GSIS 2020 - Local information

Travel

The Hotel Ecoresort Le Sirenè is located 5km South of Gallipoli along the coast of the Ionian sea, in the peninsula of Salento (the 'heel of the boot' in the traditional picture of the Italian peninsula as a boot). The closest city is Lecce, which is served by a railway station which is connected to all main Italian cities. The closest airport is Brindisi, which is connected with the two Italian hubs of Roma Fiumicino and Milano Malpensa, as well as a number of other national or European airports.

There will be no conference shuttle: participants should arrange their transfer to/from the train station/airport. Please follow the instructions on the Accommodation page.

Travel by train to Lecce

From Rome or Milan, take a Eurostar (EC) or Intercity (IC) train; overnight trains are equipped with sleeper cars with couchettes or beds. It takes about 6 hours to reach Lecce from Rome and 10 hours from Milan by train.
NOTE: practically all train timetables in Italy (with the exception of some local companies) are available at the website http://www.trenitalia.it/ (also in English) with online booking.

There is no public transport from Lecce (or anywhere else) to Ecoresort Le Sirenè. However, you can reach Gallipoli by a local train (there is also a bus connection but traveling by train will be much more practical) whose schedule can be found here http://www.fseonline.it/ (also in English). There is no public transportation from Gallipoli to Ecoresort Le Sirenè, so you will need to arrange a taxi by the help of the Ecoresort Le Sirenè. The distance from the town centre is about 3Km.

Travel by plane to Brindisi

The PLANE TO BRINDISI is to be preferred with respect to the other main Apulian airport of Bari. You may fly to Brindisi from the Italian airports of Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate. The website of the airport is http://www.aeroportidipuglia.it/.

From Brindisi airport to Lecce there is a public bus. The schedule can be found here. However, we stress that such a timetable is going to change. The ticket can be bought directly in the bus and costs 6€. The bus is grey and green, with the `SITA' logo, and usually leaves on the right of the main exit of the airport. The bus stops 100m from the Grand Hotel Tiziano, at the Lecce Airport City Terminal (open 7am - 2.30pm, phone: +39 0832 247882).

Then one can reach Lecce train station by taxi. The average fare for the trip Lecce Airport City Terminal - Lecce Train Station should be about 10EUR. If the office of the Airport City Terminal is open, you may ask the employees to call a taxi for you. Otherwise, you may call it yourself (but you could be answered by people who do not speak English) at one of the following numbers: 0832 332857, EUROMED service (works 24/7); 0832 247978 (Train station taxis). You may also use the public bus leaving in front of the Grand Hotel Tiziano in order to reach Lecce train station; in this case you should look for buses number 26, 30, 31. The tickets can be bought at the bar (Bar Commercio) on the opposite side of the road with respect the Hotel Tiziano, and should cost about 1EUR/run.

The historical center of Lecce is very interesting, and is 10 min. walking from the train station. If you wish to visit it, just go straight ahead from the main entrance of the train station and after 500m you will be there.

For instructions on the trip Lecce train station - Ecoresort Le Sirenè, please refer to the previous section.

Travel by plane to Bari

You might also FLY TO BARI from the most important Italian hubs (Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate) and also from a number of foreign airports. The airport's webaddress is http://www.aeroportidipuglia.it/. After arriving to Bari you will need to take a public bus to the Bari train station and then travel to Lecce by train. The staff of the Ecoresort Le Sirenè can help with arranging direct transportation between the Bari airport and the conference hotel using a local shuttle company.

Other means of travel

  • by PLANE AND TRAIN: it is possible to combine plane and train trips which could be a convenient alterative if you plan to visit other parts of Italy. There are day and night trains from Rome and Milan every day, please refer to http://www.trenitalia.it/. Moreover, especially from Europe, many low cost companies have scheduled flights to smaller Italian airports such as Forlí and Pescara, from which a train is the most practical mode of transportation to reach Lecce.
  • by CAR from Bari (150Km), via a freeway. Just follow the signs to Brindisi-Lecce. CAR RENTALS are available in the main italian airports, including the airports of Brindisi and Bari. This could be a good idea if you wish to join a visit of the South of Italy to the conference. You should not enter Lecce (unless you wish to visit it) but take the eastern branch of the bypass which circles around Lecce (`tangenziale ovest'). After a few kilometers you will see a detour to Gallipoli. Follow it for 40km and a few kilometers after Gallipoli you should exit the freeway; the Hotel is just 1Km away. Please refer to the website of the hotel for further details.

Stay in Lecce

Besides google maps, a map of Lecce can be found here, as well as maps of all cities in Italy.

Suggested hotels for a stay in Lecce are Grand Hotel TizianoGrand Hotel di Lecce.

NOTE: There are many other hotels in Lecce, but you might find it much more enjoyable to stay in one the numerous Bed & Breakfast hotels in the old center. Here you can find a list. A couple of recommended ones are Centro StoricoB & B Lecce . But be aware that the historical center abounds with restaurants, pubs, and people, so it can get quite noisy there even in the middle of the night.

Excursions and Social Program

We plan to do a one-day excursion on Wednesday 23 September. The excursion will be organized by the Ecoresort Le Sirene. Information on the cost will be available in due time.

The Social Dinner will take place on Thursday 24 September.