How to reach Bologna

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By Air - Bologna airport G. Marconi is connected by national flights to all the other Italian airports and by international ones to the major towns in Europe. Daily flights to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Bucarest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Koeln, Lyon, Lisbona, London Gatwick, Madrid, Munich, Oporto, Paris CDG, Praha, Stuttgart, Stockholm, Timisoara, Tirana, Warsaw and Vienna plus some weekly or beweekly intercontinental flights including a Eurofly connection to New York twice a week make the links with the rest of the World very easy. From the Airport there is a regular bus connection (see timetable at Aerobus ) taking you to the Railway Station. Bus stop at the airport is just outside the arrival terminal. The ticket costs 4.50 EUR and can be purchased on the bus. Taxi service is also available; be careful that taxi prices are VERY high in Italy and, in case your travel expenses are supported by INFN, they cannot be reimbursed.

By Car - The main motorway connection is the A1 (the "Autostrada del Sole"), which links Bologna directly to Milan, Florence and Rome and to three other main routes. The A1 can be entered, from Turin, Genoa or Brescia, by the A21, at Piacenza; from Genoa and La Spezia, by the A15, at Parma; from Brenner Pass, Verona, Mantova, by the A22, at Modena.
From Trieste, Tarvisio-Villach, Venice, Padua, on the other hand, the A13 motorway is direct, as is the A14 from Ancona, Rimini and Ravenna.
All the motorways exits lead into the city by-pass (follow the signs "Tangenziale") from which the roads for all directions branch off. The by-pass exit n.7 (Centro - Via Stalingrado) is the more direct one: it leads you on a large road (Via Stalingrado) pointing to the centre. Referring to the map of town centre (see link below, we suggest to print and bring it with you), when you reach Porta Mascarella from Via Stalingrado, you should turn left (around the medieval gate) into viale Berti-Pichat until you reach Porta San Donato. Here you turn right into Via Irnerio. The Phys Dept (signed by "We are here" on the map) is after the first traffic light.

Parking - We hope to be able to host a (limited) number of cars of our guests in the internal parking of the Insitute. Outside, all parkings are payant, day and night! There is no way to reach the Hotels by car before 20 p.m.: the centre of the town has traffic limitations preventing the non residents to drive in during day hours. However, Via Irnerio is not closed to traffic, so one can find a payant parking place there, or reach the big underground parking in Piazza 8 Agosto (prices are high, unfortunately). We strongly suggest those arriving by car to keep in contact with us (phones see below) to have further instructions.

Maps - For helping you in orientation, we provide two maps: Surroundings and Centre of Bologna. On this latter, please note the "We are here" words with the arrow pointing to the location of the Phys. Dept. and the other one pointing to the S. Giovanni in Monte Guesthouse.

By Train - Bologna is the main Italian railway junction and therefore all the most important national and international lines pass through it. InterCity trains and EuroStar (Pendolino) high speed trains connect it to all the major italian cities. Many night trains link Bologna with Germany, France and Austria (in particular from Bonn, Koeln, Amsterdam, Paris and Vienna there are direct night trains).

How to reach your hotel from the Airport or Station

San Giovanni in Monte University Guesthouse (Via de' Chiari 8 - tel. (39) 051 276711 - fax (39) 051276777) - It can be easily reached from the Railway Station by use of bus C (or 11). Coming from the airport with the Aerobus, at the Railway Station Square cross the main road and on the other side, a bit on the left, catch the "little" bus C, or go to the other square Galliera pointing to Via Indipendenza and catch the bus 11 (the aerobus ticket is not valid, you have to purchase a city bus ticket at the kiosk in the Station Square). Bus C goes through the small medieval streets of the centre. You have to get down in Via Cartoleria (see map, and ask the conductor). Bus 11 goes through Via Indipendenza, Via Rizzoli to come to the Two Towers and then proceed to Via Farini - Via Santo Stefano, where you have to get down at the stop called "Garganelli". The Guesthouse is located in a former monastery of Middle Ages. It is a jewel of romanesque architecture in itself. We hope the guests will enjoy the stay in such a characteristic surrounding. The Guesthouse reception closes at 22:00. Entrance keys are given to the guests, allowing entering at any time. For the night of arrival, we shall organize the distribution of keys for the guests arriving later than 22:00. To help us, all the guests planning to arrive at the station or airport later than 21:00 should signal us their time of arrival, and be prepared, if possible, to advise us by phone (see below) if they happen to be late. On the day of departure, the room must be left free at 10:30 at latest. Any variation in arrivals must be communicated to the guesthouse directly or to us. The Guesthouse is very severe in dealing with cancellations: no show up for them means refunding the price of the entire stay (not only the first night). We ask the guests to understand this point and the fund exposure we are taking and therefore be very serious about their reservations and arrivals.

Hotel San Giorgio (Via delle Moline 17 -tel. (39) 051 248659 - fax (39) 051 250556) For those who come from the Airport with the Aerobus, the best is to get down at the stop Via Indipendenza - Arena del Sole (ask the conductor). The hotel is walking distance from this stop (see map). If instead you are coming from the Station, take bus no. C (you have to purchase a city bus ticket at the kiosk in the Station Square). It goes through the small medieval streets of the centre. You have to get down at the stop called Oberdan (ask the conductor and see map). The hotel is walking distance from there at the corner between Via delle Moline and Via Alessandrini. You can also walk, if your lagguage is not too heavy. Just take Via Indipendenza and, when you reach the first traffic light, go on straight until you meet Via Righi on your left. Take it and when you reach the crossing with Via Alessandrini, Via Oberdan and Via delle Moline you are at S. Giorgio hotel.
Any variation in arrivals must be communicated to the hotels directly or to us (tel. see below or email to ) 72 hours in advance, otherwise the first night will be charged to the guest.


Do not hesitate calling us if you are in trouble, or your flight is late, etc...
Telephone numbers: You have always to dial the 0 of the area code 051, even if you ara calling from abroad. The area code 051 must be dialled even if you are in the town territory.

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