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Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti

S. Marco, 2847
30124 Venezia, Italy

The conference will be held in the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, originally built in 1565 but significantly modified in the nineteenth century. Its previous residents include the Archduke Frederick Ferdinand of Austria. The Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti bought the building in 1999. The main conference hall will be the Room of the Portego, with further seats around the mezzanine, and with video links to further rooms in the building. The palace is also surrounded by a large garden which can be enjoyed during good weather.


We recommend that you make your hotel reservation as soon as your participation in the conference is confirmed (November). March is not the busiest season in Venice, but the weather might be pleasant, and there will be visitors. Making a reservation early will allow you to access a larger variety of choices, in terms of prices and location. For periods of several days, or if you are traveling with family, we recommend that you consider renting an apartment.

Here is a list of several websites that you might find useful to browse:

For apartments:

There are a small number of small hotels and ex-convents in close proximity to the conference location. These are smaller venues and tend to fill up quickly. However, they offer very good value and they are worth considering. These are:

Travel information

Arrival by plane

From Venice International Airport you can reach the centre of Venice in several ways:

Arrival by car

At the end of the trans-lagunar bridge, turn right for the Tronchetto car parking (cost around 21 Euro/day). Proceed to the vaporetto pier, line 1 or line 2, direction "Rialto/Lido". Detailed schedules, itineraries and fares of water buses are found on the ACTV homepage.

Arrival by train

From the "Venezia S. Lucia" railway station take the vaporetto (line 1 or line 2), direction "Rialto/Lido", and follow the instructions above for recommended stops.