San Servolo Island
Among the San Marco Basin and the Venice Lagoon, San Servolo Island leads the international Mice segment with the Torcello Museum and with Villa Widmann Rezzonico Foscari of Mira, promoting a rich calendar of artistic and cultural events
Afew minutes by boat from Piazza San Marco, the island of San Servolo, is experiencing today a wave of renewal, announced last year by the CEO Andrea Berro: from the end of May 2018, on the occasion of the Biennale of Architecture, many interiors will present themselves with a restyling, made partly at no cost and partly with very advantageous conditions thanks to partnership agreements and to the backup of Italian and, especially, Venetian enterprises. They believed and invested in this showcase to make popular their brand, offering top design exhibitions in the reception, in the meeting rooms and in the 175 rooms that hold a total of 330 beds, whose 40 are occupied by the students of Venice International University and of Collegio di Merito dell’Università degli studi Ca’ Foscari, while the others are reserved to participants of conferences and seminars, or to tourists happy to go by ferryboat for 8 minutes, who enjoy the view of San Marco Basin and the atmosphere of the Lagoon.
The big restoration of San Servolo Island
After twenty years of state of ne- glect, the island has become a worldly important cultural centre. The restored buildings host events and conferences. During the 90s, the restoration was finished by the Province of Venice, giving new life to the ancient stones, to the marbles, and to the museum of psychiatric medicine that tells story of more than two centuries of documents on madness, headquarters of the Foundation Franca and Franco Basaglia. Seen from the sky the Island is flat and only the two bell towers of the Church of Temanza, built during the half of the eighteen century, rise. The island has also dazzling white historical buildings and a luxuriant green park that covers 3,8 hectares of the 4,82 hectares of the entire island.
The Island of design
San Servolo new look is just the beginning: from February the 16th to March the 5th, it hosted the event “Venezia Photo” 50 Masterclass with the greatest contemporary photographers for an intense and full immersion in the photography world (www.veneziaphoto.com). Moreover, from May the 26th, during the 2018 Biennale Architettura, there was the VID, Venice Innova- tion Design that turned San Servolo into the Island of Design.
The conference and exhibition areas
San Servolo offers a very interesting conference centre, multifunctional areas for corporate presentations, seminars, training courses, and cultural events such as concerts.
Post congress proposals
Besides the cultural events and the visit to the Museums of the Marciana area, at a few minutes from the island, guests can make interesting guided excursions to the Museum of Torcello. It has an indescribable charm, where it is possible to understand the origins of the lagoon and of native Venice founders. Finally, not to miss the tour among the Mansions of the Brenta Riviera ( with the famous Burchiello that stops also to Villa Widmann Rezzonico Foscari) and in the Land of Tiepolos.
L’ingresso principale di San Servolo con approdo (10 minuti di vaporetto da San Marco). The main entrance of San Servolo with landing (10 minutes by boat from San Marco)
Particolare di un percorso espositivo. A detail of the exhibition path
La Sala Teatro, fino a 90 posti. The theater room up to 90 seats