The meeting will be held at
Villa Mondragone, a wonderful location in the
heart of the Castelli Romani area. The area, about 20km
south-east of the city of Rome, encompasses the Alban Hills and a number
of towns, among which Monte Porzio Catone and the near Frascati. The Castelli
are known for their wines and food; being a volcanic area, they include
two lakes (lago di Albano and lago di Nemi) which
occupy former craters. Since early Roman days the Castelli have
provided a green refuge from the city and still today Romans flock to the
area on hot summer weekends.
Villa Mondragone is a magnificent building located in the middle of a park
on top of a hill, enjoying a beautiful view towards Rome. Villa Mondragone,
currently owned by University of Rome Tor Vergata,
is a former summer residence of the Pope; it's there for example that Pope
Gregorius XIII in 1582 issued the Bolla Pontificia (i.e. a
charter of the Pope) titled Inter gravissimas which created the
Gregorian calendar, i.e. the way we still employ today to measure time in
the western world.
You may consult the
Villa's internet site: although in Italian
only at the time of writing, it features pictures and videos which fully
convey the majesty of the location.
The Hotel Villavecchia,
where enough rooms have been reserved to host most
if not all the participants, is located just at the gate of the park, and
the Villa is within walking distance. Many other hotels and B&B for a
wide range of prices are available just minutes further away.