General Info

23-25 June 2015
FAO headquarters Rome, Italy
Global Strategy Mid-Term Conference!


The FAO Headquarters Complex is located on Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, in front of the Circo Massimo. It can be reached by car, bus, tram and metro line B (Circo Massimo stop).

Participants should enter at the Main Entrance “Visitor’s reception”. You will need to have a Photo ID to enter the premises and you may be asked to leave it with Security while you are in the building. Once you have passed through Security, enter the main building and collect your building pass in the Turkish Lounge (immediate on the left side after you enter). Keep this badge for all days of the conference. Please note, the Main Entrance opens at 08:30 a.m. and we encourage you to arrive between 08:15 to 08:30 a.m. as there may be a long line for Security.
There are six buildings in FAO Headquarters, all interconnected. The buildings are designated with letters from A to F. The entrance is located in Building A, and the meeting will take place in the Green Room, on the 1st Floor of Building A. The Green Room is across from the Red Room and next to the Nordic Lounge.


From Fiumicino Airport to Hotel/to FAO


You can take a taxi from the airport to your hotel. Official Rome taxis are white with an identification code on the door, and have a taxi meter. Inside, on the left door of the back seat, there is a plaque indicating the license number and the name of the driver or of the taxi company of which he is a member. The cost is exactly Euro 48.00, for transfer from Fiumicino Airport to the centre of Rome – within the walls – and also in the reverse direction from the centre to Fiumicino Airport. The price includes the cost of luggage and transport for a maximum of four passengers. More info


When you arrive at Fiumicino airport in Rome you can take the train to Roma Ostiense Station. This train, Direction “Fara Sabina” or “Orte”, leaves every 15-30 minutes. The ticket will cost Euro 8,00, and the duration of the trip is 31 minutes (with several intermediate stops). The Ostiense train station is the closest to FAO and it is connected to the “Piramide” Metro stop. From here, FAO is one Metro stop away at the “Circo Massimo” Metro stop.
Alternatively, there is another train called the “Leonardo Express” which connects directly from Fiumicino Airport to Roma Termini (the main train station in Rome). The cost is Euro 14,00 and the duration of the trip is 30 minutes with no intermediate stops. The Termini train station is connected to Metro line B (3 stops to ‘’Circo Massimo’’) and Metro line A.
Please note that if you take the train, you must make sure to validate your ticket by stamping it in the machine before boarding the train. More info


Rome has two Metro lines, A and B. The Metro stop for FAO is “Circo Massimo” on Metro line B.   More info


Wi-fi and Telephones

The telephone number of FAO Headquarters is +3906 5705 + extension. If the extension is not known, dial +3906 57051 for the FAO switchboard operator. Telephones are available in all meeting rooms and lounges and may be used for internal calls, dialing the required extension. They are also located at the entrance to Building A and in the corridors of the first and third floors of Building A.

FAO offers free Wi-Fi coverage in all meeting rooms and catering areas. Participants with laptops, smartphones or tablet may use this service, selecting the network “guest_internet”.

Username: Visitor

Password: wifi2internet

No support can be provided if problems arise when connecting to, or using, the wireless internet service.


There are two Banks each with a few ATM machines on FAO premises, located on the ground floor. There is also a Post Office on the ground floor.

Food and Drinks

FAO Cafeteria, located on the 8th Floor, Building B, and is open from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and offers a selection of hors d’oeuvres, first and second courses, grill and salads. The FAO Restaurant, located on the eighth floor, Building C, offers a daily menu and à la carte service. There are also two bars serving coffee, snacks, salads and sandwiches (“Blue Bar” on the8th floor, Building C; “Polish Bar” ground Floor, Building A), and a smaller cafeteria (“Casa Bar”) on the ground floor of building D.

News stand

The News stand is located on the Ground Floor of Building B near the Banca Intesa San Paolo, and offers international newspapers and magazines, as well as postcards, maps, and a large selection of periodicals. The News stand is open from 06.00 hours to 18.00 hours. For more information, dial extension 53273 (Tel. 06-5705-3273).

The David Lubin Memorial Library

The David Lubin Memorial Library is located at FAO Headquarters on the Ground Floor of Building A. Established in 1952, the Library is named in honor of the founder of the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA), David Lubin. The extensive IIA collection constituted a starting point for the present-day Library, which is considered one of the world’s finest on food, agriculture and rural development.

The Library has over one million volumes, and the journal collection contains approximately 13,000 titles of which over 3,000 are electronic. The heavily- used working collection consists of FAO documentation, books and serials in FAO subject fields, the reference collection and specialized Branch Library collections in Fisheries and Forestry. The Library also includes the IIA and Rare Books collections.


Emergency Telephone Numbers

  • Medical Emergencies dial 118 or 30
  • General Emergencies dial 113
  • Fire dial 115
  • Ambulance (Red Cross) 06-5510

The FAO Medical Offices are located in room B-165 (first floor building B) and are open between 08:30 and 17:30 hours on FAO working days.

Protecting your valuables

Participants are reminded not to leave briefcases or any valuable items unattended in conference rooms.


Rome enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. January is the coldest month in Rome, and July and August the warmest. The weather during summer (June to August) can be very hot, with temperatures often exceeding 35°C at midday. Winter (December to February) is mild, with the average temperature in December hovering around 13°C.

Electrical Appliances

The voltage in Italy is 220V, and plug shapes vary between 2 and 3 round pins. Hardware stores sell electrical adapters.

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.


FAO Headquarters is a smoke free area.


A list of hotels close to FAO premises.

Via di Santa Melania, 19Tel: 0039-06/570057Fax: 0039-06/


Via di San Domenico, 10Tel: 0039-06/570057Fax: 0039-06/


Piazza San Anselmo n. 2Tel: 0039-06/570057Fax: 0039-06/


Via Capo d’Africa 54Tel: +39 06 772 801Fax: +39 06 772 808


Via di Santa Prisca, 11/bTel: +39-06 574 613 5Fax: +39-06 573 000


Largo M. Gelsomini 25 Tel +39 06 574 191 7 or+39 06 575 000 9 Fax + 39 06 574 665


Viale Aventino 98Tel +39 331 4675450 Fax+39 06


Via Labicana 144Tel: (+39)06/770021Fax(+39)06/