CPC 2012 will take place at Palazzo del Bo, an historical building of the University of Padova. There is wi-fi coverage available for free to all CPC 2012 participants; however, to use it Italian law requires one to provide a copy of an identity document (passport, ID card etc.) so make sure you bring one with you when you check in at the workshop. The social dinner will take place at Ristorante Belle Parti (a 5 minute walk from Palazzo del Bo).
Mid-January is a fairly quiet period for tourism in Padova, so you should have no trouble finding an accommodation. However, we would recommend two hotels in particular: Hotel Majestic Toscanelli in the old jewish quarter, and Hotel Donatello in front of the famous Basilica di Sant’Antonio. We have reserved a number of rooms in both until December 31st, for the January 10-15 period, at a discounted price. Make sure you mention CPC 2012 and University of Padova when booking to get the prices listed below. All prices include V.A.T. and breakfast; they do not include a recent 3€/person/night “tourism tax”.
The major airport closest to Padova is that of Venezia (VCE); somewhat further is that of Bologna (BLQ). From both airports buses run to Padova’s (bus and train) station approximately every hour (5-15€); from the station one can either take a taxi or bus, or simply walk (approximately 20 minutes) to Padova’s centre where Palazzo del Bo is located. Alternatively, one can take the shuttle directly from the airport to one’s destination (Palazzo del Bo or a hotel) in Padova. The cost is about 30€ from Venezia and twice as much from Bologna, but one must book 48 hours in advance either by phone, fax or email or directly on the web.
Moving around Padova’s centre is best accomplished on foot: it’s at most a 10 minute walk from Palazzo del Bo or the recommended hotels to most sites of interest. Alternatively, one can employ the bus and tramway system (one can buy the ticket directly on the bus for a slightly higher price of 2€, and use it for unlimited rides over a 75 minutes period). Or one can call a taxi (+39 049 651333); be warned that although the taxi service in theory runs 24 hours a day, in practice it’s not always easy to find one, particularly at night, unless one books in advance.
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