Student Life

1st semester: Info about Venice

2nd semester: EU Students: After 3 months in your second semester destination, you may be required to register your residence with the relevant authority (often the town hall or local police station), and to be issued with a residence document. For more information please check the link below:

Non-EU Students: please be advised that if you will attend the second semester courses in a country different from Italy, you must submit the application for a second VISA to the relevant second semester country representation offices. Support will be given by the second semester administration offices.

Info about Venice

Transportation on the Lido and in Venice

Waterbus (vaporetto)

The waterbus or “vaporetto” is the main form of transportation in Venice. If you make regular use of public means of transportation the best option for you is to purchase a Travel Card (IMOB Card) that covers the vaporetto service in the whole city of Venice (+ islands) and the bus service on Lido.

You can buy your IMOB card at the price of €40,00 at the ACTV Ticket Office near the vaporetto stops in Piazzale Santa Maria Elisabetta on Lido. You will need the following documents:

  • a valid identity document with picture
  • the ACTV form (ask for it at EIUC Secretariat) that you need to fill in with your personal data

At this point, with your IMOB card, you can choose three options: 

  • To buy the vaporetto/bus tickets at the reduced price of €1,30  (instead of €7,00)
  • To buy the monthly ticket for vaporettos and buses in Venice-Lido at the price of €37,00 (please note that the monthly ticket is issued on the basis of the calendar month, i.e. 1-30 September)
  • To buy the 10 journeys booklet at the reduced price of €14,00

If you are under 26 years-old, you can have a student’s reduction on the cost of the IMOB and of the monthly ticket price: the IMOB card will cost you only €10,00 but it is compulsory for you to charge it with 1 monthly ticket (e.g. for September 2015). The monthly ticket will cost you €25,00, valid for vaporettos and buses, or € 19,00, valid only for vaporettos for the whole calendar month.

In order to demonstrate that you are a student in Venice, please bring the following documents with you:

  • your identity document with picture + a photocopy of it
  • the specific statement/letter in Italian that you will find in the welcoming pack
  • the ACTV form that you need to fill in with all your personal data (please ask the EIUC Secretariat)

If you are over 26 years-old you are not entitled to student reductions and you will have to purchase the ordinary IMOB card and tickets.

To reach Venice (main islands) from the vaporetto stop at Santa Maria Elisabetta, you can take the following vaporettos:

  • Line 1, which will take you to San Marco (San Zaccaria stop) and up the Grand Canal through Accademia, Rialto and all the way to the railway station (Ferrovia). It is a very romantic trip, but takes a long time.
  • Line 5.2 which goes around the city to Piazzale Roma and the railway station through the Giudecca Canal
  • Line 5.1 which goes round the city to the railway station and Piazzale Roma on the northern side of Venice (Hospital, Fondamenta Nove)
  • Line N which runs all night long with the same itinerary as Line 1

Please check at the Santa Maria Elisabetta vaporetto stop for further information on routes and times or visit the website:  .  


Your monthly vaporetto pass is also valid for the buses on the Lido. Bus Line V goes from Santa Maria Elisabetta to San Nicolò, in a circular line. It leaves from S. Maria Elisabetta every 10 minutes, at 3, 13, 23, 33, 43, 53 past the hour at Monastery at 7, 17, 27, 37, 47, 57 past the hour.


The Alilaguna is the water shuttle assuring connection between Venice (San Marco square), Lido, Murano and the city’s main airport “Marco Polo”. (


Traditionally, the Masterini move around the Lido by bicycle!!  You can buy second hand bike in two bike rentals in Lido:

Gardin Anna Valli, Piazzale Santa Maria Elisabetta, 2/A Tel. +39 041 276 00 05

Tagliapietra Dario, via Sanudo Martin 16 (Sant’Antonio square)

Officina Giacomazzi, via Sandro Gallo 161/c 

Lido on bike, Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta

Tel. 041 5267257

Tel. 041 5260603

Tel. 041 5268019


If interested, please hurry up! Bike shops generally want to get rid of the bikes they rented out during the Film Festival. It is worth trying to negotiate prices.


For those arriving by car, there are ferry-boats connecting the Lido to the Tronchetto station in Venice (and vice-versa). Ferry-boats leave the Lido/Tronchetto in either direction every 50 minutes and the trip takes 35 minutes.

Emergency situations

Health insurance

All E.MA students, since enrolled in Padua University, are covered by the “student insurance policy” as described under the section “Insurance” in this link. European students can also benefit from the EU Insurance Card, which allows EU nationals to receive the same medical assistance they are entitled to in their country. Non-EU students are obliged to take out a private insurance when requesting the VISA. A copy of the insurance is also compulsory at the time of requesting the Permit of Stay. 

These options, however, only cover basic health services, which still often are NOT free-of-charge. For reassurance, you may want to consider taking out additional private insurance. Insurance companies that provide this service are many and we don’t have one in particular to suggest. A full list can be found by contacting your local travel agent or by checking online. 

Each student is responsible for his/her own wellness and so to choose insurance policies most appropriate to his/her needs.


Below is a list of pharmacies on the Lido. Please note that on Sundays and at night there is always a “FARMACIA DI TURNO” open for emergencies. You will usually find the list and the schedule of the shifts at the entrance or on the door of each pharmacy.

SAN NICOLO' Via Tiro, 1, Lido +39 041 526 90 48
INTERNAZIONALE Gran Viale S. Maria Elisabetta, 55/a, Lido +39 041 526 01 17
EXCELSIOR Via Sandro Gallo, 74, Lido +39 041 526 15 87
CITTA’ GIARDINO Via Sandro Gallo, 112/b, Lido +39 041 526 11 30
CA’ BIANCA Via Sandro Gallo, 211, Lido +39 041 526 72 51
SAN SEBASTIANO Via Malamocco, 2/a, Lido +39 041 770 128




DoctorAddressVisits HoursPhone
Dr. Adriano Scaramuzza Via Scutari, 9, Lido / +39 041 526 18 84
Dr. Daniele Giada Via Jenson, 17, Lido /

+39 041 5264397



Dr. Michiel Van’t Laar and Dr. Judith Lennaerts Via Corfù, 8, Lido +39 041 526 90 60
Dr. Lorenzo Carnesecchi Via Dardanelli 11, Lido +39 041 526 77 51
Dr. Renzo Battaglia Via Sandro Gallo, 80c, Lido +39 041 526 04 96


Switch Board Venice Hospitals (Lido, Venice, Mestre)

Tel. 041 5294111

Lido: Ospedale al Mare – Lungomare Marconi

Tel. 041 5295212

Reception: Ospedale San Camillo – Alberoni Lido

(From S. Maria Elisabetta take bus A or B direction Alberoni)

Tel. 041 2207111

Emergency Doctor Service, Lido

Tel. 041 2385668

Important telephone numbers

Emergencies (Ambulance) 118
Police and Carabinieri 112
Fire Brigade (Vigili del Fuoco) 115
Marco Polo Airport – Venice +39 041 260 92 60
INFO Trenitalia (train timetables)
892021 (not from mobiles)


There are several banks on the Lido (CARIVE, Friuladria, Banca di Roma, Unicredit). They are open from 8.30 to 13.30 and closed in the afternoon (or only open from 14.30 to 15.30) and on Saturday. The bank CARIVE, which is also servicing EIUC, offers the possibility to students who would like to open up a bank account during their stay in Venice to do it at very convenient rates.

Rather than opening a bank account, Masterini usually activate a special credit card with the bank Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia. With this card you can add funds (either by depositing it in the bank or receiving it from SEPA region countries only), withdraw money at ATMs, and make purchases directly in stores. This type of card is very popular because it requires less administrative procedures and costs less than opening a bank account. The card has no number stamped on it, each operation has to be validated by a PIN number, and it is possible to use only the actual amount credited on the card. So, no bad surprises in the event of loss or theft. If you also wish to receive money from countries outside the SEPA region, our bank suggests using PayPal first. This means that the money should be transferred first to your PayPal account and subsequently transferred from PayPal to the account linked to the card.


You can buy phone cards, for public phones at the tobacconist (Tabacchi) or newsagents etc. If you would like to buy an Italian mobile, there are two mobile shops in the centre of Lido:

  • Netsolutions, Piazzetta Lepanto
  • Autoservice, in front of the S. Maria Elisabetta Vaporetto Stop 

Extracurricular activities


Free football pitches are available in Venice. From Lido Island, you should take vaporetto n. 1 or 5.1 and arrive to Sant’Elena stop.

NameAddressMain ActivitiesPhone
New Ca’ Del Moro Fitness and Wellness Via Malamocco, 83, Lido New fitness machines and courses of spin-bike, yoga, etc. +39 041 526 97 86
Planet Dance ‘N’ Fitness Lungomare Marconi, 52 A, Lido Dance courses, body sculpt, body work +39 041 242 04 88
Ca’ del Moro Tennis Club Via Ferruccio Parri, 6, Lido It offers some tennis courts and two five-a side football grounds +39 041 770 9 65
Tennis Club Venezia Lungomare Marconi, 41, Lido It offers some tennis courts +39 041 526 03 35
Piscina Comunale Ranazzurra Via Sandro Gallo, 245, Lido Public Swimming Pool +39 041 526 22 22

Other activities

If you wish to learn Italian or another language please note that many students in the past have engaged in practicing language exchanges with their fellow students. Students interested in taking part in such exchanges or in conversation groups can take the initiative and leave a note on the students’ notice board.

Italian classes are also offered in different locations/institutions in Venice. For example, the Dante Alighieri Society in Sant’Elena offers Italian courses for students from abroad. (

Bars, restaurants and cinema

On the Lido:

The Jeroboam, in Via Lepanto (centre), offers to the connaisseurs a vast range of wines, besides the common bar service.

Maleti bar, situated in the centre after Billa supermarket, is a historical meeting point

Al Mercà has recently opened in the middle of Via Lepanto and is a nice place for the aperitif and for a special fish dinner (but it is closed during the winter season).

Al Canton, in front of the vaporetto stops, is a focal point of the winter night life

The Club Davidia on Lungomare G. Marconi, is a small disco. 

In Venice:

the Blue Bar and the Café Noir, close to Campo dei Frari, as well as The Irish Shark near San Marco, were popular among past generations of masterini.

The Caffè Margaret Duchamp in Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro 3019 is the place where students of University Cà Foscari usually have a Spritz (typical Venetian aperitif). 

Also the Orange Bar in the same square is a new focal point for local nightlife.

Bacaro Lounge is also popular and full of people. It’s in Sestiere San Marco 1345

Muro Rialto offers good aperitif in a nice part of Venice, Sestiere San Polo 222


Venice and the Lido are full of restaurants, so it’s hardly necessary to give suggestions in this regard. Anyway, here are some options:

Ristorante la Zucca, Campo San Giacomo dall’Orio, Santa Croce 1762 serves good food at reasonable prices.

I quattro Ferri is a restaurant in Calle Lunga San Barnaba.

Do Mati: a pizzeria and a ristorante, in Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta.


There are three cinemas:

Multisala Astra in Via Corfù 9 in Lido, closed on Monday.

Giorgione, close to Fondamenta Nuove, in Venice.

Rossini, San Marco 3997/a, in Venice.

From time to time they show movies in their original language or with English subtitles. 

Weather information

Venice in autumn (September – November)

Autumn in Venice is generally lovely and offers marvellous sunsets. The daylight hours are about 8 to 9 hours a day. Early autumn is usually fairly dry - the wetter season starts around mid-November. The average temperature is 15°C (59°F).

Venice in winter (December – February)

Generally winter in Venice is sunny and cold. There are not many hours of daylight in December, but by end of January the days lengthen considerably. This season is sometimes wet due to the possibility of fog, Sirocco or rain. Sometimes snowfalls happen in winter. The average winter temperature is around 8°C (47°F) or lower.