Don Orione Foundation
Surrounded by a magic atmosphere, the Don Orione Artigianelli Foundation is the perfect venue for meetings and lectures. The structure, an old monastery restored and equipped with the latest technology, hosts groups, individuals and families, giving the opportunity to enjoy a private and quiet place in the city-centre of Venice, very close to the Gallerie dell’Accademia, with a direct overview on the Zattere quayside and on the Giudecca Canal.
The entire building develops around three 18th century cloisters and one dating back to the 15th century. Thanks to its vastness, its architecture, its gardens, its silence, the centre is an oasis inside the town and offers great hospitality.
Rigoni Stern Institute and Astronomical Observatory
Asiago is a true jewel in a magnificent green valley, where different historical periods have left their mark on the landscape. This is where the premises of the Rigoni Stern Instiute are located: they will host the lectures of the second part of the course, dedicated to science based topics. The clear air and the low presence of urban lighting make Asiago an ideal setting for stargazing. During the 1930s, astronomers at the University of Padova decided that the historic premises of their Observatory, La Specola, could no longer keep pace with technological progress. A new and more advanced facility was required. Asiago was then chosen as dedicated site for astronomical research. The new observatory was opened in 1942: It was then the largest telescope in Europe, named after G. Galilei. Located a few kilometres away, at an altitude of 1370m, Cima Ekar was chosen by the University of Padova to build a new astronomical station. It opened in 1973 and belongs to INAF, the National Institute for Astro-physics. This second observatory has a 182-cm telescope, the “Copernico” reflecting telescope, still the largest on Italian soil.
Padova is a city in the Veneto region, just a few kilometres away from Venice and Verona.
It is an ancient university town with an illustrious academic history. Established in 1222, it is the second oldest university in Italy after Bologna, and one of the earliest universities in the world.
Today, Padova continues to be one of the most prominent universities in Italy and Europe. It is comprised of 32 departments and eight schools, offers 82 bachelor degree courses, 81 master degree courses, 65 specialization degree courses and 35 PhD courses with 2 International Phd courses. It towns 64,000 students: thanks to them, Padova has become an international reality. Vibrant student exchanges, a strong pursuit of internationalisation and numerous agreements between universities worldwide
Padova also runs a number of centres, research organisations and science and technology hubs, which are affiliated with the university. Its estate is also home to a university hospital, museum, library, a school of excellence.
The University Language Centre, also known as CLA, offers numerous language courses and supports the internationalization programmes of the University.