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COMPSAC 2017 will be held at the Politecnico di Torino in Torino, Italy.

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Torino is a Roman castrum, medieval town, considered the first capital of Italy. Torino offers lasting memories of castles, old beautiful palaces, royal residences, and monuments. Torino is one of the cultural leading cities in Italy. The city’s lively cultural scene includes music, theatre, visual arts, photography, film, design, dance and heritage as well as a wide choice of museums.

Moreover, Torino is one of the undisputed world capitals of taste. It has always boasted a renowned food and wine tradition. The region’s extraordinary cuisine can be enjoyed in over 600 city restaurants.

Torino and its area are a unique location for shopping top level “made in Italy” products: from design to fashion, from food delicacies to jewelry. Around Torino, you can find thousands of excursion opportunities: the Alps, the lakes, the artistic cities and villages, the golf courses, the wine and food tours.

Torino offers both luxury and characteristic shops. Most of the luxury shops are located in the city centre on via Roma: fashion boutiques, jewelry shops, perfume shops and food and wine stores, which feature the best regional products. Then there are the characteristic shops in the little alleys of the inner city, full of cafes and craftshops. Torino has a little bit (or, as is often the case, a lot) of everything and for all budgets as well.

Torino is well known for its local cuisine, which is considered among the best in Italy. Restaurants are usually open from 12.00 to 14.30 and from 19.30 to 22.30. For those who prefer something different to the classic menus, Torino proposes a most pleasant alternative: wine bars. Torino is also renowned for the ability of its pastrycooks.

Torino offers a wide choice of museums (more than 40): from the Egyptian Museum, the most important collection in the world after Cairo, to the Sabauda (Savoyard) picture galley, from the Cinema Museum, located in the Mole Antonelliana the 167 metre tower symbol of Torino, to the recently renovated Automobile Museum.

Besides its collections of old and modern art, Torino is also an important centre for contemporary art. Museums are usually open from Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays.

Located in the north-west of Italy, Torino has a continental weather, which is usually mild in late spring and beginning of summer. Average temperatures range from 24°C to 27°C in July. Rain falls mostly during spring and autumn; during the hottest months, otherwise, rains are less frequent but sometimes heavier.

The Euro is the national currency. Automatic cash dispensers and bank exchanges are plentiful. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept the usual credit cards.

More information on Torino is available at


Turin lies in the center of Europe and takes advantage of a well structured connection system by plane, train and car.

By Air
Caselle International Airport (, 20 minutes away from the city centre, allows daily connections with the main European cities.

The SADEM bus company connects the airport to the city centre. More information is available at the following link:

Malpensa International Airport (, one of the main European hubs connected to more than 120 cities all over the world, is located only 60 minutes’ drive from Turin.

The SADEM bus company connects the airport to the city centre. More information is available at the following link:

By Train
Turin has two main railway stations, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa, both in the city centre. They are connected, also with frequent high speed rail services, to the main destinations in Italy and France, and from there to the rest of Europe.
Lyon can be reached in 2.5 hours, Paris in about 5 hours and Milan in only 50 minutes.
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By Car
Motorways A6 Turin-Savona, A4 Turin-Milan-Venice, A21 Turin-Piacenza-Bologna, A5 Turin-Aosta, A32 Turin-Bardonecchia connect Turin to most Italian cities, to France, Switzerland, Austria and the rest of Europe.

City Public Transports
Detailed information on public transport lines and timetables in Torino can be obtained at

Turin Metro line service usually runs from 5.30 until 00.30 except at weekends (until 01.00) and on Mondays (until 22.00).
Taxi are readily available at the taxi stops or calling 0115730-0115737.
The Politecnico is located close to the city centre. It can be reached from the city  centre in a short time by metro or bus. The closest metro station is Vinzaglio (about 10 minutes’ walking distance). Many bus and tram lines have stop at the Politecnico:

  • Bus lines 58, 33, 12 and tram line 10 stop near the Politecnico main building entrance (corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24).
  • Bus line 12 stops in front of the Politecnico’s new campus (Cittadella Politecnica) entrance, corso Castelfidardo 34/A.
  • Bus line Star 1 stops at about 300 metres from the same entrance.
  • Other bus or tram lines (e.g. lines 33, 42 and 15) have also stops not far from the Politecnico.
  • And if you like to walk, it takes about 30 minutes from Porta Nuova railway station in the city centre to the Politecnico.

To find out whether, depending on your citizenship, country of long-term residence and the duration and reasons for your stay, you need a visa to enter Italy, see the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at or check with your local Italian Embassy or other diplomatic representative before you travel. The rules change regularly, so you should check you have the most up to date information for your trip.


Politecnico di Torino COMPSAC will be held at the Politecnico di Torino. For more than 150 years, the Politecnico di Torino has been one of the most prestigious public institutions at both the International and the Italian levels concerning education, research, technological transfer and services in all sectors of architecture and engineering. It was founded in 1859 as Scuola di Applicazione per gli Ingegneri (Technical School for Engineers), and it became Regio Politecnico di Torino in 1906. Politecnico di Torino has a long history which bore out the University as a reference point for education and research in Italy and in Europe, a research university of international level which attracts students from more than 100 countries and which activates about 800 collaborations per year with industries, public institutions and local organizations. The University was able to create a true international and multicultural environment and a world research network on the main subjects of reference by strengthening education in English; supporting international mobility of students and teachers; attracting foreign students, doctoral students, and researchers; taking part in combined research projects and programs.

Conference facilities
Conference facilities will be located both at the Politecnico main building (pedestrian access at corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24) and in the new area called Cittadella Politecnica (pedestrian access at Corso Castelfidardo 34/a) situated at 10 minutes’ walking distance from the main building.

Meeting rooms
Plenary sessions will be held at the Aula Magna, the main university congress room located in the Politecnico main buiding.

Parallel sessions will take place in the teaching rooms located in the so-called Corte Interrata of the Cittadella Politecnica. This new area of the Politecnico will also host catering services and exhibit spaces.