WEDNESDAY, July 17th: At 9:30 OPTIONAL BUS EXCURSION to the Italian SETI facilities at Medicina (near Bologna) and to the Republic of San Marino, lasting two days: July 17th and 18th.
The cost of this excursion to Medicina and San Marino is NOT included in the Symposium Registration Fee and will be about 100 euros excluding the cost of the two nights of July 17 and 18 in San Marino.
a) Visit to the SETI facilities at the Medicina Radio Telescopes (Medicina is a small town in the country about 30 km east of Bologna). History of the SETI activities in Italy (1980s-present), website: http://www.centrovisite.ira.inaf.it/index-en.html. Visit will end about 13:00.
b) Lunch at the “Voli e Sapori” restaurant nearby the radio telescopes, ending at about 14:30. The lunch cost is included in the cost of the Excursion to Medicina and San Marino.
c) In the afternoon, at about 5 pm, our bus reaches San Marino and the hotel(s) that Participants have selected to spend the night of July 17th and possibly more nights, at the Participants discretion.
d) CONVIVIAL DINNER at 7:00 thru 11 pm at “Boschetto” restaurant at Fiorentino (a village within the Republic of San Marino) with a fantastic view of the Adriatic Sea. A bus service will take you there from your San Marino hotel and back, late in the evening. The cost of this Conference Dinner is 40 euros per person, including musical entertainment and transportation to and from the San Marino hotels. This cost of this Convivial Dinner is NOT included in the cost of the Medicina and San Marino Excursion.
THURSDAY, July 18th Free day to visit San Marino. More later about an organized San Marino Tour.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATION in San Marino for the night of July 17th and possibly more nights
Please keep in mind that the town of San Marino is built on the western SLOPES of Mount Titano (at 739 m (2,425 ft) above sea level), while the eastern slopes are “just vertical” and so “dangerous” if you walk “carefree” in between the three medieval towers on its top: beware!
Please wear comfortable shoes all the times in town, and be prepared to climb up and down on foot throughout the city.
To see with your own eyes, please watch the movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSqoEhWd9cM. Now about some hotels in San Marino, with TENTATIVE costs:
1) The suggested hotel for Symposium Participants is the 4-stars Hotel IDesign (four stars), web site:
https://www.hotelsanmarinoidesign.com/en/. Early booking is strongly advised. It is 30 minutes walking distance from the Kursaal (with climbing up), but a free shuttle bus service will be organized just for the Participants. Cost per day: 65 Euros Single Room, 85 Euros Double Room for 2 people only.
2) The smartest hotel in San Marino is possibly Grand Hotel San Marino (GHSM), web site https://www.grandhotel.sm/en/ (four stars). It the summer it may be expensive, but it is at walking distance (about 400 meters) from the Kursaal and you won’t have to climb either up or down: just walk along via Antonio Onofri on your left when you leave the Hotel. Again, early booking is strongly advised. Cost per day: 95 Euros Single Room, 115 Euros Double Room for 2 people only.
3) Less expensive hotels are located around Piazza della Stazione (the former train station in San Marino, dismissed after the bombardments of World War Two). The cost of three-stars hotels is 60 Euros Single Room, 80 Euros Double Room for 2 people only.
4) In conclusion, please carefully select your accommodation well in advance. Thanks.