The symposium will be held in Bari (Italy), Palazzo di Ateneo, an hystorical building in the heart of the city near to the train station
A train service connects Bari airport to Bari Nord station in Piazza Aldo Moro.
There are approximately 40 cheap flights into Bari (BRI) from different European airports. Taxi to downtown costs €25-30, but there are buses (line 16, 1€, ~35min) and a new metro service (5€, ~20min) connecting the airport to central Bari and the train station.
Check www.trenitalia.com for time tables and prices.
Bari is the destination for ferries incoming from the Greek ports of Patra and Igoumenitsa. During the summer season the route between Bari and Igoumenitsa is the most popular destination between Greece and Italy. Bari-Igoumenitsa is a popular ferry line that has been in service for over 24 years. The route is now operated by a cooperation between the Greek companies ANEK Lines and Superfast Ferries. A normal ticket to Igoumenitsa costs €57 during the low season and €80 in the high season .
There are also ships to Bar and Kotor (Montenegro), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and to Durrës (Albania). Ferry operators are either Superfast Ferries, Blue Star Ferries, Azzurralineor Jadrolinija. An up-to-date site with international ferry schedules is here.
There are many public buses. A ticket costs 1€ (1,50€ if bought on board).
The ancient part of the city, called Bari Vecchia by locals, literally Old Bari, is a beautiful mediaeval neighborhood you should not miss. Take a stroll and get lost in the maze of Bari Vecchia and try not to miss the romanic Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its gold ceiling, its crypt and the magnificent cathedra of Bishop Elias. In the same square, also the Palazzo del Catapano and the Church of Saint Gregory are worth a visit. Even older (but later refurbished in baroque style) and equally interesting is the romanic Cathedral of Saint Sabino. Take a walk along the waterfront, on the top of the old city wallsand pass by the Fortino of Saint Antony, an old fort recently turned into a modern art gallery, and the former Monastery of Saint Scolastica (currently part of the University). The vast majority of the churches in Bari Vecchia are unfortunately closed to tourists. They are open on selected festivities, including Good Friday and the Solemnity of All Saints.
A a small town 20 minutes out of Bari named Adelfia is worth a visit on patron’s day. The patron saint of one of its quarters, Montrone, is Saint Trifone. Nov 9 is the start of a three day celebration. In the early evening of Nov 9, a giant beautiful balloon is released which signifies the start of the festival. On the 10th, the statue of San Trifone is brought out of the church and paraded around the town. Bands from all over Italy come and perform on the outdoor stage. Fireworks are displayed throughout the evening to the early morning. The different men’s club compete on which club can have the biggest, loudest and spectacular display. Vendors surround the town with goods, food and gifts.