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Conference Venue

Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
Campo S. Stefano, 2945
30124 Venezia

Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti

In its first three centuries, from the mid-fifteenth century to the mid-eighteenth century, the palazzo was shared by various branches of illustrious Venetian families: the Marcello, Gussoni and Cavalli families.

In the 1840s, Archduke Frederick of Austria reunited the property and embarked on a complex modernisation project which was to give the palazzo its distinguishing air of modernity. In 1847 the palazzo was bought by the Count of Chambord - Henry V to the French legitimists- who entrusted restoration work to Giambattista Meduna.

In 1878 Baron Raimondo Franchetti bought the building, which remained in his family until September 1922 when it was sold to the Istituto Federale di Credito per il Risorgimento delle Venezie by Franchetti’s widow, Satrah Luisa De Rothschild. It was in this period that the name of the architect Camillo Boito was first associated with the palazzo. He carried out major alterations and designed the monumental staircase.

On 8 September 1999, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti took over the Palazzo Franchetti with the aim of making it one of the most active and prestigious centres of cultural life in the city and the country.

Attention Presenters

Data projectors with computers will be provided in all of the parallel session rooms. We recommend that you bring your PowerPoint presentation on a USB memory stick. In addition, your presentation will need to be saved with the file suffix ‘.ppt’, not ‘.pptx’. The computers in the presentation rooms will not ‘recognize’ a PowerPoint presentation saved in the 2007 format (.pptx).

Internet Access

Wireless Internet access is available at the venue. Please see the Common Ground staff at the registration desk to obtain a password.


Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti is at the foot of the Accademia bridge on the Santo Stefano side and faces onto the Grand Canal. Access to the Palazzo is via the water entrance on the Grand Canal or through the main entrance in Campo Santo Stefano.

Marco Polo Airport
For those arriving by plane at Marco Polo Airport, which is located about 13 km from Venice, the easiest way to reach Venice is by sea.

Water Taxi
ALILAGUNA is a public water taxi company which offers a service (the Lancione) that goes from the airport to “Calle Vallaresso”, near Piazza San Marco, which is walking distance from the “Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti”. The crossing takes about 1 hour 10 minutes. The Lancione connects more or less with all flights. The ticket for this boat (Lancione) costs € 12,00 and can be purchased at the ALILAGUNA taxi stand at the end of the arrival hall (opening hours: from 8 am to 11.30 pm). For a timetable, please see

You can also take a private water taxi from the airport directly to your final destination (the cost is about € 90,00/100,00).

A land taxi to Piazzale Roma from the airport is about € 30,00. From there you can catch a public boat (Vaporetto).

For those arriving by train at the Railway Station or by car at the parking garage at Piazzale Roma (see map) there are several possibilities. To go directly to the “Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti” one can take the Vaporetto, Line 1 or Line 82 (every 10 minutes from 7:00 until 21:00; every 20/30 minutes afterwards) to the stop Accademia. From there one has to cross the “Ponte dell’Accademia” and walk more or less directly to Campo S. Stefano. You can also take a private water taxi from the Railway Station to your final destination (the cost is about € 70,00).

For all inquiries please email the conference organisers, Common Ground, by clicking this link.