Venice is a city in northeast Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is connected to the mainland by the "Ponte della Libertà", a one kilometre-long bridge spanning the water, which ends at "Piazzale Roma", a large circular square with bus and coach stations and car parks. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon.
San Servolo is the only Conference Centre in Venice to offer accommodation. San Servolo is an island located just in front of San Marco Square. It was once a monastery, then a psychiatric hospital, and with its numerous conference rooms and the adjacent accommodation buildings providing over 200 beds, it may be considered a centre of excellence for conferences, training seminars and cultural events.
San Servolo offers accommodation throughout the year for those visiting the city for conferences, training courses, and those wishing to expand their knowledge of the area, its history and art, nature and geography. The island’s accommodation can host over 300 persons and is available also to docents, scholars, professors and researchers visiting the city, writers and artists. The accommodation itself is situated in the island’s beautiful green parkland and all bedrooms have air conditioning, television, telephone and internet access. A continental breakfast is provided and a twenty-four hour reception service is guaranteed.
European Citizens whose country is under the authority of the Schengen Treaty may enter Italy with a valid identity card or passport. Citizens from all other countries must show their passport on the border; where a visa is required, this must also be presented to the border authorities and must indicate the length of the holder’s stay and his/her destination.
Visa applications – specifying the reason for the trip – must be addressed to the Italian Consulate in the applicant’s country of residence, and are generally issued 45/60 days after the application has been made. As visa regulations are continuously changing, we strongly recommend you to consult the official website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for updated and detailed information for foreigners regarding entrance visas for Italy and permits of stay. Information is offered in English and other languages.
The currency used in Italy is euro – €. Purchases can be paid by credit cards as well as in cash. Major cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, Cirrus, Amex and Eurocheques are widely accepted; you might be asked for an Identity Card to prove you are possessor of it. Travel cheques (in USD or Euros) can also be cashed in Italian banks.
In order to travel around Venice and reach the Symposium venue in the cheapest way possible, we strongly recommend to purchase the Tourist Travel Card that will suit your needs.
Please note a ticket for a single ride (60 minutes) by vaporetto is now sold at € 7.00; travel cards allow therefore to save on transport fares.
Please find all necessary information about it and more at the following this link and below.
Tourist Travel Card
The Travel Cards are the most economical solution for people who want to get around Venice and its surroundings on Actv's land and water services. They allow unlimited travel and can be used on all the services - both waterborne (except those of routes Alilaguna, and Actv routes no. 16, 19, 21 and Casinò) and on land - that provide urban services within the municipality (“Comune”) of Venice (land services on the Lido and in Mestre except land-bus routes for journeys having Venice Marco Polo Airport as departure or arrival point).
Validity can be 12, 24, 36 48, 72 hours or 7 days from stamping, depending on the chosen tariff solution. Included in the price is the transport of one luggage item of up to 150 cm as the sum of its three dimensions.
Can be purchased from the Hellovenezia ticket desks, the self-service ticket machines of: Piazzale Roma S.Chiara, Ferrovia Scalzi, Ferrovia S.Lucia, S.Marcuola, Ca' d'Oro, Rialto, S.Tomà, Zattere, S.Marco Vallaresso and Giardinetti, S.Zaccaria Danieli and Pietà, Arsenale, Lido S.M. Elisabetta, Burano, Punta Sabbioni, Marco Polo airport, municipal Carpark in Piazzale Roma, Ospedale dell'Angelo, and the authorized resellers.).
For an extra charge of € 4,00 for one-way journeys only, or of € 8,00 for return journeys, all tourist travel cards (12, 24, 36, 48, 72 hours and 7 days) may be used on the land-bus routes for journeys having Venice Marco Polo Airport as departure or arrival point, otherwise be excluded.