Venue and city general information


Congress Venue

Pontificia Università Urbaniana - Rome
Via Urbano VIII, 16 - 00165 Rome IT
Tel. +39 06.6988.9611 - Fax +39 06.6988.1871

Pontificia Università Urbaniana - Rome        

The university, which is located on the Janiculum Hill in Rome, has four faculties: the faculties of theology and philosophy, which are as old as the institution itself, and the canon law and missiology faculties which are more recent.
The origins of the university date back to Pope Urban VIII who saw that it was necessary to establish a central seminary for the missions where young priests could be educated, both for countries which had no national college, but also those that did. A central international college would allow priests to make acquaintances and form mutually helpful relationships in other countries.
The new college was called the Collegium Urbanum from the name of its founder and placed under the immediate direction of the Congregation of Propaganda (now called the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples).
In 1926, the College moved from its historic home in the Piazza di Spagna to its current campus on the Janiculum, overlooking Saint Peter's Square. The university was endowed with the title "pontifical" with the motu proprio Fidei propagandae of Pope John XXIII on October 1, 1962. The current library of the Urbaniana was formed from two pre-existing collections: the historic Urban College Library and the Pontifical Missionary Library. Today the combined library contains about 350,000 volumes, including over 9,000 directly accessible in reading rooms; 800 current journals and about 4,000 archival; about 50,000 microfiches; and documents from various specialized archives. In the library there are about 1500 late-Medieval incunabula, a collection of rare atlases, geographical maps printed in the sixteenth century, and missionary catechisms from the sixteenth century onwards. The library is particularly notable for its Chinese collections and Old and New Testament resources.

The City

Ancient city with a modern twist, Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the one with the richest cultural and architectonic heritage, that bears witness to almost three thousand years of history. It is the capital of Italy and it is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio along the shores of the Tiber.
The Vatican City is an independent country inside the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.
Rome's history spans 28 centuries. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe.The city's early population originated from a mix of LatinsEtruscans and Sabines. Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as the birthplace of Western civilization and by some as the first ever metropolis. It was first called The Eternal City  by the Roman poet Tibullus in the 1st  century BC .
Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are among the world's most visited tourist destinations with both locations receiving millions of tourists a year.
Rome hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics and is the seat of United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The city hosts the headquarters of many international business companies and its business district, called EUR, is the base of many companies involved in the oil industry, the pharmaceutical industry and financial services. Rome is also an important fashion and design centre thanks to many international brands and Cinecittà Studios have been the set of many Academy Award–winning movies.
Rome is the world's biggest open air museum and one of the most photogenic cities - not surprising when you consider what's here: The Vatican, the Trevi FountainSt Peter's SquareSpanish StepsColosseum and a lot more.
Whether you spend your time sightseeing, or watching the world go by in a pretty outdoor café, it will be your turn to feature in your very own Roman way.

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How to get there

Travelling by plane

FIUMICINO (LEONARDO DA VINCI) is the main city international airport,  located about 32 km west of the city centre.
ROMA-CIAMPINO international airport, is located about 15 kilometers south-east of the city centre.
Both airports can be easily reached by car, taxi, train, bus or shuttle and in the areas open to the public there are many useful services: free Wi-Fi, pharmacies, banks, ATMs, currency exchanges, post office, car rental, car sharing, dry-cleaner, news agencies, shops, bars and restaurants.

OFFICIAL APP: all of the services offered at Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports at your fingertips, with the new Aeroporti di Roma official app. 

Getting to the city centre: 
Timetables are available at the airport information office or on the official website 
Please check:

Authorized Taxi vehicles are white with a “TAXI” sign on the roof. The symbol of the Municipality of reference is fixed to the front doors and the license number is on the doors, on the back and inside the vehicle.  
Any other vehicle could be driven by persons not in possession of a valid taxi permit.

Fiumicino Airport
Taxi service is available at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 Arrival areas. 

Fixed fares (each way) for some destination, including all supplements, are as follows:
•  Rome city center (within the Aurelian Walls): € 48,00
•  Magliana - Parco dei Medici: € 30,00
•  New Rome Fair: € 25,00 
•  Ciampino airport: € 50,00
•  Tiburtina Station: € 55,00
•  Ostiense Station: € 45,00
•  Civitavecchia Porto: € 120,00

 Rides departing from the airport travelling to a destination within the Grande Raccordo Anulare (and vice versa) cannot exceed € 70.00.

Please check the official website for any further information:

Ciampino Airport
Taxi service is available at the Arrivals Terminal. 
Fixed fares (each way) for some destination, including all supplements, are as follows:
Rome city center (within the Aurelian Walls): € 30
Ostiense Station: € 30
Tiburtina Station: € 35
- Fiumicino Airport: € 50
Please check the official website for any further information:

Travelling by train

Domestic services are provided by Trenitalia: there are number of daily connections to Rome from major European cities. 

Rome Termini Station is the main railway station and  is located in the centre of the city.

Rome Tiburtina Station, a newly renovated station located in eastern Rome, north of Rome's Termini Station and easily accessible from Rome's city center by metro.

Rome Ostiense  Station is located in the southern end of Rome and is the third busiest railway station in Rome.
Other smaller railway stations in the city are: San Pietro, Flaminio, Trastevere, Tuscolana.

All the railway stations are connected with public services such as underground, buses and trams.

Please check the official website for any further information:


Travelling by car

Only people older than 18 are allowed to drive a car in Italy. Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory, children under the age of 12 have to sit at the back. Driving under drugs and/or alcohol effects is illegal. 
Most foreign driving licenses are honored, please check from your Embassy before leaving.
If entering in Italy by car (with non EU driving license) you will need: 
·  a valid driving license 
·  a vehicle registration card 
·  a hire certification 
·  IDP  (International driving permit)
Other items you will have to carry at all times are: a first-aid kit, a spare tire, red warning triangles. 
The speed limit is: 
·  130 km/h (81 mph) on motorways 
·  110 km/h (68 mph) main extra-urban road
.   90 km/h (56mph)  secondary extra-urban road
·   50 km/h (31 mph) in urban road

Relaying on car in Rome is not advisable, as it is very difficult to find a suitable parking place and break-ins are very common. If you happen to visit Rome by car, the best places to leave your car are private parking.  New or expensive cars are vulnerable to break-ins, so do not leave anything valuable inside the car visible from outside, they get stolen quite often. 

Travel Documents and Customs

If you are from a Schengen country, you can travel with your national ID, but if you are from a foreign country (not in Schengen area) a valid passport or an equivalent travel document is strictly required. To fulfill all the Italian requirements you are advised to contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate before travelling. 

Import limits

For EU citizens
There are quantity limits only for some goods: 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos, 200 cigars, I kg of tobacco; 10 l of alcohol > 22%, 20 l of alcohol <22%, 90 l of wine (of whom 60 l of spumante), 110 l of bier;

For non EU citizens
Customs allowances per person are 1 l of alcohol > 22%, 2l of alcohol < 22 %, 200 cigarettes (100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, 250g of tobacco)

Italian Currency
The official currency in Italy  is the Euro, with the international abbreviation EUR .

Useful and Emergency Numbers

  • 112 NUE – Emergency Telephone Number
  • Traffic wardens +39 0667691
  • Finance Police 117
  • Central Police Station +39 0646861
  • Lost property on bus or tram +39 06 67693214


Buildings and landmarks

  • Monuments Every corner of Rome conceals a historic building, a fountain, a monument to explore.
  • Museums Priceless works of art: find them in Rome’s museums
  • Parks and Gardens A break from the chaos of the city immersed in the greenery of historic villas, parks and gardens.
  • The squares of Rome Places for meeting and prayer: piazzas may be noisy or romantic, but always full of charm
  • Churches and Basilicas Basilicas, small churches and futuristic buildings play leading roles in the Eternal City
  • Shopping Classic, original or on trend, in Rome everyone is spoilt for choice!
  • Shows You’ll be astonished at the array of theatres and music venues. There’s something for everyone!

Please check the official website for any further information:


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