Travel to, from and inside Rome
Getting to Rome
Rome is one of the most important hubs in Italy; so, you will easily reach our city, wherever you live. Rome is served by almost every traditional airline, whose flights are sold by any reasonable travel agent. Rome is also served by several low-cost airlines (Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling, ...), and these are mostly sold on-line. There are two airports in Rome:
- Fiumicino "Leonardo Da Vinci" (the main one)
- Ciampino "G.B. Pastine" (a smaller one, served by low-cost companies like Ryanair).
Take into account that luggage collecting is usually quite slow.
Getting from the airport to the town center
(for directions to the conference venue, see the Venue tab)
Both airports are outside the city, and quite far from the conference venue. Depending on the trafic conditions, it can take also one hour by taxi. If you take a taxi of the "3570" company (the main company in Rome), the price is fixed: 48 EUR from Fiumicino and 30 EUR from Ciampino to every place in the city center. You don't have to reserve a taxi because you'll find plenty of them at both airports at every time. Notice that, apart from these fixed rates (that are quite convenient), taxi's in Rome are quite expensive.
Alternatively, there are regular trains to Roma Termini station (the main train station in Rome)
- from Fiumicino airport: they take 32', run every half-an-hour (at .08 and .38 of every hour, since 6.38 to 23.38) and cost 14 euros.
A cheaper (but slower) solution is with the Terravision buses: they take 50' (in normal trafic conditions), run approx every half-an-hour (seehttp://www.terravision.eu/inglese/files/2012/06/fiumicino_timetable.pdf
), cost 4 euros if bought on-line or 6 euros if bought on the bus. From Ciampino, there are the Terravision buses leading to Termini: they take 40' (in normal trafic conditions), run approx every half-an-hour (see http://www.terravision.eu/inglese/files/2012/06/ciampino_timetable.pdf
), cost 4 euros if bought on-line or 6 euros if bought on the bus. There are also other possibilities: http://www.atral-lazio.com/index.php?lang=en
Italy (like France, Germany, and Spain, ...) uses GMT+1.
The electricity supply is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-style 2-pin plugs are in use.
Italy uses the Euro (EUR). ATMs abound in Rome: every bank has at least one, usually on the road, sometimes in the inner area. All the machines can speak English, as well as other languages. Almost all businesses (but not newsstands, bus drivers, some taxi drivers) accept bank and credit cards (even for the smallest payments).
The country code for Italy is +39. There area code for Rome is 06. The prefix for international calls is 00.Emergency numbers:
112 and 113 for police; 115 for fire brigade; 118 for ambulance (for all these numbers, there can be problems if you speak a language different from Italian).
There are 4 mobile providers: TIM, Vodafone, Tre and Wind. The GSM frequency is 900/1800 MHz; for UMTS, 2 GHz, ISN band.
There are very few public payphones left in Rome and usually only accept pre-paid phone cards (very few also accept coins).
Rome has some WiFi hotspots, but most of them are private and require authentication (and payment). WiFi or wired access to the internet is also offered by most of the hotels; sometimes the service is complimentary.
The public city transportation system of Rome, consisting of buses, trams and two underground lines, is usually not very efficient. Some stops, mainly in the center, have timetables (affixed to the stop signpost), give real-time timing of the buses and many also have a part of the transport system on display (in the waiting booth). Tickets are not available from the drivers; you should buy them in newsstands or underground stops. In some bus lines (40 and 60, for example), you can buy the ticket on board from an authomatic ticket machine, working with coins. A ticket is validated with a ticket machine located in the bus or at the gate of every underground station. Buses, trams and undergrounds all operate under one ticket system. You have the following ticket options:
- BIT: a ticket valid for 100' after the validation, that costs 1.50 EUR. It allows you to take any number of buses and trams, but allows you to have only one underground journey (possibly combined, if you stay within the underground borders) within the 100' time. You must validate the ticket as soon as you enter into the bus/tram/underground, if it has not been validated yet; you must validate it again, if you have validated in a bus/tram and then you take the underground; it mustn't be validated several times, if you only take buses/trams.
- BIG: a daily ticket (valid until the midnight of the validation day), that includes every journey within the city and costs 6 EUR
- BTI: a 3 days ticket (valid until the midnight of the third day including the validation day), that includes every journey within the city and costs 16,50 EUR
- CIS: a 7 days ticket (valid until the midnight of the seventh day including the validation day), that includes every journey within the city and costs 24 EUR
As already said, taxi's are quite expensive in Rome. It is usally safe to take them, also by stopping them in the streets. It is better, however, to reserve a taxi by phoning at 063570 (every hotel provides this service for free).
Italy has joined the Schengen system giving total freedom of movement within all the territories of the Schengen agreement signatory states. Admission to Italian territory for nationals of all the countries of the European Union and the European Economic Area is permitted if in possession of a valid passport or another travel document recognised as valid by the Italian government. Nationals of any other states outside the Schengen Area should check the visa requirements for admission to Italian territory at the webpage
of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ICWL2016 can provide official letters of invitation to persons who have fully registered for the conference/workshops and for which payment has been received. To request an invitation letter please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with, SUBJECT “Request for ICWL2016 Invitation Letter”
and providing the following information:
- Name, affiliation, and postal address.
- Person/institution to whom the request should be made out
- Paper title and conference name, if you have one accepted paper