EAAM - European Association for Aquatic Mammals
13th-16th March 2018
Zoomarine Rome, Italy
Zoomarine is proud to host the 46th EAAM Annual Conference.
Experts, professionals and students from all Europe, and over, will get together to share the state of the art in aquatic mammals' field: case studies, protocols and research results concerning husbandry, welfare and conservation of the aquatic mammals.
Rome is an unique city and we could not ask for a better opportunity to share it with you.
We have prepared a Q&A guide that we hope will help you to fully enjoy this experience.
We look forward to seeing you in March!
Local Organizing Committee
Mesmerizing Rome, hub of an ancient empire. Medieval and Baroque, piled on a vision of crumbling antiquity and decadence. Aged political city, seat of papal power, hip epicenter of swinging post-war Europe. History marks Rome at every turn, it oozes on the rumbling succession of cobbled alleyways, squares and palaces that weave through its largely unspoiled Historic Centre.
“Style City Rome” - Thames & Hudson
Via dei Romagnoli, snc, 00071 Torvaianica, Pomezia – Rome
Pomezia is a town about 25 Km (16 miles) south of Rome’s city center. Torvaianica is a part of Pomezia Town. It is just 5 Km (3 miles) away from the town and it lays along the coast facing the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Rome has two major airports, Leonardo da Vinci - still frequently known by its old name, Fiumicino - for scheduled flights and Ciampino which handles mainly charter flights and business (low cost) aviation.
Rome Ciampino airport is located 15 Km (9 miles) southeast of Rome’s city centre and 30 Km (19 miles) north of Pomezia. Fiumicino airport is located 25 Km (16 miles) west of Rome’s city centre and 33 Km (21 miles) northwest of Pomezia. So both airports work out just fine to come to Pomezia!
Unfortunately, neither Roman Airport has a direct public transportation connection to Pomezia.
By train: Take the train from Fiumicino Airport/ Bus from Ciampino Airport to ‘Roma Termini’ and then a train from ‘Roma Termini’ directed towards ‘Nettuno’. Stop at ‘Santa Palomba Station’ and then the bus until Pomezia City centre.
By underground & bus: Take the train from Fiumicino Airport/ Bus from Ciampino Airport to ‘Roma Termini’ then take a metro B train directed towards ‘Laurentina’. From Laurentina station take a public bus to Pomezia centre.
By taxis: The best way to get to Pomezia is by taking a taxi. It should cost no more than €50,00 from either Fiumicino or Ciampino to Pomezia but it is better to ask the driver before you get in the car and avoid unpleasant surprises at the end of your trip. Be sure you got the right fare even if the taxi driver speaks Italian only! If you rather have a driver waiting for you at the airport please let us know and we can give you some NCC service contacts. These services have a fixed fare so you do not have to worry about it and most drivers speak English.
By car: Take exit n°26 from the ‘GRA’ into the SS148 ‘Pontina’ Latina. After 13km
take the exit ‘Pomezia – Torvaianica sud’ and follow the road signs towards Zoomarine. If you decide to rent a car you can do so at any major international car-rental as you will find their offices at both airports. For driving directions you can visit the following websites: https://www.google.it/maps/; https://www.viamichelin.com/
The best months to visit Rome are between March – May.On average, temperatures can reach 23°c (High) and 13°c (Low).Sunny or partly cloudy and low chance of precipitation.
If you decide to visit Rome you will be walking a lot, so the key is to be comfortable. Bring a rain jacket or coat. If you are planning to go to some event such as opera or dinner at some special restaurant, then you might consider bringing something elegant to wear. Otherwise, you may dress casually to go to most restaurants. To enter the Vatican and most Roman churches, you must be dressed appropriately: no bare knees, shoulders or midriffs. Here are some of our suggestions for things not to leave at home: sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, something suitable for going to the Vatican, that covers your knees and shoulders.
Today, almost every model of digital camera, laptop computer and cell phone is dual voltage, which means that it will switch automatically to 220/240 voltage when you plug it in here in Europe. In this case, you only need a plug converter. You can purchase a simple converter for Italy, or you may wish to purchase a travel set that has many plug shapes for different countries around the world.
It is a good idea to arrive anyplace in Europe with a few Euros handy, if only to get you from the airport to your hotel. We suggest going to your local bank and exchanging just enough to have about 70-100 Euros for your arrival. If you change money at the Roman airports, you will get a horrible exchange rate.
Most businesses do not accept foreign currency, and do not accept traveller's checks, even in Euros. If you bring traveller's checks, you will need to take them to an exchange office to get the Euros cash, and there will be a small fee. Using your ATM card is a good way to get cash as you need it, but check with your bank to find out first:
1) if your ATM card is usable outside your country;
2) what the daily withdrawal limit is;
3) what your bank's fees are for using foreign ATM machines.
Many do, especially larger establishments such as shops, restaurants and hotels. However, plan to pay with cash for parts of your trip.
- By car
All roads might indeed lead to Rome, but driving on them is a daunting prospect. The city's mind boggling network of winding one-way medieval streets and chronic parking shortage is enough to dissuade any visitor from trying to see Rome by car. However, you will need wheels if you plan to explore the countryside around Rome or drive on to another destination. All the major international car rental agencies have locations at the airports and in central Rome. If you're driving in or out of the city, ask your hotel to help you map out your route beforehand, paying special attention to the one-way streets.
- By taxis
Although Taxis seem plentiful, there is never an empty one available when you need it. Call ahead or have your hotel or restaurant do it for you (+39 (06) 6645/3570/4994/8822/4157/5551). The meter begins at 2.35€ for the first 3km and goes up after that 0.78€ per kilometre. Each suitcase costs 1€, and on Sunday, a 3.35€ supplement is assessed. There's another 4.90€ supplement from 10 p.m. to 7a.m. A 10% tip is expected.
- By public transport
The City Centre is simply to visit using metro or buses. Please visit the Roman Transportation Site ROME TRAVEL PASS
Pasta is a staple across the country, eaten as a first course and usually followed by a meat or fish main course. Pizza is a popular, cheap, and cheerful alternative. Often restaurant meals are finished with limoncello or another homemade digestivo; sometimes they're provided free of charge. Italian wines are among the best in the world and are priced accordingly. But in the wine regions you can always get a great inexpensive bottle. The best reds—from full-bodied to ephemeral—come from Tuscany (avoid straw-covered bottles of Chianti, which will invariably be bad), Umbria, and Piedmont, while the best whites from Sicily.If you're celebrating, prosecco (sparkling white wine) is a bargain compared to its French cousin, Champagne.
Each region of Italy has its own cuisine, and because Rome has become home to Italians from all over the country, the city's cuisine has been influenced by many different sources. Geographical distinctions aside, the real Roman cuisine is the food of a poor people—you'll find it in the rustic trattorias, not the upscale restaurants. Classic Roman dishes include spaghetti carbonara, bucatini all'amatriciana (straw-shaped noodles in a tomato and bacon sauce), l'abbacchio (roast lamb), carciofi alla giudia (deep-fried artichokes) or the most classic of all Roman dishes, trippa (tripe). Here are a few taste teasers: begin with an antipasto consisting of marinated vegetables, seafood, bruschetta or a selection of meats. Prosciutto crudo is often served with melon or figs in the summer. For your first course, choose a pasta dish, such as penne all'arrabiata (short pasta with a dried chili pepper and tomato sauce), linguine con vongole veraci (linguine with clam sauce) or pasta e fagioli (short pasta cooked in a thick bean soup). For a second (main) course, try rombo (turbot), spigola (sea bass) or straccetti con basilico e parmigiano (thin-sliced beef topped with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese).The most famous wines of the Latium region around Rome are the dry whites—Vini dei Castelli (Frascati, Grottaferrata, Genzano, Marino and Velletri). To accompany meat dishes, choose a full-bodied dry red from the regions of Tuscany or Romagna. If you like, do as the Romans do: Order a carafe of house wine (vino della casa), which is usually decent and reasonably priced.After the meal (or between meals, if you like), you should not miss out on Italian coffee. Even those who are not fond of the strong flavour of espresso may find the genuine version far more palatable. In addition to the basic espresso, there are more than 100 variations. Take note, however: Despite the image of Romans constantly sipping cappuccino, Italians drink cappuccino only for breakfast—never at night or after meals. Gelato, the heavenly Italian ice cream, is a treat any time of the day.Concerning the timing of meals, modern life has trimmed the traditional Italian-Mediterranean model of five meals a day down to just three. Breakfast is a nearly vaporous meal in the morning—usually cappuccino with a sugar-glazed croissant or a cream-filled pastry. Lunch, around 1 pm, can consist of one course or several (restaurants close from 3 pm until dinner time, so don't wait). Dinner can be either a leisurely affair with several courses or just pizza and beer.
Gelato (ice cream) has a long tradition in Italy, and it's still made in much the same way it was when Michelangelo and Bernini licked away. A gelateria that calls its product artigianale makes its gelato in-house. Whether you take your gelato after a long walk in the blazing heat, after dinner or at 2 am between visits to bars, there's no better way to satisfy a sweet tooth.