Participants are expected to arrive on Monday August 1st for the Welcome Reception. Friday August 5 is reserved for a social excursion to Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea (at additional cost).

The EPS Symposium “Third Generation Metamaterials” will take place in the Grand Hotel San Michele. It is an elegant villa with golf and a beach facilities located on the mountain slope overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
From here, the view is just simply superb. Looking over the terraces on a clearer day you can see the Aeolian Islands or enjoy a beautiful sunset. The green landscape in which the building is immersed – a good 44 hectares – gives the hotel a quiet peaceful atmosphere where you can regain vital energy easily through contact with nature. It is close to the villages of Cetraro and Paola, in the province of Cosenza (Calabria), South of Italy.

Grand Hotel San Michele address: Contrada Bosco, 8, 87022 Bosco-arvara CS, Italy (phone: +39 0982 91012).
A quota of rooms at special rates is reserved for the participants of the Third Generation Metamaterials Symposium participants. Reservation needs to be done via the European Physical Society. For further information on the reservation view accommodation.

Covid-19 rules: The conference management will only be able to accept participants who fulfil the Covid-19 rules in effect in Calabria. Please check rules: Covid-19 situation in Italy.

Effective from May 1, 2022, it is no longer mandatory to show a Green Pass to access businesses and services in Italy. Therefore, free access to local and national public transportation, bars and restaurants, shops, museums, theaters, cinemas, stadiums, gyms, spas, etc. However, a Green Pass is still mandatory to enter Italy from a foreign country.

The use of FFP2 masks remains mandatory in the following locations:

  • airplanes
  • ships and ferries used for interregional transport services
  • High Speed, Intercity, Intercity Night, and Interregional Trains
  • buses connecting more than two regions
  • buses/coaches used for chartered services with driver
  • local and regional public transport
  • indoor performances in theatres, cinemas, concert halls, entertainment venues and live music
  • indoor sports events

However, the use of the mask in all indoor environments and in all cases of crowded outdoor eventsis highly recommended.

In case you need to do a covid test prior your return to your country the nearest laboratory where to do PCR tests for covid is in Cosenza (60 km from cetraro): Biocontrol: (+39)0984 35705;

Symposium participants have the opportunity to join a mini-cruise to the Aeolian Islands (Stromboli – Lipari – Vulcano). Pino Strangi has been able to negotiate special prices to visit three stunningly beautiful aeolian islands ( For those wishing to attend the excursion, please consider extending your stay at the Grand Hotel S. Michele by one night and plan to leave on Saturday August 6th 2022. Departure from Hotel (5am) – Return to the Hotel (8pm). Costs:  Euro 100 per person. The mini cruise will depart August 5th at 7am from Vibo Marina. A small town 100 Km south of Cetraro. Reservation requires pre-registration which can be done using the online registration system.

The region of Calabria
Calabria is at the toe of the boot, the extreme South of Italy – lapped by the splendid crystal blue Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas and separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina. The warm climate, the beautiful colors of the sea, rocky coasts that alternate with sandy beaches, a nature that is wild and mysterious, the strong and genuine flavors of local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place that vacationers can enjoy in both winter and summer.

The provinces of Calabria are: Catanzaro (regional capital), Reggio CalabriaCosenzaCrotone and Vibo Valentia

The symposium will take place 5km North of Cetraro, in province of Cosenza. It is one of the most populated provinces in Italy and the eighth for extension. With its 367 miles of coast, the Province of Cosenza occupies 44.1% of the surface of Calabria, essentially the entire central and northern part of the region.

How to reach the hotel
The Grand hotel San Michele is close to the villages of Cetraro and Paola.

The nearest airport to the hotel is the Lamezia Terme airport, 1 hour and half by car, with connections from Athens, Bratislava, Basel, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Rome, Toronto, Zurich and many others. From there a shuttle service can be ordered in advance (see instructions below).
Alternatively, one can land at the airport of Naples Capodichino and reach Cetraro by train (more or less 4 hours) or transit via Rome airports.

Grand Hotel San Michele can then be reached by car or direct trains to Paola. Paola train station is just 25km away from the hotel. From there a shuttle service can be ordered in advance (see instructions below).

For train tickets look at:

Indicative travel times to the hotel:
Self-drive from Lamezia Terme airport: 1 h 15 min (87km). 
Direct train from Lamezia Terme Centrale to Paola: 28mm/33m
Self-drive from Naples airport: 3 h 8 min (261 km)
Direct train from Naples Centrale to Paola:  2h40m/3h30m

From Rome airports, one can either:

  • Rent a car and drive South for 5 hours.
  • Take the train from Rome Fiumicino airport to Stazione Termini (Rome), and then take the train to Paola (3 hours).
  • Take a plane from Rome airport to Lamezia Terme airport (code SUF).

Shuttle service (Collective transfers with driver) operated by Top Class from Lamezia Terme airport or Paola train station and vice versa
From Paola FS or Lamezia APT, a shuttle service operated by a travel agency Top Class can be ordered in advance per email.

The following rates, although on a collective basis, are also guaranteed in the presence of a single participant.

The organizational secretariat for the mobility of the entire event is included;
– management of communications with the individual participant;
– sending detailed confirmation to the individual participant on the day of the request;
– sending travel details to the individual participant the day before each service (assigned driver number, exact pick-up time);
– help number throughout the event;


Lamezia Terme airport / Cetraro or vice versa € 70.00 per person one way;
Couple rate in case of booking made by 2 people together € 100.00 one way;
Children (minors) under 18 years if accompanied by at least 1 adult € 25.00 one way;
Obligatory baby seat for children under 12 € 8.00 one way.

Paola railway station / Cetraro or vice versa € 40.00 per person one way;
Couple rate in case of booking made by 2 people together € 65.00 one way;
Children (minors) under 18 years if accompanied by at least 1 adult € 15.00 one way;
Obligatory baby seat for children under 12 € 8.00 one way.

To book, send an email to:
in the subject specify: METAMATERIALS 3.1 YEAR 2022, Grand Hotel San Michele
required data:
– name surname
– mobile phone active in Italy
– number of passengers (in the case of minors, specify the age)
– date of arrival, arrival time in Lamezia (flight number) or in Paola (train number)
– departure date, flight departure time from Lamezia (flight number) or from Paola (train number).

Please make your reservation knowing that the key dates of the symposium will be as follows:

Arrival and Welcome Reception: Monday 1 August 2022

Symposium: From Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 August 2022

Symposium Dinner: Thursday evening 4 August 2022

Conference excursion to Aeolian Islands: Friday 5 August 2022 (all day, at additional cost)


Tourism in the surrounding area

Those who come to the Conference on way from Naples, apart from Naples itself (UNESCO World Heritage Site) may consider visiting the following places of major cultural interest:

Paestum – an archaeological site of a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Pompeii – an ancient Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Herculaneum – an ancient Roman town destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Certosa di San Lorenzo di Padula – a large Carthusian monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

The full list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the South of Italy is as follows: Alberobello, Amalfi Coast, Castel del Monte, Apulia, Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, Paestum and Velia, Certosa di Padula, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Villa Poppaea, Naples, Royal Palace of Caserta, Aqueduct of Vanvitelli and San Leucio Complex, Pompeii, Sassi di Matera.