Perugia, Italy,

27- 31 October, 2008

Courtesy of David Roberts for



Practical Guidelines and Travelling

Passport and Visa

Please bear in mind that these are mere guidelines, for more information please contact

the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country and/or the local Authorities.

As of October 26, 1997, Italy adheres to the Schengen Agreement.

Citizens of countries not adhering to this agreement may be allowed entry to Italy on the

following conditions:

- entry must be at regular customs

- valid passport or equivalent travel documents acknowledged by Italian authorities

- papers proving the purpose of the voyage and stating means of transportation

- financial information must be provided as to how travel, accommodation and local

expenses will be met

- valid visa, where necessary, for entry or transit

- exclusion from "persona non grata" lists of the Schengen system

- exclusion from international lists considered to be socially dangerous

NOTE: a foreign resident of a Schengen member state holding a valid stay permit is exempt from obtaining a visa provided that entry to Italy is not sought for hired work, independent work, or apprenticeship. Any foreigner, although holding a valid visa, who cannot provide ALL of the above requirements can be turned down even at customs.

Financial information can be proven by showing cash, bank or insurance bonds, shares, prepaid service receipts or legalized papers showing revenue sources in Italy. All foreigners must prove accommodation in Italy and the appropriate amount of money to return home (a return ticket is sufficient). These requirements are not only necessary to obtain a valid visa but they are also necessary at moment of entry. Failure to provide all of the above requirements will cause entry permission to be revoked.

Apply early: visa applicants are advised to apply as soon as they decide to attend the conference. Please allow at least 90 days for visas to be issued.

Visa applicants should consult the Italian Embassies in their own countries concerning requirements to travel to Italy. If a formal letter confirming your registration is required, please send a request form as soon as possible including the following information:

- name, date of birth, and passport number,

- name of organization you belong to,

- information on transportation and accommodation,

- information on how transportation, accommodation and local expenses are to be funded.

In this Letter the LOC can only transcribe the submitted data and cannot accept liability for any information provided during registration.

Duty Free Import

Personal effects and professional equipment can be brought into Italy duty free as long as

the customs offi cer deems their contents and quantities reasonable. Delegates from EU countries can easily bring in goods without any limit or formal measures.

Currency Exchange

Euro is the currency in use accepted at regular stores and restaurants. Credit cards are

widely accepted at almost all hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can at foreign

exchange banks and other authorized money exchange upon presentation of your passport.

Be aware that most banks are open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Credit Cards

VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club, and American Express are widely accepted credit cards at

hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants.


The electrical current is 220-230V, AC, 50 Hz throughout Italy. Leading hotels in major cities

have two outlets of 110 and 220 volts but usually with two-leg plugs only.


Shops and other sales outlets in Italy are generally open on weekdays and Saturdays from

09:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. but closed on Sundays and national holidays. Delegates residing outside the EU can reclaim the Value Added Tax (VAT) if more if they spend more than 175 Euro in the same shop.


A-The best way to reach Perugia are:

1- With car (all highways)- highly recommended (HR)

2- Landing in one of the Rome airports and rent a car (HR)

3- Same but take train and/or coach to Perugia via Rome Downtown (not so good)

4- Land in Milan MXP airport and connect with the flights to Perugia

S.Egidio Airport (twice a day) . From there Shuttle (5 Euro) or taxi (about 20 Euro) to Hotel (HR)

B-Timings from

Rome Airports(200 km - 125 miles)

car 2h 30 - coach 3h 30 min - train 3h 30m

Rome Downtown( 170 km - 145 miles)

car 2h 30 - coach 2h 30 min - train 2h 30m

Florence (160 km - 100 miles)

car 2h - coach 2h - train 2h 15m

Pisa (230 km - 143 miles)

car 3h - coach-train 3h 30m

Milan (450 km - 280 miles)

car 4h 30m - coach 5h - train 5h - plane 1h 30m (MALPENSA MXP Airport)

Ancona (120 km - 75 miles)

car 2h - train 3h

Bologna (250 km-155 miles)

car 3h - train 3h 30 min

Neaples (375 km - 233 miles)

train 4h 30m - car 5h

Note The given times are very approximate

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