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How to reach the CNR/INAF campus in Bologna?

The CNR Campus (Area della Ricerca) is located in via Gobetti, 101. A shuttle bus will collect the conference participants at the meeting points in the morning and will take them back once the sessions have finished.

The shuttle schedule with the meeting points will be displayed in the hotels where the allotment has been made. Alternatively, the public bus number 87 is available, and it connects the centre of Bologna to CNR and back. The bus 87 timetable can be found here (pdf). Taxis are also widely available. Tariff from the city centre to CNR should be around 10 euros.

About Bologna

The capital city of Emilia-Romagna, Bologna is located at the intersection between northern and central Italy. Originally an Etruscan settlement, it fell under Gaulish rule in 400 B.C. to eventually become a Roman colony. About 1088 A.D., a university was founded within its wall; the oldest in the western world. Monuments to Bologna's rich cultural heritage are scattered across the city, from the leaning towers and the church of San Petronio in the old centre to the Pinacoteca Nazionale in the university district. Its historic centre is a handsome ensemble of brick buildings and charming porticoed streets.


Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts, 50 cycles AC. Round-pin plugs only can be used in Italian sockets. Please use an adapter plug and a voltage converter if you need 110/120 volt appliances.

Telephone System

In Italy, public phones work only with the appropriate cards, which can be purchased at tobacco shops (Tabaccheria) and newspaper stands. All hotels are equipped with phones allowing international calls.

Currency & Value-Added Tax (VAT)

The Italian currency is Euro (1 Euro is approximately 1.3 $). Credit cards and traveller cheques are accepted almost everywhere. VAT (in Italian IVA) is charged on most goods except when purchased in duty-free shops. The current rate may range from 10% to 20% depending upon the item. If you produce items and tax invoices, VAT may be refunded at international airports


Banks are generally open from 8:30 to 13:20 and some of them also in the afternoon from 14:30 to 15:30 on weekdays. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Automatic teller machines are located outside major banks (24 hour service)

Post Office

Opening hours are 8:30 to 12:30 from Mondays to Saturdays.


Shops generally open from Monday through Saturday at 9:00 - 13:00. and 15:30 - 19:30. On Monday mornings and on Sundays most shops are closed.

Emergency in Italy

In case of emergency dial 118 for ambulance and 113 for police.


Please arrange your own travel and health care insurance. The organisers will not be held liable for accidents, theft and property damage, nor for delays or any modification in the program.

Speed Limit

The speed limit on highways is 130 km/h. The speed limit on country roads is 90 km/h, while being 50 km/h in cities and villages, unless otherwise specified. On these roads, lights must be switched on during all the day. Safety belts are compulsory.