BIOSPINE 2019

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Although Rome is relatively easy to get around, when planning a trip, doubts and questions always arise. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions.

Time zone

Rome is in the Central European Time (CET) time zone: + 01:00 hour GMT/UTC

Climate

Rome has a Mediterranean climate with cool winters and generally hot summers, which means that any time of year is good for visiting the city, but springs in Rome is really wonderful. At the beginning of April daytime temperatures can be around 8°-19°C (46°F-66°F). Even if rare, rainfalls might occur.

Language

Although the official language spoken in Rome is Italian, travellers will find that many locals speak English, especially those who work in restaurants, hotels and other places associated with tourism.

The official language of the Congress is English.

Telephone and communications

The international dialling code from abroad is +39.
For international calls, dial 00 + national code + area code + personal number.

Mobile phone network coverage is available across Italy and is plentiful in Rome. If you are travelling to some remote areas of the country pre- or post-event, coverage may become limited

Currency and Bank Services

The currency in Italy is Euro.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday, generally from 8:30am to 5:00pm. ATMs (cash machines) work 24 hours a day. All banks close down at weekends and on public holidays.
There are plenty of currency exchange offices, banks and cash machines throughout the city.

Electricity – plugs and adapters

Electricity in Italy conforms to the European standard of 220V to 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz. Wall outlets typically accommodate plugs with two or three round pins (the latter grounded, the former not).
Plug adapters are the interfaces between foreign plug and Italy's two (or three) round-prong socket.
You may see adapters with three prongs in a row, but only buy a 2-prong adapter. That's because some, but definitely not all, Italian outlets have three holes - just don't risk it and stick with a 2-prong adapter. You may also see round outlets with two or three holes - in most cases, your 2-prong adapter will work fine in these too.

VISA Information

Foreign participants should contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their home country to determine their particular Visa requirements.
Participants requiring Visas should initiate the application process at least 3 months prior to their departure date.
The Organising Secretariat OIC is not able assist participants with their Visa application and cannot intervene with Embassies or Consulates on behalf of any participant.
For additional details, please visit the following websites:

Letter of Invitation (for Visa Application)

To request a Visa invitation letter please send an e-mail to OIC at registrationbiospine2019@oic.it
Only participants fully registered in the congress can obtain a personal invitation letter and only once the full payment of the registration fee is received.
Relevant expenses for hardcopy of the invitation letter sent by express courier must be paid the in advance.

Please note that the Visa invitation letter only aims at assisting participants who need to obtain a Visa or permission to attend the Congress and it is not a commitment from the organisers to cover any kind of expenses or to provide any financial support. All expenses incurred in relation to the conference remain the sole responsibility of the participant.

Getting to and from the Airport

There are a few options of getting from one of Rome’s two International Airports to central Rome. Below are estimated costs and travel times.

Leonardo Da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport

*Train €14 32 minutes
Airport shuttle bus €6 45 minutes
Taxi (Central Rome) €48 45 minutes

* Train services from Rome ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ Fiumicino Airport

There are two train options from Rome Fiumicino Airport (also known as Leonardo Da Vinci Airport). The Leonardo Express (€14) is a non-stop service to/from Rome Termini station exclusively for airport passengers. It leaves every 15-30 minutes and operates from 0552–2336. The alternative option is the FL1 Regional Train (€8) to/from other stations in Rome, including Rome Tiburtina, with departures every 15-30 minutes.

Rome Ciampino Airport

**Train €1 15 minutes
***Airport shuttle bus €4 55 minutes
Taxi €30 35 minutes

** Train services from Rome Ciampino Airport

Rome Ciampino Airport trains travel from Ciampino Città, which is the nearest train station. The train station is not right at the airport and to get there you need to take an ATRAL or COTRAL bus from the airport, the journey takes just 5 minutes. The transfer will cost €1 and the shuttles leave every 10-40 minutes. From there, the train to Rome’s Termini station departs every 8-10 minutes, takes 15 minutes and costs just €1.50.

*** Airport Shuttle Bus from Rome Ciampino Airport
Airport shuttles from Ciampino to Rome Termini train station can be booked through a variety of providers such as Terravision and SIT Bus Shuttle.

Taxis

Getting around the city by taxi is not difficult, but in Italy taxis cannot be flagged down as they pass along the street, taxis are instead "stationed" at special taxi parking stands in most of the major squares in any city and at the airport and they can be requested by phone.

These are some of the best taxi companies in the city:

  • Radio Taxi: 06-3570.
  • Pronto Taxi: 06-6645.
  • Other companies: 06-5551, 06-4994, 06-4157.

Find out official taxi rates and tips on how to avoid being swindled.

  • Official taxi rates to and from both airports: To get to and from Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino Airport will always cost you the same. The journey to/ from Fiumicino costs 48€ and Ciampino 30€. These prices are valid for up to four passengers and their suitcases. Refuse to pay if you are charged extra.
  • The rates from Termini railway station to the city centre should cost between 8 and 15€.
  • Choose the correct type of taxi: The first thing to do as not to get swindled is to make sure the taxi you take is correctly identified. All taxis in Rome are white, with a taxi roof sign and a taximeter visible at the front of the car. Hail cabs that have a telephone number written on the sides of the vehicle, which means that they work for a taxi company.
  • If you have any problem, write down the taxi’s license plate number (it is always at the back of the front seats) and call the taxi company.
  • If at any point you think you are being swindled, don’t let the taxi driver intimidate you and call the Carabinieri (Tollfree number 112). Additionally, it is always a good idea to ask for a receipt and complain to the taxi company.

Enjoy Rome, thanks to Roma Pass!

Sponsored by Rome City Council and the Ministry for the Arts and Cultural Activities and Tourism, in collaboration with ATAC, the public transport company, Roma Pass is the capital’s special tourist-cultural card that enables both tourists and interested local residents, the opportunity to benefit from various discounts and services that make it easier and cheaper to enjoy the splendours of Rome.
For more detailed information click here.

Shopping

If shopping is a must when on holidays, Rome is the place to visit. In Italy’s capital, you’ll find a wide variety of small shops selling traditional products, high streets, department stores and top international designer boutiques.
Shops in Rome typically open at 9am-1pm and 3.30-7.30pm, except on Sundays and Monday mornings, which is somewhat a little later.