LOCATION The Auditorium Parco della Musica is just at the north-east of the city-centre near the river Tiber, in the Flaminio – Villaggio Olimpico area. The street address is Viale Pietro de Coubertin – 00196 (see the map at the end of the page or see Google map for further information).
TRAM ROUTES n.2, from Piazzale Flaminio and Piazza Mancini – stop “Apollodoro” (connected at Piazzale Flaminio with Metro line A (see below) – walk 100 m.
BUS 910, from Termini Station and Piazza Mancini 53, from Piazza Mancini and Piazza San Silvestro 217, from Viale XVII Olimpiade and Termini Station
UNDERGROUND Metro A line to Flaminio stop then no. 2 tram (see above). From 5.30 to 23.30 everyday. On Friday and Saturday night is going until 1.30 in the morning. From midnight till 5.30, when the subway reopens, the same route is served by the night bus N1 that runs every 20-30 minutes (warning: the bus doesn’t stop at the Spanish Steps, but it stops at Piazzale Flaminio, and then it goes to Piazza Barberini – or viceversa – and proceeds from there on with all other stops). Please notice that Metro A line is connected with line B at Termini station.
BY CAR From the G.R.A. (ring-road around Rome) take the Flaminio Saxa Rubra exit towards Corso di Francia. On the Lungotevere Flaminio turn off into Viale Tiziano and then again at the Palazzetto dello Sport (covered sport complex). There are large car parking facilities by the Auditorium with designated areas for disabled visitors.
VISA INFORMATION Visitors arriving in Italy must have a valid national passport or an ID card for the Schengen area. Citizens of certain countries will require a visa to enter the country. Citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the USA do not need a visa. Please check the list on the dedicated Department of Foreign Affairs webpage. In cases of difficulty we will do our best to assist, but it is a visitor’s own responsibility to obtain any necessary visa from the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.
BY PLANE Rome Fiumicino airport “Leonardo da Vinci” (FCO) is one of the two Italian hub and is served by direct flights from most major cities in Europe and World Wide. Frequent connecting flights go from/to Milan Malpensa airport, the other Italian hub. Fiumicino airport lies approximately 35 kilometres south-west of the city centre, and has four terminal buildings adjacent to each other.
Fiumicino “Leonardo da Vinci” airport is connected by the Leonardo Express train to Termini Railway Station, the central station of Rome (a single ticket cost: 14 €), it leaves every 30 minutes and it takes approximately 30 minutes. Please note that the train in Termini station arrives and departs at/from platforms 23/24, which are further away to reach than the others. It may take up to 15-20 min. from Airport train track to metro “A line” and vice versa especially at peak hours.
There are also local trains (single ticket cost: 8 €), with departures aproximately every 20-30 minutes (final destination Roma Tiburtina, Orte or Fara Sabina) and stops in various stations of the city. Local trains take about 45 minutes to reach Tiburtina Railway Station. Between 23.30 and 5.30 there is no train service, but there are both Cotral and Terravision night buses linking Fiumicino to Stazione Termini and Stazione Tiburtina. A shuttle bus connects car parks with arrivals and departures from terminal A, B and C.
You can reach the city centre also by bus and coaches or by taxi. Please, remind that the standard single fare of the taxi company from the city of Rome is 48 € to the city centre of Rome, baggage included, for a maximum of four people. Note that the standard fare is applied to any destination within the city walls. For other destinations fares are not fixed. Always be sure to take licensed taxis which display a taximeter. Be aware of unlicensed taxi drivers or limousine drivers that approach you at the airports.
The second Rome airport, Ciampino (CIA), is the low cost companies airport. It lies approximately 20 kilometers south-east of the city centre. The nearest train station is Ciampino Città, frequently connect to Termini railway station in about 15 minutes. From Ciampino railway station to the airport there’s a bus service Cotral/Schiaffini every 30 minutes. The travelling time is about 5 minutes.
You can also take a Cotral/Schiaffini bus to the subway station of Roma Anagnina, end of the line A that will get you to the city centre and vice-versa.
Different buses and coaches company reach the city centre from Ciampino airport (Atral, Cotral, Sit, Terravision, Schiaffini). There’s a taxi service to the city centre. The standard fare to any destination within the city walls, baggage included, for a maximum of four passengers, is 30 €.
BY TRAIN Rome is well connected with national and local trains. The main station is Termini located in the city centre. (see on the map). From Termini buses take off for all destinations and there is a subway stop also of the two main lines: A and B. Roma Tiburtina is the second train station in Rome and has a metro “B line” stop. It is reachable from Termini by bus and by metro. Most long-distance trains passing through Rome at night and most of the trains runned by Italo stops at Tiburtina station instead of Termini. Other main stations are Ostiense, Trastevere and Tuscolana. Roma Tuscolana is connected with Fiumicino Airport train (approx. 45 min.) and is near metro “A line” (station Ponte Lungo – 5 stops from Termini). Local trains are mainly runned by Trenitalia, while high velocity trains going to main cities in Italy are runned both by Trenitalia and Italo, with different fares and offers.
BY CAR Rome is ringed by a motorway, the GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare) where highways coming from all parts of Italy meet. If you are going to the very centre of the city any road leading off the GRA will get you there. If you are going anywhere else, however, a GPS or a good map is essential. Signs on the GRA indicate the name of the road leading to the centre (e.g. Via Appia Nuova, Via Aurelia, Via Tiburtina).
PUBLIC TRANSPORT 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 last 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).
CLIMATE Rome has a mild climate, but July is one of the sunniest and warmest month. Mean temperatures in July range from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 87°F), but tend to stay around 26-28°C (79-82°F) for much of this time. Precipitation in July are quite uncommon, but not rare.
TIME ZONE Rome is in the Central European time zone (UTC/GMT+1). When the conference takes place daylight saving time will be in operation: (UTC/GMT+2).
CURRENCY The Euro is the unit of currency in the Republic of Italy. All major credit cards are widely accepted.
BANKS Banks are open from Monday to Friday between 8.30 and 13.30 and between 15.00 and 16.00. Some banks open also on Saturday mornings. There are several currency exchanges at the Airports. Currency can also be exchanged at banks and exchanges in the city centre. ATMs (cash points) are plentiful in the city and there’s one internal to the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
ELECTRICAL CURRENT 220-240 volts (50 Hz) is the standard electrical current throughout Italy. Plugs are European round 2-pin or 3-pin.
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. From November 2015 the city of Rome adopted the general EU emergency number 112 for any kind of emergency. That’s the only number you have to remember and dial in Rome. Other emergency telephone numbers in Italy are 113 (Police / ambulance / fire); 118 (Carabinieri / ambulance /medical emergencies); 115 (Fire brigade)
112 – Pan-European emergency number – ambulance / medical emergency, police and fire
Easy Italia. The multi-lingual information and assistance service for tourists +39 039.039.039 800.000.039 (toll free number from landline and public phones on the Italian territory) The service is active – seven days a week, from 9.00 to 22.00 – in Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Russian and Japanese. Every day, including Sundays and holidays, from 9.00 to 22.00 by calling 039.039.039 (Italy’s international country code repeated three times) or dialing the toll free number 800.000.039 from landline and public phones on the Italian territory. You can reach emergency help for accidents and various types of inconveniences (poor service or tourism services that do not meet their contracts, requests for medical aid or the emergency services etc.), travel advice, up-to-date information about museums, exhibitions, tourist attractions, and special assistance for disabled visitors.
TIPPING It is generally not necessary to tip in Italy. The service charge is already included in the price everywhere, restaurants and bars included. However staff will always appreciate acknowledgment of good service.
SMOKING Smoking is banned in all enclosed places of work in Italy, including restaurants, bars and cafés, pubs and clubs. Exceptions include hotels, guesthouses and B&B bedrooms and private accommodation.