San Servolo, Venice - September 11-15 2008


Staying in venice

Going around

Venice has a variable although rarely extreme climate. High humidity can be a discomfort in the hottest period (July, August). It can rain for prolonged periods, the rainy months being March, November and December. The major nuisance, however, is flooding, most likely in November and December. There is fine sunny weather throughout the year, especially in May, June, September and October, the best period to visit Venice, consequently these are the most expensive months.

How to dress

Since walking is both a necessity and a pleasure in Venice, be sure to pack comfortable shoes. The lightweight clothing suitable for summer should be supplemented by a sweater and an umbrella in spring and fall.

Getting around

Water buses (vaporetti) are the main mean of transportation. Line no. 1 stops at every landing stage along the Grand Canal, other lines run on different routes.

Gondolas The Grand Canal may be crossed at seven points by public gondola ferries. The privately-rented gondola, however, remains the most delightful way of admiring Venice, as it was built to be admired from the water.

Water taxis are readily available but very expensive, although the prices are regulated by tariffs.

Walking Venice is so small that nothing is beyond reasonable walking distance. The major hazard is losing one’s way, but this can become a pleasure and a chance to discover the hidden corners of Venice.


Venice is one of the safest towns in Europe: crime and urban violence are nearly unknown. It is, however, suggested to take care of personal objects, when strolling in crowded areas and on the public waterbuses, because of the pick-pocketing. At night, Venice is romantic, but definitely not dangerous: you can fearless walk in any area, as there is no red-light district in town.


The visual splendour of the Venetian food market hold out a promise of excellent cuisine to be performed by the city’s restaurants. The hallmarks of the Venetian cuisine are the tasty dishes of fish: cuttlefish in their ink, fried squids, “baccalà mantecato” (stockfish whipped with olive oil), “sarde in saor” (marinated sardines with onion). Fish and shellfish are offered as starters or with pasta, or grilled, boiled or baked as a main course. Don’t miss to taste the “risotto”, the typically Italian way to cook the rice, filled with numberless ingredients, and the “tiramisu”, the renowned Venetian dessert.


Italy has been producing wine for more than 3,000 years and the Veneto is the region where the highest number of DOC wines is produced. World-known are the Soave, the Valpolicella and the Bardolino, but many other Veneto wines worth a toast, such as the Pinot Grigio, the Bianco di Custoza, the Torcolato. A special remark is due to the Prosecco, sparkling white wine, ideal both as an aperitif and as accompaniment to the seafood.


If you happen to be strolling in Venice in the evening and your attention is drawn towards a warm welcoming lighted window, stop and take a look: if you see a long wooden table surrounded by happy and laughing faces, you have found one of the few still existing old “osterie”, where one can drink good wine and eat light savouries, which in Venice, from the early 19th century, have been known as “bàcari”.

“Bàcaro” is a typical expression of this strange city, the pleasure of meeting there, away from the house and the cares of the day, where the lonely can always meet someone prepared to chat to them and to share a drink. “Bàcaro” is a relaxing place to enjoy yourself, have a good gossip with a friend. Indeed an encouragement to those, always in a hurry, to stop and absorb the serenity of the atmosphere.

Shopping in Venice

Venice offers a dazzling concentration of shops with enticing window displays. You will find exclusive shops and the most celebrated Italian stylists’ boutiques in the St. Mark’s area. Calle dei Fabbri and the Mercerie are lined with lovely little shops all leading to where Venetians trade and city life have always been very active, the Rialto district. Once over the Rialto bridge, you'll see the huge open air market which is set up everyday with fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, flowers. Further on and to the right is the fish market: it is probably the most animated corner of Venice, worth to be seen for the numberless variety of fish displayed on the counters. Budget-priced shops can be found around Rialto area and on the Strada Nova leading to the railway station. Inevitably you will see a good deal of junk in Venice too, mountains of glass bric-a-brac and cheap souvenirs.

Best buys

Costume jewellery abounds in Venice at reasonable prices. Gold and silver pieces, including some marvellous filigree, are fairly expensive but show the stamp of Venetian craftsmanship. Some distinctive Venetian items: 18th century Carnival masks, gondolier slippers, normally made of velvet with rope soles, laces made by the women of Burano island. The Murano glassware you see today - and see it you will all over Venice - is not up to the old standards. But with patience, the discerning buyer can find a nice piece.

Shopping hours

Mon. 15:30-19:30, Tue. to Sat. 09:00-12:30, 15:30-19:30, Sun. closed. Usually, from May to September main shops are open during lunch-time and on Sundays, too.



At the Lido of Venice, between the sea and the lagoon, lies one of the finest 18 hole courses in Europe: the course begins inside the ancient Venetian fortress and unwinds across the beautiful scenery of poplars, holm oaks and cluster pines. A course 6,610 yards long from the regular tees and 6,700 yards long from the championship tees. Par 72 S.S.S. 72. Large practice course, putting and pitching greens. The magnificent Villa Condulmer (25 kms far from Venice) was erected in the 17th century by the noble family Condulmer on the ruins of a pre-existing monastery in the middle of a wide park. The Golf Club has an 18 hole golf course, extending over a total area of 5,955 meters with a 71 Par, S.S.S. 72. There is also a second 9-hole course, 1670 mts, at Par 20, as well as a practice range, a putting green and tennis court. The Villa Condulmer restaurant is renowned for its cuisine.

Water sports

At the Lido of Venice the beaches stretch for nearly two miles along the sandy coastline of the Adriatic Sea. The sand is fine and golden, and the seabed slopes down very gently. There are sport facilities for all kind of water sports, sailing, windsurfing.


There are tennis courts on the Lido at the larger hotels and at Lungomare D’Annunzio.

Other sports

Amateurs can test their skills in archery, bicycling, canoing, rafting, target shooting, horse riding, parachuting, ultralight flight.

Scientific Committee

Organizing Committe



Contact Information

Antonino Polimeno

Department of Chemistry

Università degli Studi di Padova

Via Marzolo 1 - 35131 Padova, Italy



Conference secretary address

Daniela Longo

Department of Chemistry

Università degli Studi di Padova

Via Marzolo 1 - 35131 Padova, Italy