The 3rd IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft 2017) will take place on July 3-7, 2017, at the School of Engineering and Architecture, University of Bologna, Viale del Risorgimento 2, 40136 Bologna (Italy).

About Bologna

  How to reach the School of Engineering


From Guglielmo Marconi Airport

The airport is located about 6 km from Bologna city centre. Bologna has direct flights to and from NY(USA), Barcellona(E), Bruxelles(B), Frankfurt(D), Lisbon(P), London(GB), Milan(I), Munich(D), Nice(F), Paris(F), Rome(I), Vienna(A) and others.

When you exit the airport, take the bus “Aerobus – BLQ”. The bus stop is on the right side as you get out from the airport exit door and there is direct scheduled service every 11 minutes. Ticket can be made on-board (one way ticket from/to Airport costs 6 €). The BLQ bus provides a quick connection to the railway station or the city center. To reach the School of Engeneering, get off at the bus stop called “Stazione centrale”, catch the bus number 33 and get off at “Porta Saragozza-Liceo Righi”.

From the railway station

For train schedules and connections to Bologna Centrale (central station), please see Trenitalia or Italo. Approximate train travel times to/from Bologna: Rome: 4 hours; Milan: 2 hours; Venice: 2 hours; Florence: 1 hour. At the railway station, take the bus number 33, just outside the train station, and get off at the bus stop called “Porta Saragozza-Liceo Righi” wich it is near the faculty of Engineering.

By bus from the railway station

When you exit the station, you have the bus stop in front of you, take the bus number 33. The trip takes about 10 minutes. You can buy tickets on board (1,5 €) or you can also purchase them both at “tobacco shops” that display the big “T” shield outside, and at newsagents (1,3 €). With the same ticket you can take every bus in Bologna (except Aerobus-BLQ) for 75 minutes, multi-ride tickets “city-pass” can be obtained at discount prices.

The bus number 33 goes on with the “Viali”: you have to get off at the “Porta Saragozza-Liceo Righi” bus stop. Once you arrive at the bus stop, go on with Via Saragozza. On your left there is Viale Risorgimento, a street with an ascent (on your left there are the Cassarini’ Gardens). The School of Engineering and Architecture is located on the top of the ascent.

By car from highways

Owing to its central position, Bologna is a crossroads for the main Motorways (A1, A13, A14) and main roads. If you are coming by car to Bologna you can take:

From Milan: A1 Highway exit at Bologna Borgo Panigale

From Firenze: A1 Highway exit at Bologna Casalecchio

From Padova: A13 Highway exit at Bologna Arcoveggio

From Ancora: A14 Highway exit at at Bologna S. Lazzaro

For further motorway information, visit the website Autostrade per l’Italia.

Take the “Tangenziale” and exit at “Fiera District” (number 7). Follow Via Stalingrado in the direction “centro” until you reach the “Viali”, a three lane road for each direction. “Viali” sorround the city center which is closed to traffic until 8.00 p.m, only citizens residing in the historical center and with a special permission have free access to it and can access the center.

Once you arrive to “Viali”, go on to Porta Saragozza (south-east). Once you are in Porta Saragozza, turn right to Via Saragozza and after about 50 meters, turn left to Via Albergati. At the end of Via Albergati, turn left (it is a one way street): you will arrive at the main entrance of the School of Engineering and Architecture.

Note: It is advised to leave your car in one of the interexchange parking, because only citizens residing in the historical center and with a special permission have free access to it and can access the center.

More information on parkings can be found HERE.

From the city center

From the city center you can go by walk or by bus (bus number 20). In either case, allow about 15 minutes.


The NetSoft 2017 will be headquartered at the School of Engineering and Architecture in Viale del Risorgimento 2, Bologna, Italy. We have negotiated hotel discounts and secured a limited number of reduced-rate hotel rooms.

The map below shows Conference-specific location information (University and Conference Banquet locations, transportation, discounted hotel, Bologna city center area):

Bologna Map




  • Through Bologna Welcome website

Several hotel options are available in Bologna offering special conference rates for NetSoft 2017 attendees. Your can make your reservation through Bologna Welcome HERE.

This link gives you access to the list of hotels provided with information and the ability to reserve a room at the discounted conference rate. Each attendee can make the hotel reservation using the code “NETSOFT2017” at the moment of the reservation.

In order to take advantage of the special conference rates please access the Bologna Welcome provided link, click on the Hotel that you want to reserve and enter the desired dates and number of then press the “Check availability” button. You can enter the promo code NETSOFT2017 by the payment under the field “promo code”.

PLEASE NOTE: Book early for best selection and price.


  • Reduced-rate at Hotel Porta San Mamolo

We has partnered with the San Mamolo Hotel to offer our guests a limited number of reduced-rate hotel rooms for their stay. The San Mamolo Hotel is conveniently located near the School of Engineering and Architecture where the Conference will be hosted.


Price per person per night: 85,00 EUR (breakfast, taxes and servises included)

How to make a reservation:

  • Write an email to
  • Include in your email your complete contact information, date and time of arrival and departure, number of days of your stay, type of room and any special needs
  • Include also the NetSoft promo code (NetSoft2017 nr 34918)
  • Hotel reservations will not be confirmed without guarantee by credit card

CANCELLATION POLICY: You may cancel your reservation without  penalty up to 3 days before arrival, in case of no-show the whole amount of the stay will be charged.

PLEASE NOTE: Rate are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.

WiFi Access

  • EduRoamThe users of an institution belonging to EduRoam, including the University of Bologna, visiting another member institution, will be able to use the local wireless network using their own credentials (username and password), without any other formalities at the host institution.
  • ALMAWIFIAttendees who cannot have access to EduRoam service, may be registered to use the WiFI wireless connection to the University network.To request for an account, a participant should ask to be registered at front desk of the Conference by giving name, last name, e-mail address, ID number, signature.In order to configure the network follow the instructions on: