Practical information

About Rome, Italy

Rome is the capital city of Italy and a special comune. Rome also serves as the capital of the Lazio region. It is the fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. Rome's history spans 28 centuries. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe.

Rome has the status of a global city. In 2016, Rome ranked as the 14th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy.[14] Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Colosseum are among the world's most visited tourist destinations with both locations receiving millions of tourists a year. Rome is the seat of several specialized agencies of the United Nations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Arrival in Rome


The two main airports in Rome are the Fiumicino Airport (called Leonardo da Vinci airport, 36 km west of Rome) and the Ciampino Airport (16 km southeast of Rome, but used primarily for charter flights from within Europe).

  • Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, international airport in Fiumicino, Italy, near Rome. (IATA/ICAO: FCO/LIRF)

Train:  The Rome Fiumicino  Airport (FCO) is connected to the city centre via a direct train (Leonardo Express) and slower trains on the FR1 Regional Railway line.

The Leonardo Express operates from Fiumicino Airport to Termini Station in the center of Rome. Tickets cost 15€ and the journey time is 35 minutes. (The express refers to it being a non-stopping service rather than a high speed journey.) Be sure that you validate your ticket before getting on a train - the machines are at the entrance to the individual platforms. From the airport trains operate from 6:37am until 23:37. From Termini Station they operate from 5:52 until 22:52. Refer to:

FR1 trains (destination Orte/Fara Sabina) make several stops. Tickets cost 8 euros and the journey is 30-60 minutes, depending on your destination. The service runs from 5.57am-11.27pm with a train leaving every 15 minutes, except on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekend trains run every 30 minutes.

Bus: A number of bus companies provide transportation from the airport to the centre of Rome (Termini central train station or Piazza Cavour, Vatican Area). The journey lasts approx. 1 hour,
depending on traffic (especially during peak-hours). More information at:

  • Information about the terminals and airlines companies available here.
  • Transfer between the terminals: A free shuttle bus operates between the terminals and car parks every 15 minutes.
  • Ciampiano Airport International Airport "G. B. Pastine" is the secondary international airport of Rome. (IATA: CIA, ICAO: LIRA)

Bus & Train - To get to Rome city centre from Ciampino airport (CIA) you can catch a bus (Cotral) at the airport to the Underground (Metro) Line A station in Anagnina. From there, you can take the underground to Termini (about 30 minutes).You can use the same ticket for ATAC buses and the underground. Buses leave every 40 minutes from 6.00am-10.40pm. Direct bus services from Ciampino to Termini station are also provided by several bus companies (SIT, Terravision, Schiaffini). More information at:
Alternatively, you can catch the bus to Ciampino railway station and board a train to Termini station (15 minutes). Another alternative is bus number 520 (direction Metro A Cinecittà) and bus number 720 (direction Metro B Laurentina), they lead to our 2 metro lines, the ticket costs 1,50€ and you can use it on bus and metro. It is not possible to buy tickets on board, the machines are located inside the airport, close to the exit. 


Participants are expected to make their own hotel reservations. The University of Rome – Sapienza (UNIROMA) has prepared a detailed hotel list, indicating the price ranges. Please bear in mind that no transport will be provided from the hotels to the venue.

  • Mercure Roma Piazza Bologna
Address: 54, Via Reggio Calabria, 00161, Rome
Telephone: 06/440741
Single room: € 97.00
Double room: € 104.33
The price does not include the tourist tax (€ 4.00 per night) while breakfast is included. With the minimum booking of 7 rooms, it’s possible to apply a group fee.


  • Ateneo Garden Palace
Address: 3, Via dei Salentini, 00185, Rome
Telephone: 06/4440042
Single room: € 110.00
Double room: € 140.00
The price does not include the tourist tax while breakfast is included.


  • Hotel Laurentia
Address: 63, Largo degli Osci, 00185, Rome
Telephone: 06/4450218
Single room: € 110.00
Double room: € 140.00
The price does not include the tourist tax while breakfast is included.


  • Best Western Globus Hotel
Address: 119, Viale Ippocrate, 00161, Rome
Telephone: 06/4457001
Single room: from € 64.00
Double room: from € 74.00


  • Hotel Villa Torlonia
Address: 7/4, Via Bartolomeo Eustachio, 00161, Rome
Telephone: 06/4402333
Single room: no fixed price
Double room: no fixed price


  • Best Western Hotel ArtDeco
Address: 19, Via Palestro, 00185, Rome
Telephone: 06/4457588
Single room: from € 77.00 to € 99.00
Double room: from € 93.00 to € 159.00
The price does not include the tourist tax (€ 6.00) while breakfast is included.


  • Casa dell’Aviatore
Address: 20, Viale dell’Università, 00185, Rome
Telephone: 06/4927161
Single room: € 71.00
Double room: € 103.00
Triple room: € 123.00
The price does not include the tourist tax (€ 3.50) while breakfast is included. Hotel reservation must be made by Sapienza University by sending an email with the reference SPHERE Conference to:


  • Casa dell’Aviatore
Address: 42, Via Spallanzani, 00161, Rome
Telephone: 06/44291835
Single room: € 51.00
Double room: € 83.00
Triple room: € 103.00
The price does not include the tourist tax (€ 3.50) while breakfast is included. Hotel reservation must be made by Sapienza University by sending an email with the reference SPHERE Conference to:
The venue
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5 - 00185 Rome (main campus of Sapienza - Università di Roma).


11 December - Optional pre-event hosted by SAPIENZA-UNIROMA1: “Sapienza in International Development: Strategies Projects Initiatives” (HERE are invited to attend at own cost – registration will be conducted separately from the HERE conference).

Please check the programme here.

General information
In Italy the power sockets are of type F, C and L. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Weather in Rome in December
December is one of the coolest times of the year to visit Rome, Italy, when the city experiences cold and damp weather. The average temperature starts off at 14°C and drops to 7°C-8°C by the end of the month, compared to January, which has an average temperature of 8°C.
Currency: EUROS (EUR)
International access code:  +39.
Emergency numbers
Police: 113
Ambulance: 118