Hotel accommodation
A number of rooms has been set aside for Meeting participants until May 20th. The hotels selected are 2, 3 and 4
star hotels, all downtown located and relatively close to the Meeting venue, Politecnico di Torino (there are no hotels
very close to the Politecnico). They all have elegant atmosphere, personalized service and rooms with every comfort.
You can make an on line reservation by accessing the Hotel Booking Service website. Accommodation packages are
available for a minimum stay of:
4 nights https://www.eventieturismo.it/eng/eventi/modulo3.php?id=1214
6 nights https://www.eventieturismo.it/eng/eventi/modulo3.php?id=1215
8 nights https://www.eventieturismo.it/eng/eventi/modulo3.php?id=1216
Those wishing to book a room for less than four nights through the online service must click here
Some 4 star hotels do not provide packages and must be booked with the above click.
Confirmation will be sent by the Hotel Booking Office "Eventi e Turismo" by fax or e-mail reporting the address of
the hotel assigned. Please note that if you choose a hotel that is already fully booked, you will be assigned to another
hotel of the same category.
Hotel reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card number.
Hotel payment and payment of extra charges (if any: dinner, telephone, drinks etc.) have to be settled by participants
at check-out time.
No penalty will be charged for cancellation received within noon of the day before arrival.
After this term the first night amount will be charged for any room cancelled.
In case of no show the first night will be charged upon the credit card and the room will be cancelled, if no
communication is forwarded to the Hotel within 12 a.m. of the following day.
Participants are also invited to select and book hotels on their own as rates might be variable (they are
becoming more and more market dependant).
1. NH Hotel Ambasciatori 4*
C.so Vittorio Emanuele II, 104 - 10121 Torino
(5-10 minutes walking distance or two stops with tram n. 10)
2. Arthotel Boston 4*
Via Massena, 70 - 10129 Torino
(10 minutes away from the Politecnico main entrance - four stops with
tram n. 16)
3. NH Hotel Ligure 4*
Piazza Carlo Felice, 85 - 10123 Torino
(two underground stops from "Porta Nuova" to "Vinzaglio" station and
then 5-10 minutes walking distance or two stops with tram n. 10)
4. Hotel Genio 3*
C.so Vittorio Emanuele II, 47 - 10125 Torino
(two underground stops from "Porta Nuova" to "Vinzaglio" station and
then 5-10 minutes walking distance or two stops with tram n. 10)
5. Hotel Genova 3*
Via Sacchi, 14/b - 10128 Torino
(two underground stops from "Porta Nuova" to "Vinzaglio" station and
then 5-10 minutes walking distance or two stops with tram n. 10)
6. Hotel Bologna 2*
C.so Vittorio Emanuele II, 60 - 10121 Torino
(two underground stops from "Porta Nuova" to "Vinzaglio" station and
then 5-10 minutes walking distance or two stops with tram n. 10)
7. Hotel Montevecchio 2*
Via Montevecchio, 13bis - 10128 Torino
(around 15 minutes walking distance)
Scale: 1: 200m
General Information
Torino is easy to reach by plane, car and train.
IMPORTANT NEWS: from 9.00 p.m. on Friday July 15th until noon on Tuesday July 19th Torino Caselle Airport
will be closed for maintenance works on the landing and take-off strip. (in case of bad weather conditions, works might
be rescheduled). Local authorities and SAGAT, the company that manages Torino Airport, have ensured that a special
shuttle bus service, together with all other necessary measures, will be organized to guarantee that MPEG meeting
attendees and visitors in general will reach the city in the most comfortable way possible.
Changes on flight schedule (cancellations and reschedule towards Milan Malpensa and Cuneo Levaldigi) will be found
on the different airline companies websites (for a complete list of the airlines flying from and to Torino Caselle Arport,
please visit www.aeroportoditorino.it).
The Organising Committee apologises for the inconvenience caused by this unexpected airport closure. We are being
given all assurances that flights bound to Torino will be diverted to another airport with bus connections to Torino
ensured. For intercontinental travellers you may like to consider using Milan Malpensa (MXP) as final destination. We
are being told that the bus transportation between Malpensa and Torino will be substantially boosted to cope with the
new traffic.
We will post any new information on this web site and distribute it on the MPEG email reflector.
Torino international airport 'Sandro Pertini' is located at Caselle, 16 km north-west of the town centre, about 30/40
minutes drive to downtown Torino. It is one of Europe's most modern and efficient airports, awarded the Best Airport
Award 2007 and 2008, in the one-to-five million passenger category, guaranteeing the highest level of comfort and
For comprehensive information on flight timetables and companies, and travel to and from the airport, please visit the
website www.aeroportoditorino.it
Torino airport is one hour and 15 minutes flight away from Rome, one hour and a half from Paris and Frankfurt and two
hours from London.
Low cost companies flying to and from Turin Caselle are Ryanair, Easy Jet, Meridiana, Wind Jet, Blu-Express, BMI
and SAS.
Shuttle bus from and to Caselle Airport
One-way fare: € 5,50 (ticket from the ticket office) or € 6,00 (ticket on the bus). Prices are subject to change. Journey
time: 40 minutes. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.sadem.it. For more information on timetables visit the
website www.sadem.it . (Click on "Aeroporti e Casinò).
a) From Caselle Airport to City (Terminal at Porta Nuova main train Station, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 57/A)
Departure Location
Domestic Arrivals, Ground Floor-Level Zero
every 30 minutes from 06:30 to 08:30
every 45 minutes from 09:00 to 16:30
every 30 minutes from 17:15 to 22:45
last two rides: 23:30 and midnight
b) From downtown Turin to Caselle Airport
Departure Location
Porta Nuova main railway station corner
Corso V. Emanuele II, 57/A
every 30 minutes from 05:15 to 07:45
every 45 minutes from 08:15 to 15:45
every 30 minutes from 16:30 to 20:30
every 45 minutes from 21:00 to 22:30
You can also travel to Torino via Milano's Malpensa airport.
A shuttle bus from the airport will take you directly to Torino in about two hours, tickets cost € 18.00. Reservation is
compulsory. Or you can take a bus from the airport to Milan central station and then a train to Torino: the bus costs €
5.50 and the train € 9.55 (second class) or € 14.30 (first class) - prices are subject to change. The train journey to Torino
takes about two hours. For further information about connections by bus click here.
Taxi at Caselle Airport
Licensed taxis are for hire outside the Passenger Terminal, immediately in front of the domestic/EU arrivals, Ground
Floor - Level Zero. Taxis cost approximately Euro 35/45 (plus luggage) to reach downtown Turin and travel time is
30/45 minutes (depending on the traffic).
Train connection to Torino
From the railway station at 140 metres from the airport, trains connect the Caselle Airport to the Dora Railway Station
in Piazza Baldissera (not very central). Tickets cost Euro 3,40 and entitle also to use Torino public transport for 70
minutes. Bus lines connecting the station to the city centre are line 11 and 52 (to Porta Nuova Station) and 10 (to Porta
Susa Station) and the trip takes about 30 minutes to Porta Nuova and 20 minutes to Porta Susa. For more information
please visit the website of the Gruppo Torinese Trasporti (www.5t.torino.it/5t/en/home.jsp). A special bus (Dora
Fly) connects the station to downtown Torino.
Torino has four train stations, two of them international: Porta Nuova, the main station, in the heart of the city and
Porta Susa, just out of the centre. Both stations are about 10/15 minutes from the Politecnico. Lingotto Station is
currently being upgraded, while Dora station ensures rapid links to Caselle airport but is not central.
Pendolini and TGV high-speed trains provide links through the Frejus Tunnel to Lyon, Paris and the North of France,
while direct lines connect Torino with Nice and Barcelona.
Further information:
Trenitalia (Italy): www.trenitalia.com
Artesia (France): www.artesia.eu / www.voyages-sncf.com
DB Autozug (Germany): www.autozug.de/site/dbautozug/it/start.html
Trenhotel Elipsos (Spain): www.elipsos.com
Torino is connected via motorway to most major European cities: Milan in 60 minutes (140 km), Genoa in 90 (170 km),
Nice (220 km) and Geneva (252 km) in two and a half hours, Lyon in three hours and Zürich in four.
An extended highway system connects Torino to the most important national and transeuropean network system:
• A4 Torino-Milano-Venezia from Central and Eastern Europe
• A5 Torino-Ivrea-Aosta and Mont Blanc Tunnel from France and Switzerland
• A6 Torino-Fossano-Ceva-Savona from Liguria and Southern France
• A21 Torino-Asti-Alessandria + A26 Torino-Genova from Central and Southern Italy
• A21 Torino-Asti-Alessandria-Piacenza from Central and Southern Italy
• A23 Torino-Frejus from France
All the motorways link up to the Torino ring-road, the fastest way to reach the Politecnico di Torino. The exit
recommended is "Corso Unità d'Italia".
Further information
Autostrade per l'Italia: www.autostrade.it
Traforo del Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc tunnel): www.tunnelmb.it
Traforo del Gran San Bernardo (Gran San Bernardo tunnel): www.sitrasb.it
Traforo del Fréjus (Fréjus tunnel): www.tunneldufrejus.com
Public Transportation System
A very efficient public transport network serves Torino, with buses and trams crossing the city from 05.00 to midnight.
Tickets for buses, trams and the underground can be bought at tobacconists, newsagents and other places exhibiting a
special GTT sign and must be stamped on board. There are various ticket possibilities: an ordinary GTT urban ticket
valid for 70 minutes costs € 1,00; a daily ticket € 3,50, a block of 15 tickets € 13,50 or you can choose the Viaggiare
Insieme and Shopping formulas. All the parking meters in the zona blu can also issue, 24 hours a day, a € 1,00 urban
ticket valid for 70 minutes from the time it is issued and does not need to be stamped on board.
For further information on tickets and routes, buses, metro and journeys in Torino, please visit the websites:
For useful maps of Torino, visit www.comune.torino.it/english/mappa.
The full list of stops equipped for the disabled of every urban and suburban line can be consulted on the site
www.comune.torino.it/gtt/urbana/percorari.shtml under "Linee ed Orari".
The route of Italy's first automatic metro system extends west from the Centre of Torino to Collegno and South to
Lingotto. The Fermi park-and-ride facility in Collegno gives access to the metro for travellers arriving in Torino from
the Alpine valleys and the west ring-road, providing a link to the heart of the city, with Porta Nuova and Porta Susa
railway stations, in little more than 10 minutes. The metro is also integrated with the over-ground public transport
system, enabling rapid connections and high mobility throughout the city.
The € 1,00 one-journey metro ticket can be purchased in the above-ground sales points or at the automatic machines in
the entrance halls of all Linea1 stations. The ticket gives the passenger the right to a single metro journey and is valid
for 70 minutes on all above-ground public transport, starting from the time it is stamped. The metro has been designed
and constructed to ensure access for the disabled.
Info: www.metrotorino.it
Every city district has at least one taxi rank, and it is also possible to call or reserve a taxi. All taxis have taximeters.
Taxi numbers: Centrale Radio tel. (+39) 011.5737, Radio Taxi tel. (+39) 011.57.30 / (+39) 011.33.99.
The GTT (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti) organises a transport service for the disabled using taxis: tel. (+39) 011.581.16.
In addition to the standard service, CTA (Consorzio Torinese Autoservizi) offers a personalized taxi/van/limousine
service 24 hours a day. CTA: tel./fax: +39.011.9963090 - www.ctataxi.it
Driving and parking in Torino
If you reach Torino by car, you will find many car parks to move freely. In the whole of the city centre and around there
are unmanned "Zona Blu" (Blu Zone) parking places, whose cost varies according to the zone (from Euro 0,50 to Euro
2,00/hour). Parking vouchers can be bought at authorised outlets and at automatic ticket machines. For further
information see www.gtt.to.it.
The city of Torino has Restricted Traffic Zones (ZTL) that limit or ban traffic at certain times and on particular days
(every day from 7.30 to 10.30 am on working days in the city centre, except on Saturdays and Sundays). The ZTL areas
are localized in the old city centre (central ZTL) and near the Castello del Valentino (ZTL Valentino). For information
on the ZTL see www.comune.torino.it/ztlpermessi. You can also find a map of the central ZTL with indications of
the garrisoned streets by cameras; this map can be downloaded from
Rental cars
The airport hosts the most important car rental companies and their offices are located inside of the multistorey car park
and in the Arrivals lounge.
In Torino, they can be found at the following addresses:
• AVIS corso Turati 37 tel. 011 - 501107
• EUROPCAR via Nizza 346 tel. 011 - 6960284
• HERTZ via Magellano 12 tel. 011 - 5096008
• SIXT via Mongrando 48 tel. 011 - 836385
Capital of the Western Alps and of the Piedmont Region, Torino is located in
the North-West of Italy and was founded 2300 years ago by the Taurini
Gauls, a Celtic tribe, and was a Roman military camp called "Augusta
Taurinorum" in the early Roman period. Taurus is latin for bull and still
today the bull is the symbol of Torino. In the Middle Ages the Savoys, Lords
from the homonymous French region, began to extend thier ambitions towards
the most important territories in Piedmont.
Since the 17th century, it has been the seat of the Savoy Dynasty who turned
it into a most beautiful capital of Baroque art.
In the 19th century, it was the first capital of the Italian Kingdom after the
unification of Italy.
At present Torino is a modern industrial and commercial city, the seat of
Fiat and many other industries as well as the home of the famous Martini,
Cinzano and Carpano Vermouth Industries.
Torino also boasts artistic churches, buildings and well-known museums. The
most important of these is the Egyptian Museum, the 2nd largest in the
world after the one in Cairo.
The large squares, the straight avenues lined with trees, the streets with
arcades give the city an appearance of noble and charming elegance.
Beside being famous for their wide selection of typical regional food and
wines like Barolo, Barbaresco and Dolcetto, Piedmont and Torino are wellknown also for their hors-d'oeuvres and "pasticceria" (small pastries,
friandises, chocolate). Some of the old café bars (Baratti & Milano, Al
Bicerin, Caffé Torino, Caffé San Carlo, Caffé Pepino, Caffé Mulassano)
visited by the aristocracy are open to the public and one can still enjoy some
of the old recipes and live the athmosphere of the past centuries.
Torino was the host city to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games which attracted
athletes and people from all over the world and increased its popularity
throughout the world.
1. Porta Palatina
14. Museum of Risorgimento
2. Cathedral - Chapel of the Holy Shroud
(First Parliament of italy)
3. Royal residence
15. Academy of Sciences
4. Royal gardens
16. Picture Gallery of Albertina Academy
5. Royal Armery
17. Mount of Cappuccini
6. Palazzo Madama
18. E. Filiberto Monument
7. Royal theatre
19. Palazzo Bricherasio
8. Mole Antonelliana
20. Museum of Natural Sciences
9. National Museum of Cinema
21. Conservatory
10. Gran Madre di Dio (Church)
22. Carlo Felice Square
11. Palazzo Carignano
23.. Porta Nuova maiin railway station
12. Egyptian Museum
24. Valentino Park
13. Savoy gallery
July is the middle of summer in Italy and daytime temperatures typically range from 25°C to 35°C. (78° to 95°F.) Days
are usually sunny but weather is becoming more and more unpredictable and you should carry a rain coat and an
umbrella in case of rain.
Banks are commonly open from 8.40 to 13.30 and from 14.40 to 16.00, Monday to Friday.
The Italian currency is the EURO. The Euro is available in banknotes and coins. The exchange rate is set on a daily
basis. Cash machines are located inside the meeting venue and at every bank throughout the city.
Credit cards are generally accepted in most restaurants, hotels and shops.
Italy is part of the so-called Schengen zone, thus citizens from Countries being part of this area and citizens from the
EU, do not need special visas to enter the Country. However, before departure, foreigners wishing to enter Italy should
verify their own Country's policies.
Foreigners needing a special invitation letter in order to obtain visas may request it from the Meeting Secretariat
at least three months prior to the Meeting.
Visit the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry's web site to:
find out whether - depending on your citizenship, country of long-term residence, and the duration and
reasons for your stay - you need a visa to enter Italy.
find out which documents are required in order to apply for your visa.
When entering Italy, even if you have already obtained a visa, the border authorities are authorised to check the
documentation required for obtaining the visa itself.
List of Italian Embassies and Consulates
For further information on entrance visas for Italy and the Schengen area click here
The meeting fee does not cover insurance for the delegates. The organisers recommend that delegates take out insurance
in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellation for personal reasons and necessary insurance to cover accidents,
medical expenses and loss of personal belongings during the visit. No vaccinations are needed when visiting Italy.
Participants requiring urgent medical care should go to the nearest hospital emergency room (airports and many train
stations have medical teams and first aid facilities). Those with serious illnesses or allergies should always carry a
special note from their physicians certifying in detail the treatments in progress or that may be necessary.
Before departure from home, it is advisable to get a document certifying coverage by the national health-care service.
Chemists’ shops are open from Monday to Friday on 8.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.30. Night-time service is provided on a
shift basis. Business hours and night shifts are displayed outside of each chemist's.
Italy uses a 220 volt (2 pin round plugs). Always check the power supply before using equipment.
Government offices are usually open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 2 pm. Generally shops are open from 3.30 to
7.30 pm on Monday; from 9.30 to 12.30/1.00 pm and from 3.30 to 7.30 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, while
supermarkets open at 8.30 am and close between 7.30 pm and 9 pm and often also on Sundays.
Emergency call numbers 112 for Carabinieri, 113 for Police and 118 for Rescue and Hospital Service.
The international telephone access code for Italy is 0039. The city code for Turin is 011.
In every city district there is a postal office open from Monday to Friday on 8.30-13.30 and from 8.30 to 11.00 on
Saturday. The central postal office is located in via Alfieri 10. Pre-stamped postcards and letters can be posted in the
numerous mailboxes located throughout the city. Stamps can be bought at post offices or at tobacconist’s.
No smoking = Vietato Fumare. Smoking is not permitted in public spaces in Italy and in the meeting venue.
GMT + 1 (+ 2 in summer).
Service charges are included in your restaurant bill, so you are not expected to tip. It is common practice, however, to
leave a small amount as a tip, but this is by no means obligatory.
Be aware that prices in Italian bars and cafés double (sometimes even triple) if you sit down.
Goods and services in Italy are subject to 20% VAT tax. This tax is usually included in the price and, if not, it is clearly
stated. Foreign private companies providing a regular VAT number (belonging to the European Union or not) are
entitled to purchase VAT exempted fees for the meeting.
In the event of the entire conference having to be cancelled due to force majeure, the organiser cannot accept liability
for any claims for damages and/or losses. If, for reasons beyond the control of the Organizing Committee the Meeting is
cancelled, registration fees will be refunded after deduction of expenses already incurred.
The organisers cannot accept any liability for damages and/or losses of any kind which may be incurred by the
conference participants or by any persons accompanying them, both during the official activities and the excursions.
Participants take part in all tours and events at their own responsibility.
Agnolotti: Throughout Piedmont the reigning dish is the "agnolotto", a kind of ravioli in all its various forms. With or
without truffles, served with melted butter or meat sauces and filled with spicy or delicate fillings.
Antipasti misti: Appetizers are present at the beginning of every meal and go far beyond their function of whetting the
apetite. Appetizers from Piedmont regional cooking include cured or seasoned meats (in "carpione", with sauces or
salamis), stuffed with vegetables, omelettes with vegetables and salads with cold meats and vegetables; all offered in an
incredible number of combinations just waiting to be tasted.
Bolliti misti: The "bollito misto" (mixed stuffed meat) is prepared with the best parts of the veal. Tradition says there
should be seven different pieces of meat, accompanied by seven sauces and seven side vegetables.
Fritto misto: Braised meats simmered in top quality wines, a delicious "fried medley" with meats, entrails, vegetables
and amarettos that are coated in breadcrumbles and fried.
Bagna caoda: At times an appetizer, at times a main course, this is a difficult to define dish, it is a triumph of
semplicity and tastiness. It consists in fresh vegetables immersed in the boiling hot sauce made of oil, garlic and
Bunet: The typical dessert made of chocolate and amarettos. It is said that its name comes from the copper pots where it
used to be cooked, whose shape was similar to a cap.
Barolo: A rich, fill-bodied wine with notes of roses, violets, tar, at times strongly recalls licorice.
Barbaresco: Barbaresco wine is gentler, more aromatic and a spices wine with hints of dried peach and other fruits. It
has a "soft" taste but leaves a tentalizing "tang" o a delicate "mixture" of cinnamon, black pepper and plums.
Dolcetto: in spite of its name, it's not a sweet wine, but it is the most popular, everyday table wine most suitable to
accompany Piedmontese cuisine. It has a rich ruby color and its aromas recall red fruits like marasca cherries.
Museums of Turin: www.comune.torino.it/musei
Palazzo Madama: www.palazzomadamatorino.it
Egyptian Museum: www.museoegizio.it
The Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art: www.gamtorino.it
The National Museum of Cinema: www.museonazionaledelcinema.org
Turismo Torino: http://www.turismotorino.org
Enit (Italian State Tourist Board): www.enit.it
Turin Airport (Caselle): www.aeroportoditorino.it
Milan Airports (Malpensa and Linate): www.sea-aeroportimilano.it
Events in Turin: www.torinoplus.it