Black stone, blue see, red vulcan and yellow sun
Welcome to Catania, Sicily


Sicily is the largest island of the Mediterranean Sea, a cross-section of many cultures reflected by traditions, architecture, language and rich cuisine. Welcoming but resistant to any form of change, Sicily is the land of missed opportunities, suffering from poor infrastructure and lack of services but full of resources.
Could you imagine a better challenge?
We want to take Service Design where is most needed.


Catania is the second largest city of Sicily after Palermo located on the east coast facing the Ionian Sea: it is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy. Its old town, besides being one of the biggest examples of baroque architecture in Italy, is a World Heritage Site, protected by UNESCO.
The city is the main industrial, logistical and commercial center of Sicily.

How to get there

The easiest way to reach Catania is flying to Catania International Airport (check on skyscanner for best solutions).

The Venue

Service Design South 2019 venue is Scenario Pubblico, a space hosted by Compagnia Zappalà Danza, one of the most important dance companies in Italy.

In 2002, with the help of private individuals, the company acquired its own premises, an early-20th-century building in the historic of the city of Catania in Sicily. The company was granted European funding to renovate the building, which became Scenario Pubblico, the headquarters of the company and a flagship for contemporary dance in southern Italy.

We will be hosted in the White Box, a room with a wooden floor and plenty of white walls to fill with maps and sticky notes.

This will be our headquarter. Catania  historical centre will be our playground.


Visiting Italy without going to Sicily leaves no image in the spirit.
It is Sicily that is the key to everything!
  -Goethe, German Author