The ice breaker and will be at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Pisa, Via S. Maria 53, 56126 Pisa.

The conference will be held at the Auditorium Le Benedettine, Piazza San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno, 16, 56125 Pisa.


How to reach the conference venue

The conference venue is at walking distance from the city centre: 11 minutes from the Department of Earth Sciences, 12 minutes from the railway station, 18 minutes from Piazza dei Miracoli (Leaning Tower), 12 minutes from Ponte di Mezzo (main bridge).

·       From/to the railway station:

The central station is located in the city centre, 800 m away from the Conference Venue, easily accessible by foot or alternatively by public transport.

By bus – from Railway Station to Conference Venue (Auditorium Le Benedettine):

  • Bus stop: STAZIONE 6; take LAM VERDE Bus, direction Park Paparelli; Bus stop: CRISPI 2.
  • Bus stop: STAZIONE 3; take NUMBER 4 Bus, direction Belli; Bus stop: CRISPI 2.
  • Bus stop: STAZIONE 1; take LAM ROSSA Bus, direction Park Pietrasantina; Bus stop: CRISPI 2.

By bus – from Conference Venue to Railway Station:

  • Bus stop: VIA STAMPACE 1; take E25 Bus, direction Aeroporto Galilei di Pisa; Bus stop: PISA STAZIONE FS.
  • Bus stop: VIA STAMPACE 1; take E03 Bus, direction Aeroporto Galilei di Pisa; Bus stop: PISA STAZIONE FS.
  • Bus stop: STAMPACE; take number 6 Bus, direction Gramsci; Bus stop: GRAMSCI.

Buses run every 10/15 minutes (


How to reach Pisa

By Plane

Pisa has an international airport, Aeroporto Galileo Galilei (PSA), with daily flights to and from many national and international destinations; including Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, London, Paris, Madrid, Oslo, Vienna, and with the JFK New York airport. 18 daily flights connect Pisa airport with the two main Italian airports (12 from / to Rome Fiumicino, 6 from / to Milan Malpensa).

To reach the Congress Centre (Le Benedettine) you can take Pisa Mover shuttle to reach the train station and take an urban bus (see above).

Alternatively, there will be taxi available at the airport, located in front of the terminal exit, in the arrivals area. The non-stop radio taxi service can be contacted by phone at the following number: +39 050 541600. The taxi service is run by CO.TA.PI (Taxi Pisa Cooperative). For further information and bookings please visit the web site:

By Train

The railway station is located on the main railway line from Roma to Torino. There is also a very frequent train service to and from Firenze. On the Trenitalia website you may find a train schedule and ticket booking service. To reach the Congress Center you can take bus “LAM verde” (green line) or number 4, or take a taxi.

By Car

Pisa is near the intersection of two toll highways (, A12 “Autostrada Azzurra” (Genova – Livorno) and A11 “Autostrada Firenze-Mare” (Pisa – Firenze). Pisa is also served by the (toll-free) motorway “Strada di Grande Comunicazione Firenze-Pisa-Livorno” (FI-PI-LI). Exit at "Pisa centro" and follow the signs towards the center.

Most of the historical centre of Pisa is a Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL), so only authorised vehicles can access this zone (unauthorised access will be fined).

Parking is a bit of a problem and most parking areas are with pay-meters. Consider parking in one of the car parks outside the city centre and to reach the conference venue by bus or taxi.


The Conference venue (Auditorium Le Benedettine, Piazza S. Paolo a Ripa D'Arno, 16) is 150 m far from the Residence Le Benedettine (Lungarno Sonnino 18, Pisa, Italia); you can book your room at the following link:

Below there is a list of some of other hotels or youth hostels where you can book your stay. However, you can easily find many other options among B&B, hotels and hostels on most common hotel search engines.

Please, note that May is already high tourist season in Pisa, so book your stay as soon as possible.

- Hotel Bagni di Pisa, 10.3 km from Conference Venue;
- Hotel Bologna, 450 m from the Conference Venue;
- Hotel Novecento, 900 m from the Conference Venue;
- Grand Hotel Duomo, 1.1 km from the Conference Venue;
- Hotel Verdi, 1.3 km from the Conference Venue;
- Safestay Hostel, 1.3 km from Conference Venue;
- Hostel Pisa Tower, 1.7 km from Conference Venue.