Venue & Travel
Venice is located on the Adriatic Sea coast of north-eastern Italy, in the middle of the Venetian lagoon. To the west, a long bridge, the Ponte della Libertà, connects the city to the mainland, near the township of Mestre. To the east, the city is protected from the sea by the natural breakwater of the Lido, a long, narrow sandbar that is also one of the most fashionable resorts on the Adriatic Sea. The inner city of Venice is composed of an archipelago of 118 separate islets. About 150 canals, or rio, crossed by over 400 bridges, separate the islands.
The Canal Grande, which snakes through the city, splits Venice into two unequal parts. Until the 19th century, only one bridge, the Ponte di Rialto, crossed this canal. Today, there are three more: Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte dell’Accademia, and Ponte della Costituzione, connecting the S. Lucia train station to Piazzale Roma. The entire city has only one square called piazza, named after San Marco, while all others are called campo. Venice is divided into six sestieri: San Marco, Santa Croce, San Polo, Castello, Cannaregio and Dorsoduro.
The venue of “Oceans from Space” Venice 2020 will be the Scuola Grande di San Marco, in the Sestiere di Castello. The edifice has been the seat of the Fraternity of Saint Mark since 1260. In 1485, it was destroyed by a fire, and later rebuilt under a new design, with elements of Renaissance classicism, and a masterful front of Byzantine flavour. Following the conquest by Napoleon, and the annexation of Venice to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1819 it became a military hospital, and today it still provides the entrance of the Venice main hospital.
The “MARCO POLO” airport of Venice (VCE, for details see: www.veniceairport.it) is located near the town of Mestre, on the Italian mainland. From the airport, you can reach the centre of Venice:
– by Ferry. ALILAGUNA ferries to Venice, Lido, or Cruise Terminal: € 15,00 one way ticket, € 27.00 round trip ticket (www.alilaguna.it).
– by Taxi. A road taxi to Piazzale Roma costs around € 40.00 (www.radiotaxivenezia.com). A water taxi can cost from € 80.00 to € 130.00 (www.venicewatertaxi.com).
– by Bus. ATVO EXPRESS BUS to Piazzale Roma (www.atvo.it); ACTV BUS number 5 to Piazzale Roma or number 15 to Mestre train station (actv.avmspa.it): € 8,00 one way.
The Italian railways TRENITALIA (details at: www.trenitalia.com) lead into the Venice “Santa Lucia” station, located near Piazzale Roma.
Venice can be reached by car via the A4 Torino-Trieste motorway. Public parking is available at the Isola del Tronchetto (€ 21.00 /day) or in Piazzale Roma (from € 26.00 to 32.00 /day).
From Piazzale Roma, or the Santa Lucia railway station, you can get on a waterbus, locally known as vaporetto, to move around the city. A one-way ticket, valid for 75 minutes, costs € 7.50. Various types of subscription (combining vaporetto, bus, airport transfer, etc.) are also available (see both www.actv.avmspa.it and www.veneziaunica.it.
Due to the systematic tourism congestion in Venice, any time of the year, early Hotel reservations are most strongly recommended. The following places appear to be reasonably located:
Participants are encouraged to explore possible accommodation alternatives also by visiting the official website of the Tourist Board of Venice: www.veneziaunica.it or the official booking centre of the Italian Hotelkeepers Association (Federalberghi) www.italyhotels.it.