Mediterranean Cardiology Meeting

 Taormina, Italy April 7 - 9 2005
 President: Michele M. Gulizia , MD, FACA

  President: Michele M. Gulizia

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Practical Information

Taormina can be easily reached by any means of transport from all over the world
fitting any traveller budget.

PLANE: Catania Fontanarossa International, the nearest and most convenient airport,
is km 55 from Taormina. From Catania airport Taormina can be reached in one hour
drive by highway A18 direction Messina, highway exit TAORMINA. Direct bus to
Taormina centre is available at the following time: 08.45 – 10.45 - 13.45 – 15.45 –
17.45 – 19.45 every day and the ticket costs Euro 4,70 per person. By taxi the price
is about Euro 80,00 (about 1 hour).

CAR: Sicily and Taormina can be reached by car through highways (green road signs)
from every main Italian city. From Northern Italy, you can drive along the highway
A1 through Naples and Salerno; then from Salerno (Amalfi coast & Capri area) take
the free of charge highway A3 direction Reggio Calabria. Take exit "Villa S.Giovanni
- Sicilia ", and get to the harbour where very frequent ferries connect the mainland
to Sicily 24 hours a day (city of Messina) . Once in Messina, take highway A18
direction Catania, drive for about 30 minutes, and take exit "Taormina". If you come
from Catania, just take highway A18 direction Messina and take exit "Taormina". If
you come from Palermo take highway A20 to Messina, then highway A18 direction
Catania and take exit Taormina.

TRAIN: For its charming Sicilian liberty decorative style Taormina's railway station
is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. It offers a large variety of trains,
from the deluxe Eurostar to the simple, but very efficient, "Espresso train" normally
departing from Milan, Turin and Rome, passing through Naples, Amalfi and Capri.
The railway station is only 4 km from Taormina town centre. The taxi parking area
and the bus terminal are just opposite the railway station main entrance.

SHIP: From Northern Europe & Italy, it is possible to take a comfortable ship from
Genoa port (company Tirrenia) and reach Palermo in about 17/18 hours. From
Palermo, Taormina can be reached by highway A19 (about 2 hours drive). Frequent
ferries from Naples to Milazzo (one hour drive to Taormina) and one daily from
Ravenna (Adriatic northern coast) to Catania as well as modern speed boats and
catamarans daily from Malta to Catania and Pozzallo are also available.

BUS: Taormina’s modern bus terminal is situated right in the town centre. Frequent
buses (Company "Interbus") run from Palermo, Catania (airport included) and
Messina. Moreover, there are easy connections from Rome and Amalfi (company
Interbusiness), Bari, Brindisi (ferries from Greece) and Taranto (company Etna).

The electric current in Italy is 220 Volts.

Service is generally included in the bill, tips are welcome if you wish to show your
appreciation for a good meal or special service.

Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops.
Should you wish to use your credit card to pay for a taxi, please inform the driver
before starting the journey.

Taormina is as safe as any other European tourist resort and delegates are advised
to take the usual sensible precautions. All the hotels can offer security facilities for
valuable goods.

Responsibility for personal accidents or loss or damage to the private property of
participants and exhibitors cannot be accepted. Participants and exhibitors are
advised to make their own arrangements, with respect to insurance, if they consider
it necessary.

about Taormina & Sicily
about transport and weather in Sicily

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