The 2016 CINI annual Conference on ICT for Smart Cities will be held at the University of Sannio, Palazzo S. Domenico, Piazza Guerrazzi, 82100 Benevento - Italy.
A suitable Google Maps link zooming on the Conference location is here.
Benevento is the capital city of the northernmost province of the South Italy. The town, with its 63000 inhabitants, is situated at the confluence of two rivers (Sabato and Calore) and its name derives from the original Maleventum (the site of bad events in the mind of romans) changed to Beneventum after the victory against General Pyrrhus in 274 BC.
Due to the position occupied on the famous via Appia and as starting point of the via Traiana, which linked Rome to Apulia, Benevento became very soon an important and strategic roman colony.
The Romans, along the centuries, left in the town very important monuments such as the Traiano Arch, the Roman Theater, the Sacramento Arch, the Leproso Bridge, the remains of the Iside Temple and many others which are all well preserved and visitable.
After the fall of the Roman Empire the city rose to new glory with the Longobards. During the middle age Benevento became the capital of Longobards in Italy and the Ducky of Benevento included a large portion of the center-south of the peninsula. The Longobards enlarged the Roman city by constructing new city walls and a new district. Among the main sights belonging to this period there is the famous Church of Santa Sofia which has been included, together with its cloister, from the 25 June 2011 in the list of Unesco World Heritage Site.
Around 1053 Benevento peacefully passed to the Papacy and became the cornerstone of the Papacy's temporal powers in southern Italy. The Papacy ruled the town by appointed rectors who were seated in the beautiful castle, now called Rocca dei Rettori. The city continued to be a Papal possession until it was united in Italy in 1860.
The area of Benevento is mostly agricultural and the main products are wine, oil and tobacco. The main industry is about food processing especially nougat and pasta. The famous liquor Strega is produced in Benevento by Alberti industries. It derives its name from the popular legends about the witches, which date back to the middle age and it is also the main sponsor of the most important Italian literary award called Premio Strega.
AC Voltage and Plugs
AC power is 220 Volts, 50Hz. Plugs have three round pins in-line (the central is ground and may be missing sometimes). Schuko (German-style) plugs are also used but somewhat less popular. Most of the power sockets at the Conference will be able to accommodate Italian and Schuko plugs.
The local currency is the Euro (the symbol is € 1 Euro ~= 1.14 US Dollars, but the rate fluctuates between 1.3 and 1.0). It comes in coins (1-2-5-10-20-50 cents, 1-2 Euros) and notes (5-10-20-50 and, less common, 100-200-500).
The local language is of course Italian.
Banks, Credit Cards and ATM
Banks are typically open 8.30-13.00 and 14.40-16.10. Most of them also have ATM machines ("bancomat"), which are open 24/7 and take most credit cards.
Tipping and Receipts
Being a major deviation from the custom in the US, we would like to point out that tipping is not required nor expected in Italy: the bill ("conto") always includes service. So, in particular in bars, restaurants, taxis, etc., it is perfectly fine to pay exactly the amount on the bill, or possibly round it up by say 2-5% depending on the amount to make the numbers round. Italian law requires businesses to release, spontaneously or at least on demand, a receipt with date, sequence numbers, and identification of the business.
The expected climate at the end of September is still mild, with highs in the 25°C range and lows in the 15-20°C.