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Conference Venue

PRO-VE 2017 will take place in Vicenza, a beautiful city in northeastern Italy, near Venice

Information about the city:
Wikipedia ;Italy Heaven


How to reach Vicenza

The most convenient airports for Vicenza are Venice Marco Polo (closest international airport), Treviso Airport, and Verona Airport.

From Venice airport:

- By public transportation: connecting bus to Mestre (the Venice mainland station) where you can pick up a train to Vicenza.
- By airshuttle: possible to book a shuttle bus, straight from the airport to Vicenza.

For more information from Treviso and Verona, see the related web sites.


Conference location

The conference will be held at the Department of Management and Engineering (University degli Study of Padova), located in the center of Vicenza.


Stradella S. Nicola 3 - 36100 Vicenza

GPS: N 45º32'45.748", E 11º32'56.72"

From Vicenza rail station:

  - 10 min on foot

  - 5 min by bus, lines 1, 2 or 7.

By car:

  - From Milan: highway A4 as far as the exit Vicenza Ovest and then SR11

  - From Bologna: highway A13/A31 as far as exit Vicenza Est and then Strada Caperse

  - From Venice: highway A4 as far as the exit Vicenza Est and then Strada Caperse

  - (From Bolzano: highway A22/A4 as far as the exit Vicenza Ovest and then SR11)


Vicenza is located in the Veneto region. Vicenza was a prosperous town under Venetian rule, and its pride was demonstrated in fine architecture, much of which still survives. Its 'unique appearance', largely owing to the work of influential sixteenth-century architect Andrea Palladio, has led to the town's designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto. Vicenza is most famous for its trade in precious metals, it's also known as the 'City of gold'. It's a lovely town to visit; with a beautiful, compact town centre and attractive villas and viewpoints in the hills a short walk away. Piazza dei Signori, a few yards south of Corso Andrea Palladio, is the heart of town. It is dominated by two of Vicenza's most striking landmarks, the Basilica Palladiana, the town's medieval law courts, with an imposing later facade by Palladio, and the adjacent Torre di Piazza, a tall and skinny tower. The town's most famous individual sight is the Teatro Olimpico, Palladio's last work, which was finished by his son and then by Vincenzo Scamozzi. Over the road from the Teatro Olimpico is Palazzo Chiericati, which today houses the town's museum (Museo Civico) and art gallery.

Must See:

The Palladian Basilica is a public building facing onto the Piazza dei Signori. Its name is linked to Andrea Palladio, who redesigned it, adding the famous loggias in white marble to the existing Gothic building. The upper floor is entirely taken up by an enormous hall with no intermediate supports. The Gothic facade was originally clad with diamonds of red and straw yellow Verona marble, which are still visible behind Palladio’s addition. A loggia surrounding the building was commissioned after its completion, but continually delayed due to various structural difficulties and the nature of the ground beneath. The project was awarded to Andrea Palladio in 1549, following a competition, and he worked on it for the rest of his life. It was completed posthumously in 1614. The reconstructed building was called a basilica by Palladio himself, who had been inspired by the model of the Roman basilica for civic use. Useful information: Open to the public from 22 June to 31 October, also offers a panoramic terrace with bar service. The opening hours vary daily: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to 13 and from 18 to 24; Friday from 10 to 13 and from 18 o'clock on Saturday; Saturday from 10 o'clock on Sunday; Sunday from 10 to 24.


Andrea Palladio’s last work and masterpiece, the Olympic Theatre was commissioned in 1580 by the Accademia Olimpica. After various, complex delays, the theatre was completed five years later. Statues of the academicians who commissioned the theatre, dressed in classical costume, occupy the niches and plinths of the structure. A series of splendid bas reliefs showing stories of Hercules by Ruggero Bascapè occupies the highest row. Wooden perspective scenery of the streets of Thebes runs back from the three openings. Useful information: open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 to 17:00 (last admission 16:30).


The villa La Rotonda was build on project by Andrea Palladio for bishop Paolo Almerico, around 1570. In 1591 the villa was bought by the noble family Capra. From 1911 ‘La Rotonda’ is owned by the family of Count Valmarana who opened it to the public in 1986. During the time, it has been visited by poets and artists, sovereigns and statesmen, scholars and art amateurs, travellers and tourists. To everyone La Rotonda has given an unforgettable emotion, that sense of harmony and grace whose answer is a smile, a silence. After 500 years, La Rotonda today is still a place of pure beauty, waiting to give inspiration, culture, joy. Useful information: open from February to November - at 10-12 / 15-18.


For panoramic views over the city, visitors can walk uphill (or take a bus) to the Santuario di Monte Berico. A long arcaded walkway climbs up the hill, which is useful on a sunny or a rainy day.

Other cities close to Vicenza

Vicenza is connected by rail to Venice (45 minutes by rail), Padua (20 minutes by rail) for easy daytrips. It's a good central base for exploring the Veneto region, from Lake Garda in the west to Treviso and Venice in the east.


In Padua art, culture, nature, science and spirituality blend in a unique mix that makes the visit a complete enjoyment.

Saint Anthony's cathedral (Basilica di Sant' Antonio) in Piazza del Santo is the best-known tourist site in Padova - millions of pilgrims visit every year. Built immediately after "The Saint's" death in the 1200s, it houses his tomb and notable relics. Near the cathedral there is Prato della Valle at 90.000 square meters, is the biggest square in Europe.

Scrovegni's Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni) is in the north of the city center, not far from the bus and train stations. The walls and ceilings are covered in frescos by Giotto, completed in 1303-1305.

In Padua there is also one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning. The University was founded in 1222 and there are: - 32 Departments
- 1 University Hospital
- 1 Veterinary Hospital
- 1 Experimental Farm
- 1 Museum Centre
- 1 Library Centre
- 1 School of Excellence.

The most interesting palace to visit is Palazzo Bo: it includes the anatomical theatre, the Galileo Galilei’s Aula Magna, the Sala dei Quaranta (The “Hall of the Forty”) and the Aula di Medicina (where lectures on medicine were originally given).

Another place to visit is Botanical Garden the oldest existing university botanical garden in the world and it hosts about 7,000 plant species.


Venice (timeout Venice) is the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. Some things to do:

See St Mark’s basilica (Basilica di San Marco), Doge’s Palace, once Venice’s political and judicial hub; and Torre dell’Orologio, a clock tower built between 1496 and 1506.

Every day St Mark's basilica is open to admire its extraordinary artistic heritage. Saint Mark’s was the city’s chief monument, temple of civic life as well as of religious faith, bearing witness to the greatness of Venice. For about one thousand years it functioned as Ducal Chapel. It has always been the church where the Venetian people and government have held their highest celebrations. In 1807 Saint Mark’s became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice and the city cathedral thus closing its thousand years of ducal history.

A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Doge’s Palace is an impressive structure composed of layers of building elements and ornamentation, from its 14th and 15th century original foundations to the significant Renaissance and opulent Mannerist adjunctions. The structure is made up of three large blocks, incorporating previous constructions. The wing towards the St. Mark’s Basin is the oldest, rebuilt from 1340 onwards. The wing towards St. Mark’s Square was built in its present form from 1424 onwards. The canal-side wing, housing the Doge’s apartments and many government offices, dates from the Renaissance and was built between 1483 and 1565.

To cross the Grand Canal on foot, Rialto Bridge is the most famous way. Probably the most visited and most photographed bridge in Venice, the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) opened in 1591. For nearly three hundred years, it was the only bridge which connected the districts of San Polo and San Marco.

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