A wonderful venue  located in an oasis of green in Rome’s EUR district between Fiumicino and Ciampino airports.

Sheraton Parco de’ Medici Rome Hotel

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How to get to the Congress venue

From Fiumicino AIRPORT  (about 15 km)

Neurodiab offers a  free shuttle bus service from/to Fiumicino Airport - Sheraton hotel (about 30 min) on 4 and 7 september.

For info regarding the hotel shuttle bus http://www.sheratonparcodemedicirome.com/shuttle-bus  

 

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With over 2,700 years of history, the city of Rome houses a collection of artwork and monuments that are unrivaled. Tourists could spend an entire year in Rome and still not see everything the Eternal City has to offer. Yet, truly experiencing Rome extends far beyond sightseeing.

 There are aspects of Rome that are much better felt than described.  It’s the experience of striking up a simple conversation with a local shop owner, where hand gestures can mean more than words. It’s venturing through the ancient streets and stumbling across the unusual, such as a cat that has made a home of Largo di Torre Argentina. And it’s  quietly sipping an espresso yet enjoying the beautiful chaos that surrounds.

 

Location

Positioned in the very center of the Italian peninsula, Rome has been the hub of the Lazio Region and the entirety of Italy since Ancient Times; as the saying goes, “all roads lead to Rome”. Today Rome is the vibrant capital of Italy and the country’s largest city. It is situated along the Tiber River and the original city rests upon its famed seven hills: the Capitoline, Palatine, Aventine, Esquiline, Quirinal, Viminal, and Caelian Hills. Rome’s central position protects it from harsher weather, gifting the city with a mild climate of cool winters and warm summers. As with most cities, heat is easily trapped in Rome during the summer months, leading Italians to dub it “the island of heat,” Nevertheless, for international travelers, the summer is certainly the most popular time to visit Rome and its many monuments. Locals, on the other hand, take advantage of the city’s proximity to the Tyrrhenian Sea during the hot summer months, considering coastal neighborhoods such as Ostia to be a holy respite from the heat of the city.

 

The Ancient Rome

Once the capital of the entire Roman Empire, today the Eternal City is a captivating blend of the ancient world and modern life as demonstrated by the thousands of cars that speed by its centuries-old monuments daily. Admiring the cityscape, from the iconic Colosseum to elaborate Renaissance buildings, is a way to travel back in time and live the city’s storied past. The Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, and Campo de’ Fiori are just a handful of Rome’s most distinguishing monuments that offer those glimpses into the city’s past. Each of these sights is located within the historical city center, which is rather compact and completely walkable, allowing curious travelers to admire these wonders.  

Despite modern day Rome being urbanized, the city has maintained a large variety of green spaces that can be found within the city center that helps preserve the ‘Ancient Rome.’

Reinforcing the rich history of Rome is its abundance of ornate fountains and monuments throughout the city. These monuments highlight the important historical eras from ancient times to the contemporary period with the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and Neoclassicism in between.

Further reinforcing this rich history, much of the modern roads and palaces were built under the fascist regime as the ultimate goal was to showcase the splendor of Rome during that time period. Each of these historic influences has resulted in a city of many layers, and truly the deeper you go the more amazed you will be.

For example, Castel Sant’Angelo was originally built in the Roman era as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian. After the original structure was all but destroyed, it was reconstructed as a fortress for the papacy. The Popes would reside in Castel Sant’Angelo in times of political dispute, of which there were many over the centuries, and countless enemies of the Catholic Church were imprisoned within its walls. Today it serves as one of Rome’s most intriguing and historic museums.

 

Museums and Churches Of Rome

Lovers of art and archeology will certainly not be disappointed by Rome’s countless offerings. Naturally, there is a great intersection when it comes to Museums and Churches in Rome. Rome’s museums, including Villa Borghese with its expansive gardens and multiple galleries, as well as the Capitoline Museums with their vast collection of ancient artwork, can certainly hold their own.

Rome’s magnificent churches--over 900 of them--are often museums in their own right. It is not an exaggeration to say that a church can be found on nearly every main street of the city. Not only do these breathtaking structures embody the city’s central role in the Catholic faith, but they also house some of the most beautiful works of art in the world, attracting both devout pilgrims and art lovers alike.  The Vatican Museum, which is the largest museum complex on the Italian peninsula, continues to be one of the world’s most important museums. It houses an enormous collection of artworks and sculptures amassed by the Popes over the centuries.  And places such as St. Peter’s Basilica and St. John Lateran house some of the most famous art in the world, created by famous artists such as Michelangelo. 

In the shadows of artwork and monuments, Rome continues to be a global city with four million citizens. They welcome the tourists and help them explore both the modern aspects of the city, peppered with family-owned restaurants, charming cafes, amazing artisanal gelato shops as well as the more classical historical attractions of the city.