About your course
What do my course fees include?
All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition
  • Study files / materials
  • Tickets to all museums and the Venice Biennale facilities during the program
  • European Cultural Centre catalogue
  • Welcome and graduation events (welcoming breakfast and a boat ride)
  • Goodie bag with a map of Venice, notebook and a pen
  • Personalised graduation certificate
Will I receive a graduation certificate?
Yes, students will be awarded an European Cultural Academy Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course. N.B. ECA is a non-credit, non-degree professional program. University students will only get credits if their university has a partnership with ECA.
Should I take any materials with me for the course?
You will receive all the necessary materials for the course.
How do you keep in touch with students during the course?
We usually create a WhatsApp group for all the participants. During the course we share pictures, schedule updates, useful links via the group.
Arriving and Departing
Venice offers a wide range of hotels, hostels and apartments. You have several options when attending a course at ECA:
Note: Our strong recommendation would be to stay near to Rialto Bridge area - this is where morning classes take place.

From design Generator hostel to studenty Ostello Santa Fosca, Venice has a lot to offer. Here are our recommendations:
We_Crociferi. Located in Sestriere Cannaregio, at Campo dei Gesuiti, behind the Fondamenta Nuove. It is a renovated former convent.
Generator Hostel. Generator Venice is located on the waterfront of the island of Guidecca, one short stop on the Vapporetto from Piazza San Marco. This hostel was originally a warehouse, so the building blends history and character with contemporary design features.
CPU hostels.Three hostels are part of the same company with the same group policies:
Ostello Santa Fosca: Cannaregio, 2372 30121 Venezia (available all year round)
This hostel is located close to Rialto Bridge and S. Lucia train station. The hostel incorporates some elements of the old Church Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, the third largest church in Venice. Galileo Galilei was one of the most famous guests.
Accademia guesthouse (available all year round)
This guesthouse is located in the centre of Venice, in the Dorsoduro district. It is a 10 minute walk from S. Marco Square, 15 minutes to Rialto, 3 minutes to Academia bridge, vaporetto stop, and the Peggy Guggenheim.
Jan Palace hostel (available only in the summer: 30 June to 28 August), located on Giudecca island.
This hostel is located in front of S. Marco square on Giudecca island, with cheap twin rooms, and female dorms.

Hotel Bartolomeo,
Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli,
Locanda Santi Apostoli,
Ca' Gottardi,

Hereby, you will find a few links to websites, from which we have received positive feedback so far:
When should I arrive?
We recommend arriving one day before the course starts. We always start the course with a welcoming breakfast.
    How do I get from the airport to the centre of Venice?
    There are different ways to reach Venice.
    Shuttle bus
    We recommend taking a Shuttle bus to Piazzale Roma. The bus stop is right in front of the Arrival hall. The ticket costs 8 euros. You can buy the ticket from the conductor or at the ticket machine at the bus stop. Journey time to Piazzale Roma is only 20 minutes.
    Water Transport
    The water bus service is provided by the company Alilaguna. On exiting from the Arrivals hall, look for the covered walkway on the left and follow the walkway for 7 minutes until you reach the dock. The water bus stops in Venice at San Marco, Rialto, Fondamenta Nuove and Le Guglie. Journey time: F. Nove (38 minutes), Lido (58 minutes), San Marco (1 hour and 12 minutes), Rialto (57 minutes), Guglie (42 minutes).
    Water Taxi
    Taxi Service is provided by Cooperativa Artigiana Radiotaxi. Information & reservations: tel. 041 59 64 (24hr service).

    Meals are not included in the course fee.

    We recommend the following restaurants for lunch:
    Il Calice, Sestiere San Marco 1502, 30124 Venice.
    Kofler Venezia, Sestiere di S. Marco, 3989, 30124 Venice.
    Enoteca Al Volto, Calle Cavalli, 4081, 30124 Venice.
    Caffe Brasilia, Rio Terrà dei Assassini, 30124 Venice.
    Pizza L' Angelo, Calle de la Mandola, 3711, 30124 San Marco, Venice.

    We recommend the following restaurants for dinner:
    Al Timon, Fondamenta dei Ormesini, 2754, 30121 Venice.
    Bacarando in Corte dell'Orso, San Marco, 5495, 30124 Venice.
    Il Diavolo E L'acqua Santa, Calle della Madonna, 561, 30121 Venice.
    Rossopomodoro, Calle Larga S. Marco, 404, 30124 Venice.
    General information
    What clothes should I bring?
    Summer is very hot and humid in Venice. Please bear this in mind when choosing your wardrobe. Do not forget sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat!

    Autumn can be rainy and windy - bring a hat, gloves and a good raincoat.
    What are the lesson times, and what happens outside of lessons?
    The lessons usually start at 10 am and last for about 2 hours with a 5 minute pause in between. Afternoon sessions usually start at 2pm and last for about 3 hours. On the first day of the course you will receive a goodie bag with the schedule and our recommendations on what to do, and where to go in Venice outside the class time.
    Will I have the opportunity to visit other places in Italy during my course?

    If you are staying for more than one week, we recommend that you visit Lido, Verona or Florence during the weekend.
    I need to see a doctor, where can I find one?

    If you need medical treatment, you can visit a general practitioner. You will have to make an appointment by telephone to consult the doctor at his or her practice. ECA staff can provide you with the necessary contacts.
    Transport in Venice
    • Vaporetto – It is the fastest way to move around Venice. 7 days ticket costs 60 euros with unlimited travels.
    • Bus, People Mover and Tram – They are made to get to the historical Venice from the new neighbourhoods on the mainland.
    • Ferry Boat – To travel with your bike, car or motorbike across the Lagoon.
    • Venice Tourist Travel Card / Tourist pass – you can buy one for a period of 12-hours up to 7-days with a maximum price of 60 euros for one week; another option is the Rolling Venice Pack for people aged between 6 and 29: with discounts for many businesses, 3 days travel card and one day of wifi.
    For more information on transportation please visit the website:
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    Address: Palazzo Rossini, 4013 Campo Manin, 30124 Venice, Italy.