Country and Visa
Italy is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2 (116,347 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal climate or Mediterranean climate; due to its shape, it is often referred to in Italy as lo Stivale (the Boot). With 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth most populous EU member state. [Wikipedia Italy ].
Cosenza (Italian: [koˈzɛntsa]; Cosentian: [kuˈsɛndzə]) is a city in the Calabria region of Southern Italy. The municipal population is of around 70,000, but the urban area counts over 268,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the Province of Cosenza, which has a population of around 735,000. The demonym of Cosenza is cosentino in Italian and Cosentian in English.
The ancient town is the seat of the Cosentian Academy, the second academy of philosophical and literary studies to be founded in the Kingdom of Naples (1511) and one of the oldest in Europe. To this day, the city remains a cultural hub in Southern Italy, with several museums, theatres, libraries and the University of Calabria. [Wikipedia Cosenza].
Passports and Visas
Please follow the link to check whether you need a visa to visit the Italy: http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en. For information on how to apply please visit the following link: http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/italy-visa/. If you require an invitation letter for your visa application please contact the Local Arrangement Chair.
Currency and Banking
Italy is one of the 12 EU countries that joined the EMU – the Economic and Monetary Union – which introduced the single currency, the Euro. Banks in Italy are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm and from 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm. Some banks are also open on Saturday morning until 1.30 pm. Banks are closed on Sundays and national holidays and also on the town’s patron Saint’s day. The afternoon hour may vary from city to city. Travelers checks can be exchanged at most hotels and shops and at the foreign exchange offices in main railway stations and at the airports. Italy accepts all major credit cards.source
In the time of the conference, Italy will be in the Daylight Saving Time, which is two hour ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (UTC/GMT+02:00).
In Italy the power sockets are of type F and L. The standard voltage is 230V and the standard frequency is 50Hz.