del Cinema


How to get there

The NPL Meeting, the most important conference in Italy on NPLs, will be held in Venice as usual but, this year, it will be hosted in an extraordinary location: the Palazzo del Cinema in Venice Lido, the venue for the annual Venice Film Festival takes place in every year. Venice Lido is reachable by boat from Marco Polo airport, Santa Lucia train station and Tronchetto parking. There will be boats available to transfer NPL Meeting guests from one of these points of arrival to Venice Lido on September 27 (about 40 minutes by boat).

We recommend that guests attending or leading workshops on September 27 arrive in Venice Lido on time, at 1:30pm CET. There are trains from Milan and flights from London arriving at about 12pm in Venice; further information about boat transfers will be available a few weeks before the event and will also be sent via email to registered participants.
Transfer at set times from Venice Santa Lucia train station / Marco Polo airport / Tronchetto Parking to Venice Lido on September 27 (about 40 minutes by boat) will be available.


regarding logistics and participation
at the NPL Meeting
(September 27 and 28)

Water transfers to and from Venice Lido (Palazzo del Cinema)

Venice Lido is situated 40 minutes by boat from Venezia Santa Lucia train station and the Tronchetto parking area, and around 50 minutes from the airport “Marco Polo di Tessera”. Banca IFIS has organized return transfers from these three points for the outward journey to Venice Lido (September 27) and return (September 28).

NPL Meeting staff, easily recognizable by their clothing and signs, will be available to help you outside Venezia Santa Lucia train station, at the entrance to the Tronchetto parking lot and at the arrivals point at Marco Polo Tessera airport.

The boats that will carry out the service will have a sign indicating that they are exclusively in service for the Banca IFIS NPL Meeting.

Water transfers September 27

– 1:00 p.m.  from Tronchetto (park auto) to Lido di Venezia
– 12:15 p.m. from Stazione S. Lucia to Lido di Venezia
– 1:00 p.m. from Stazione S. Lucia to Lido di Venezia
– 1:30 p.m. from Stazione S.Lucia to Lido di Venezia
– 12:30  p.m. from Aeroporto Marco Polo to Lido di Venezia

Transfers September 28

– 8:00 a.m. from Tronchetto to Venice Lido
– 7:30 a.m. from Santa Lucia to Venice Lido
– 8:00 a.m. from Santa Lucia to Venice Lido


– 2:50 p.m. from Venice Lido to Tronchetto
– 3:30 p.m. from Venice Lido to Tronchetto
– 2:40 p.m. from Venice Lido to Santa Lucia
– 3:00 p.m. from Venice Lido to Santa Lucia
– 3:20 p.m. from Venice Lido to Santa Lucia
– 2:00 p.m. from Venice Lido to Marco Polo airport
– 3:10 p.m. from Venice Lido to Marco Polo airport

Outside the hours of the service organized by Banca IFIS, there are scheduled water buses and water taxis available at participants’ own cost.

Land transfers for hotels, Palazzo del Cinema, Hotel Excelsior and dinner

To reach your hotels on the Lido, the Palazzo del Cinema and the Excelsior hotel for the workshops and the conference, the run and the Pachuka Beach for dinner, land transfers following a circular route have been organized (itinerary attached). To use this service, you should go to the ACTV stop (public service) nearest to your hotel/nearest to you. The shuttles that will perform this service will be ACTV buses with a sign specifying Banca IFIS NPL Meeting service, and will leave from Santa Maria Elisabetta, the mooring point for public water buses. They will then cover all the points of the Lido where there are hotels or locations dedicated to the NPL Meeting activity. This service can also be used by participants taking part in the run and in the dinner (informal dress code: t-shirt, Bermuda shorts and flip flops).
Attention: if you don’t stay at Venice Lido for the night, to go back to your hotel after the dinner you will have to autonomously use the public transport or water taxis from Santa Maria Elisabetta terminal.

Land transfers September 27

– From 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. continuative service from Santa Maria Elisabetta to Palazzo del Cinema/Excelsior one and return (every 10/15 minutes)
– From 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. continuative service from Santa Maria Elisabetta to Pachuka Beach every 10 minutes
– From 11:00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m. continuative service from Pachuka Beach to Santa Maria Elisabetta every 10 minutes

Land transfer September 28

– From 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. continuative service from Santa Maria Elisabetta to Palazzo del Cinema one and return (every 10 minutes)
– From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. continuative service from Palazzo del Cinema Santa Maria Elisabetta one and return (every 10 minutes)

Collection of accreditation

Participants arriving at the Lido on September 27 should collect their accreditation at the Palazzo del Cinema from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. We ask all participants to pick up their accreditations on September 27 to avoid queues and delays at the accreditation desk on the morning of September 28.
Participants arriving at the Lido on the morning of September 28 will have to collect their accreditations at the Palazzo del Cinema from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
IMPORTANT: Anyone presenting themselves at the meeting without having registered and received confirmation emails from the organizing secretary will not be admitted to the conference

Growing popularity

The Palazzo del Cinema in Lido di Venezia is the main headquarters for the Venice International Film Festival. Built in record time in the Modernist style of the time, it was inaugurated on August 10th 1937 for the fifth edition of the Festival. Featuring a hall and a 1000-seat screening room, the Palazzo del Cinema is a synthesis of Rationalist models. What remains of the original building are the two rounded sides and the lateral façades. With the growing popularity of the Venice Film Festival, which in the early 1950s counted more than one hundred thousand spectators, it became necessary to expand the building. The project was entrusted to the engineer Luigi Quagliata who developed an ambitious design for a five-story building with theatres that could seat 5,000. The Sala Grande was expanded to seat 2,300 spectators; the project also included an open-air arena, office space and services, and a roof garden with a panoramic view of Venice and Lido.

This ambitious project was never completed due to lack of funds: all that was built was the outdoor Arena in 1952 and a small annex on the main façade of the 1937 building known as the Avancorpo, which served to expand the Foyer of the Sala Grande and create an area for offices and services. The Foyer was later reduced to fit the new Sala Volpi screening room and provides both office space and a ticket office.


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We highly recommend to book your hotel in Venice Lido (not other locations)
by the end of July.