School location:

Lake Como School of Advanced Studies – Villa del Grumello
Via per Cernobbio 11
22100 Como, Italy

vg1Placed in a central position within Europe, close to four international airports, it is hosted in an outstanding old noble palace located on the shoreline of beautiful Lake Como. The Lake Como School is an international research facility running short term programmes on a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects, sharing a common focus on advanced scientific fields.



Villa del Grumello is 20 min on foot from Como city center you can also take a bus, lines 6 and 11 (bus stop: “Como Via Regina Piscine Villa Olmo”, just after “Villa Olmo”).
From the main Train Station (Como S. Giovanni), the nearest bus stop to catch line 6 and 11 is “Piazzale S.Rocchetto”.



Conference location:

Chiostro di Sant’Abbondio, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria
via Sant’Abbondio 12 / via Regina Teodolinda 37
22100 Como, Italy


The conference will be hosted in the Cloister of the Middle-age monastery of the Basilica di Sant’Abbondio in Como. The building, a magnificent example of Como Romanesque, is located outside the town walls at the side of Monte Croce, along via Regina: the area, which hosted also other churches and some Roman necropolis, has always been an important cult centre.


In the 9th century, the church was dedicated to Sant’Abbondio, former bishop of Como, buried here since the 5th century. In 1010 a community of Benedictine monks, sent by bishop Alberico, started reconstructing the church: the previous paleochristian building was torn down and a new Romanesque church was built and consecrated by Urbano II in 1095.
Many other modifications have been carried out in the following centuries  the cloister next to the church was acquired by Como municipality in 1968 and then restored. It is now one of the seats of Università dell’Insubria.




The ASF (local public transportation) CC4 line connects the centre of Como and the Como San Giovanni railway station (Ferrovie dello Stato) to Sant’ Abbondio. Bus stop: Via Venini (just below the railway station).

Timetable and further information at:


  1. Highway A9 Milano Como, exit Como Centro
  2. Reach Piazza Camerlata, then drive along Via Napoleona and Viale Innocenzo XI towards Cernobbio
  3. Turn left at the 6th traffic light then turn left again
  4. Continue along Via Regina until you reach the Basilica (Church) of Sant’Abbondio. The university entrance is a few steps from the church entrance.


Sant’Abbondio can be reached on foot both from the Como San Giovanni station (Ferrovie dello Stato) and Como Borghi Station (Ferrovie Nord).
From San Giovanni Station: leave the station and turn right into Via Regina. The conference location is 10 minutes away from the station.
From Como Borghi: cross Piazzale Gerbetto and continue on via Giulini till the end, cross via Milan and go straight ahead along via Cigalini, via Croce Rossa and via Gramsci. Cross Viale Innocenzo XI and take Via Sant’ Abbondio: the conference location is on the right.