principles of fluorescence techniques

june 30-july 3, 2008 | genova, italy

The Principles of Fluorescence Techniques course will be held at:
Laboratory for Advanced Microscopy, Bioimaging and Spectroscopy
University of Genova
Department of Physics
via Dodecaneso, 33
16146 Genova
Phone: +0039 010 3536-426
Fax: +0039 010 314218

Genova can be easily reached from major European cities. The Department of Physics (DIFI) is on Via Dodecaneso 33 around Valletta Puggia in the eastern part of Genova.

By Plane

The Genova international airport, Cristoforo Colombo, is located 6 km from downtown Genova. It maintains direct air connections to Barcelona, Frankfurt, Geneva, London (LGW), Milan, Munich, Paris, and Zurich regularly. There are shuttle buses to Stazione Brignole, a train station, every half hour. Buy a bus ticket on the bus for € 2.5, or buy a day ticket for € 3 (recommended), which will allow you to take any bus, including the shuttle, for the whole day. Now follow the "By Train" instructions, or take a taxi (approximately € 20).

By Train

Rapid train connections to the European train network occurring daily:
to/from Milan for Switzerland/Austria/Germany;
to/from Turin for North France/Paris;
to/from Menton/Marseille;
to/from Rome/Neaples and Pisa/Florence.

Rapid connections are guaranteed by the TEE, EC and IC trains with convenient times in all directions. The trains follow the routes of major European highways. The Ventimiglia-La Spezia line gathers travelers in western Italy going to Turin via Savona-Genoa, Milan via Genova, and Parma via La Spezia, and joins the Tirrenica line for Rome, Naples and the South. (Time table of Italian railways.)

If possible, go to Stazione Brignole. All trains stop there, except those coming from Milano and moving on to Ventimiglia at the French border. Otherwise, go to Stazione Principe, and take a local train to Stazione Brignole (frequent arrivals and departures). Now follow the "By Bus" instructions under the subheading "From the West and the Train Stations."

Stazione Brignole

By Bus

Bus tickets can be bought at newspaper kiosks or tobacco shops for € 1, or during the night you may buy them from the bus driver for € 1.50.

From the West and the Train Station: Take bus 18 from Stazione Brignole. The bus stop is in front of you when you leave the train station. Cross Piazza Acquaverde and take bus 18 located in the east (left) direction. Get off the bus at the second stop at Via S. Martino, which goes to the Pronto Soccorso di San Martino. Take salita Papigliano and then an uphill pedestrian road. When you reach Padre Semeria, turn right, and a few meters away you will see an entrance on the left leading to the university campus. If you miss the stop at Via S. Martino, you can get off at the final stop at Ospedale S. Martino. Move towards Corso Europa, cross it, and look for a staircase to your right. Take it, and cross Via S. Martino, reach the right bus stop and take salita Papigliano and follow the previous directions.

From the East: Take bus 17 (leaving from Nervi), 17/ or 17// and get out in Corso Europa at the stop after the bar Europeo. Cross Corso Europa, look for the staircase on your right, cross Via di S. Martino, and take Via Papigliano. Then take the staircase leading uphill to Via Padre Semeria. Turn left, and in a few meters you will see the entrance to the campus on the other side of the hill.

Stazione Brignole

The red dotted line represents the walking path to the bus stop from the train station.
The solid blue line represents the bus path.

By Ferryboat

The Genova port is a major Mediterranean and transatlantic maritime headquarters for passengers and merchandise. Ships arrive from ports in Europe, the Far East, the Americas, Africa and other continents. Frequent connections are guaranteed on national and Mediterranean routes and for car ferries (Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica). Regular lines travel to the ports of La Spezia, Savona and Imperia. Smaller tourist ports allow recreational watercraft of every size to be docked with optimum installation and service.

By Car

Genova is connected to the main European highway network:
A7 for Milan/Switzerland/Venice/Austria/Germany;
A10 for Ventimiglia/Menton/Marseille;
A12 for Livorno/Rome/Naples.

From the West or the North: Get off the highway at Genova Ovest, and take Strada Sopraelevata. Follow it until the end, and then follow the coastline along Corso Italia for 4 km. When you reach the the Stabilimento Nuovo Lido (just before the village of Boccadasse) turn left, move up Via Tommaso Campanella, turn left, cross Piazza Henry Dunant (50 m), turn right, move up via Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi, cross via Paolo Boselli, and enter Via Pisa on the left. The second road to the right is Via Flora which leads to Via Dodecaneso.

Take a car from the west

From the East:Get off the highway in Genova Nervi and follow Corso Europa west until it changes its name to Corso Gastaldi (i.e. when you reach San Martino hospital). Before entering Corso Gastaldi, turn left at Via Montallegro, and follow it until the end to Piazza Leonardo da Vinci. Turn left, and move on for 700 m until the first traffic light. Turn left again, and enter Via Pisa. The second road to the right is Via Flora, which leads to Via Dodecaneso.

Take a car from the east


The official currency in Italy is the Euro (€). Foreign currencies can be converted to Euros at banks, which are usually open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 13:30. Most hotels also exchange foreign money and travellers’ cheques.


The weather in Genova is usually mild. The temperature in June is around 64° - 75°F or 18 - 24°C.


Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220V - 50Hz AC.

Main European towns

(Distance by highway or train) Milan, Turin (150 km), Nice (190 km), Florence (300 km), Geneva (400 km), Venice (400 km), Rome (490 km), Munich (700 km), Naples (700 km), Barcelone (900 km).

Emergency Calls

(Dialed Free of Charge)
Police emergency: 112 or 113
Medical emergency: 118

Shopping in Genova

Most shops in Genova are open between 9:00 and 19:30.

Several hotels are located in downtown Genova. For hotel reservations through Asap S.r.l., please contact Enrico Zoni.
Via Luccoli 29/9
16123 Genova
Tel: (+39) 010/255-800 or 010/246-2777
Fax: (+39) 010/247-9743