ENCATC Congress 2024

Culture that matters: Interdisciplinary Approaches for Sustainable Futures 18-20 September 2024, Lecce, Italy
Location and venues

The ENCATC Congress will be held in Lecce, Italy. The venue for the whole programme (18-20 September) will be: Scuola Superiore ISUFI, Campus Ecotekne, Via Lecce-Monteroni, 73047 Monteroni di Lecce LE, Italy. Click here for Google Maps location.

Various Study Visits will take place on Day 3 in different locations around the city. Once confirmed they will be published here.


To enter Italy, you need to be in possession of an official travel document. Your travel documents (passport, ID card if coming from an EU Member State, or other) need to be valid for the whole stay in Italy.

Before travelling consult the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Italy website to check if you need a visa to enter.

List of embassies and diplomatic representations

In case of emergency or for travel recommendations, please check the list of Italy's embassies and other missions abroad on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy website.

Sustainable ways to travel

At ENCATC we encourage travels that minimize carbon footprint. This commitment is part of our green policy and our Shift eco-label certification. There is no genius solution for a sustainable and slow travel but please consider alternatives whenever possible.

In case you travel to Italy by car you might want to connect with other ENCATC members attending the 2024 Congress from your vicinity for a potential carpool. In case of flying, consider a direct connection (if available), which has a lower carbon emission than a flight with a change-over. Walking, cycling, or public transportation should be used for travel within Lecce.

Getting to Lecce

Air travel

Lecce does not have an airport. The closest international airports available are Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla or Brindisi Papola Casale Airport (also known as Salento Airport). From either city, you can reach Lecce by train, bus, car, or taxi. Brindisi's airport is approximately a 40-minute drive from Lecce, while Bari's airport is about 2 hours away. Both Bari and Brindisi have train stations with direct connections to Lecce.

Train travel

If you’re traveling by train, you can reach Lecce via Italy’s national rail service, Trenitalia, or the private company, Italo

By bus
Lecce is connected with 63 Italian cities by bus. We suggest checking different options in Omio or the company Flixbus.

By car
Driving distances to Lecce are as follows: about 2 hours from Bari, 40 minutes from Brindisi, 3.5 hours from Naples, and 6-6.5 hours from Rome.


Following our environmental commitment, ENCATC has curated a list of hotels in Lecce following a Green Policy and affiliated to University of Salento. When booking, mention your stay is in the frame of the University of Salento-ENCATC Congress to receive a preferential rate.


Casa de Anita | Google Maps location.

Le Nicchie Luxury Rooms | Google Maps location.


Eos Hotel | Google Maps location.


Hilton Garden Inn | Google Maps location.

Hotel delle Palme | Google Maps location.

Mercure Hotel President Lecce | Google Maps location.


Patria Palace Hotel | Google Maps location.

Risorgimento Resort | Google Maps location.

This list of suggestions only constitutes a portion of Lecce's accommodation services. To explore other options, you can refer to Booking. Every hotel location is good considering that the Congress venue is well served by local public transportation.

Getting to the Congress venue

The Scuola Superiore ISUFI, Campus Ecotekne, is well served by public transportation. There is a dedicated urban bus to reach the University campus, the S13 line, going from "City Terminal" to "Ecotekne - Fiorini" stop. Click here to see the map. Google Maps is updated with the local transportation lines and will suggest you the best way to arrive.

In case you want to take a taxi, we encourage you to share the trips with other Congress participants. Please note taxis need to be called in advance.