Workshop on Algorithm Engineering

Venice, Italy, September 11-13, 1997

General Information

Getting to Venice

1. By plane

Venice is easily reachable via an international airport (Marco Polo airport). You can check the flight schedule to/from Venice (although it is not up to date, it can still give you some idea). You might also find useful to consult the Internet Travel Network to plan your trip. There are many ways of getting from the airport to the center of Venice, with different features and at least two orders of magnitude in the price. They are listed below by increasing cost.

Sorry, no gondola from the airport to Venice :-)

2. By train

Venice has rail connections with every major city in Italy and the rest of Europe. The main train station (Stazione F.S. Venezia S. Lucia) is on the Grand Canal in the northwest corner of the city. You can locate it in the map of Venice, clicking 1 and then A2. Some through trains do not terminate at Santa Lucia, stopping only at the Venezia-Mestre Station on the mainland. All trains traveling to and from Santa Lucia stop at Mestre, so to get from Venezia-Mestre to Santa Lucia, or vice versa (a 10-minute trip), take the first available train, remembering there is a supplemento (extra charge) for traveling on Intercity and Eurocity trains, and that if you do not pay it before boarding, you are liable for a fine. You can also check the European train schedule in case you are arriving by train from Europe or the Italian train schedule if you are getting to Venice from another Italian city.

3. By car

If you bring a car to Venice, you will have to pay for a garage or parking space during your stay. Parking at Piazzale Roma (in the Autorimessa Comunale run by the city) costs between 15,000 and 25,000 lire, and at the private Garage San Marco (next door) between 30,000 and 45,000 lire per 24 hours, depending on the size of the car. To reach the privately run Tronchetto parking area, follow the signs to turn right before Piazzale Roma. Warning: Do not be waylaid by illegal touts--often wearing fake uniforms--who may try to flag you down and offer to arrange parking and hotels, but continue on until you reach the automatic ticket machines. Parking here costs around 35,000 lire per 24 hours under cover and slightly less outside. (Do not leave valuables in the car. There is a left-luggage office, open daily 8 AM-8 PM, next to the Pullman Bar on the ground floor of the municipal garage at Piazzale Roma.) The Venetian Hoteliers Association (AVA) should have arranged a discount of about 40% for hotel guests who use the official Tronchetto parking facility. Be sure to ask for a voucher on checking into your hotel; it will be issued when you settle the hotel bill. Present the voucher at Tronchetto when you pay the parking fee. Another solution would be to park your car for free in via Torino in Mestre, in front of our Department building. You can get directions on how to reach via Torino in Mestre. The area is locked at nights. Please note that this place will also be locked on saturdays and sundays (so you will not be able to access your car in these days).

Conference Location

University of Venice ``Ca' Foscari'', located in the Ca' Foscari Building in the Canal Grande, offers nice facilities for workshops and conferences located in the historical center of Venice. The workshop will be held in the main University Conference Hall in:

Ca' Dolfin
Calle della Saoneria
Dorsoduro, 3825/E

Click here to see a map of the area. You can also see where this area is located in Venice in a top down fashion: go the map of Venice and click 3 and then B3. As you can see from the map, this is very close (i.e., 10-15 minutes walking) to the two access points of Venice: P.le Roma and the train station (Stazione F.S. Venezia S. Lucia), for which you have to go to the map of Venice, and click 1 and then A2.

Hotel Accomodation

We have reserved blocks of rooms in several local hotels close to Ca' Dolfin. Please make your reservations early as finding accomodation in Venice might not be trivial.


Lunches are not included in the registration fee. Here is a list of recommended restaurants and snack bars close to the workshop venue.

Social Dinner

An official workshop dinner will take place on Friday September 12, 7:30 pm, at Ristorante la Caravella, Calle Larga XXII Marzo, S.Marco, very close to S.Mark's square. Students' registration fees do not include participation in the social dinner. Tickets can be purchased separately at the registration desk at the price of LIT 150,000 per person. Click here to see where the restaurant is located. To get an idea on where this area is click 4 and then A1 in the map of Venice .

Touristic information

You can obtain additional information about culture and tourism in Venice

Last modified on July 31, 1997 by Giuseppe F. Italiano,