Supported by the European Commission:
Information Society Technologies



COST meeting

Pisa, Palazzo dei Congressi, 
February 24-26, 2000

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Arriving by plane

There are two airports in Tuscany with frequent service to and from major European hubs. One of them is in Firenze (Florence). Daily flights connect it with Muenchen (Munich), Bruxelles, Frankfurt, Paris, Barcelona, London Gatwick, Lugano, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Nice, Wien and major Italian cities. From the airport in Firenze the easiest way to reach Pisa consists in taking a Taxi to the Firenze Rifredi railway station (it is not the main station in Firenze) and then catching a train to Pisa. Train service between Firenze and Pisa is rather frequent: there is at least  a train every hour, and twice an hour during rush hours. The trip takes about 50 minutes and costs ITL 7,700.  Remember to stamp your ticket at the validating machines available on the platforms before boarding the train, because tickets that have not been thus validated are void.

The other airport is in Pisa and is served by daily flights to main Italian cities and to London Stansted, London Gatwick and Muenchen (Munich). The passenger terminal is not very far from downtown and is connected to the main railway station by a train service and a city bus service. A taxi ride from the airport to most hotels costs around ITL 15,000.

Complete airline schedules and connections, including seat availability, can be obtained , for example, from the ITN server.

Arriving by train

Travel by train in Italy is very cheap and with frequent service (except during strikes). Connections from almost everywhere in Europe can be found at the Deutsche Bahn schedule server, which contains complete information about rail services throughout most of the continent.  Be aware that there are three railway stations in Pisa: Pisa Centrale, which is the main station, located south of the Arno river, Pisa S. Rossore, which is close to the leaning tower, and Pisa Aeroporto, which is located at the airport.
Railway tickets sold in Italy are void unless properly validated before boarding the train at the yellow (or sort of golden, in Firenze) stamping machines. If you have a ticket that has been issued abroad, you are not required to stamp it.

General information

Tourist information and city maps can be obtained from the WEB site of the City Council and from a commercial site covering tourism in Pisa.

Italian currency is the Lira, which is a denomination of the Euro, with the following conversion rate: 1 Euro = 1936.27 ITL.

Banks are generally open Mo-Fr 8.30-13.00 and 14.30-15.30. The bank at the airport has longer hours and should be open also on weekends, at least on Saturdays. Almost all ATM machines are on the EC and Cirrus networks.

At hotels, restaurants, bars and in taxi fares a service charge is always included, and no tip is generally expected.

Weather in Pisa at the end of February is hardly predictable: in some years it is very mild, close to that in early spring , while  in others is quite cold and possibly rainy. A few days before the workshop you may want to check the weather forecasts from AccuWeather.