Italy has been, since antiquity, the centre of
history, culture and art. The Italian museums, collections and archaeological
sites reveal countless tokens of the past and the many civilizations
that have passed across this country, evidence of which is still
inextricably woven into the present day landscape.
Artistic wonders can be found everywhere, and every corner of the country holds countless and wonderful surprises. The Italian artistic and cultural heritage is one of the most valuable in the world. Italy has more cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country. Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice, Siena, Pisa, and Naples are its most renowned cities of art, but the whole country can boast towns of breathtaking beauty, as these numbers demonstrate: 95,000 monumental churches, 40,000 forts and castles, 30,000 historical residences with 4,000 gardens, 36,000 archives and libraries, 20,000 historical cities and towns, 5,600 museums and archaeological sites, and 1,500 convents.
Tourists can explore and discover the private residences of ancient and noble families; visit world famous museums such as the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Capitoline Museums in Rome, or the Brera Art Gallery in Milan; explore impressive archaeological sites, such as Pompei and Herculaneum, to immerse themselves in an exciting, grandiose past. That is by no means all - there are numerous cultural, artistic, and musical events that animate Italian life.
Italy offers a rich combination of masterpieces from different areas, blending landscape and culture, history and art, architecture and city planning - it offers an exciting journey through time, from the Ancient Greeks and Romans to the present day, which is also filled by a wealth of art and culture.
The climate varies considerably from the north
to the south of Italy.
In the north of the country - the area between the Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines - the climate is harsh, with very cold winters and very hot, particularly humid summers. In central Italy the climate is milder, with a smaller difference in temperature between summer and winter and a shorter and less intense cold season than in the north; summers are longer, but the sultriness of the northern cities is mitigated by the sea. In southern Italy and the islands winters are never particularly harsh, and spring and autumn temperatures are similar to those reached in the summer in other areas of Italy.
Italy is in the Central European Time (CET) Zone,
1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and observes Daylight
Saving Time: at the beginning of spring the clocks go forward an
hour in order to take advantage of an extra hour of sunlight in
the late afternoon/evening. At the beginning of autumn the clocks
are shifted back an order to standard Central European Time.
Shop opening hours
Shops generally open at 09:00 in the morning and close at 13:00 hours, then after lunch Shops open again at 15:30 in the afternoon and close at 19:30 from Monday to Saturday.
Since 2001, the currency used in Italy is the
euro. Bank opening hours are
Monday to Friday 08:30 -13:30 and 15:00 -16:00.
Italian is the official language of the country, although accents
and dialects may vary widely from one region to another. A large
number of local dialects are spoken in Italy.
There are two regions, however, which have a second official language: the Aosta Valley, where French is also spoken, and Trentino Alto Adige, where German is also spoken. In these regions, road signs, as well as place names, for example, appear in both languages. There are also a number of small areas in which languages other than Italian are used, although these languages do not have official status: in Friuli-Venezia Giulia there is a Slovenian-speaking area, and in Calabria (in the Bovesìa area) and in Apulia (in the Grecia Salentina zone), Greek is spoken in some areas. In Sicily, in Piana degli Albanesi, you will find the largest Albanian community in Italy, where the Albanian language is widely used, even in official documents and on road signs.
Documents required to drive in Italy
Driving licences issued by any of the EU member states are valid throughout the European Union, including Italy. Drivers in possession of a licence issued by any EU country do not require an international driving permit or a sworn translation of their own licence.
In Italy the electrical current is 220 volts AC (50 Hz). Electrical sockets comply with European regulations. In most hotels you will find adaptors for different types of plugs.
The supply of drinking water is guaranteed throughout Italy. The water from taps and fountains is checked regularly, and is perfectly safe to drink, unless there is a notice indicating otherwise.
Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.
Located in Rione Monti, a dynamic and lively neighborhood in the centre of Rome, Grand Hotel Palatino is the best choice for a comfortable, relaxing and rewarding stay in Rome.
Its extraordinary position, located in front of the famous Borgia staircase, allows you to quickly reach the capital’s main points of interest, such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Colle Oppio, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore as well as Termini Station and not forgetting the convenient Metro line B ‘Cavour’ stop, a short walking distance from the hotel, allowing you to easily reach all parts of the city. Hotel Palatino is a modern 8 storey building with 200 rooms of various types, including Prestige Rooms on the top floor from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the city. The reception and large lobby, with bar area, are on the ground floor with entrance onto Via Cavour and on the same floor are our three dining rooms.
The Hotel has a convention centre, Il Globo, accessible from Via Leonina, with a maximum floor space of 3,175 square feet (295sqm) that can be subdivided into 3 separate sections if required. The courteous and professional staff, at your disposal 24 hours a day, add to the experience of your Roman stay at the Grand Hotel Palatino.
|Classic Single Room||€ 186.00|
|Classic Double Room||€ 204.00|
It is easy to reach Italy and travel around the country once you arrive. Italy offers excellent air links with the rest of the world, but it is also possible to come here by train, by sea or by using the extensive motorway network. It is also easy to travel around within the country. All the main cities are connected with frequent daily flights. The rail network is spread over more than 15,000 kilometers, offering uniform cover throughout Italy, while travelling by coach or car is even more convenient still, with a dense network of motorways, dual carriageways and trunk roads allowing visitors to reach any location in the country simply and rapidly. To reach all of Italy's islands from the mainland, regular ferry services depart from the main towns and cities along the coast.
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Italy's main airports for intercontinental and
international arrivals are 'Leonardo da Vinci' (Rome Fiumicino)
and Malpensa (Milan); however, international flights arrive in almost
all the country's numerous airports. A wide range of flights is
available from both traditional and low-cost airlines, covering
a vast array of destinations. Italy has air links with most European
countries and with the rest of the world. The websites of the main
regular and low-cost airlines provide further information on routes,
flight times, prices and availability. More or less all the airports
are serviced by a dense network of taxis, buses and trains, which
allow to reach one's final destination with a certain ease.
Travelling by air in Italy is easy, thanks to the wide range of flights and airlines that operate in the country. There are plenty of connections from one city to another, with frequent services from Rome-Fiumicino and Milan-Malpensa to all the other airports in Italy, and it is also simple and convenient to reach Sicily, Sardinia and the smaller islands from the mainland, with frequent services available. There are almost forty other small and medium-sized airports in Italy, present in every region except Molise and Basilicata.
For sea lovers, it is possible to reach Italy
by ship. There are many national and international passenger ship
and ferry companies that link the main ports in Europe to Italy.
Ticket prices are very high in the summer and vary depending on
the weight of the passenger's vehicle loaded on the ship. The Navi
Veloci fleet sails between Barcelona and Genoa. Sea links between
Greece and Italy are guaranteed on the busiest routes: from Igoumenitsa,
Corfu and Patras, Blue Star Ferries sail directly to Venice and
Brindisi, while Superfast Ferries operate services to Ancona and
Bari. Fragline Ferries sail from Corfu to Brindisi; Grimaldi Ferries,
one of the best-known Italian companies, link Tunis and Barcelona
with Civitavecchia, Salerno, Livorno and Palermo. Tirrenia Navigazione
ferries operate numerous services throughout the year between Tunis
and the major Italian islands, Sicily and Sardinia.
Travelling by train will never lose its particular
charm, at least not for visitors in Italy. Both daytime and overnight
services between Italy and the rest of Europe are known for their
high quality, rapidity and excellent level of comfort. It is advisable
(and in some cases compulsory) to book a seat. Some international
rail companies also offer the opportunity for visitors to transport
their own motor vehicle. Every day, a large number of international
trains come over the border to Italy, connecting the country to
the main towns and cities in Austria, Germany, France and Eastern
For further information:
There are many comfortable coach services that
take passengers over the alpine borders into Italy. The Eurolines
consortium, which gathers together the main European coach travelling
companies, has information offices in the main towns and cities,
and offers services departing from over thirty locations throughout
Italy. These coaches offer all the services and facilities necessary
for a comfortable journey, and of course offer services to and from
the major cities such as Milan, Rome and Florence.
EuroLines - www.eurolines.com
Busabout Adventure Coach Travel Europe - www.busabout.com
Europe by Bus - www.europebybus.com
Travelling in Italy
The cities, towns, villages and hamlets of Italy are connected by efficient bus and coach services that allow visitors to travel around and explore all the sights and attractions the country has to offer. A range of scheduled passenger transport routes are available to travel the length and breadth of the country. The numerous companies that operate in Italy guarantee connections both between small country villages and small and medium-sized towns and rapid, efficient transport services between major cities. To travel to smaller cities or country towns and villages, coaches are generally a cheaper and more convenient option than trains. Departure and arrival times can be consulted at the local information offices, as well as local tourist information and tourist board offices. In larger cities, tickets can be purchased directly from the travel company offices or from travel agencies, while in smaller towns and villages it is easier to purchase them from the local bars or directly from the driver. It is not compulsory to book seats, although it is advisable to do so for longer or overnight journeys. For any information you may require on destinations, timetables and fares, you can consult both travel portals and the official websites of the various companies.
For further information:
Arpa - www.arpaonline.it (Abruzzo)
Sais - www.saistrasporti.it (Sicily)
Busweb - www.busweb.it
Saj - www.saj.it (Calabria)
Marino - www.marinobus.it (Apulia e Basilicata)
Sena - www.sena.it (Tuscany)
Autostradale S.p.A. - www.autostradale.it (Lombardy)
The extensive European motorway network and the
presence of a number of mountain passes makes it easy to come to
Italy by car or by motorbike. Italy can be reached from Austria,
France, Switzerland and Slovenia. The main passes, open all year,
that provide access to Italy are: the Mont Blanc Tunnel, which from
Chamonix links France to the A5 motorway for Turin and Milan; the
Great St. Bernard Tunnel, which links Switzerland with the A5; the
Brenner Pass through Austria, which links up with the A22 motorway
for Bologna. The alpine tunnels may often be closed during winter,
and sometimes even in autumn and spring, as a result of heavy snow.
For further information:
Travelling inside Italy
An excellent network of motorways, identified by green-coloured signs, shortens the distances between the twenty regions that make up Italy: 3408 kilometres of roads that guarantee perfectly safe, efficient travel and transport services throughout the country.
Two main motorways link the north and south of Italy: the Autostrada del Sole (the A1, which connects Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples) and the Adriatica (the A14, which connects Bologna, Ancona, Pescara, Bari and Taranto).
Tolls must be paid on the motorways. Cash or credit cards may be used for payment.
“Viacard” and “Telepass” cards are a quicker method of payment. Viacard is a magnetic card that can be used at the automatic or manual accesses or eventually given to the toll-man. Telepass is quickest solution for automatic payment, based on distance electronic recognition of the vehicle, charging the fee to the user: it allows to perform transactions without stopping at the tollbooth, quickening transit and saving fuel.
For any information you may require on weather or traffic conditions, the cost of motorway tolls etc., you can stop at the Punti Blu info points, located at all motorway junctions, contact the official website of the Società Autostrade company, or telephone the Road System Call Centre 840-042121, operating all day long.
In addition to motorways, drivers will find an extensive network of trunk roads, indicated by blue-colored signs, which link towns and villages within the various regions, or municipalities in one region with those in another. Secondary roads, on which tolls do not have to be paid, offer splendid views, which cannot be admired from the motorways: these routes are not as quick, but the journey is undoubtedly more pleasant and interesting.
Authorised taxis in Italy are white, and must have 'Taxi' written on the roof. They must be fitted with a taximeter indicating the cost of the fare in real time and, where applicable, the supplements payable for luggage, public holiday services, services during the night or outside of the city (as in the case of services to and from airports, for instance). To call a taxi, you can either go to a taxi rank, indicated by yellow lines or an orange sign, or telephone the various radio taxi services, which vary from one city to another.
It is very simple to rent a car or a motorbike, but it is best to check in advance which are the requirements of the different agencies. Age generally must be 23 or over (sometimes 25), but some agencies allow younger people to rent a vehicle. A credit card is generally necessary, plus a driving licence. Non-EU nationals should also possess and International Driving Permit (IDP).
European Citizens whose country is under the authority of the Schengen Treaty may enter Italy with nothing more than a valid identity card or passport. Citizens from all other countries must show their passport on the border; where a visa is required, this must also be presented to the border authorities and must indicate the length of the holder's stay and his or her destination. Visa applications - specifying the reason for the trip - must be made to the Italian Consulate in the applicant's country of residence, and are generally issued 90 days after the application was been made.
For more information please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here www.esteri.it
Invitation letters for visa purposes will be issued only to participants that have completed their registration and fully paid the fees. In case you require an invitation letter, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registrations will be done online through www.easyconferences.org. Participants may pay instantly using their credit card (VISA/MASTERCARD), or by bank transfer. A one-stop-shop software is used for the whole registration process, www.easyconferences.org. The whole process is very easy to use, it is totally secure and can be completed in a few minutes. Please note that participants may not only register for the conference through www.easyconferences.org, but they can also book their accommodation. All additional services are offered at specially negotiated conference rates.
Please note that the software provides participants with the possibility to complete the registration process in steps/periodically; participants may register for the conference and return later to book further services like accommodation (subject to availability). The system will accept unlimited changes/updates up to the closing of the online registration process before the start of the conference.
Early Registration (up to March 31, 2019)
Normal fee € 480.00
Student fee € 350.00
Regular Registration (April 1, 2019 - May 12, 2019)
Normal fee € 550.00
Student fee € 400.00
Late / Onsite Registration (May 13, 2019 onwards)
Normal fee € 600.00
Student fee € 450.00