History and culture

Genova, which is located between the sea and the mountains on the Ligurian coast, is the meeting point between northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
This central position has transformed the city into a natural place for exchanging different traditions and cultures.
In addition, the city has gained through the centuries a considerable historical and artistic reputation: in the period of the Maritime Republics, Genova was known as "the Superb" and now its pride and elegance is reflected in the beautiful architecture of the palaces and streets accessible through the so-called "Caruggi", the narrow alleys of the old town.
The city was designated "European Capital of Culture" in 2004 and, since July 2006, le Strade Nuove and Palazzi dei Rolli have become part of the list of the "UNESCO World Heritage".
The medieval old town, the largest in Europe, preserves the city's past. Most of the historic buildings date back to the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque period, a tangible evidence of a glorious history.
Its port is still the most important in Italy and one of the largest in the Mediterranean and Europe.
Nowadays well known as a tourist, scientific and university destination, the city remains also an important economic centre of the country.
Living Genova is also discovering its opposite souls: fishing villages near luxury resorts, prestigious villas and picturesque views of the hinterland that still maintain their ancient traditions.

Genova has many enviable characteristics and strong points that makes it unique as a congress destination: unique museums in terms of richness and beauty of the collections, a great tradition of theatre and music, major exhibitions, and major international events, such as the International Boat Show and the Exhibition Euroflora.


In 2016 the Genova Boat Show, the most important show in the Mediterranean, will be held on 20th - 25th September.
This will be a unique opportunity to visit it after our conference!
For information and tickets visit the official website Salone Nautico

Useful Information

Time zone

01:01:43  -  Monday 11th December 2017
Current conditions


Genova has typically Mediterranean climate. It is mild all the year round.
In September the temperatures are comfortable (from minimum of 15°C to maximum of 25°C).
The maritime influences bring significant moisture.


The standard voltage in Genova is 220V - 50Hz. Please note that adaptors may be necessary.

Shops and banks

Shops are open from 09.00 to 19.30
Banks are open from 08.30 to 13.30 and from 14.45 to 16.00

Discover our beautiful city by visiting the following website. You can find all the information for shopping and where to find the local products and so much more:
Visit Genova

Currency and credit cards

The official currency in Italy is the Euro. Major credit cards are widely accepted.
You can buy and sell foreign currencies in bureaux de change, banks and most hotels in Genova.


When registering for the IUMI 2016 Conference, all participants agree that neither the Organising Committee nor the Conference Secretariat shall bear any liability whatsoever, including in the event of cancellation of the conference due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of either party (force majeur).
Participants are strongly advised to take out an insurance policy covering three areas: health and accidents, loss of luggage and cancellation (travel and registration).


Are you looking for good food in Genova?
Please, discover our restaurant and visit Genova Gourmet or Tripadvisor to check restaurants’ map and description!

Emergency number
European Emergency Number 112
Public Emergency Assistance 113
Health Emergency 118
Private Medical Service +39 010 363636
Public Medical Service +39 010 354022
Fire Department 115