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Hotels are to be booked by the participant directly on a first-come first-served basis. Participants are advised to arrange their hotel accommodation well in advance.

Please note that the hotels listed below may be located in the Città alta (upper town), where the main conference venue is located, or in the Città bassa (lower town).

See this map for locations of the hotels. 

Hotel Excelsior San Marco

Piazzale Repubblica, 6, 24122, Bergamo
Tel: +39 035 36 61 11
Fax: +39 035 22 32 01

Hotel Best Western Cappello D’oro

Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 12, 24121, Bergamo
Tel: +39 035 22 89 011
Fax: +39 035 24 29 46

Hotel Arli

Largo Porta Nuova, 12, 24122, Bergamo
Tel: +39 035 22 20 14
Fax: +39 035 23 97 32

Hotel NH Bergamo

Via P. Paleocapa 1/G, 24121, Bergamo
Tel: +39 035 22 71 811

Mercure Bergamo Palazzo Dolci

Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 100, 24121, Bergamo
Tel: +39 035 22 74 11
Fax: +39 035 21 80 08

The venues

The 2nd Funding Forum will take place at the University of Bergamo at the following addresses:

Plenary sessions
11, Via Arena
24100, Bergamo, Italy

Parallel thematic sessions
19, Via Salvecchio 
24100, Bergamo, Italy

Both venues are located less than 100m from each other.


For a map indicating the location of the venue, please click here.

How to get to Bergamo

Arriving by plane

Bergamo is easily accessible with the city being connected to three international airports: Bergamo Orio al Serio, Milano Malpensa and Milano Linate

Bergamo Orio al Serio
Via Aeroporto 13, Orio al Serio, Italy 
Tel: +39 035 32 63 23 

The international Airport of Orio al Serio is just 5 km from Bergamo and 45 km from Milan. It is connected to many Italian and European destinations, and has a large number of low-cost airlines. The airport bus service runs daily to and from the airport every 30 minutes and the journey to Bergamo takes about 20 minutes.

From the airport Orio al Serio to the city of Bergamo:

  • The local bus no. 1 operates from Orio al Serio airport to Bergamo train station (it departs every 20 minutes and the journey takes 15 minutes. Tickets cost 2.10 euro).
  • The airport shuttle service connects the airport and Milan city in its three important locations: Central Station, Rho Fair and Malpensa Airport. For further information please consult Orio low cost shuttle website.
  • Taxis from the airport to Bergamo cost approximately between 20 euro and 25 euro.
    For further information call the Azienda Trasporti Bergamo. Tel: +39 035 23 60 26.

Milano Malpensa
Ferno Varese, 21010, Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 23 23 23 

Malpensa airport is the largest of the three airports and is located in the province of Varese approximately 30 km north west of the city of Milan. Milano Malpensa is Milan’s international airport.

From the airport Milano Malpensa to the city of Bergamo:

  • The Malpensa shuttle coach buses leave every 20 minutes from Malpensa Airport to Milan central train station (Stazione di Milano Centrale). From Milano railway station to Bergamo, trains leave at ten minutes after every hour. The last train leaves at 22.10. For further information, please consult the  Malpensa shuttle website.
  • Please find below the complete list of taxi services available at Milano Malpensa.
    Taxis are available at arrivals (ground floor), exit gate 6 at terminal 1, exit gate 4 at terminal 2.

Radio Taxi La Martesana, Tel: +39 02 21 81
Radio Taxi Freccia, Tel: +39 02 40 00
Taxi 8585 Autoradiotassi, Tel: +39 02 85 85

Milano Linate
Viale Enrico Forlanini, 20090 Segrate Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 23 23 23

Milano Linate Airport has a wide range of domestic and short and medium range international flights. There are several train and bus connections to Bergamo from the airport, including a shuttle bus to Milan Malpensa Airport. The shuttle bus between the two airports takes approximately 30 minutes so make sure you leave plenty of time if you are organising connecting flights.

From the airport Milano Linate to the city of Bergamo:

  • For bus services operating from Milan Linate Airport to destinations including Milan and Malpensa, please consult thiswebsite.
  • Please see below for a complete list of taxi services available at Milano Linate Airport.
    Taxis are available at arrivals (ground floor), exit gate 5.

Radio Taxi 6969, Tel: +39 02 69 69 
Arrow Radio Taxi, Tel: +39 02 40 00    
Blue Taxi, Tel: +39 02 40 40

Arriving by train

From Milan Railway Station (Stazione di Milano Centrale) to Bergamo there are trains leaving 10 minutes after every hour. The last train leaves at 22.10. To find out more, please visit the website:

Getting to the venue

From Bergamo Train Station take local bus n°1 towards Colle Aperto and get off at stop #40, viale delle Mura, Seminario (journey takes 5 minutes and tickets cost 1.25 euro).

The same bus can be taken from the airport but the fare is then 2.10 euro.

Tickets are sold at Turismo Bergamo office and at the dispensers (Airport) or at the newspaper kiosks (train station).


Driving cars in the upper town

If you intend to reach the venue by car, pay attention to the “ZTL” electronic signs as they indicate the areas of the Upper town where cars are not allowed. Furthermore, parking your car will cost you about 1.6 euro/hour to be paid by cash.

General information on transport

Bergamo is divided into two parts: the Città alta (upper town), the old city on the hills surrounded by ancient walls where the forum venue is located and the Città bassa (lower town) in the valley underneath where the hotels and main transport stations and airports are located. The city is quite small, and many of the sights can be seen on foot. However, walking from the città bassa up to the città alta can be quite tiring because of the steep and winding streets, but there is a funicular that links the two parts of the city. Tickets can be purchased on the funicular and are valid for 75 minutes. They can be used to travel on the network, including the funicular to San Vigilio.

The Bergamo Card includes travel on the airport bus and unlimited travel on ATB buses, trams and funicular railways, free entry to some of the city’s museums, discounts on entry to events and temporary exhibitions as well as discounts on food and shopping. There are three types of card available: validity 24h at 10 euro; 48h at 15 euro and 72h at 20 euro.

ATB (Bergamo’s public transport company) runs the urban bus services and funicular railway between lower and upper Bergamo and between upper Bergamo and San Vigilio. The no. 1 bus starts at the railway station and travels to upper Bergamo. The funicular railway can also be used to reach upper Bergamo. The journey only takes five minutes.

Visitors wishing to reach the top of San Viglio hill can use the panoramic funicular which begins near San Alessandro gate (just outside colle Aperto).

ATB Point 
Largo Porta nuova  
Tel: +39 035 23 60 26


English is the official language of the forum. No simultaneous translation will be provided.


The local time in Bergamo is Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1.


Temperatures usually range from 14°C to 20°C during the day in October in Bergamo.
To find out more information, please see the weather forecast online.

Telephone instructions

To call Italy you have to dial 00 + 39 + city area code + number you wish to call. Please note that you must keep the “0” between the country and the city area code when dialling a number. For example: +39 035 25 13 83.
Emergencies 118
Police 112

Electricity voltage

The electrical current in most of Italy is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). In Italy, you need continental-type plugs which have two round prongs. If you bring 110-volt devices, you will need a voltage converter, unless your appliance is designed to also work with 220 volts electricity (dual voltage). Voltage converters could be difficult to find in Italy, so it is advisable to buy one before you travel.

Post office

13, Piazza Mercato del Fieno, 24129, Bergamo


Farmacia Conca Verde, 24, Via Mattioli, 24129, Bergamo 
Tel: +39 035 25 13 83 
There are also many pharmacies in the city centre (lower city).

Tourist services

I.A.T. Tourist Office Lower Bergamo 
Piazzale Marconi (near the station) Tel. +39 035 21 02 04
Website: (only in Italian)
I.A.T. Tourist Office Upper Bergamo 
Via gombito, 13 (gombito tower) 
Tel: +39 035 24 22 26 
Website: (only in Italian)




Wednesday 8 October (18.00-21.00)

Welcome reception

Entry hall, Plenary room
University of Bergamo 
11, Via Arena
24100, Bergamo

To see where the campus, the Welcome reception, the Dinner venues and hotels are located, please consult this map.

Thursday 9 October (19.00-22.00)

Dinner at the "Pianone” restaurant

“Pianone” restaurant
via al Pianone, 21 
Bergamo (Città alta - upper town)

Pianone restaurantThe Pianone is renowned for the quality of its dishes based on traditional Italian recipes reinterpreted in a contemporary way and according to season. The restaurant has two main influences — the cuisine from Tuscany, the land where the owners are from, as well as the cuisine from Bergamo, where they run the restaurant. Traditional dishes from Bergamo include polenta, the famous local ravioli called “casoncelli”, several kinds of cheese from the valleys, as well as salami.

The history of the Pianone restaurant 

The Pianone was built in the second half of the 1600s on the ruins of a medieval fortress, the outermost point of San Vigilio Castle. The manor house of a large estate in Castagneta, the Pianone is named after its location: a hill which was levelled down by the Viscontis centuries ago for military look-out purposes. In 1740, after having spent about 50 years in Venice, the Mascheroni family returned to their native Bergamo and purchased the Pianone. Lorenzo Mascheroni, a poet and an illustrious mathematician, was born here on 13 May 1750. After being owned by the Mascheronis, the estate was bought and sold several times over the centuries until it became, at the beginning of the 1900s an "inn with lodging".

In 1962, Enrico Panattoni, creator of the famous stracciatella ice cream, became the Pianone's new owner and, after extensive refurbishment, he converted the original military outpost into Bergamo's most charming restaurant. Nestled in a luxuriant vegetation in Bergamo upper town, the Pianone restaurant brings to life the distinctive charm of the past through its wine cellar, once the powder magazine of the old fortress, the hall with vaulted ceilings and a large fireplace, and the veranda, a fabulous terrace overlooking Bergamo and its valleys.


© Pianone restaurant

European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
114, Rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96