Rome, by far one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, needs no introduction. Caput Mundi during the Roman Empire, once the centre of the entire Western world, is like a living museum and it’s still an inexhaustible source of fascination that emanates from every corner: Colosseum, which held 10,000 spectators; the ruins of the ancient Forum, where Julius Caesar delivered many of his great speeches, the museums, the Vatican City, the squares of unparalleled beauty, the atmosphere in the streets of downtown with the noise, the steady stream of people, sounds and smells.
Known as the “Eternal City,” Rome is the capital of Italy, with an uninterrupted history spanning two and a half thousand years. As one of the founding cities of western civilization, Rome is one of the greatest centres of the Classical, Renaissance, and Baroque art.
The official language of the conference is English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.
liability & insurance
The Congress Secretariat and organizers cannot accept responsibility whatsoever for injury or damage involving persons and property during the meeting. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.
how to reach rome
The main airport, Leonardo da Vinci (also known as Fiumicino), is located 26km (15 miles) southwest of the city center. A train (Leonardo Express) runs between the airport and the central railway station, Stazione Termini. It operates every 30 minutes during rush hours. The trip takes 30 minutes and costs 14,00 euros. There is also a train that runs approximately every 15 minutes from the airport to the local stations of Trastevere, Ostiense and Tiburtina, and costs 11.00 euros.
There is also another airport, Ciampino. It is located 12km (8 miles) southeast of the city center and it’s well served by low cost airline companies.
A shuttle bus (Terravision/Sit) runs between the airport and the central railway station, Stazione Termini.
Rome is the focus of the Italian railway network. Excellent Intercity service links Rome to every major town in Europe. Termini Station, the main railway station located right in the centre of the city, provides swift service to and from all points in the country.
Telephone and emergency number
The international code for Italy is +39. The local area code for Rome is 06. Below are the emergency telephone numbers for Italy. Simply dial these numbers from anywhere in the country. The general EU emergency number for any kind of emergency is 112.
Other emergency telephone numbers are 113 (Police / ambulance /fire); 118 (Ambulance /medical emergencies); 112 (Carabinieri); 115 (Fire brigade).
Rome is served by buses, 3 underground lines and local trains and coaches. Public transport in the city is managed by ATAC. The website includes route-planner and various public transport maps. You can buy tickets at the ticket offices, at the automatic machines in many underground stations or on some buses and trams (not everyone), in some shops, tobaccos and newspapers shops. A single ticket costs 1.5 € and lasts 100 minutes from the initial validation, but includes only one way travel on the metro lines. See here for other ticket options (multiple tickets and tickets from 24hrs up to a week).