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“Nothing in the world that ever you have heard of Venice, is equal to the magnificent and stupendous reality. The wildest visions of the Arabian Nights are nothing to the piazza of Saint Mark, and the first impression of the inside of the church. The gorgeous and wonderful reality of Venice is beyond the fancy of the wildest dreamer.”  (Charles Dickens). Venice has been attracting visitors for centuries and today it averages 60.000 visitors a day. The month of June is peak season also due to the world renowned Art Biennale so early booking is highly recommended.
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Travel- How to reach Venice:

Located in the North East of Italy, Venice can be easily reached in few hours from any major city of Europe.

By Plane:

  • The city is served by one major airport, the Marco Polo airport that connects the city with the principal Italian and international cities. Furthermore there’s a smaller airport called the Antonio Canova airport which located near the city of Treviso, mostly used by low cost carriers.
  • Venice’s Marco Polo Airport” is  located in the Mestre suburb, approximately 12 kilometers from Venice. From this Airport there are public buses or taxis that get you to the Piazzale Roma, from where it’s possible to get a “Vaporetto” (water bus). The cost of the bus is around € 8.00. Another possibility is take the Alilaguna traghetto (ferry), to San Marco square, which costs about € 15.00. Water taxis are also available, but these can charge up to € 100,00 or more and are very expensive. A Vaporetto bundle ticket available for 4 days will be included in your Conference registration fee.
  • The second airport, Antonio Canova airport is located is located  in the Treviso area, about 20 kilometers from the city center of Venice. From this Airport the eurobus service travels  to Piazzale Roma and the Mestre railway station. These buses operate several times in a day in coincidence with flights.

By Train:

  • The main station to arrive in Venice is: “Santa Lucia” station, located in the city, and is the terminus of the main long haul and High-Speed rail services. Thanks to Trenitalia the main sponsor of the IWC2019 Congress, all registered participants will be entitled to special discounted fares on trains to Venice (during the Congress days) through the Trenitalia ticketing website. More information on how to obtain your discounted fares will be sent to you once you have registered to the congress.

By Bus:

  • ACTV buses connect Venice to the surrounding areas such as Mestre and Chioggia, while ATVO buses operate all over the eastern Veneto. Tickets are available at the office in Piazzale Roma. The access in Venice for all buses and minibuses is limited by a restricted traffic zone and allowed only to those being in possession of a VESTA pass.
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By Car:

  • Getting to Venice by car is easy since there are several motorways such as the A4 from Trieste and Turin, A27 from Belluno and A13 from Bologna, all of them clearly marked. Venice is well connected also to the state roads n°309 to the Adriatic coast, n°14 to Trieste, n°13 and n°11 respectively to Treviso and Padua. The only road to Venice accessible by cars is the Ponte della Libertà, a 4 km long bridge. Be sure to observe the speed limits and never stop on it. If you decide to go to Lido by your own vehicle you can use the ferry boat n° 17 from Tronchetto head to S. Nicolò. The cost depends on you car’s size and includes the driver ticket but you have to pay the regular fare for the passengers. Cars are not allowed in the center of Venice, so we suggest the use of public transport. In case you decide to come by car.  Parking zones are located in Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto, the cost are high and the available places are limited. For these reasons it is better to park in the mainland and reach Venice by bus or by train.
  • The San Giuliano Parking; This parking is located in the mainland suburb of Mestre  and use of the parking costs about €12,- per day. From the car parking you can reach Venice by bus and boat.
  • The second parking garage is the Piazzale Roma by the causeway over the bay and Park in AVM Venezia car park a garage. The costs for parking here are € 26, per day. From the carpark, you can travel to the congress location by boat.
  • By Boat:
    Most big boats to or from Venice—including cruise ships and ferries from Greece and Istria—dock at one of two nearby ports in the northwest corner of the historic center (between the Piazzale Roma parking garages and Tronchetto).

    • The main port of Venice is called Stazione Marittima, and this is where most Mediterranean cruises, Adriatic ferries to Greece, and other big ships dock. Some smaller ships and ferries to Croatia (and, in summer, even some larger boats when the Stazione Marittima is full) pull into the San Basilio, just to the southeast of Stazione Marittima along the Zattere.
    • From the port, it’s possible to get a “Vaporetto” (water bus) The costs are around € 8.00. Please visit the website for more information about the Vaporretto.
Don’t miss the XIX International Wheelset Congress. We look forward to welcoming you in Venice in June 2019.



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