Venue & accommodations

Conference – July 28 - 30

Politecnico di Milano

Politecnico di Milano ‐ Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

The Politecnico di Milano (English: Polytechnic University of Milan) is the largest technical university in Italy, with about 42,000 students. It offers undergraduate, graduate and higher education courses in engineering, architecture and design. Founded in 1863, it is the oldest university in Milan. The venue, very fancy and antique, is part of the oldest complex of the university, inaugurated in 1927, which is located in Piazza Leonardo da Vinci.


State of the Map is all about the coming together of the OpenStreetMap community but this doesn’t have to be limited to the conference venue. Working with Gray Dawes Group as our official accommodation partner, we have managed to get rooms set aside at two major hotels just for State of the Map attendees. Please use the below link to reserve your room.

For any queries relating to accommodation, please contact Gwen Manac'h on +442079027760 or

Getting to Milan


Milan is the main node of the Italian high-speed train network, with connections to Turin, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Napoli and many other italian cities. It is possible to buy tickets online with strong discounts up to -75 % if reserved with few weeks in advance; cheaper tickets do not provide full-refunds or changes usually.

  • Milano Centrale - The main station in Milan, with train from/to:
    • Malpensa Airport, using Malpensa Express by Trenord.
    • France, using Thello trains.
    • Switzerland, thanks to a collaboration between SBB and Trenitalia.
    • Austria and Germany, using ÖBB trains.
    • Many Italian cities through high-speed trains Freccia Rossa and Italo.
    The station is connected to M2 (green) and M3 (yellow) metro lines.
  • Milano Porta Garibaldi - Served by regional and national trains with services to Malpensa airport with Malpensa Express trains. Connections with M2 (green) and M5 (violet/lilac) metro lines. Note: there are two Porta Garibaldi stations: the underground one is just for local trains.
  • Milano Cadorna - Malpensa Express stops here too as do the M1 (red) and M2 (green) metro trains.

Air travel

  • Milano Malpensa Airport - The main international airport some 40km northwest of the city centre.
  • Linate Airport - A single runway airport close to the city centre with domestic and intra-European flights.
  • Orio al Serio Airport (Milan Bergamo Airport) - Served by budget airlines with a 45km bus connection to Milan.


There are buses from/to Milan provided by Flixbus and Ouibus.

Milan is connected to motorways A1/A7/A8/A35.

Car pooling service BlaBlaCar is quite popular in Italy and nearby countries.

Note for car drivers: the access to the city center of Milan is restricted; the congestion charge zone is called Area C.

How to reach the venue

The easiest way to to reach Piazza Leonardo da Vinci is to take the M2 (green) subway line to Piola.

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