How to reach Lucca and the conference
The conference will take place at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca campus; all IMT structures are located in the historical center of Lucca and make up an integrated campus for advanced studies and research.<!- figura cambiata---->
The nearest airport to Lucca is Pisa International Airport.
- Pisa Airport- Pisa Centrale train station transfer is provided by the PisaMover Bus service with a timetable departure of every 10 minutes and a journey time of just 8 minutes. At the Airport, the stop is located just outside the check-in area. At the Pisa Central Station, the stop is located close to platform 14, from which you can easily reach the other platforms and station’s main entrance. The cost is 1,30 or 2 euro depending on whether you buy the ticket at shops or on the bus.
- The CoTaPi taxi company is available at Pisa airport. A taxi from Pisa airport to within Lucca city walls could cost around €50, and would take about 30 minutes.
- Trains to Lucca depart from Pisa Centrale train station. Details are available on the Trenitalia website or via Google Transit. Direct trains are Regionale trains. The journey is a little over 30 minutes by train. Prices are from €3.30. It is not possible to purchase Regionale tickets more than 7 days in advance of the day of travel. Trains are infrequent on the weekends and only the 07:04 and 07:50 trains will allow arrival in Lucca in time for a 09:00 start on Sunday.
Bus travel from Pisa to Lucca is provided by VAI Bus. The VAI Bus timetable is available to download.
The School can also be easily reached from Florence Airport.
- The easiest way to reach IMT from the Florence Airport is by taxi. You can catch a taxi from just outside the airport for an approximate cost €100.
- The first alternative is to take a city line bus to the Santa Maria Novella Station, in order to catch a connecting train to Lucca. A bus leaves approximately every 30 minutes from the airport and you can get more information at the following website: www.ataf.net. More information regarding trains between Santa Maria Novella and Lucca can be found here. The whole journey (bus+train) will take approximately two hours and cost around €xx.
- The second alternative to get to Lucca is to take an "VAI BUS" interurban bus; the bus stop can be found immediately next to the airport and you can visualize the schedule of the connections on the following website: www.vaibus.it. The journey will take approximately one hour and forty-five minutes.
From the local bus station to IMT
Lucca's bus station is located in
Piazzale Verdi and the IMT is only a 15 minute walk away: take Via S. Paolino,
just opposite the tourist information office, and go straight until reaching Piazza S. Michele, easily recognizable for the marvelous white marble church.
Cross the square and go on through Via Roma, Piazza Bernardini and Via S. Croce (the same straight path, the names just change). Pass the SS. Gervasio e Protasio
Door to arrive at Via Elisa.
To the main IMT building (San Francesco, 19): take Via Elisa trough the SS. Gervasio e Protasio Door, take a left onto Via S. Chiara and go straight on until reaching Piazza San Francesco. Here at n° 19 you will find the San Francesco reception.
To the IMT legal headquarters (Sede Legale Piazza San Ponziano, 6): go straight down Via Elisa to Piazza San Ponziano, which you will find on your left. Go under the archway and cross the courtyard. You will see the glass doors of the main entrance at the end of the courtyard.
From the Highway to IMT
We recommend taking the "Lucca Est" exit off of the Highway
To the main IMT building (San Francesco, 19): you can park along Via della Quarquonia (the street next to the church) or leave your car inside the underground car park (Park Mazzini) located in Via dei Bacchettoni.
To legal headquarters (Sede Legale Piazza San Ponziano, 6) : You can park in Piazza San Ponziano or along Via Elisa.
The Lucca Train Station is directly connected to the main Tuscan provinces and tourist locations such as: Pisa, Viareggio, Montecatini, Pistoia, Florence. You can check connections and timetables at the website of the Italian State Railways website.
From the train station to IMT
There are two possible ways to reach IMT from Piazzale Ricasoli, where the train station is located:
you can take a taxi just outside the station or, if you prefer, you take a 10 minute walk using the following directions. After you exit the station, cross Piazzale Ricasoli and the road around the walls.
Then take the sidewalk in front of the station. Cross the grassy area and go toward the walls. Continue on the path up onto the walls. Once you reach the top of the walls, turn right.
Pass the Ristorante-Caffetteria San Colombano on your right. Continue along the wall for 5 to 8 minutes. Take the first left, a slanting path down into the city center.
Turn right at the bottom of the slanting path. You will come up to the Botanical garden and see the street sign for Via Micheletto. Turn left on Via Micheletto.
This street will curve around the garden to the right until it intersects with Via Elisa.
To the main IMT building (San Francesco, 19): cross Via Elisa and take Via S. Chiara, then go straight until reaching Piazza San Francesco. Here at n° 19 you will find the San Francesco reception.
To legal headquarters (Sede Legale Piazza San Ponziano, 6): turn right on Via Elisa to Piazza San Ponziano, which you will find on your left. Go under the archway and cross the courtyard. You will see the glass doors of the main entrance at the end of the courtyard.
How to move around
20 km from Pisa and 70 Km from Florence, Lucca is located in a suitable position to get almost everywhere in Tuscany within few hours. The historical center (mainly a pedestrian area) is closed to private vehicles. The best way to visit Lucca is, actually, on foot. There are many parking lots located near the principal access routes and public transport facilities: you can check on the map the most convenient parking for you.
By train or bus
If you don't have your own mean of transportation you can rely on Clap buses (tel. 0583-5411 or 0583-587- 897) or Lazzi buses (tel. 0583-584-877). Both lines are based at Piazzale Verdi. Clap is dedicated to local transportation (within Lucca province), while Lazzi destinations also take you outside the province. A scenic railway line ducks in and out of tunnels alongside the Serchio River - you ride under an arch of the Devil's Bridge - and goes out onto the Lunigiana plain to Aulla.