GISE 2018

Practical Info

Coffee and Tea

During breaks, delegates will have the chance to visit the Poster Area as well as the Technical Exhibition.

Certificate of Attendance

The certificate of attendance is included in the Conference kit.

Cloakroom and Luggage Deposit

A cloakroom and luggage deposit will be available during the Conference’s official opening hours. The Conference Centre and the organizers are not responsible for any items lost or left behind.

Exhibition

An exhibition of the latest technical products, devices and scientific publications will be organized at the Conference Centre.

Insurance

The organizers are not responsible for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants and guests should arrange their own coverage.

Internet Connections

Free Wi-Fi access will be available in the Conference area.

Lost and Found

For lost and found items, please refer to the cloakroom on site.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones should be switched off when possible or silenced as not to disturb fellow attendees.

No Smoking Policy

Smoking is strictly prohibited during all meetings and sessions and in exhibition halls at all times.

Local Time

Italian Standard Time (IST) is Central European Time Zone and it corresponds to UTC/GMT +1:00 hours. Italy observes daylight savings time.

Language

The language of the Conference is English. English is spoken quite extensively in Florence, especially in the downtown area, hotels and restaurants. Most visitors have little difficulty navigating the city without any level of Italian knowledge.

Tax

The VAT in Italy is the value-added tax. It is an indirect tax on all business transactions involving goods and services, and is also known as "imposta sul valore aggiunto” or IVA. The VAT is applicable for all countries in the European Union and is different for each country. Italy's VAT for business transactions and purchases is 22 percent, and the tax for basic products 4 to 10 percent.

Driving and Parking

The entire historical center of Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has very strict rules regarding driving and parking. Only cars with special permits, known as ZTL access, are allowed to drive and park within its limits. Visitors to the city can use services such as car sharing or the extensive bus and taxi coverage, and are not encouraged to drive their personal vehicle without ZTL access, as a fine will be issued.

Street Numbering

The street numbers in Florence's historical center can be confusing for newcomers. Note that civic numbers for residences, hotels, and some offices are the color black; whereas civic numbers for business and shops are red (followed by the letter "r”). Therefore it is normal, for example, to find 34 black next to 160/r on the same street.

Shopping

Florence offers a vast variety of shops, from famous designer boutiques to vintage shops, from handcrafted products to mass-produced souvenirs and much more. If you are looking for luxury items consider shopping in Via Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna; for leather goods visit Piazza Santa Croce and San Lorenzo market; you can find antiques in Via Maggio and Via de' Fossi, while the best jewelry in the city is directly on the Ponte Vecchio.

Typical Opening Hours

Small and family owned shops are typically from 10.00am-1pm and 3.30pm-7.30pm daily. In the main shopping area in the city center, nearly all stores are open with continuous hours.

Money

Credit Cards: credit cards are widely accepted in larger establishments and stores, however many small restaurants and cafes may only accept cash. Not to worry! ATM machines are easy to find throughout the city center and near conference events. In general, Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted than American Express credit cards, and we recommend you confirm with your credit card company to be aware of any international or foreign transaction fees.

Exchange Rates: the Euro (€) is the currency used in Florence and throughout Italy and is distributed in the form of paper notes and coins. Foreign currency exchanges are easy to access and clearly posted at all currency exchange points, which are available at the airport, banks, most hotels, and throughout the city center. For up to date exchange rates, please visit http://www.xe.com/

Useful Numbers

  • Florence Airport Main Number - +39 055 3061300
  • Florence Airport Lost Luggage Department - +39 055 3061302
  • Tourist Information Center in Via Cavour 1/r -  +39 055 290832
  • Tourist Information Center in Piazza Stazione, 4 - +39 055 212245
  • Taxi - +39 055 4242 / +39 055 4390

Emergency Numbers

  • Carabinieri (local police) – 112
  • Police Emergency – 113
  • Fire Station – 115
  • Ambulance - First Aid - 118