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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.

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Conference Centre

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.

Rooms for meetings, banquets, gala dinners, exhibition spaces and terraces are situated in the context of beautiful and expansive parkland with a view to Saint Mark’s Square, just an eight minute vaporetto trip away.

The Museum of Madness, a cloister and a stunning church from the XVIII century, complete San Servolo’s cultural offerings and place the island amongst the most important conference and training centres in Venice.

San Severolo

San Severolo

San Severolo


How to get here

  • From Marco Polo airport (Venice) to the city
    By BUS: Tickets available at the ACTV and ATVO in the arrivals lounge (8am to 12am) or directly on board. Departures every 30 minutes, Fares (luggage included): C.S. (single) € 5.00, A/R (return) € 9.00. Get off at "Piazzale Roma", the main bus station of the city and the last stop. Further information: Venice Airport.
    By BOAT: Boat-stop outside the airport. Catch either the Alilaguna red line or the blue line. Further information:
  • From Antonio Canova airport (Treviso) to the city:
    Canova Airport is located at a convenient distance from Venice and is the landing airport for many low-cost Airlines such as Ryanair. Public bus transport direction Piazzale Roma. Further information: Treviso Airport.
  • By TRAIN
    Arrival at Santa Lucia Railway Station, located at the beginning of the Grand Canal. Walk down the "Strada Nuova" or take the waterbus “vaporetto” from one of the jetties outside the station to the city centre.
  • By CAR
    The “Ponte della Libertà” is the bridge which connects Venice to the mainland. It ends at “Piazzale Roma”, the only part of the city where cars can enter. There are several indoor and outdoor car parks available in Piazzale Roma.
    Parking fees » up to 12 hours, minimum price € 26.00.
    Parking at the “Tronchetto” island (less expensive), located just before the Piazzale Roma.
    From both of these points you can reach the city centre by public water buses, water taxi or on foot.
    You can also reach Piazzale Roma from Tronchetto by the new "People Mover".
  • How to get to San Servolo
    From Venice city centre to San Servolo (ACTV public transport system): Line 20 from San Marco (boat stop "San Zaccaria Monumento").
    It leaves from the "Riva degli Schiavoni", in front of the Londra Palace Hotel. 10-minute-journey.
    From Piazzale Roma / train station to San Servolo: Public water bus n°1, n° 51, n° 41, or n° 61 direction "Lido". Get off at San Zaccaria. From here make your way to the "San Zaccaria Monumento“ stop to take line 20. From the Lido to San Servolo: Boat n°5.2, n° 2 or n° 1 to the “San Zaccaria Monumento” boat stop and change to boat n°20.
  • The information is updated but it may change by the time of the Conference. Please check also:
  • Tickets for public boats:
    S. Zaccaria to San Servolo: € 3 one way The most economic option is to buy a pass.



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.

General Info

Documents, VISA and Passport to enter Italy

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.

Monetary Unit

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.

Venice Card

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.

  •     18.00 € - 12 h TRAVELCARD
  •     20.00 € - 24 h TRAVELCARD
  •     25.00 € - 36 h TRAVELCARD
  •     30.00 € - 48 h TRAVELCARD
  •     35.00 € - 72 h TRAVELCARD
  •     50.00 € - 7 d TRAVELCARD