year.
In the fifteenth-century Florence, a self-governed, independent city-state with a population of 60.000, became - with its writers, painters, architects, and philosophers - the cradle of Renaissance culture. Renaissance shifted mankind into the centre of the known cosmos and humankind became its measure.

Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence to visit are the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, the Accademia and the Opera del Duomo. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are true art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent permanent exhibition of Michelangelo’s architectural genius. Here you can wander in some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio and experience the “newest” area of Florence, the Oltrarno. You can also spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view over Florence.
Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

With such relevant philosophical and scientific inheritance, with its beautiful Mediterranean climate, good and healthy food and great shopping, Florence is the ideal place to host the 23rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, which will take place 6 – 9 September 2023. The submission deadline is 15 April 2023 and all participants of accepted submissions have the be registered for the conference by 1 June 2023.

The plenary speakers are voices from Europe and other continents, and include Georgia Zara and Laura De Fazio from Italy, Fernando Miró-Llinares  from Spain, Jianhong Liu  from Hong Kong, Paul Knepper from the USA, and Klaus Witold from Poland.

As the local organizer I'm honored to be able to host the ESC annual conference and look forward to a large attendance that I'll go out of my way to accomodate. Florence is ready to welcome you!


Useful information

Congress Venues

Palazzo dei Congressi & Palaffari

Piazza Adua, 1

50123 Florence


Palazzo dei Congressi is a historical venue hosted inside the 19th century Villa Vittoria. This building boasts a prestigious congress hall, the Florence Auditorium, opened in 1969.

Palazzo degli Affari, located in front of Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, and just a few steps away from the main railway station of Santa Maria Novella, this venue faces a centuries-old park, with rare and original trees and plants.

Opened in 1974 and planned by architect Pierluigi Spadolini, Palazzo degli Affari is a modern, flexible, and multifunctional venue.


Educatorio di Fuligno

Via Faenza, 48

50123 Florence


The site of the Educatorio di Fuligno is located just a few steps away from Palazzo dei Congressi. It is one of the many institutes that, in 14th century Florence, offered assistance and hospitality to those in need and it is now a cultural centre for formation and education.