Following on the two previous in-presence editions (2016 and 2018), we are aiming at celebrating the 10 years of UComms in the spectacular Villa Marigola - a tucked away treasure among the emerald woods, on a panoramic promontory between San Terenzo and Lerici.

The origin of the villa dates to the eighteenth century when it was used as the holiday home of the Marquis Ollandini. At the time the house had a large terrace and charming grounds filled with citrus trees as well as olive groves and vineyards streching all around. Today's building and garden grounds are dating back to 1926, when the garden was renovated following the techniques and charm of the Italian-style gardens and is the only one of its kind in the province.

The charming town of Lerici is a wonderful seaside resort on the Italian Riviera.  The weather in late August is normally excellent; sunny and not too hot (average midday temperature ~25 deg. C/77 deg. F).

The tourist website at has many links that provide a wealth of information regarding how to get there by plane, car, bus or train and what to do and see in the area. Lerici is situated on the eastern end of the Gulf of Poets (Golfo dei Poeti) - 8 kilometres (5 mi) southeast of La Spezia. It is known as the place where the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned. The town is connected by ferry to the Cinque Terre and adjacent Portovenere.

The closest major airports to Lerici are the G.Galilei (PSA) in Pisa (40 min/55 km), the C.Colombo (GOA) in Genova (1 hr/105 km), the Peretola (FLR), in Florence (1.5 hr/130 km), the G. Marconi (BLQ) in Bologna (2 hr/200 km), the Oro al Serio (BGY) in Bergamo (2 hr/200 km), the Linate (LIN) in Milan (2 hr/200 km) and the Malpensa (MXP) also in Milan (3 hr/250 km).

For more information, see:

How to get to Lerici:

Train lines and timetable:

Bus lines and timetable La Spezia:

Boat lines and timetable:

The Airport of Pisa:

The Airport of Genova:

The Airport of Florence:

The Airport of Bologna:

The Airport of Bergamo:

The Airport of Linate (Milan):

The Airport of Malpensa (Milan):

We are thrilled to be able to invite you to sample the delights of this Italian Riviera gem.

Sponsored by:

NATO's Allied Command and Transformation - ACT

Department of the Navy - Science & Technology - ONR

Department of the Navy - Science & Technology - Global



Gold patron:

Atlas Elektronik

Silver patron: