Local Information

The City of Rome
The Eternal City is one of Europe’s most ancient urban centers, dating back almost 3,000 years. Rome’s early inhabitants left behind a trove of architectural masterpieces, including the massive Colosseum. The Italian capital also boasts an unparalleled concentration of world-class art, from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to the baroque Trevi Fountain, and teems with restaurants, trattorie, osterie, pizzerie, enoteche, cafés, bars, and gelaterie. It is home to the animated, good-humored Romans, who live to eat, drink wine (and espresso), and hold forth on everything from politics to soccer, fashion, food, and films. Rome also encompasses the Catholic Church’s independent city-state, the Vatican, which is home to the imposing St. Peter’s Basilica—and the Pope.


Rome city facts
Rome population: 2,628,000 habitants
City area: 2066 square miles (5352 square kilometers)
Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
Time zone: GMT +1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October)
Language: Italian. English is understood in the larger cities, but not in the more remote parts of the country.
Telephone codes: The international access code for Italy is +39. All numbers must be preceded by 0, whether originating in Italy or out, unless calling a mobile phone. City/area codes are in use, e.g. 02 for Milan and 06 for Rome.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin or three-pin plugs are standard.
Climate: Rome enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Average temperatures in May vary from 11.6oC (52.9oF) to 22.8oC (73oF).

Rome - Airports
Rome is served by two major international airports, including long-haul and low-cost operators:
  • Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport (FCO)
  • Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA)
Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport
Rome Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport (FCO) is located 26 kilometres (16 miles) south-west of Rome city centre. A modern, busy airport, Leonardo da Vinci serves Italy's capital city with both international and domestic flights. Leonardo da Vinci Airport has excellent passenger facilities within its three terminals. These include a bureau de change, numerous 24-hour ATMs, bars, restaurants and first-class shopping centres that include duty-free. Terminal A also houses an Executive Centre, providing a wide range of facilities for the business traveller.

Rome Ciampino Airport

Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA) is located around 10 miles (15 kms) south-east of central Rome on the Via Appia Nuova. CIA airport is Rome's second airport, providing charter flights and regional European flights and budget airlines including Ryanair and Easyjet. Ciampino has four passenger terminals with a range of facilities and services including bars, restaurants and shops, information desks, ATMs, nurseries, business services, first aid and modern disabled facilities.

Transportation from the Airport to the Congress Hotels
Transportation from Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport (FCO)
By train: Two trains operate from Fiumicino airport into Rome: the Leonardo Express direct service to the Termini Station runs every 30 minutes at 7 and 37 minutes past the hour from 6.37am to 23.37. The metropolitan FM1 train lto Roma Tiburtina station leaves every 20 minutes, stopping at Trastevere, Ostiense, and Tiburtina. Journey time is around 40 minutes. Tickets for both trains are available from airport vending machines.
By taxi (upon request): Transportation by taxi costs 55 EUR per way (maximum 3 persons per taxi) with a journey time of around 30-40 minutes
Return transfers can be arranged onsite, directly at the Congress Secretariat.

Transportation from Ciampino Airport (CIA)

By train: There are no direct trains operating from Ciampino airport to Rome but Cotral buses connect passengers to the Ciampino town station 'Anagnina' every 20 minutes. From there trains into Rome run every 10 minutes and take about 45 minutes to the Termini Station, continuing onto the Spanish Steps and Vatican.
By taxi (upon request): Transportation by taxi costs 55 EUR per way (maximum 3 persons per taxi) with a journey time of around 20 minutes
Return transfers can be arranged onsite, directly at the Congress Secretariat.

Passport & VISA Requirements
Visas are not required for participants from the USA and most European countries. If in doubt, please confirm if you need one with your travel agent or Italian Consulate.
All passports must be valid for at least three months after intended stay. Return or onward tickets, all necessary documents for next destination and sufficient funds are required. The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that has a multiple entry option that allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all.
Please make sure to apply for your visa far enough in advance of when you plan to travel.