The Meeting Venue

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.