The conference will take place near the pretty town of Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy. Elba is the biggest island (223 km²) of the Tuscan Archipelago, and home to the largest marine park in Europe.
Elba Island is known worldwide for its pristine beaches, crystal clear water, granite rocks, old mining sites and for harbouring Napoleon during his exile.
The conference will be hosted by the fascinating Airone Hotel****, which offers comfortable rooms, a fully-equipped conference room, swimming pools, lots of green areas, a private beach, and a fine Italian restaurant.
Conference fees cover accommodation with discounted rates and all meals. Although other accommodations are available (see Accomodation page) in the area, we suggest to stay at the Airone Hotel as this solution will provide a cosy and informal atmosphere and plenty of interaction opportunities for all participants.
Portoferraio waterfront “Le Ghiaie” beach
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Portoferraio can be easily reached from Piombino Marittima (Tuscany coast) either through jetfoil (40 min) or by ferry (1 hour). Four sailing companies are available: Toremar, Moby Lines, Blu Navy, and Corsica-Sardinia Ferries. Portoferraio downtown is at walking distance from the pier. The conference venue at the Airone hotel is 3 km from the pier and transfers will be organized.
Alternatively, From Milano Malpensa international airport, take the Malpensa Express (timetable) to Milano main train station (Milano Centrale) and from there a fast train plus one or two regional train to Piombino Marittina (around 6 hours).
Trenitalia timetables are available here.
Car rental offers you the opportunity to drive across the beauties of Tuscany. You can rent a car at Florence and Pisa airports and then drive to Piombino Marittima to catch the ferry. Many car rental services (Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europe Car, Golden, Maggiore, Giuliani…) are available at both airports. Check out this link.