COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture (COFI AQ)
Currency and credit cards
The official currency is the Euro (€). It is not possible to pay in other currencies but there are plenty of ATM / cash machines to withdraw money. In addition most of the restaurants and shops in Rome accept credit cards (but check to be sure).
The most up-to-date exchange rate can be obtained from XE.com Online Currency Converter.
Up-to-date weather information can be obtained from EuroWeather .
Rome is GMT + 1. For details on time zones see Worldclock.
Italy has a 220 volts electricity supply, the sockets are 3 round pins in a row.
Getting to FAO from Fiumicino Airport
Direct train LEONARDO EXPRESS
Ticket € 14.00
Fiumicino Airport -> Termini Station
Termini Station -> Fiumicino Airport
This train takes you from Fiumicino airport to Termini station (the main train and subway station). From Termini station you will take Metro Line B (direction to Laurentina) three stops to Circo Massimo. The entrance to FAO is in front of you as you go up the steps from the subway station. Subway/bus/metro tickets can be purchased at any "Tabaccheria" (tobacconist's shop) at the Airport and Termini Station and from the automatic machines at the subway station (which is signposted and directly under Termini Station).
Local train to ORTE/FARA SABINA
There is another train connecting Fiumicino airport to central Rome - when you are at the airport train station look for the train with the destination "Orte" or "Fara Sabina". Every day from 5.57am until 11.27pm. It is slower (and cheaper) because it stops at some smaller local stations along the way and does not stop at Termini. Tickets cost € 8,00. Trains take about 30 minutes to reach Ostiense, from there you can walk underground to Piramide metro station for the Metro Line B (direction to Rebibbia) one stop to Circo Massimo. The entrance to FAO is on the right as you come up the steps from the subway station.
A taxi from Fiumicino airport to FAO and central Rome (anywhere within the Aurelian walls, the central tourist area) should cost exactly €48 (this includes baggage and up to four passengers). This also applies in the opposite direction.
Getting to FAO from Ciampino Airport
Terravision Shuttle: Roma Ciampino Airport Roma Termini Railway Station
Service is in connection with flights Ryanair, Easy-Jet, Hapag Lloyd Express, Wizz Air,Voli Regionali, My Air, Blue Air, Central Wings and Flyme.
This shuttle takes you from Ciampino Airport to Termini station (the main train and subway station). From Termini station you will take Metro Line B (direction to Laurentina) three stops to Circo Massimo. The entrance to FAO is in front of you as you go up the steps from the subway station.
A taxi from Ciampino airport to FAO or central Rome (anywhere within the Aurelian walls, the central tourist area) should cost exactly €30 (this includes baggage and up to four passengers). This also applies in the opposite direction.
Transportation within Rome
Local trains, subways and buses
Subway/bus/metro tickets can be purchased at a "Tabaccheria" (tobacconist’s shop) at the airport, at Termini and from the automatic machines at the subway stations. Tickets cost 1.50 Euro (these tickets are also valid on buses and for a total duration of 100 minutes). For maps of local train and subway lines see Metro di Roma. For additional information about the Rome public transport system, visit www.atac.roma.it (in Italian and English).
The two main airports in Rome are the Fiumicino airport (also called Leonardo da Vinci airport, 36 km west of Rome) and the Ciampino airport (16 km southeast of Rome, but used primarily for charter flights from within Europe). See www.adr.it for airport details.
Useful Web sites for transportation
- Grandi Stazioni - Roma Termini - The official Web site of the main train station in Rome.
- Trenitalia - A complete online list of trains running throughout Italy cities/towns.
- ATAC - The public transport company of the city of Rome. This site provides the official transport maps, timetables, information on tickets and fares.
Accommodation in Rome
Hotels close to FAO
Be informed that Rome is very popular at all times of the year; we therefore suggest that you book your room as soon as possible to ensure availability.
Useful Web sites for visiting Rome
- Tourism in Italy
- About Italy for Visitors
- In Italia Online - This site offers travel and living information on Rome and Italy
- Tour of Italy - An American Living in Italy
About FAO Headquarters
FAO Headquarters location
The FAO Headquarters is located in the city centre of Rome, near the Circo Massimo and close to the Colosseum. It's a lofty white building that is easy to recognize.
See below an interactive map of FAO location:
Registration at FAO Headquarters
When you arrive at FAO, please use the main entrance and go to the reception desk in the security pavilion. We kindly ask you to bring your identity card or passport with you. Once you have received the building pass, you will be able to enter and exit the building without going to the reception desk. The building pass is valid for the duration of the meeting and must be worn at all times. Admission to FAO premises will at all times require the presentation of your building pass.
Please note that FAO is a smoke-free area. Smoking is not permitted inside FAO buildings.
Facilities for disabled persons
The FAO buildings correspond to European Community and Italian disabled facility building codes. All entrances at FAO headquarters are accessible for disabled persons in wheelchairs. An elevator is provided in Building A and a ramp is provided in Building D. Accessible restroom facilities are located in Building A on the ground, first and third floors.
Services at FAO Headquarters
Banks: You can carry out all banking operations within FAO, at the branches of Banca Intesa (ground floor, Building B) and Banca di Sondrio (ground floor, Building D). Opening hours are Monday-Friday, 8.40 to 16.30. Next to either Bank you will find cash dispensers accepting international bank cards, at your disposal 24 hours.
Bookshops and Stands: The ground floor of Building B hosts a newsagent, where Italian and foreign newspapers and magazines can be bought, telephone cards as well as bus/metro tickets. Next door is a bookshop selling English and French publications, stationary and postcards. In the lobby area, you will find FAO publications together with trademarked FAO gifts, as well as numismatic and philatelic items.
Lost and found: If you have lost or found something, please contact the Entrance Reception on the ground floor, Building A or the Guard Service, extension 54427.
Meditation room: A meditation area is available in Building A, second floor, room A 250.
Post Office: Also located on the ground floor of Building B. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8.30 to 15.00. Mail boxes are next to the Post Office.
Medical Services and Emergencies: A medical unit is permanently on duty Monday-Friday, 8.30 to 17 hours, in Building B first floor, office 162, tel: 53400. For a serious emergency outside FAO, call 118.
Telephone: FAO’s telephone number for a call made in Italy is 06 570 51; for a call made from abroad it is (0039 06) 570 51. All extensions can be reached by dialing 06 570 (not necessary if calling from one of the phones located within FAO) followed by the 5-figure extension required. For telephone information or long distance calls, please call Extension 11. To reach a number in Rome, first dial 0 and then digit the number 06 ...
Travel Agency: You may call upon Carlson Wagonlit Travel agency located on the ground floor of FAO. The Agency is open Monday-Friday between 9.00 to 12.45 and 14 to 17. A small commission may be applied to travel operations.
Wireless internet: Available in the Atrium and in some meeting rooms. Login information: username: guest_internet, and password: wifi2internet.
FAO Restaurants and Bars
Within the FAO buildings there are three coffee shops, a cafeteria and a restaurant. These facilities only accept Euro cash. No credit cards are accepted.
- Polish Bar: Coffee shop located on the ground floor of Building A. Serves coffee, tea, drinks, cakes and sandwiches all day, with cold meals for lunch. Hours from 7.30–17.00.
- Blue Bar: Coffee shop located on the 8th floor of Building C. They serve snacks and sandwiches all day, with cold meals for lunch. Hours from 7.30–13.00.
- Casa Bar: Building D ground floor. Salads and light meals, with cold and hot meals for lunch.
- Cafeteria: Self-service restaurant located on the 8th floor of Building B. They serve entrees, pasta, grilled meat or cheese, salads, desserts and drinks. Hours 12–14.00.
- Restaurant: Located on the 8th floor of Building C. They offer a complete ‘menu of the day’ or ‘a la carte’ menu. Hours 12–14. Reservation required (extensions: 54268 or 56823).