Rome, Italy/25-27 May 2016 - International Symposium on

Palazzo Barberini
A challenge or a contribution to sustainability?


Rome is the capital of Italy and is located in the central-western Region of Latium. In 2014, the entire administrative division had a registered population of 4.3 million people, being one of the most populous cities in the European Union.

Having been the capital of the Roman Empire and then the center of the Papal State which lasted until 1870, Rome has an incredibly rich archaeological, historical and artistic heritage that express the city’s long history covering more than two and half thousands years. The presence of these significant cultural assets has contributed to making Rome one of the references for the scientific debate on heritage preservation, as well as the actual field of action to experiment possible combination between history and modernization.

The historic center of Rome was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980, and then extended to the walls of Urban VIII in 1990. Known as one of the most important cultural attractions worldwide, some of its monuments and museums, such as the Coliseum or the Central Archaeological Area are among the most visited tourist destinations, reaching the average amount of millions of tourists per year.


Rome is served by two international airports: the intercontinental ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ airport, located few kilometers south-west of the city, and the ‘Ciampino’ airport located south-east of the urban center. Rome is also served by two main Railway Stations: ‘Roma Termini’ located in the center of the city and ‘Roma Tiburtina’ situated in the north-east side of the city. Rome has a three-line metro system called ‘Metropolitana’ that intersects at Roma Termini Station and a well-articulated system of bus lines ( The bus/metro stop close to the Conference Venue is ‘Barberini’.

Free transportation arrangement between ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ International Airport, ‘Roma Termini’ and/or ‘Roma Tiburtina’ Railway Stations, and the Hotels and/or Palazzo Barberini is available only for invited speakers/moderators and for the entire duration of the Symposium.


Participants need to make their own arrangements for obtaining necessary entry documents (i.e. visa) for their travel to Rome, Italy. It is the participants’ responsibility to find out whether an entry visa is needed for travel to Italy. The Organizers will facilitate the process for invited speakers/moderators.


The City of Rome in the month of May is typically characterized by high-medium temperatures, between 15°C and 24°C. The weather tends to be mostly sunny.


The official and legal currency in circulation in Italy is the Euro. Foreign currencies are generally not accepted. The direct payment through credit cards is also possible and became very common in the last years, except for some small shops usually accepting only cash.