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San Servolo, Venice

The Venue

Located in the water off Piazza San Marco, the island of San Servolo offers a unique and enchanting way to enjoy Venice. An eight-minutes vaporetto ride across a breathtaking lagoon connects San Servolo to Piazza San Marco.

San Servolo Island hosts one of the most beautiful and luxuriant garden of Venezia. The San Servolo Café, a restaurant and a multifunction sports field are among the amenities offered to the guests.

The island is a venue for exhibitions of the Art Biennale, congresses and cultural festivals.

The Story

The Island of San Servolo consists of a large architectural complex surrounded by a lovely park. In the seventeenth century the Island hosted Benedictine, Dominican and Franciscan nuns from the island of Candia. Later it became a shelter for the many injured who fled the clashes with the Turks. Medical assistance to the injured was provided by the Padri Ospedalieri of San Giovanni di Dio, today known as Fatebenefratelli.

Since then, the history of San Servolo has been closely linked to the cure of patients with disabling diseases, in particular mental disorders. In the 90s, the City of Venice started an architectural restoration program to protect and promote San Servolo as a center for national and international cultural events. Today, San Servolo serves also as a residential and study center affiliated to several academic organizations.

How to reach San Servolo

The Island of San Servolo is located in Venice's historic centre, across from Saint Mark’s square, easily accessible by ACTV public waterbus (line 20 , service runs every 20/40 minutes). Departures from the San Zaccaria MVE boat stop; travel time: 8-10 minutes.

From Railway station Venice "Santa Lucia" to San Servolo (time 1h)

  • At the exit in front of the station, at the right-hand side buy the ticket at ACTV ticket office(euro 7.50 -75 mins.). Luggage: the total dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece must not exceed 150cm.
  • Go to water bus stop "C" at the left of the ticket office. Validate the ticket.
  • Take line 5.1 get off at San Zaccaria (6th stop – 30 mins approx) or Line 4.1 get off at San Zaccaria (7th stop - 35 mins approx.) go right on the bridge.
  • Walk for 70 meters approx., reach waterbus stop "B" and take line 20 to San Servolo (1st stop – 10 mins.).
  • For more details: www.veneziaunica.it
  • In case of need call San Servolo Reception Ph. 00390412765001 – 24/h

From Marco Polo Airport to San Servolo

3 options are available:

  • Shuttle boat service to San Zaccaria (1h and 10mins approx).
    Ticket price: € 17,00 – for more details www.alilaguna.it
    Line Red or Blue. Then at San Zaccaria take line 20 Direction San Servolo (1st stop – 10 mins.) ticket price €7.50.
  • Shared taxi service "Venice Link" € 30 approx per person. Buy ticket on www.venicelink.com or at DESK 71 located in the arrival area.
  • Private taxi boat: go to the desk in front of the Arrivals to reserve it.
    Price: €120 (from 1 to 4 people) (50 mins).

By Car

  • If you bring a car to Venice, you will have to pay for a garage or parking space during your stay. The final places in Venice where you can leave your car are either at "Piazzale Roma" or "Tronchetto".
  • There are two options for parking at "Piazzale Roma", either in the Municipal Garages which cost € 26, or at the private Garage San Marco (next door) which costs € 30 both for 24 hours.
  • Another solution is to park your car in front of the train station in Mestre. Parking here costs much less (around € 5 – € 8 per day), and there are frequent trains and buses (see ACTV web site for Bus n. 2) between Mestre and Venice-Piazzale Roma.
last update: July 25, 2016
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