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Rome's history spans over two and a half thousand years as one of the founding and most powerful cities of Western civilisation. It is Italy's capital of politics, economy and media and has had an immense historic influence on the world and modern society over the ages.

Rome is a city rich in history, art and culture. Regarded as one of the world's most beautiful ancient cities, it houses some of the world’s most famous monuments, palaces, museums, churches, piazzas and parks such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Villa Borghese.

Many notable cultural and scientific international institutions are located in Rome including the American Institute, the British School, the French Academy, the Scandinavian Institutes and the German Archaeological Institute. It also hosts major international and worldwide political and cultural organisations, such as the International Fund for Agricultural Development, World Food Programme and the NATO Defence College.

For more information about Rome and its tourist attractions, please visit the official Rome tourism website at (multiple languages available).


Founded in 1551, the Pontificia Università Gregoriana was the first Jesuit university and currently educates over 3,000 students from more than 130 countries. The University is located in the heart of Rome, between Piazza Venezia and the Trevi Fountain. It is made up of six faculties and four institutes, situated in four palazzos in the area around Piazza della Pilotta.

The Library is an internationally recognised, prestigious cultural institution, particularly in the areas of theology, philosophy, literature and culture.

Its original site was on the slope of Campidoglio. After its confiscation by the state in 1872, the Library's 45,000 volumes, manuscripts and archives were dispersed and partially expropriated by the Vittorio Emanuele II National Library of Rome.

Today, at its new site in the Pontificia Università Gregoriana, the library is organised in metal shelves that are capable of holding 800,000 volumes arranged within a six-floor tower of books.


From Fiumincino airport to Rome centre

Taxis from Fiumicino airport to the city centre should cost in the region of EUR40 - 50. It is strongly advisable to take the official licensed 'white cabs' from the taxi stand just outside of the airport exit and agree the price before getting into the taxi. Do not accept a ride from one on the unlicensed touts in the airport foyer as you will be charged considerably more. The same advice is offered for picking up taxis from Termini station to your destination.

The express train between Fiumicino and the Termini central station costs EUR 9,50 and takes approximately 30 minutes. It runs from 6.30am till 11.30pm, departing from track 27 at the airport and arriving at and departing from track 22 at Termini.

From Ciampino airport to Rome centre

Take Cotral bus, change at Metro A: Anagnina station, then continue to Termini Station. The Cotral bus runs every 30 minutes, until 11pm. Tickets cost around EUR1,03.

Alternatively, Terravision buses connect to the Termini directly and cost approximately EUR8 each way.

Should cost around EUR30. Ensure you take an official licensed cab from outside the exit.

From Rome centre to the Pontificia Università Gregoriana

The closest underground stops to the Pontificia Università Gregoriana are "Colosseo" (Line B) and "Piazza di Spagna" or "Barberini" (Line A).

From Termini Station, you can reach the Pontificia Università Gregoriana on buses 64 or 40, alighting at Via del Corso. Alternatively take buses 64, 70, 40, 75, H, 170 to arrive at Piazza Venezia.

From Tiburtina Station, you can take bus 492 and alight at Via del Corso.

Getting around Rome
For further information on planning your journey, please visit or


Planets has negotiated special rates for participants to the Planets event with the hotels listed below. To take advantage of the reduced rates please make sure to mention that you are attending the Planets-Gregoriana event on April 19-21 when making a reservation.

Boutique Hotel Trevi
Via delle Muratte, 90/92
Tel. +39 06 6991192
Fax +39 06 6991239
Price per room including breakfast
EUR 180 single room
EUR 200 double room for single use
EUR 220 double room

Hotel Cosmopolita
Via Santa Eufemia, 5
Tel. +39 06 99 70 71
Fax +39 06 99 707 707
Price per room including breakfast
EUR 150 double room for single use
EUR 160 double room

Hotel Sistina
Via Sistina, 136
Tel. +39 06 4744176 – 4826146
Fax +39 06 4818867
Price per room including breakfast
EUR 140 single room
EUR 180 double room for single use
EUR 200 double room

Hotel Pace Helvezia
Via IV Novembre, 104
Tel. +39 06 6795105 – 6784336
Fax +39 06 6791044
Price per room including breakfast
EUR 130 single room
EUR 160 double room for single use
EUR 180 double room

Hotel Genio
Via G. Zanardelli, 28
Tel. +39 06 6833781 – 6832191
Fax +39 06 68307246
Price per room including breakfast
EUR 130 single room
EUR 160 double room for single use
EUR 180 double room

Hotel Viminale
Via Cesare Balbo, 31
Tel. +39 06 4881980 – 4881910
Fax +39 06 4872018
Price per room including breakfast
EUR 120 single room
EUR 150 double room for single use
EUR 170 double room

Hotel Gallia
Via di S. Maria Maggiore, 143
Tel. +39 06 4740399 – 47824769
Fax +39 06 4818077
Price per room including breakfast
EUR 120 single room
EUR 150 double room for single use
EUR 170 double room

Hotel Edera
Via Angelo Poliziano, 75
Tel. +39 06 70453888 – 70453946
Fax +39 06 70453769
Price per room including breakfast
EUR 95 single room
EUR 100 double room for single use
EUR 120 double room

Other hotels convenient to the event venue

Hotel Mascagni From EUR210
Via Vittorio E. Orlando, 90
00185 Rome
+39 06 48 904 040

Hotel Barocco From EUR160
Via della Purificazione, 4
+39 064872001

Hotel Stendhal From EUR190
Via Del Tritone, 113
00187 Rome
+39 06 42 2921

Albergo Ottocento From EUR150
Via dei Cappuccini, 19
00187 Rome
+39 06 420 11 900

Hotel Hiberia From EUR130
Via XXIV Maggio, 8
00187 Rome
+39 06 67 87 560

Hotel Nazioni From EUR210
Roma Via Poli, 7
00187 Roma
+39 06 6792441

Hotel Savoy From EUR150
Via Ludovisi, 15
Roma 00187
+39 06 42 15 51

Hotel Regno From EUR140
Via del Corso 330
00186 Rome
+39 06 697 6361

Hotel Artemide From EUR165
Via Nazionale, 22
00184 Rome
+39 06 48 9911

Hotel Internazionale From EUR230
Via Sistina 79
00187 Rome
+39 06 69 94 1823

Social Programme

19 April - Event Dinner
Time: 20:00
Place: Antica Trattoria Tritone, Via dei Maroniti, 1.
Cost: EUR 50
Antica Trattoria Tritone offers traditional Italian and Mediterranean cooking, with Roman dishes a speciality.

20 April - Walking tour of Rome (conducted in English)
Time: 17:30 – approx 19:30
Place: Departing from and returning to the Universita Gregoriana, Piazza della Pilotta
Cost: EUR 10
Highlights of the tour will include visiting the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza Argentina, Campidoglio and Piazza Venezia. The tour will be conducted in English and each person will receive a 'radio' earphone to hear the guide.

Places for the dinner and the tour are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can book your place at the same time as registering for the main event. The prices listed are in addition to the registration fee.