Airports

Venice’s Marco Polo airport is located on the Italian mainland. By water-taxi, is it approximately 10kms from Venice and the transfer time is approximately 20 minutes. Venice is also served by Treviso airport, located 40kms from the city and has a transfer time of 1 hour using a combination of road and water taxi.

Baggage and Liquids

When flying on scheduled flights such as British Airways the baggage allowance is 23kgs. If First Event have booked flights on your behalf on the ‘No Frills’ airlines like EasyJet or Jet 2, we will book and pre-pay for ONE piece of hold luggage weighing up to 20kgs.

Please ensure all luggage is clearly named with luggage labels provided showing your name, hotel name & address. Hand luggage on all airlines is restricted to 1 piece only (which includes laptops and handbags) and should be no larger than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and weigh no more than 10 kgs.

Travelling with liquids: We strongly advise you to pack any liquids that you don’t need whilst on board the aircraft in your hold baggage. However, if you do need to travel with liquids please be aware of the following restrictions which apply to all liquids being carried in hand luggage.

All liquids must be in individual containers not greater than 100ml capacity.

They must be placed in one transparent bag, no larger than 8 x 8 inches (20cim x 20cm) in size, and fit comfortably inside the bag so that it can be fastened closed.

Only one bag per person is allowed and must be clear and re-sealable, e.g. zip-lock bags or bags with pressed seals.

These bags must be put through the x-ray machines separately.
All sharp items must be packed in hold luggage.

Banking Hours

Banks in Italy typically open in the morning from 8.30am until 1.00pm, and then reopen in the afternoon for an hour between 3.00pm and 4.00pm.

Climate

The average daytime temperatures in the month of September are around 20-24°C (that is about 68-74°F), whereas the average minimum temperatures drop down to 15°C (that is about 60°F.)

Currency

The Euro is the official currency and the current rate of exchange is approximately EUR1.13 to £1 (correct at time of print).

Doctor

Please advise a member of the First Event staff if you require medical attention.

During the Conference

Should you encounter any difficulties during your time in Venice please contact the First Event staff at the Today’s Hospitality desk.

Dress Code

For social events and conference business sessions – smart casual.
For the Gala Dinner, the dress code is smart casual (no jeans).

Excursions

Please refer to the on-line registration where you can book onto the city tour or golf excursion.

Flying Time

Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes from London.

Health

The standard of health care in Venice is generally good. Some planning can save you trouble later. Bring medications in their original, clearly labelled containers. A signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medication, including generic names, is a good idea.

If you experience any health issues during your stay in Venice, please advise a member of the Today’s staff or via the Today’s Hospitality Desk.
In most cases on production of a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You can register for a EHIC online at www.ehic.uk.com and is free of charge.

FULL HEALTH INSURANCE IS ESSENTIAL.

Hotel

The Hilton Molino Stucky is located on the island of Giudecca, a peaceful location away from the crowds but conveniently only a ten-minute water shuttle ride from the city centre. The hotel operates a complimentary water shuttle throughout the day and evening.

Once a flourishing flourmill, The Hilton Molino Stucky has been beautifully restored and offers a different view of the magical city of Venice. Located approximately 20 minutes from the airport, the hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle boat service to the city centre. With 379 rooms and suites along with the largest conference centre and second largest spa in Venice, a collection of bars and restaurants and a stunning rooftop pool, the Molino Stucky is the perfect location for your Venetian stay.

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Giudecca 810
Venice
30133, Italy
Tel: +39 041 272 3490

Insurance
Insurance is required primarily for medical coverage but also for loss or damage to luggage, theft or loss of property. Travel insurance is easily obtainable either on-line or from your local Post Office.

Please note that, in general, Travel Insurance only covers personal belongings up to the amount of £200. Any property you are taking on the trip of a higher value such as cameras, video cameras, laptops etc. should be covered separately. You may find these are covered on your home insurance policy. Please note mobile phones are not covered under most travel insurance policies.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE COVER.

Nightlife

Whilst Venice is not known for its vibrant nightlife, this is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Most visitors choose to visit the many bars and cafes for drinks and socialising. The city does offer a variety of venues for live music but most of the lively nightclubs are located on the nearby mainland.

Two of the most popular spots are the Bacaro Jazz Club and, of course, The Fiddlers Elbow, Irish bar. It should also be said that the rooftop bar at the Hilton is probably one of the best in the city to enjoy the spectacular views. For those who are interested, Venice is home to one of the oldest casinos in the world….if you feel lucky!

Passports & Visas

Visas are not required for UK and European passport holders. Passports should be valid for 3 months after your intended length of stay. Please check with Russell Gilbey if you do not hold a UK or EU Passport as you may require a visa.

Safety

As in all major cities, Venice does have a (small) crime element, albeit mainly petty pick-pocketing. Please ensure that you keep handbags, wallets and cameras etc. secure when you are out and about. It is advisable to take extra care at night by not being out on your own and it is advisable to take the hotel’s complimentary water shuttle service to and from the hotel.

Shopping

Shopping hours vary greatly in Venice but larger shops are generally open from 9.00am – 7.00pm. Smaller shops often close in the afternoons and re-open in the evenings. Tourist shops tend to open most of the time, with the exception of Monday mornings.

Special Dietary Requirements

If you have any special meal requirements, such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc. and have not already advised First Event of this please do so before your departure, as arrangements will not be able to be made once we are in Venice.

Telephone

When calling the UK from Italy the following dialling code is required 0044 + UK STD code (Minus 0)

Time

Venice is GMT +1. (one hour ahead of UK time)

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