Why Rome? 
Carlotta Ferrari, President of the Convention Bureau Italia
Did you know, that ...?
+ of all the 51 UNESCO heritage sites in Italy, Rome houses 15? Pantheon, Colosseum, St Peter’s Square, Navona Square, Spanish Steps etc.
+ Rome is a "3 times capital city": Italy's capital, seat of Christianity and since 1834 the headquarters of the sovereign military order of Malta. The order is a sovereign body and thanks to Italian State recognition its headquarters in Rome were granted the status of extraterritoriality.
+ in 2007 the Roman Colosseum has been recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. It is 189 meters long and 156 meters wide with a height of more than 48 meters. It was built in only 8 years, from 72 AD to 80 AD.
+ in Rome water is free: you can drink free public water from the nasoni, or little fountains, all over the city.
+ the European Congress of Cardiologists of 2016 (ESC 2016) will be held in Rome? It is the first time this happens in Italy, and The European Society of Cardiology has chosen Rome as the venue of the annual Congress.
Where to meet?
Rome has three big conference poles strategically connected to the historic centre, hotels, railway stations and airports: Fiera di Roma with 50 meeting rooms, total capacity up to 20.000 seats, 14 pavilions, parking for up to 5.000 cars. Auditorium Parco della Musica, designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano, with a total capacity of over 8.000 seats, is a multifunctional complex made for musical and cultural events of various kinds.
EUR business district: Congressional District consists of the two main structures: Palazzo dei Congressi (up to 5.000 seats) and Salone delle Fontane (up to 900 seats), also the Nuvola of Fuksas will open soon (up to 11.000 seats). Rome also has numerous hotels with meeting rooms with capacity from 20 to 7.000 places.
Where to stay?
There are in Rome 972 hotels for a total of 49.000 rooms and nearly 99.000 beds. There are 33 5 star hotels, 272 4 star hotels and 373 3 star hotels. Noteworthy are the Rome Marriott Park Hotel and the Sheraton Parco de’ Medici Rome Hotel for large capacity of meeting rooms and hospitality services and A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel, luxury hotel recently opened with meeting rooms, a 2.500 sq.m Spa Centre, bars, restaurants, tennis courts.
How to get there?
Rome “Leonardo da Vinci” - Fiumicino Airport (FCO) is an intercontinental airport and a central hub. It is one of the main European airports as it is connected with about 150 cities on a daily basis. Rome Fiumicino is just half an hour away by train from the city centre. Moreover, being connected to the high speed railway network, you can easily get from the airport to anywhere else in the country (for eg. it takes less than 3 hours from Rome FCO to Milan). The city has another international airport, Roma-Ciampino, one of the main airports in Central Italy for “low cost flights”.
Do you offer any special services/assistance for associations?
The Convention Bureau Italia is the benchmark for everyone wanting to organize an event in Italy. We support associations, providing impartial advice, with a constant attention to the event's logistical needs and, most importantly, to its objectives. We organize site inspections trips and we support our clients in the choice of the destination. We are a network that includes all main Italian local CBs and tourist boards and many private companies, such as congress centres, hotels, PCOs, DMCs, and service providers.
Whom to contact?
Tobia Salvadori, Convention Bureau Italia Sales & Marketing Manager: tobia@conventionbureauitalia.com
The Italian National Tourist Board officially recognized the Convention Bureau Italia (CBI) as the official National Convention Bureau. CBI increases business opportunities, promotes Italy as a MICE destination, coordinates and represents the Italian offer at an international level and spreads the culture of MICE in Italy through proper training. CBI, which was officially established in June 2014 and operates since November 2014, is a network of enterprises that includes the main local and regional Italian CVBs, convention centres, hotels, PCO, DMC and service providers. w w w. conventionbureauitalia. com