The entire scientific program of the conference will be held in a new building of the University of L’Aquila, housing the Department of Human Sciences and located in the historic city center. The main conference will be hosted in the Aula Magna of the building, which can host up to 220 people and is fully equipped to hold large presentations and discussion forums. Satellite events will be hosted in seminar rooms of the same building.

» Getting to L’Aquila

L’Aquila is the capital city of the Abruzzo region, in Central Italy. It does not have an own international airport, but it is easily accessible from abroad by flying either to Rome or to Pescara and then taking a bus. The three closest international airports are:

Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino – Rome – airport code: FCO;
G. B. Pastine Airport in Ciampino – Rome – airport code: CIA;
Abruzzo Airport – Pescara – airport code: PSR.

L’Aquila can be reached via bus in approx. 2 hours from each of them. The average cost of commuting from the airports to L’Aquila is about 15€ (one way) and the average frequency of runs is about 1 per 1.5 hour (from approx. 09:00 to approx. 24:00).

Flying to Rome

Both Rome International Airports (FCO, CIA) feature a direct bus connection to L’Aquila, with the same bus starting from Fiumicino, going through Ciampino, and reaching L’Aquila. Here a timetable of direct bus connections as of today (please check the corresponding websites for up-to-date information):

Fiumicino Ciampino L’Aquila Duration Cost Line
09:10 09:40 11:15 02:05 16,00 € Gaspari Bus1
11:10 11:40 13:15 02:05 16,00 € Gaspari Bus1
13:30 14:00 15:30 02:00 12,00 € Prontobus2
14:15 14:40 16:15 02:00 16,00 € Gaspari Bus1
16:00 16:30 18:15 02:15 16,00 € Gaspari Bus1
19:00 19:30 21:15 02:15 16,00 € Gaspari Bus1
21:30 22:00 23:40 02:10 16,00 € Gaspari Bus1
23:50 00:15 01:45 01:55 16,00 € Gaspari Bus1

Flying to Pescara

From Abruzzo Airport (Pescara) there is no direct connection to L’Aquila. From the airport it is necessary to commute to Pescara-P.le Repubblica (in the city). Busses to L’Aquila leave from there approx. every hour (average duration 01:30), with first and last busses leaving at 05:55 and19:30, respectively. Check out the ARPA Bus website for more info:

By Car

Various car rental companies provide service at Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino (Rome), G. B. Pastine Airport in Ciampino (Rome) and Abruzzo Airport (Pescara): AVIS – EUROPCAR – HERTZ – MAGGIORE. Please check the corresponding websites for detailed info.

By Bus from Rome (city)

If you are in Rome, you have several bus lines travelling daily to L’Aquila with a frequency of approx. 1 bus per hour from Tiburtina Bus Station. The main lines are:

» Eating

The city center is plenty of small original restaurants, pizzerias, and pubs in a walking distance from the conference venue.

Food offer is variegated and spans from local specialities (mainly based on meat, saffron, and lentils) and fresh fish (coming everyday from the shore), to general Italian and Mediterranean dishes. The Abruzzo region is also a very good wine production area, offering delicious red (e.g., Montepulciano), rosè (e.g., Cerasuolo), and white (e.g., Trebbiano) wines.