Travel Info


SAGT 2017 will be held at Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI).

GSSI is located in the heart of L'Aquila historic city centre. L'Aquila is a city in the centre of Italy, at about 110 Km (68 miles) to the east of Rome and about 100 Km (62 miles) to the west of Pescara.



How to reach us: Full Pocket Guide (for offline usage)


Full Pocket Guide (for offline usage) here.



How to reach us: By Plane


The closest international airports in the proximity of L’Aquila are Fiumicino Airport (Rome), Ciampino Airport (Rome), Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara).

Fiumicino Airport (Rome)

To get to L'Aquila from Fiumicino Airport (Rome), you have two options:

  • An express coach service leaving directly from the Airport and operated by Gaspari. For any detail about fares and schedules, please visit their website: http://www.gasparionline.it
  • A public coach service, provided by ARPA/TUA (http://www.arpaonline.it/arpaonline/en) with several lines running throughout the day. In this case, you will first have to catch a train to "Tiburtina train station" (Stazione Tiburtina, in Italian) in East Rome, where Arpa coaches leave to L'Aquila. This will take one hour at least, so we strongly suggest using option 1 above, if possible.
    How to get to Tiburtina Station from Fiumicino Airport
    The International Airport "Rome Fiumicino" is connected to Tiburtina by local trains. Trains run from 5.58 a.m. to 10.28 p.m. every 20 minutes. Travel takes 48 minutes and ticket costs around 8 euros. Note that taxis from the airport to Tiburtina are pretty expensive.
    In order to catch a train to Tiburtina after getting off your plane at Fiumicino Airport, just follow the signs to the Train Station, which is located inside the airport. From Fiumicino Airport there are two lines leaving to Rome-CityCenter:
    • one line (take this!), which calls at Tiburtina. Please note that the trains calling at Tiburtina are actually bound for Orte or Fara Sabina, so you may find these names on the time table instead of "Stazione Tiburtina". There are ten stops after leaving the airport to get to Tiburtina (so be ready to get off the train after the ninth station called Roma Tuscolana). Outside Tiburtina train station, in Via Guido Mazzoni, you will find the coach station from where coaches leave to L'Aquila. For instructions on how to reach L’Aquila by coach from Rome, see above
    • another line, which is bound for "Roma Termini" (do not take this!). If you happen to get to Termini Station instead of Tiburtina, just use the Underground (Metro) line B, bound for Rebibbia (there are a lot of signs indicating "Linea B", "direzione Rebibbia"). Your destination is Tiburtina (only 4 stops)

Ciampino Airport (Rome)

To reach L'Aquila from Ciampino Airport (Rome), you have two options:

  • An express coach service leaving directly from the Airport and operated by Gaspari. For any detail about fares and schedules, please visit their website: http://www.gasparionline.it
  • A coach service, provided by Terravision, from Ciampino airport to Stazione Termini. The ticket costs around 4 euros and you can book it online at Ciampino@Terravision
  • A coach service, provided by Arpa, with several lines running throughout the day. In this case, you will have to reach "Tiburtina train station" (Stazione Tiburtina in Italian) located at the eastern side of Rome, where coaches leave to L'Aquila.
    1. Get out of the airport and search for either "Cotral" or "Schiaffini" buses.
    2. There may be different buses: ask the driver or look at the display on the bus. Your destination is Anagnina (name of an underground station). Tickets can be bought on the bus (the price is 1.20 EUR)
    3. After reaching Anagnina, get off the bus, walk down the steps and enter the underground station (you will see an "M" (metro) on the signs)
    4. Buy a ticket (1.5 euro): there are self-service machines or desks. - From Anagnina there is only one underground line (line A). Your stop is Termini (the main train station in Rome)
    5. After getting off at Termini, you will have to change trains and take underground line B, bound for Rebibbia (there are a lot of signs indicating "Linea B", "direzione Rebibbia"). Your destination is Tiburtina (only 4 stops)
    6. Outside Tiburtina train station you will find the coach station where buses leave for L'Aquila. For the instructions to reach L’Aquila by coach from Rome, see above.

Abruzzo Internation Airport (Pescara)

To get to L'Aquila from Pescara Airport (Aeroporto Internazionale D’Abruzzo) you will have to reach "Pescara Centrale" train station.

  1. Once you are outside the airport, catch bus number 8 or 38.
  2. A ticket costs around 1 euro. Tickets can be bought from automatic machines or desks.
  3. Duration: around 20 minutes.
  4. The bus will take you to Piazza della Repubblica in Pescara, a large square in front of "Pescara Centrale" train station.
  5. Buy a ticket for L'Aquila at the ticket office (biglietteria in Italian) you will find at the bottom of the square.
  6. A ticket costs around 14 euros.
  7. Duration: around 1 hour and 50 minutes. Alternatively, you can catch a train, which is definetely cheaper (around 7 EUR) but you'll have to change trains at Sulmona (a town between Pescara and L'Aquila), so the whole journey could take you almost 3 hours.



How to reach us: By Car


L'Aquila can be reached either via motorway or road:

  • from Rome: Motorway A24 Rome-L'Aquila Est (east)
  • from Autostrada Adriatica (Motorway A14): Toll gate "Teramo-Giulianova" - Motorway A24 to L'Aquila
  • from Pescara: Motorway A25 Pescara-Popoli and then S.S 17 Bussi-L'Aquila
  • from Naples: Motorway A1 Rome-Napoli - S.S. 82 Ceprano-Sora-Avezzano - Motorway Avezzano-L'Aquila A24/A25



How to reach us: By Coach from Rome


There are two (main) companies that provide coach service between Rome and L'Aquila:
  1. Gaspari: an express coach service leaving directly from the two airports in Rome, provided by Gaspari. The whole trip takes about 2 hours depending on traffic (1 hour and 30 minutes from/to Ciampino Airport). Recently, the company have started providing the express coach service from Tiburtina Station too. All details can be found on their website. Tickets can be bought either on the bus or online. The only stop this coach will do in L'Aquila is the one located at "Hotel Amiternum". When you get off, you will find a bar next to hotel which sells bus tickets. From this bus stop you can catch a local bus (orange buses run by A.M.A. or a taxi to get to the GSSI in Via Crispi n. 7.
  2. ARPA/TUA: Another coach service connects L'Aquila to East Rome and is provided by ARPA/TUA. ARPA/TUA coaches to L'Aquila leave from the bus station located at the exit of "Tiburtina Train Station" (in Italian: "Stazione Tiburtina") You will find the coach station outside Tiburtina Railway Station. When you get out of the station (either Metro or Train station), just cross two roads with a flyover above you and keep walking straight on with the station at your back. You may see the indication "Capolinea Atral e Cotral or Autostazione Tibus". The coach ticket (11 euro) has to be purchased, before getting on the bus, at Ticket Office C (in Italian: "Biglietteria ARPA/TUA"), which you will find at the left side of the coach station. Most ARPA/TUA coaches to L'Aquila will be leaving from parking lot n. 1 (stallo 1 in Italian). The trip takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes and it ends at the bus station called "Terminal Bus Lorenzo Natali (Collemaggio)" in L'Aquila. When you get off, to get to GSSI, you can walk (15 minutes by foot, following Viale Collemaggio) or catch a local bus (orange buses run by A.M.A.) or taxi.


How to reach us: By Train (less advisable)


Train service is available, though less advisable, since it takes a very long time due to intermediate train stops. The whole journey may take you 5 hours and you'll have to change trains at least two times, while a coach will take you there in less than 2 hours. Information (in English) available at: www.trenitalia.com



Visa


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