Formazione Continua in Italia

September 5 - 13, 2020

Rome and Sorrento, Italy

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Attend the 2020 Formazione Continua in Italia in beautiful Rome and Sorrento during the Pennsylvania Optometric Association's trip from September 5-13, 2020

Join your fellow optometrists and guests to attend the Formazione Continua in Italia in beautiful Italy. Make the most of the trip by combining business with a vacation you'll never forget. The Pennsylvania Optometric Association is pleased to join with AAA as our travel partner of choice. With more than 100 years' experience planning travel to every corner of the globe, we will have a dedicated travel agent who will handle all the logistics while on your trip. From air travel to hotel transfers to tours, AAA will be your one-stop shop for everything Italy.



Take up to 24 hours of continuing education over 6 days. Drs. Gregory Caldwell and Carlo Pelino will be your course instructors. Make the most of your trip with optional excursions. We are working with AAA to develop excursions in both Rome and Sorrento. Optional excursions could include:  

  • Vatican City: Considered one of the holiest sites on earth for more than 1 billion people, Vatican City offers iconic frescos and the epitome of Renaissance art and architecture.
  • The Coliseum: Take a step back in time to the first century and experience the Roman architectural marvel that was once the home to brutal gladiator combat.
  • Trevi Fountain: Throw a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain for good fortune.
  • Food & Wine Tours: Release your inner foodie with a traditional pasta-making course or discover what makes Italian wine sing with a tasting tour.
  • The Amalfi Coast: The vibrant Mediterranean landscape features colorful towns built on cliffs overlooking the beautiful blue waters.
  • Pompeii: Considered the epitome of archeological destinations, the site gives visitors the chance to step back in time to a city preserved under volcanic ash for nearly 2000 years. 


Sign up for the conference by clicking REGISTER NOW above, or by printing out the form here and sending it to the POA office. You may register for CE in one or both locations. Registration includes a welcome reception in one or both cities depending on your registration choice. There is a registration fee for guests.

Contact Angie Hassara at AAA of Central PA at (717) 761-6811, option 2, extension 3123, to discuss travel arrangements and optional tours.

Make your hotel reservations as listed below. Rome reservations can be made online; Sorrento reservations can be made by printing and faxing the completed form to the Hotel.

If you do not have a valid passport, visit for information on obtaining or renewing your passport. 


Friday, September 4
Depart the US and fly to Rome, Italy

Saturday, September 5
Arrive in Rome, Italy
Best Western Plus Universo Rome

Sunday, September 6
Best Western Plus Universo Rome
Continuing Education 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Reception 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Monday, September 7
Best Western Plus Universo Rome (breakfast included in room rate)
Continuing Education 7:00-11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 8
Best Western Plus Universo Rome (breakfast included in room rate)
Continuing Education 7:00-11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 9
Travel from Rome to Sorrento by bus
Hilton Sorrento Palace

Thursday, September 10
Hilton Sorrento Palace
Continuing Education 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Reception 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Friday, September 11
Hilton Sorrento Palace (breakfast included in room rate)
Continuing Education 7:00-11:00 a.m

Saturday, September 12
Hilton Sorrento Palace (breakfast included in room rate)
Continuing Education 7:00-11:00 a.m

Sunday, September 13
Depart Italy and fly to the US   



Best Western Plus Hotel Universo (Rome)

  • Single Room Euro 175,00 per room per night
  • Double room Euro 195,00 per room per night

Reservations can be made by clicking here and using the code OPTOMETRIC2020.

Hilton Sorrento Palace

  • Single Room Rear View Euro 229,00 per room per night
  • Double Room Rear View Euro 279,00 per room per night

Additional options available - print reservation form here.

Both hotel's rates include breakfast each morning.            


What about passports?

Passports are needed for this trip. Passports are valid for 10 years for any person 16+ years, or for 5 years for any person 15 years or younger. Passports should be valid 6 months past the return date of the trip.  

What will the weather be during this trip?

The average temperature in central/southern Italy ranges in the low 8O's during the day and mid 50's during the evening.

How will I pay for incidentals, souvenirs, and more during my trip?

Most major credit cards are accepted in Italy. We recommend calling your credit card provider to alert them that you will be traveling overseas in September 2020. You can also purchase Euros prior to your trip or use a currency exchange kiosk at the airport (check your local airport for availability).

Can I book my own air?

You are welcome to book your own air. The conference officially begins on Sunday, September 6th at 1:00 p.m. local time in Rome. You should fly into the Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport in Rome. Depending on the time of your arrival, a transfer may be available. If you plan to travel to Sorrento, please plan your return flight on Sunday, September 13. Please have your agent contact Angie at AAA to coordinate transfers from Rome to Sorrento and optional tours.

I want to extend my tour. How do I do this?

Your travel agent can assist in planning additional days before or after your tour.   


Dr. Greg Caldwell ~ Pharmaceutical Update 2020

Dr. Carlo Pelino ~ True Ocular Emergencies/Normal Tension Glaucoma


Dr. Greg Caldwell ~ Thyroid and Thyroid Eye Disease/Complications of Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Carlo Pelino ~ The Vitreous Humor - No Laughing Matter


Dr. Carlo Pelino ~ Ocular Trauma

Dr. Greg Caldwell ~ OCT Angiography


Dr. Carlo Pelino ~ Inflammatory Conditions and Communicable Diseases

Dr. Greg Caldwell ~ Anterior and Posterior Case Studies


Dr. Greg Caldwell ~ Amniotic Membrane/Innovations in Eye Care

Dr. Carlo Pelino ~ Longevity Through the Eye of the Beholder/Acquired Optic Neuropathies


Dr. Carlo Pelino ~ Essentials in Systemic Disease

Dr. Greg Caldwell ~ Visual Field Interpretation

Topics subject to change.


Name: Ilene Sauertieg
Phone: (717) 233-6455