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How to reach Turin and the Department of Computer Science

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?".
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where---" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"---so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
....
`But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
`Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.'
`How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
`You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Illustrations by John Tenniel


Turin (Torino) is located in Piedmont (Piemonte) in the north-western part of Italy.
The Department of Computer Science (Dipartimento di Informatica) is located in the northern part of Turin, half-way between the center and the city limits, in the "Centro Piero della Francesca", where several other activities are located.
The "Centro" can be easily recognized, being a modern style building in an old industrial area (but it was apparently designed to start already being covered by rust after a few years, maybe in order to better integrate it in its environment).
The postal address of the Department is Corso Svizzera 185 - the main entrance to the "Centro", but there is a direct entrance to the department from Via Pessinetto 12 (floor 1).


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Map of the Department area (jpeg format, 139K)
How to get into the Department from Via Pessinetto

How to reach Turin by plane

Turin has an international airport with daily connections to the main italian and european airports, but there is no intercontinental connection.

From airports that are not directly connected we suggest transiting through one of the largest european airports, such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Zurich, which have several daily connections to Turin; Rome has even more, but note that it is not on the way from/to most of Europe and North America.

An alternative is to fly to Milan which is 150 km from Turin; it has also an intercontinental airport ( Milano Malpensa ) from which however there are only 2 direct buses a day to Turin (see a timetable here); going by bus to Milan and by train or bus to Turin takes 3 hours at least.

How to reach the Department from the airport

From the airport you might want to go downtown - e.g. to a hotel - or to the department, but also in the latter case, in order to use public transportation - rather than a taxi, you first have to go downtown, taking a bus to the Porta Susa railway station or taking a train to the SATTI Dora railway station. See below.

If you rent a car at the airport, follow the instructions on how to reach the department from the motorways.

How to reach the railway stations and the city center from the airport

A taxi costs about 25 Euros, i.e. 30-35 $.

There is a bus connecting the airport to the two main railway stations, both located in the city center. The name of the bus company is Sadem. The terminal is at the Torino Porta Nuova station (main railway station); surprisingly enough, the exact location of the terminal changed more than once in the last few years; the last one was Corso Vittorio Emanuele, close to Via Sacchi. The bus stops near Torino Porta Susa (second main railway station, closer to the department than Porta Nuova) in Corso San Martino, close to Via Bertola.

See a timetable here.

Bus tickets (one-way: 4.13 Euros, i.e. about 5$) to/from the airport can be bought:

  1. At the ticket machine at the airport
  2. At some newspaper shop at the Porta Nuova station
  3. At the "Bar Milleluci" near the Porta Susa stop
  4. On the bus, especially when the shops or the bar are closed
See here how to reach the department from the railway stations

A new railway links the airport to Turin (SATTI Dora Railway Station). Departures every 30 minutes to Turin from 6:19am to 8:49pm (and from Turin to the airport from 5:13am to 8:13pm). A few meters away from the air terminal, a new railway station has already been built: a comfortable pedestrian connection, only 150 covered meters away, links the station to the check-in counters on the Departures level. For information: Ph.+39.011.6910000; Internet: www.satti.it.

How to reach Turin by train

Torino is directly connected by train to the following destinations (numbers in parentheses give approximate times in hours):
  1. Lyon (3.5) - Paris (5.5 by TGV)
  2. Milan (1.5) - Venice (4.5)
  3. Bologna (3) - Ancona (5) - Bari (10)
  4. Genova (1.5) - Pisa (4) - Rome (7; 5.5 by the "Pendolino" not-so-high speed train)
The two main stations are Porta Nuova and Porta Susa. Porta Susa is closer to the department but only trains from/to Milan and Venice stop there (they also stop in Porta Nuova).

See the train timetables at the (italian only) server of the Ferrovie dello Stato.

How to reach the department from the railway stations

The department is more than 2 km from the closest station. It can be reached by bus or tram. Tickets can be bought at most tobacco and newspapers shops, including the ones in the stations, but cannot be bought on board. The price (4th March 2002) is 0.77 Euros; one ticket is valid for 70'.
  1. From Porta Nuova: exit from the station, in the same direction of the arriving trains. Take tram number 9 in the left direction, with the station behind you. Get off, after 15-20 minutes, at the stop "Amedeo di Savoia" (the name of a hospital on the right). The "Centro Piero della Francesca", where the department is located, is the modern style building on the left of the tram line, a few meters after the stop. The entrance of the department is from Via Pessinetto 12 (floor 1), the first street on the left.
  2. From Porta Susa: as you leave the station, take bus number 59 in the left direction, with the station behind you. Get off, after about 10 minutes, at the first stop after the bus crosses a river and turns left: the first stop in Via Pianezza; the first street on the right, continuing in the bus direction, is Via Pessinetto. The "Centro Piero della Francesca", where the department is located, is the modern style building at the end of Via Pessinetto, on the left. The entrance of the department is from Via Pessinetto 12 (floor 1).
  3. From Dora railway station: our department is quite close to the station, but there is not any direct bus connection. We suggest you to take a taxi (tell the driver to bring you to Via Pessinetto 12). It will costs about 6 Euros.
    Alternatively, you can reach us by an approximately 20 minutes walk through Corso Mortara (with the station behind you, Corso Mortara is the large road on the left). When you reach the "Piazza Piero della Francesca", you have to go left on Corso Svizzera, where a modern style building is located. Our department is inside this bulding. The entrance of the department is from Via Pessinetto 12 (floor 1), the first street on the right from Corso Svizzera.

How to get into the Department from Via Pessinetto

In via Pessinetto 12, less than 50 m from Corso Svizzera, you will see stairs leading to the classrooms, a few meters above the street level. They also lead to a lift and stairs to go up to floor 1, which is actually the third floor - there are 2 floors in between, including one for a parking. Floor 1 is the one above the parking level. The same lift and stairs can also be accessed 1 meter below the street level. As you get out of the lift, the door of the department is on the right. In the entrance there is a map of the department where you can find the location of people's rooms.

How to reach Turin by car

Turin can be reached through several motorways:
  1. From Milan or Venice through A4
  2. From Bologna through A1 and A21
  3. From Genova through A26 and A21
  4. From France (Nice) and Ventimiglia through A10 and A6
  5. From France (Mont Blanc tunnel) and Switzerland through A5
  6. From France (Frejus tunnel, or Montgenevre) through A32

How to reach the department from the motorways

The easiest way from all directions is from the exit "Corso Regina Margherita" of the "Tangenziale Nord" (= northern part of the ring motorway):
  1. From A4 or A5: follow the "Tangenziale Nord" (directions: Savona, Piacenza) and, after about 10 km, take the exit "Corso Regina Margherita"; see below
  2. From A6 or A21: follow the "Tangenziale Sud" (20 km; directions: Milano, Aosta) then the "Tangenziale Nord" (for 5 km; direction Milano, Aosta) and take the exit "Corso Regina Margherita"; see below
  3. From A32: follow the "Tangenziale Nord" (for 5 km; direction Milano, Aosta) and take the exit "Corso Regina Margherita"; see below
  4. From the airport: follow the green signs to Torino and take the (non-numbered) motorway; then take the "Tangenziale Nord" (direction: Savona, Piacenza); after less than 10 km, take the exit "Corso Regina Margherita"; see below
Corso Regina Margherita is labeled as "4" on the Map . See also the Map of the Department area.
From the exit "Corso Regina Margherita" to the Department:
  1. after a few km there is a large park on the right; at the end of the park, turn left in Corso Potenza; you have to be in the rightmost carriageway in order to turn left legally; in Corso Potenza, go again in the rightmost carriageway
  2. at the first traffic light, there are two streets on the right; turn into the second one, Via Nole;
  3. the large modern style building on the right at the end of Via Nole is the "Centro Piero della Francesca"; the entrance of the Department (Via Pessinetto 12) is on the opposite side of the building and can be reached from Via Nole both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Ask your contact at the department (if any) for suggestions about parking, which can be a real problem. See here how to get into the department from Via Pessinetto.

`All right,' said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Illustrations by John Tenniel

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