Destination Italy
    The country of art, culture, history, food and sun

    Italy is a synonym for culture, art and history. Artistic wonders can be found everywhere, and every corner of the country holds countless and wonderful. Our artistic and cultural heritage is one of the most valuable in the world. Italy has more cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country: Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Turin, Parma, Naples and Palermo are some of its most renowned cities of art.

    Italy has always been a synonym for "good food," offering an unique explosion of flavors, scents, and aromas. Aside from having one of the most famous cuisines, it also proposes an immense variety of different regional dishes and recipes, from more than 100 types of pizza and ways of cooking pasta to gourmet meat&seafood meals.

    Ancient Greeks used to call Italy “Enotria”, since it was renowned for its extraordinary wines. It would be impossible to list all of the features of Italian wines, worldwide famous for their variety and quality.

    Why don’t you take advantage of your stay in Italy, organizing an off-season holiday in one of the most enchanting resorts of the Italian Coasts: Sardinia and Sicily for instance, but also Salento Peninsula, the Gulf of Poets and Portofino, the Gulf of Naples and its romantic islands.

    Destination Parma


    Parma is located in the centre of Northern Italy and of the Duchy of Mary Louise of Austria, land of famous composer Giuseppe Verdi and director of orchestra Arturo Toscanini, custodian of the masterpieces of Antelami, Correggio and Parmigianino.

    This city is the small Italian capital of music, food, art and culture. The historical city centre, elegant and sophisticated, hosts beautiful museums and monuments and masterpieces of architecture such as the Cathedral in gothic-roman style, the Baptistery beyond the city, the territory is dotted with castles and fortified mansions offering a countryside both intense and evocative, from the autumnal colours of the Apennine beech woods to the gentle rolling hills which, to the great plain along the river Po.

    Within this territory many typical cheeses are produced as well as famous seasoned meats, top quality mushrooms and truffles, as well as wines and liqueurs that you will taste and appreciate during your stay.

    How to get to Parma ?

    Parma is located in Northern Italy, about 100 km from Milan, in an ideal position to start your visit to Italy and it is easily reachable by car, train or plane.

    If you choose to arrive:

    By car take Motorway A1 Milan-Bologna (exit Parma) and A15 Parma-La Spezia/Genoa (exit Parma Ovest). -

    By train Most of trains travelling on the Milan-Bologna line stop in Parma as well as those on Turin-Bologna and Genoa-Bologna lines. Rome and Florence are well connected thanks to high-speed trains in 3.30 hours (Rome) and 1,45 hour (Florence). - - Call Center in Italy 892021

    By plane – Parma Airport is only 5 minutes away from the city centre, which is easily reachable by taxi (approximately 15 € phone +39 0521 252562) and by bus number 6 (every 30 minutes, 1,50€ tickets on board Parma Airport offers daily flights to Rome Fiumicino, London Stansted, Catania and Palermo.

    Parma is also close to Milan Malpensa Airport (180Km), Milan Linate Airport (120Km) and Bologna Airport (90Km).

    If you choose to flight to one of these airport, Fiere di Parma S.p.A. is pleased to offer all Summit Participants a complementary transfer to Parma. More information on routes, times and transfer reservations is available here.

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    Useful and Practical Information about Italy

    Geography and population

    • Land area: 113,521 sq mi (294,019 sq km); total area: 116,305 sq mi (301,230 sq km)
    • Population (2010 est.): 58,090,681 (growth rate: –0.07%); birth rate: 8.0/1000; infant mortality rate: 5.4/1000; life expectancy: 80.3; density per sq km: 197
    • Capital city (2003 est.): Rome, 3,550,900 (metro. area), 2,455,600 (city proper)

    Monetary Unit

    • Since 2001, the currency used in Italy is euro-€. One euro is divided up into 100 euro-cents. There are eight different coins (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 euro-cents) and seven notes (5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros). Credit cards As well as in cash, purchases can be paid by using the most common credit cards. This payment system is common in Italian shops, which generally display the symbols of the credit cards they accept on the outside door. If you pay by credit card you will be asked to show an identity document. Travel cheques (in USD or Euros) can also be cashed in Italian banks.
    • Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 13.00 and from 14.30 to 16.30

    Telephone Calls

    • To call an Italian telephone number from outside Italy, either from a landline or a mobile phone, you will need to add the international dialing code for Italy, which is 0039 (+39), followed by the telephone number you require.
    • To call another country from Italy, you will need to add the international dialing code for the country you are calling, followed by the telephone number you require.
    • To make calls within Italy, dial the number you require without adding the international country code.
    • To make calls from public telephones (which you can find on the street, in some bars, restaurants, etc and in shopping centers), you may use coins or phone cards, which can be purchased from tobacconists, news kiosks and telephone shops. Mobile phone reception in Italy is very good, based on GSM technology, which is not compatible with some countries (including the USA and Japan), unless you have a three-band mobile phone.
    • Before travelling to Italy you should contact your telephone services provider to activate the international roaming service (if it is not already activated automatically).
    • Making international calls from a mobile phone may be very expensive.

    What time is it in Italy?

    • Italy is in the Central European Time (CET) Zone, 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and observes Daylight Saving Time: In mid-autumn the clocks are shifted back an order to standard Central European Time (usually end October)

    Opening hours – Shops and post offices

    • Shops are generally open from Monday to Saturday, from 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 and from 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., although shopping centers and department stores often are open all day, from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 or 10.00 p.m. Shopping centers and stores are also open on several Sundays throughout the year.
    • Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 13.30/14.00, some of them also in the afternoon from 14.30 to 18. Saturday from 8.30 to 12.30

    Electricity and internet access

    • Electrical system In Italy the electrical current is 220 volts AC (50 Hz). Electrical sockets comply with European regulations. In most hotels you will find adaptors for different types of plugs
    • There are many internet points and cafés offering internet access. In many hotels (especially higher-category ones) a direct internet connection is provided in the rooms. In addition, in Italy you will find Wi-Fi access available in many airports, hotels, train stations and other public places where travelers pass through or stop off.

    Documents required to drive in Italy

    • Driving licenses issued by any of the EU member states are valid throughout the European Union, including Italy.
    • Drivers in possession of a license issued by any EU country do not require an international driving permit or a sworn translation of their own license.

    Documents and VISA to enter Italy

    • European Citizens whose country is under the authority of the Schengen Treaty may enter Italy with a valid identity card or passport. Citizens from all other countries must show their passport on the border; where a visa is required, this must also be presented to the border authorities and must indicate the length of the holder's stay and his or her destination.
    • Visa applications - specifying the reason for the trip - must be made to the Italian Consulate in the applicant's country of residence, and are generally issued 30/45 days after the application has been made.

    Average Temperature in Parma

    A visit to Parma in October will offer a very special occasion to discover the fragrances and colors of the Italian autumn.