VISA Requirements

Except for EC citizens, a valid passport is required for everyone wishing to enter Italy.
The visa requirements can be found at, and they depends on the country of citizenship. Foreign participants are urged to contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their home country as soon as possible, to determine their particular visa requirements and to initiate the application process well in advance of their departure date. If you require a personal letter of invitation to attend the Conference, please contact the ICM2003 Secretariat by e-mail, or FAX +39/06/90672470, and provide a complete mailing address. A signed letter will then be mailed. This letter of invitation does not imply an invited talk or waiver of registration fees.



Roma, the Eternal City, has always attracted tourists from all over the world for its beauty and charm, its unforgettable monuments, architecture and invaluable arts which testify to its unique history and destiny.
Late July in Roma can typically bring ambient temperatures in the range 28-35 degrees Celsius and rare chances of raining (Check here ) what the weather is doing now.

A large number of Romans use this time for holidays, therefore the more popular tourist attractions, museums, shops and galleries are less crowded. Of course the Congress Center, as well as most indoor cultural facilities, restaurants and shops are air conditioned.

Pictures courtesy of Mr. G. Gasponi

The way to Rome

By plane

The Leonardo da Vinci International Airport has daily connections with every major city of Europe and New York (JFK). During the summer season a number of connections is usually added.

The Official Carrier of ICM 2003 Conference is Alitalia

For information regarding availability, bookings and ticket purchase for ROME (ITALY), participants may contact their nearest Alitalia Office (see the addresses and the phone numbers on Alitalia Internet WEB Site:

When calling Alitalia, please quote Identification Code "KV"

Participants originating from the United States may contact their nearest ALITALIA Office or call the toll-free number 1-800-223-5730 to reserve flights and receive tickets by mail directly to their address, quoting their "KV" Identification Code and credit card number for the charging of the corresponding amount.

All participants will benefit of a special discount on available fares.

By train

Rome has rail connections with every major city in Italy and the rest of Europe. The main railway station (Termini) is placed in the center of Rome. -

Information about Connections Fiumicino Airport - Rome can be found at:

Trains, Bus, Taxi and Car information

How to move in Rome

Public Transportation

Rome is served by an integrated public transport system operated by the companies Atac, Cotral - FS. The system includes a network of metro, bus, tram and metro-type rail Services

The city is served by 238 bus routes and 7 tram routes which operate from 05.30 to 24.00. Night bus services comprise 27 routes operating from 00,10 to 05,30. These services are recognised by the number followed by the letter N.

Bus route 110 provides a tour of the key sites of historic interest in central Rome departing from Termini station at 2.30 pm Monday-Saturday (2 hour round trip).

The metro is in service between the hours of 05,30 untill 23,30 and has two lines:

Line A Links the area of Tuscolana in the south-east of the city with Termini rail station, the historic centre of Rome and the area of Prati to the west.

Line B Links the EUR area, where Palazzo dei Congressi is located, to the south of the city with the Basilica San Paolo, the Colosseo and the rail stations of Ostiense, Termini and Tiburtina.

Within the central area of Rome there are six key interchange stations (Flaminio, Trastevere, Ostiense, Termini, Tiburtina and Tuscolana), operated by FS and Cotral and integrated with the Metro or bus and tram services. Special airport link FS non stop Termini - Fiumicino Aeroporto.

Travel cards & integrated Tickets

Tickets can be bought directly from designated ticket offices located by platform 22 in Termini station and the entrance of the airport rail station. The integrated ticket - Metrebus - provides you with the freedom of using all the modes of public transport within the metropolitan area of Rome excluding, the direct rail link Termini - Fiumicino Airport. Tickets must be bought before the commencement of your journey from any Metro station, authorised vendor (newsagent, tobacconist) and automatic ticket machines.

Season Ticket monthly or annual, is valid on all public transport services within the metropolitan area of Rome. Weekly Ticket (CIS) is valid for seven days on all public transport services within the rnetropolitan area of Rome. Daily Ticket (BIG) is valid for use on all public transport services within the metropolitan area of Rome on the day it is validated. 75 Minute Ticket (BIT) is valid for up to 75 minutes on all ATAC buses and trams, for one trip on metro lines A and B and for one trip on any metro-type FS train (2nd class).

Tickets must be validated on commencement of our journey. Validation machines are located at the rear of buses and trams, at the entry gates of Metro stations and within the entrance area of all rail stations.

During your journey a ticket inspector may ask you to show your ticket. If you do not have a valid ticket, you are liable to pay a fine of 25.82 Euro.

The way to ICM 2003

The Conference will be held at the Palazzo dei Congressi (P.le Kennedy) situated in the modern EUR district.

It can be reached from the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (Fiumicino Aeroporto)

by car, estimated distance approx 22km/14 miles (see the map)

by railway, which links Fiumicino Aereoporto rail station. to the Ostiense interchange station and then taking the underground , METRO Line B, stop at EUR - FERMI

From any Metro stop in Rome take Line B and stop at EUR - FERMI. Palazzo dei Congressi is at a walking distance from the underground stop (see the map).


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