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
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.

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 operated by Top Class from Paola train station or Lamezia Terme airport
From Paola train station or Lamezia Terme airport, a shuttle service operated by a travel agency Top Class can be ordered in advance per email.

Indicative 2020 Costs:
– Lamezia Terme Airport – Hotel -> € 45.00/per person one way
– Lamezia Terme Airport – Hotel -> € 65.00/for two persons one way
– Paola Train Station – Hotel -> € 20.00/per person one way
– Paola Train Station – Hotel -> € 35.00/for two persons one way

To make a reservation with Top Class, send an email to: 

Put as subject email: Shuttle request for Cetraro Grand Hotel San Michele Conference Third Generation Metamaterials

Add the following information in the body of the email:

Name, first name:
Mobile phone number:
Total number of passengers to be picked up:
Date of arrival:
Where: Please state Lamezia Terme airport (add company and flight number) or Paola train station (add the train number)
Date of departure:
Where: Please state Lamezia Terme airport (add company and flight number) or Paola train station (add the train number).

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

Arrival and welcome reception: Tuesday 17 August 2021

Conference: From Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 August 2021

Conference Dinner and concert: Friday evening 20 August 2021

Conference excursion to Aeolian Islands: Saturday 21 August 2021 (all day)


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.