Practical Information

The Conference will begin on 1. September in Milan Expo 2015 - Auditorium "Il Centro della Terra" of the Biodiversity Park and will continue in Lomellina (Pavia) until 4. September, 2015, at the "Tenuta San Giovanni" in Olevano di Lomellina (PV) where, in the afternoon, there will be organised guided visits of the surrounding agricultural farms.
There is the possibility to stay also on 5. and 6. September 2015 for provincial, regional and national territorial tours.

On the evening of 1. September 2015, after the welcome buffet, there will be a shuttle-bus service which will bring participants to their accommodation.
To book accommodation, please write to:

How to reach the Biodiversity Park "Auditorium: Il Centro della Terra" EXPO 2015

Expo Milan 2015 is located in the north-west of Milan, in an area well connected thanks to the direct connection with the three airports of the city and the main public transport systems. The site is easily accessible at the local, regional and international levels.
Click here for more information

The Biodiversity Park is a partnership between BolognaFiere and Expo 2015 SpA with the collaboration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry; the Ministry of the Environment and FederBio. Click here for more information

How to reach “Tenuta San Giovanni” in Olevano di Lomellina (PV)

Via Umberto I, 11 - Olevano di Lomellina (PV)
Mobile +39 335 5729936 - Email:

By train
from Milano P.ta Genova - Mortara - Olevano in around 50 minutes (Milano - Alessandria line).

60km from Milan:
Motorway A7 MI-GE exit Groppello Cairoli direction Garlasco > Mortara, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit towards Casale, Vercelli;
at the second roundabout go straight on for 500m, just before the overpass turn left towards OLEVANO
(once in Olevano, after the arch, take the first street on the right, followed by the first street on the left - Via Uberto de Olevano 1, by the brass bell).

40km from Pavia:
Pavia > Groppello Cairoli > Garlasco > Mortara, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit towards Casale, Vercelli;
at the second roundabout go straight on for 500m, just before the overpass turn left towards OLEVANO
(once in Olevano, after the arch, take the first street on the right, followed by the first street on the left – Via Uberto de Olevano 1, by the brass bell).


“Lomellina, Where you can see with your own eyes the link with traditions”
Welcome to the Second International Conference on organic rice production systems, Pavia, 1.- 4. September 2015


The location of the conference is "Tenuta San Giovanni" in Olevano di Lomellina (PV), in the heart of the Lomellina countryside, characterized by the rice landscape. The location also contains welcoming rooms where you can stay during the conference. The location is marked by lush landscapes and the famous Lomellina rice fields surrounding the farm as far as the eye can see.
You can also stay in different fine rural locations. There will be an opportunity see and immerse oneself in the typical landscape of Lomellina, ancient and mysterious, literally carved from five centuries of rice cultivation. During the tour trips of the conference, there will be the option of dining at the local farms, an experience that will give you the opportunity to taste the local cuisine, a crescendo of tastes, triumphantly punctuated by typical produce made with quality and dedication.

The transport for the field visits are guaranteed by shuttle buses and are included in the registration fee

It is sufficient to send an email to during the registration process, in order to receive all offers and information regarding the costs and services included.
Below are some descriptions of the locations that have been selected for the occasion.


ARRANGEMENT: 5 rooms, of which 2 are doubles, 2 are twins, 1 is a single and 2 themed apartments.
DESCRIPTION: The buildings, dating back to the seventeenth century and the nineteenth century, have been kept unchanged from the original structure and characteristics of simplicity and rurality typical of Lombardy farms, adding a touch of elegance. All this is thanks to the careful coordination of Cristiana Sartori, who has been managing the family activity with wisdom and love for years. Over two thousand square meters of roofs "Piedmont Style", thick beams of larch and impressive architecture characterize this estate, which contains a large laboratory for the transformation of the organic product, used for the occasion of themed events and cooking classes. The location also offers a "Risotteria" open during weekends.


ARRANGEMENT: 3 twins, 1 suite and a 1 bedroom apartment.
DESCRIPTION: The typical atmosphere and materials of the rural environment blend the comforts of modern life. The apartments of this location are derived from the premises that since the 1700s hosted the laborers of the farm La Cassinetta, which included the Castle of Cozzo, adjacent to the rooms of the farm. The rooms are very spacious and equipped with every comfort, ideal for a holiday or to rest after a business meeting.
Adjacent, in the dungeons of the Castle, there is a charming restaurant at discounted prices for the guests and you can also pay a visit to the historic manor.


ARRANGEMENT: 5 twins and triples.
DESCRIPTION: Immersed in the variegated colors of the Lomellina rice fields, this old estate from a typical Lombard Court family-run hotel offers a restaurant service with country cuisine, in a friendly and informal environment.
The kitchen offers fresh and genuine food, preferring the typical land products, such as frogs in season, various game, snails, goose salami, homemade sausages, homemade pasta and of course the Carnaroli rice used for risotto varying with the different periods of the year.


ARRANGEMENT: 21 rooms – bridal chamber, 1 suite and a 1- bedroom apartment.
DESCRIPTION:A picturesque location, completely surrounded by the countryside of the village of Semiana. It is an ideal place for guests who want to spend their free time with fun and relaxation. The farm is an authentic example of the typical architecture of Lombardy farmhouses. Restored with love and passion, the Cascina is now a perfect harmony of warm colors, exposed beams, columns and wide spaces of the court. Eating at the restaurant of the farm is like taking a dip in the authentic flavors of Lomellina: the chefs select genuine seasonal products, making traditional menus linked to the territory. A large horse riding school is also offered to guests.


Those who wish may decide to extend their stay in Lomellina even after the end of the conference: different offers are available for the weekend - with a possible second visit to the EXPO - to get even more deeply in touch with the environment and culture of the local rice. The various programs of the visit, which will be published on the site from the middle of May, will be set to different themes: landscape, history, culture, traditions and typical gastronomy. If interested, it is sufficient just to send an e-mail at the time of registration, or afterwards, showing interest to the e-mail address: . You will then receive all the options, with an indication of the costs and services include. For groups of at least 10 people there is the possibility to request a customized program.

24 Aug

Deadline for the definitive work proposal

31 Aug

End of registration

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