This page collects some information about the Conference location and its surroundings. Please send to pmnp2013 at unisalento dot it questions and comments.
The organizing committe has arranged a conference bus service. On June 22nd (arrival day) the bus will leave Brindisi airport to Lecce train station, and then go ahead to Ecoresort Le Sirenè; on June 29th (departure day) it will run in the opposite direction. The service is free of charge for all registered participants and accompanying persons.
THE SCHEDULE IS HERE. The participants are divided into different shuttles according with their arrivals/departures. We did our best to minimize the waiting time for the participants. Note that the conference bus will wait for a reasonable amount of time, i.e., not more than one hour, in case of flight/train delays at the arrival day. This could cause delays in the whole bus schedule of the arrival day only. You will understand that we cannot arrange any car in the time bracket of operation of the conference bus.
The organizing committe extended the deadline for reserving the conference bus to 10 June 2013. To do this, please send an email with subject 'bus' to the organizing committee.
if you have a different arrival/departure day, the organizing committee will help the participants to arrange private transfers to/from the Brindisi airport/Lecce train station in days other than the arrival/departure day. In this case the transfer expenses will not be covered by the organizing committee. The fees are:
|Car (1-3 passengers) to/from Lecce Train Station from/to Gallipoli (Ecoresort Le Sirene or other Hotels)||Minivan (4-8 passengers) to/from Lecce Train Station from/to Gallipoli (Ecoresort Le Sirene or other Hotels)||Car (1-3 passengers) to/from Brindisi Airport from/to Gallipoli (Ecoresort Le Sirene or other Hotels)||Minivan (4-8 passengers) to/from Brindisi Airport from/to Gallipoli (Ecoresort Le Sirene or other Hotels)|
|70 €||90 €||100 €||150 €|
If you are not satisfied with the conference bus service you might arrange a personal transfer through Ecoresort Le Sirene or in another way. In this case, please unsubscribe as soon as possible from the conference bus.
Note for the stranded: should you get stranded somewhere between Brindisi and Lecce (e.g., due to flight or train delays), please refer to Ecoresort Le Sirene's desk +39 0833 202536. They would be ready to arrange a private transfer for you, or to put you in contact with one of the organizers.
Ecoresort Le Sirenè is located 5km South of Gallipoli along the coast of the Ionian sea, in the peninsula of Salento (the 'heel of the boot' in the traditional picture of the Italian peninsula as a boot). The closest city is Lecce, which is served by a railway station which is connected to all main Italian cities. The closest airport is Brindisi, which is connected with the two Italian hubs of Roma Fiumicino and Milano Malpensa, as well as a number of other national or European airports.
From Rome or Milan, take a Eurostar (EC) or
Intercity (IC) train; overnight trains are equipped with
sleeper cars with couchettes or beds. It takes about 6 hours to
reach Lecce from Rome and 10 hours from Milan by train. The
Conference bus (information will appear in due
time) will provide shuttle service between the train station in
Lecce and the conference hotel on the arrival/departure
Note: practically all train timetables in Italy (with the exception of some local companies) are available at the website http://www.trenitalia.it/ (also in English) with online booking.
There is no public transport from Lecce (or anywhere else) to Ecoresort Le Sirenè. However, you can reach Gallipoli by a local train (there is also a bus connection but traveling by train will be much more practical) whose schedule can be found here http://www.fseonline.it/ (also in English). There is no public transportation from Gallipoli to Ecoresort Le Sirenè, so you will need to arrange a taxi by the help of the Ecoresort Le Sirenè.
The plane to Brindisi is to be preferred with
respect to the other main Apulian airport of Bari. You may fly to
Brindisi from the Italian airports of Rome Fiumicino, Milan
Malpensa, Milan Linate. The website of the airport is http://www.aeroportidipuglia.it/.
The Conference bus (information will appear in due time) will leave/arrive from/at the Brindisi airport on the arrival/departure days.
From Brindisi airport to Lecce there is a public bus. The schedule can be found here. However, we stress that such a timetable is going to change. The ticket can be bought directly in the bus and costs 6€. The bus is grey and green, with the `SITA' logo, and usually leaves on the right of the main exit of the airport. The bus stops 100m from the Grand Hotel Tiziano, at the Lecce Airport City Terminal (open 7am - 2.30pm, phone: +39 0832 247882).
Then one can reach Lecce train station by taxi. The average fare for the trip Lecce Airport City Terminal - Lecce Train Station should be about 10EUR. If the office of the Airport City Terminal is open, you may ask the employees to call a taxi for you. Otherwise, you may call it yourself (but you could be answered by people who do not speak English) at one of the following numbers: 0832 332857, EUROMED service (works 24/7); 0832 247978 (Train station taxis). You may also use the public bus leaving in front of the Grand Hotel Tiziano in order to reach Lecce train station; in this case you should look for buses number 26, 30, 31. The tickets can be bought at the bar (Bar Commercio) on the opposite side of the road with respect the Hotel Tiziano, and should cost about 1EUR/run.
The historical center of Lecce is very interesting, and is 10 min. walking from the train station. If you wish to visit it, just go straight ahead from the main entrance of the train station and after 500m you will be there.
For instructions on the trip Lecce train station - Ecoresort Le Sirenè, please refer to the previous section.
You might also fly to Bari from the most important Italian hubs (Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate) and also from a number of foreign airports. The airport's webaddress is http://www.aeroportidipuglia.it/. After arriving to Bari you will need to take a public bus to the Bari train station and then travel to Lecce by train. There will be no shuttle service by the conference between the Bari airport and Ecoresort Le Sirenè. However, either the organizers or the staff of the Ecoresort Le Sirenè can help with arranging direct transportation between the Bari airport and the conference hotel using a local shuttle company.
Besides google maps, a map of Lecce can be found here, as well as maps of all cities in Italy.
NOTE: There are many other hotels in Lecce, but you might find it much more enjoyable to stay in one the numerous Bed & Breakfast hotels in the old center. Here you can find a list. A couple of recommended ones are Centro Storico, B & B Lecce . But be aware that the historical center abounds with restaurants, pubs, and people, so it can get quite noisy there even in the middle of the night.
We will organize three excursions free of charge for participants and accompanying persons in the free morning of 26 June 2013. The registration to the trips will close on 23 June 2013. In order to register send an email to pmnp2013 at unisalento dot it with subject 'excursion', telling us which excursion you would like to choose and the number of accompanying persons. Note that there is a limited number of places available on the naturalistic boat trip, and priority will be given to early subscriptions.
Moreover, we will organize one excursion reserved to accompanying persons if we will receive a sufficient number of subscriptions. This last excursion will take place on 24 June 2013 and will take place in Ostuni and Alberobello. The registration to the trip for the accompanying persons will close 10 June 2013. In order to register send an email to pmnp2013 at unisalento dot it with subject 'excursion', telling us the names and the number of accompanying persons who would like to participate.