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What is the Tor Meeting?

A meeting of the core Tor team, developers, volunteers and invited guests in Rome, to discuss plans, milestones, deadlines, and other important matters.

Participant Guidelines: 2017Montreal/ParticipantGuidelines

Week at a glance

  • March 11: meeting invitees arrive; sometimes group dinner in the evening.
  • March 12: Tor open board meeting; structured agenda with specific tracks.
  • March 13: structured agenda with specific tracks.
  • March 14: self-organizing open space: working and hacking sessions.
  • March 15: self-organizing open space: working and hacking sessions; later everyone heads home.


The event venue will be located in The Rome Life Hotel.


We will have three separate hotels for this meeting. They're all located on the same block. They are The Rome Life, The Rome Times, and The Rome Glam Hotels.


To get to the city from the Fiumicino airport (FCO) you have 4 options:

  • Train (recommended option)

From the FCO airport, take the train (Leonardo Express) to Rome Termini. It costs 14 EUR, it's direct, takes 32 minutes and runs fairly regularly. You can buy tickets from the automatic machines (with an annoying voice shouting at you) at the train station in the FCO airport.

The hotel is a 13 minute walk (1.1km) from Rome Termini station.

  • Taxi

A taxi ride from the FCO Airport to inside the Aurelian Walls (which is where the hotel is) has a fixed price (tariffa fissa) of 48 EUR. Be sure to tell the taxi driver of this option before you get in the taxi. The taxi ride may take 1 hour, but that depends on the traffic.

As you exit the airport, many people will offer you a taxi ride, but they will try to rip you off. Ignore them or kindly decline and go to the taxi stand outside.

While in theory most taxis should accept credit cards, their credit card machines always seem to have some form of malfunction. So be sure to either have enough cash on hand or ask them before starting the ride if they accept credit cards.

  • Bus

The bus is cheaper than the train, but takes longer. Here you can find a list of bus companies that offer Fiumicino transfers:

  • Uber

The situation with Uber in Italy is a bit complex (tl;dr Uber as you know it does not exist in Italy). If you book an Uber, a fancy car will pick you up and the price will be either equal or greater than a taxi.


Due to the change in seasons, March can be an unpredictable time of the year weather-wise, with both chilly and fairly warm days. To avoid getting caught short by any sudden temperature changes, bring a mix of warm and cool clothing.

It doesn't usually rain much in Rome during March, so you should probably expect to get a lot of sunlight under blue skies.

Weather Forecast

Update this closer to the date!


If you want to tell people that you're going or not going, please add yourself to this table:

(Remember, Day 0 through Day 2 are invitation only.)

Person Attending Arriving Departing Mark this column if you want a room in the hotel block Preferred name for name tag


Here's where information about the group dinner goes. If you plan on attending the "meet and greet" dinner, please add yourself to this table:

Person Attending

Coordination mailing list

Subscribe to the tor-meeting mailing list to keep informed about plans.

Outcomes and Session ideas

Put your ideas for outcomes and sessions here:

(Wiki page format is YearCity/AgendaIdeas)

Open Days



(YearCity/Notes|Session Notes

Nearby (temporally and physically) conferences

Right before the Tor Meeting, there's the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) in Valencia, Spain, between 5th-9th March 2018. Learn all about the IFF here:

Local Medical Resources

The hospital emergency number is: 118.

Pharmacy / Chemist

There's a pharmacy (Farmacia Quirinale di Maria Cristina Nisi) on Via Milano 54, which is less than 100m from the hotel. It's open daily from 8:30am to 7:30pm, and between 8:30am to 1pm on Saturdays. It's closed on Sundays.

Every pharmacy has a sign next to their door with a list of all nearby pharmacies and their opening hours for that week. If you are looking for an open pharmacy you can also try searching on the web for "Farmacie aperte".


If you have health issues, it's probably best to go to the emergency room (pronto soccorso) and ask to see a doctor. In Italy you can visit a hospital without insurance, and without having to ask for a mortgage to pay the bill.

Interesting local stuff

Groceries / Supermarket

There's a supermarket (Conad City) on Via del Boschetto 54, which is a 2 minute walk (190m) from the hotel. It's open daily between 8am to 9pm, and between 8am to 1pm on Sundays.

Porta Portese is Rome's biggest flea market, selling everything from vegetables, antiques to clothes ( It's only open on Sundays from 6am to 2pm. If you go, prepare to bargain.


"If you don't care about how we cook stick to your Burgers and Leave our dishes alone." - Some Italian mad at food

In Italy we love food and are very passionate about it. We therefore make some of the best food in the world.

Restaurant Name Address Type of restaurant Notes
Dar Bruttone Via Taranto 118 (San Giovanni) Traditional Roman cuisine with a twist Their "Carbonara Tartufata" is the best pasta in the world!
Vecchia Roma Via Ferruccio, 12 (Piazza Vittorio) Traditional Roman trattoria, with pizza It's a pretty small place.
Da Bucatino Via Luca della Robbia, 84 Trattoria Must get bucatini all'amatriciana! Don't worry, they give you a bib to not get your shirt dirty.
Dar Poeta Vicolo del Bologna, 45 Pizzeria You will most likely have to wait a bit to get a table and you can't reserve, but it's worth it.
Emma Via del Monte della Farina, 28 Fancy Pizza place Great pizza & pasta!
Al Grottino Via Orvieto 6 Pizzeria Amazing pizza!
Urbana 47 Via Urbana, 47 Hipster Italian cuisine
La Carbonara Via Panisperna, 214 Osteria 4 minute walk (350m) from the hotel, offers classic Roman dishes.

Gelato (i.e. ice cream)

In Italy we love ice cream, have a history of making it, and have perfected its art!

You will therefore find gelaterias everywhere, and most will probably be great.

Below are some recommendations.

Gelateria Address Notes
Giolitti Via Uffici del Vicario, 40 Established in 1900 & still a family run business to this day.
La Romana Via Venti Settembre, 60 Established in 1947 as a family run gelateria.
Gelateria del Teatro Via dei Coronari, 65 Short walk from Piazza Navona, known for its high-quality ingredients.
Gelateria Grom Piazza dei Cinquecento Close to the hotel & includes ingredients for those with lactose intolerance.
Venchi Via degli Orfani, 87 Right next to the Pantheon, been around since 1878, still offers amazing gelato!


In Italy we love coffee, and so you will have a hard time finding bad coffee.

If you walk into any bar and ask for a coffee, you will get an espresso coffee (as it should be).

These are the possible variations of an espresso:

  • Lungo (long)
  • Ristretto (short)
  • Al vetro (in a glass cup)
  • In tazza grande (in a big cup)
  • Americano (with added water)
  • Macchiato a caldo (with a dash of hot milk)
  • Macchiato a freddo (with a dash of cold milk)

You can also get a cappuccino in every cafè and it's also very good.

Don't ask for a "Latte", you will get a glass of milk.

While it's true that most bars (even the shady one next to the train station) offer excellent coffee experiences, there are some that do stand out:

  • Sant'Eustachio Il Caffè - Piazza di San Eustachio, 82 - They roast their own beans and I would recommend buying some coffee here to bring back home.

Craft Beer

Sightseeing in Rome

Rome is an ancient city full of attractions worth visiting. Some of these are included in the table below.

Attraction Cost Open Hours Link Notes
Trevi Fountain Free Always It's less crowded late at night (but still quite crowded)
Pantheon Free 9am - 6pm,_Rome Usually no queue :)
Colosseum 12 euros 8:30am - 5pm Buy your ticket online (in advance) to skip the (huge) queue!
Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Included in the Colosseum ticket 8:30am - 5pm Located right next to the Colosseum
Piazza Venezia Free Always Walking distance from the Colosseum
Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel 17 euros 9am - 6pm (last entry at 4pm) Buy your ticket online (in advance) to skip the (huge) queue!
St. Peter's Basilica Free 7am - 6pm Located right next to the Vatican
Piazza di Spagna Free Always Includes the famous Spanish Steps & Fontana della Barcaccia
Piazza del Popolo Free Always Includes an Egyptian obelisk & various famous fountains
Piazza Navona Free Always Famous fountains and Egyptian obelisks
Campo de' Fiori Free Always Giordano Bruno was burnt alive on this square (located close to Piazza Navona)
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano Free 7am - 6:30pm The oldest & most highest-ranking church in Rome
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Free 7am - 6:45pm It's beautiful.
Capitoline Museums 11,50 euros 9:30am - 7:30pm Probably best to purchase your ticket online (to skip the queue)
Catacomb of Priscilla 8 euros 9am - 12pm, 2pm - 5pm Called "the Queen of the Catacombs".
Gianicolo Hill Free Always Panoramic view of Rome
Circus Maximus Free Always The first and largest stadium in ancient Rome.
Borghese Gallery 22 euros Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30am - 7:30pm Also worth walking around the Villa Borghese park.
National Museum of Castel St. Angelo 15 euros 9am - 7:30pm Beatrice Cenci was beheaded at Castel St. Angelo & legend has it that her ghost walks on the bridge every year on 11th September.

"Day trips" from Rome

There's a lot to see in Rome, but if you plan on staying in Italy for extra days (before and/or after the Tor Meeting), here are some other great places you can easily visit by hopping onto a train from Rome Termini station.

City Distance Notes
Naples 1 hour & 15 minutes