All the useful informations that you may need to enjoy the Congress
The official language of the Congress is English.
Meeting & Exhibition Venue
The Congress will be held at the Lingotto Conference Centre (Centro Congressi Lingotto Via Nizza, 280 – Torino). The Congress site is served by an extensive public transport network, mainly metro, buses & tram (lines 1, 18, 35 are available from the city centre to Lingotto Conference Centre).
Notice for drivers
Drivers should be aware that the tolerance of blood alcohol level while driving in Italy is 0.5 g/l.
Parking with fee is available at the underground parking area of the Congress venue.
If you park in the city centre in the controlled parking zones within the blue markings, you have to pay a fee that comes about 1.3 and 1.50 Euros for 1 hour parking. Private vehicle traffic and parking are strictly controlled inside the city centre ZTL (limited traffic zone). The signs at the entrance to the ZTL show the hours that restrictions are enforced.
Local Transportation in Torino
Public transport in the city is well organized. Trams, buses and metro operate without conductors. Tickets must be purchased in advance at tobacco shops or metro stations.
You can take a taxi anywhere in the city. You can ask the concierge of your hotel to call one for you or you can dial the 011/5730.
Currency, Exchange, Credit Cards
The official currency in Italy is the Euro. You can exchange foreign currency in several banks and Currency Exchange Businesses. Bank cheques are not so widespread and rarely accepted. Credit cards are very common in the urban areas. Shops and restaurants that normally accept credits cards display a list of these cards on their shop windows.
It’s advisable to carry some cash with, since for small purchases, shops do normally prefer to be paid cash.
Bank opening hours: Mo – Fri: from 08:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m. and from 02:30 p.m. to 04:30 p.m. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
The usual shopping hours in Torino are from 09:00 to 19:30; in big shopping centres up to 21:00.
The 8 Gallery of Lingotto centre (in the same building of the Congress Venue) has more than 90 shops, a multiplex cinema, 12 restaurants and bars, a supermarket, a Postal office and a Bank. It’s opening hours are Monday: 14-22; Tuesday-Sunday: 10-22
Smoking is not allowed inside the Congress buildings, at the venues for the social functions and in all public locals in the city. Smokers are kindly required to smoke outdoors or in the smoking areas.
In Italy electricity is generally supplied at 220 volts and a frequency of 50 Hz. Plugs are normally with two or three pins. Plug adaptors or converters might be necessary for those coming e.g. from the USA, UK and Japan.
International calls can be made using any public telephone in the city centre. Please remember to dial the international code of the country you want to call to. The dialling code for Italy is +39 followed by the code of the city (i.e. if you want to call Torino you should dial +39 011 and the telephone number of the person you are calling). Pre-paid telephone cards are very easy to use and can be bought in any tobacco shop or in newsstands.
Don’t forget that Emergencies Numbers are free of charge. Phone numbers in case of emergency: Ambulance: 118; Police: 112 & 113; Firework: 115
The average High in August is 25° and the low is 18°. We suggest you to bring a cotton wool pullover with you. Rainy days may be expected.
The organizers cannot accept liability for any personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private property of participants and accompanying persons that may occur during the Congress.