Don Orione

Housed in a renovated 12th-century monastery, We_ Crociferi is in Venice’s Cannaregio district. Surrounded by a magic atmosphere, the Crociferi Foundation is the perfect venue for meetings and lectures.

We_Crociferi provides accommodation for students, university staff and – during the summer – for travelers.

The building has been recently renovated, preserving its original architectonic characteristics.
The old cells have been turned into housing units, and the cloisters have been reclaimed so they can be used by our guests.

We_Crociferi has 255 beds, which are divided between twin rooms, studio, apartments and beds in shared rooms. All of the rooms have only single beds, which cannot be joined.

Each unit has an en suite bathroom with shower. Some of the rooms have a kitchenette with induction hobs and a living area.

The communal areas include:

  • Two cloisters
  • Communal kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Study hall
  • Auditorium


Campo dei Gesuiti, Cannaregio 4848, 30121 Venezia

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.


Astronomical Observatory
Via Osservatorio Astronomico, 8, 36012 Asiago VI


Rigoni Stern Institute
Viale Giacomo Matteotti, 155, 36012 Asiago VI


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.


Bo Palace
Via VIII Febbraio, 2, 35122 Padova PD


Centro Linguistico di Ateneo
Via Venezia, 16, 35131 Padova PD