International Aerial Archaeology Conference AARG 2018,
Venice (Italy)  
Aerial Archaeology Research Group (AARG)


The Aerial Archaeology Research Group (AARG) 2018 Annual Meeting will take place in Venice (Italy) from September 12th to 14th 2018, with sessions scheduled on September 12th and 13th. Welcome reception is scheduled on September 11th.

The AARG meeting provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information for all those actively involved in archaeological aerial photography and remote sensing at large, photo interpretation, field archaeology and landscape history. This also includes the use of remote sensing in defining preservation policies for archaeological sites and landscapes.

The 2018 AARG meeting will focus on the following topics (see Programme for a detailed description):

  • Local session: aerial archaeology in Italy
  • Coastal, shallow and lagoon water environments
  • Drones: to drone or not to drone 
  • Remote sensing and Land management: field and agricultural systems
  • Monitoring changes (looting, endangered historical heritage, environmental changes)
  • Aerial archaeology in collaboration – using methodological approaches from other branches of science
  • General discussion: can we stop flying now?


About AARG

Since its foundation in 1983, AARG has actively encouraged exchange of ideas and information on aerial archaeology through its annual conference, specialist meetings and, more recently, through the biannual publication of its newsletter, AARGnews.

 AARG is a registered UK charity (number SC 023162).

You can learn more about AARG's activities here.

Become a Member

Membership of AARG is open to individuals (15 Pound, 17 Euro) and Institutions (25 Pound, 29 Euro). Members receive AARGnews and are kept informed of the annual conference as well as the occasional day schools which are arranged for the discussion of specialized topics. For more information about how to become a member please visit the AARG Membership website page. To renew your membership please visit the AARG Renew Membership webpage.


AARG 2018 Local Organising Committee

Arianna Traviglia
Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Andrea Torsello 
Ca' Foscari University of Venice


  • Carla Ardis (IMT Lucca) - Social Media Manager -  E-Mail
  • Riccardo Giovanelli - Social Media, Video, Logistics -  E-mail


  • Elena Antoniazzi (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
  • Martina Bergamo (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
  • Eleonora Delpozzo (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
  • Beatrice Franchini (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
  • Valentina Giacometti(Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
  • Cecilia Moscardo (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
  • Damiano Paris (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
  • Pier Giorgio Sovernigo (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)

AARG Committee members

  • Chairman: Steve Davis (University College Dublin) -  E-Mail
  • Vice-Chair: Rachel Opitz (University of Glasgow) -  E-Mail
  • Honorary Secretary: Lenka Starkova (University of West Bohemia, Pilsen) -  E-Mail
  • Meeting Secretary: Arianna Traviglia (Ca' Foscari University of Venice) -  E-Mail
  • Treasurer: Willem Vletter (University of Vienna) -  E-Mail
  • Editor, AARGnews: Rog Palmer (Air Photo Services) -  E-Mail


A provisional scientific programme is available for download here.

It includes Papers and Posters on the themes of:

  • Local session. Aerial Archaeology in Italy: the last 15 years. This session features papers on aerial archaeology in Italy and is open to papers dealing with a critical, retrospective view of the aerial archaeology in Italy during the last 15 years. Papers should consider lessons learned, key issues, future challenges and opportunities for innovative approaches.
  • Between the land and the sea. Coastal zones have been foci of activity throughout the human past, for example as valuable areas for resource acquisition (fishing; gathering of shellfish; harvesting of seaweed) and as settlement areas controlling maritime trade. They offer particular challenges as regards airborne remote sensing given that archaeologically they often include remains that are permanently or at least temporarily submerged, and the degree of exposure of these remains may change with each tide. They are also ‘at risk’ environments, with coastal erosion regularly impacting upon archaeological heritage. This session seeks papers dealing with the use of aerial methods in coastal, shallow and lagoon water archaeological survey, for example surveys of intertidal zones, shallow water surveys or of coastal sites under threat.
  • Drones in aerial archaeology (to drone or not to drone). While there is no doubt that drones have democratized aerial archaeological survey, what next for the drones/UAV in aerial archaeology? While site-based drone survey is now common practice in excavation and structure-from-motion photogrammetry is regularly used to create detailed 3-D models of sites and structures, what is the next step for surveys of this sort? As is sometimes the case with lidar and terrestrial laser scanning, is there a risk that making a model has become the raison d'être for the use of drones in archaeology? To explore these ideas papers focusing on critical or theoretical aspects of drone use are particularly welcome.
  • Managing the land.Traces of agriculture and land management are perhaps the most ubiquitous of all archaeological remains visible from the air. These range from field systems and enclosures to evidence of ridge and furrow cultivation to traces of olive groves and orchards. Despite their social significance such features are often overlooked in favour of more ‘monumental’ remains. In this session, we invite papers that focus on critical aspects of enclosure, past agricultural regimes and water management.
  • Monitoring changes. Aerial survey is increasingly used to monitor changes at archaeological sites. This has become especially important in recent times as regards tracking damage caused by looting/deliberate destruction of heritage (e.g. by ISIS in the Middle East), environmental degradation (e.g. erosion of coastal sites) and encroachment of settlement/agricultural activity in archaeological landscapes. For this session we seek papers focused on the use of aerial methods in such monitoring programmes, particularly over medium to long time scales.
  • Aerial archaeology in collaboration. Increasingly, new methods and approaches come to aerial survey through collaboration with other disciplines (e.g. computer science; medical imaging; human geography). In this session we seek to explore these collaborations. Submissions can include papers on automation of feature detection, new ways of visualizing data (both technical and in a social sciences sense) and novel prospection methods which showcase the development of aerial archaeology ‘in collaboration’.

 The scientific programme will be concluded by a General Discussion session titled: 'Can we stop flying now?'

Information on Oral presentations and Posters  

Paper presentations: due to the high number of participants, paper presentations cannot exceed 15 minutes; 5 minutes grace is left for questions and change of speaker on stage. Chairs will keep track of time and stop speakers at the end of their allocated time, if necessary. Video Projectors for Ppt/pdf/video presentations and laser pointers will be available.

Poster presentation: guidelines for poster preparation are available here.


A preliminary programme schedule can be downloaded here (updated 04-09-2018).

Conference overview:

Tuesday 11th September - Informal opening

  • 5:30-7 pm: Opening drinks (evening) - FREE EVENT - BY RESERVATION ONLY 

Wednesday 12th September Paper and Poster Sessions

  • 8:20 am: Registrations
  • 9:00 am: Official Opening - Welcome - Remarks
  • 9:30 am: Themed Sessions
  •      Session: Local session: Aerial Archaeology in Italy: the last 15 years
  •      Session:  Between the land and the sea 
  •      Poster Session
  •      Session: Aerial archaeology in collaboration
  • 6:30 pm: Dragon Boat tour - BY RESERVATION ONLY 

Thursday 13th September – Paper and Poster Sessions

  • 8:10 am: Registrations
  • 8:30 am: Themed Sessions 
  •      Session: Monitoring changes
  •      Session: Drones in collaboration
  •      Poster Session
  •      Session: Managing the land
  • 4:30 pm: General Discussion
  • 5:15 pm: AGM
  • 5:40 pm: Official Closing
  • 8:00 pm: Social dinner - BOOKED ONLY

Friday 14th September - Field Trips

  • 8:30 am: Venice lagoon and the islands  - BOOKED ONLY
  • 9:30: Guided walking tour in Venice (1/2 day) and museum visit - BY RESERVATION ONLY

Social events

Opening drinks (Tuesday 11th September, evening)  Now fully booked!

This is a free welcome event for registered AARG delegates. The event will be hosted by the Correr Museum in St Mark Sq. and will start around 5.30 pm (see more in the Venues section). To attend, please fill out the form that will be emailed to the registered delegates. If you missed the email, contact the  conference organiser.

Dragon boat tour (Wednesday 12th September, evening)  Now fully booked!

This guided excursion is open to a small group of delegates (up to 20) and it will consist of a rowing tour across large and tiny Venetian canals: a unique occasion for experiencing the thrill and excitement of rowing in the Grand Canal and admiring the historic buildings from the exclusive point of view of the water. The Ca' Foscari Sport staff (the skipper - an expert on Venetian navigation, and the head-rower - an expert in navigating dragon boats) will accompany participants during the route.The tour leaves from  Ca' Foscari and continues on through the Venetian canals to Ca' Cappello.

The Dragon Boat is a traditional Chinese sea-going vessel. The paddle rowing is carried out by two parallel lines of rowers: it is a group activity and each participant contributes to navigating the boat. No previous experience is required, but participants should be of average fitness as the temperature might still be high in September.

Cost is 10€ each: instructions about the payment will be sent to the participants. To enroll, please fill out the form that will be emailed to the registered delegates. If you missed the email, contact the  conference organiser. Please note that, given the small number of places available, it is recommended that you enroll only if you are sure to participate. If you have enrolled in the tour, but you need to cancel please contact immediately the  conference organiser.

The tour is now FULLY BOOKED. You can still fill out the form in case of cancellations.

Social dinner (Thursday 13th September, evening)  Now fully booked!

Social dinner will be held in a typical Venetian venue, Al Timon - Antica Mola. The restaurant serves meals of the Venetian tradition, based on fish and shellfish from the Adriatic Sea or the Lagoon, and the vegetables grown in the veggie-gardens of the Saint Erasmus island, the so called ‘Garden of Venice’, rich in vineyards and orchards. Vegan/vegetarian/gluten free options will be available on request.

Post-conference tours (Friday 14th September)

There will be two tours available: one (43€) on boat across the Venetian Lagoon, the other (free), a walking tour across Venice.

Venice lagoon and the islands

This unique tour, customised for AARG delegates, will include navigation across the charming canals and salt marshes of the Venetian lagoon, among forts and monasteries, and guided excursions in the less visited Venetian islands: Torcello, San Francesco al Deserto, Lazzaretto Novo and Mazzorbetto.

The provisional schedule is as follow:

  • 8.30 Leaving from Fondamente Nuove  (private dock: see location in map Venues AARG 2018 below))
  • 9.45 Arrival at San Francesco del Deserto island; guided tour of the 13th cent. monastery
  • 11.00 Arrival at Torcello island; guided tour to University of Venice excavation, to the 7th cent. AD Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta) and the archaeological collections
  • 13.00 Lunch at Mazzorbetto island (hot meal)
  • 15.30 Arrival at Lazzaretto Nuovo; guided tour of the 15th cent Lazaret (Quarantine) premises
  • 17.00 Back to Fondamente Nuove docks

Price (€43) includes transportation via PRIVATE boat, guided tours, a hot meal (with several options for those with dietary requirements), entries to archaeological collections and religious buildings. The boat is equipped with a hybrid engine (diesel – electric) and solar panels to ensure an eco-friendly sailing; it has 56 seats available, two areas for wheelchairs, toilet, side tarpaulins in case of bad weather.

The tour is organised with the support of:

  • Sestante di Venezia, a local company that has been dealing with sustainable tourism and education for the last fifteen years
  • the Città Metropolitana di Venezia (Metropolitan City of Venice) - Culture and Sport Services that provides free access to the Torcello Archaeological Museum. The organising committee is very grateful for their hospitality.

You can find more information on the visited sites here (courtesy of Martina Bergamo).

Venice Walking Tour (free)

The walking tour will include a visit to the renowned Saint Mark (surmounted by the lion) and Saint Todoro's columns, the horses of Saint Mark and the Four Tetrarchs portrait. These are some of the most well known sculptures of the so called ‘Marciana area’ (the area surrounding Saint Mark church), but they are also ancient artefacts that the Venetians reused for their prestige. The tour will commence from these sculptures to elucidate the universe of iconographic symbols to be found in the hearth of Venice and will conclude with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Venice.


  • 9.30: meeting at the St Mark square, under the column with the Lion on top (left column in the pic on the left)
  • 9.50: visit to Museum of St Mark
  • 10.30: exit Museum of St Mark
  • 10.45: visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Venice, St Mark Sq.

The tour will be led by Dr Myriam Pilutti Namer, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

The Procuratoria di San Marco, responsible for the Saint Mark church, and the National Archaeological Museum of Venice supported the tour by offering free entry to the Museums. The organising board  is very grateful for their hospitality.

More information on the visited sites can be found here (courtesy of Myriam Pilutti Namer).

Other opportunities

Delegates can access the exhibition MagisterCanova  Venice, host at the Scuola Grande della Misericordia from 16 June to 22 November 2018, at a discounted price (10 Euros) thanks to a kind offer of the exhibition organisers. Delegates will find in their conference bags a stamped brochure to present to the exhibition counter in order to obtain the discount. For those arriving before the conference and interested to visit the exhibition, please contact the conference organiser to receive a brochure before the registration.

Register   (registration now closed)

The early bird´rate applies until 22nd  June 2018. Regular registration will be available from June 23rd  to August 27th 2018 ONLY (cut-off date). Please note: registration will not be possible after the cut-off date. Enquiries about registration can be addressed to  AARG Chair.

The 'Member' rate applies only to persons registered as paid AARG members for the calendar year 2018. To become a member please refer to AARG website. If you are unsure as to whether you are registered as a member you can contact the  AARG secretary. A discounted rate is available for registered students. To register using this rate, a student identification card valid on the date of booking is required and should be emailed to the  AARG secretary.

The following are the AARG Conference Registration rates for 2018.


Type Early bird registration (until June 22nd) Regular (from June 23rd to August 27th)
Members €100 €120
Non-members €120 €140
Students Member €50 €70


Type Cost per person
Dinner €40
Post-conference tour (boat) €43


Conference Venue

The Conference will be held at Ca’ Dolfin, a 16th Century palace, home to the splendid great hall (Aula Magna) Silvio Trentin, decorated with frescos from the 17th Century, where the conference sessions will take place.

Address: Calle de la Saoneria, 3825/D, Venice. The building can be accessed from Calle Larga Foscari, or from the narrow Calle della Saoneria. We reccomend using the entry from Calle Larga Ca' Foscari as it is more easily accessible.

Accessibility route (only in Italian) to Ca' Dolfin is available here. For support, contact the  conference organiser.

Welcome Reception Venue

The Welcome Reception will be hosted at the Correr Museum in St Mark Square (Piazza San Marco), in the so called Imperial Rooms, and will start around 5.30 pm until 7pm. The event will be held in the Reception Hall of Empress Elisabeth (Sissi). Delegates will walk through the palace Ballroom to access the banquet area and will be able to move around two contiguous rooms.

Delegates will access the reception from the Museum main entry in Piazza San Marco, located right across the Basilica of St. Mark, on the other side of the homonymous square, under the porches (short side of the square). To attend, please fill out the form that will be emailed to the registered delegates. If you missed the email, contact the conference organiser asap: only named guests will be able to access the location.

Please note that guests will have to undergo a security check; big bags, trolleys, umbrellas etc. will not be allowed in the Great hall so plan ahead and leave them at your accommodation. Smaller items can be left for free in the storage room of the Museum.

Conference Dinner Venue

The Conference dinner will be held at Al Timon - Antica Mola located in the Cannaregio district (address: Fondamenta dei Ormesini, 2800). The closest vaporetto stops are San Marcuola or Madonna dell'Orto. The dinner will be held in the internal court of the restaurant, or, in case of bad weather, within a dedicated inside space.




The closest international airport is Venice airport (VCE) with direct connections to many international hubs. The other airport that can be used is Treviso airport (TSF), a hub for many low-cost companies like Ryanair and Wizz.

Information about how to reach Venice or Mestre Venice from the two airports is listed below:

From Venice airport to Venice (historic city) or Venice Mestre (mainland)

VENICE (historic city)

There are several options to reach Venice (historic city) from Venice Airport.


There are two options: the urban line n. 5 or an Air Terminal Shuttle:

ACTV urban line 5. Journey time: Piazzale Roma (23 minutes)

- ATVO AIR TERMINAL shuttle VENEZIA EXPRESS (line 35 Aeroporto Marco Polo di Venezia - Venezia P.zzale Roma). Journey time: Piazzale Roma (20 minutes).

Complete Bus information are available here.

Water Bus (Alilaguna)

The water bus service is provided by the company Alilaguna. If you are lodging in the historic city centre of Venice this is likely your most convenient choice. The water bus stops in Venice at several locations like San Marco, Rialto, Fondamenta Nuove and Le Guglie etc (see here for all the stops). On exiting from the Arrivals hall, go one level up (Departures) and follow the blue sign 'Water Transport' until you reach the dock (7 minute walk). Journey time: Fondamente Nove (38 minutes), Lido (58 minutes), San Marco (1 hour and 12 minutes), Rialto (57 minutes), Guglie (42 minutes).

Information on the water transport are available here.

Price: 15€ one way (a surcharge applies if you buy the ticket on the boat).

Water Shuttle (Airport Link)

Shared speed boat transfer that connects the Marco Polo Airport to the major areas in Venice centre and Lido (fixed stops): Cruise Terminal, Santa Lucia Railway Station, Piazzale Roma, Tronchetto Car Park and more.

Price: 25€ one way.

For booking see here.


Private Boat Transfer between Marco Polo Airport and most areas in Venice centre and Lido (at customer indication).

Please note: restrictions apply. Watertaxi can be convenient for attendees travelling in group up to 8 people.

Price: between 60 and 70€ one way.

For booking see here.


Taxi Service is provided by Cooperativa Artigiana Radiotaxi. Info & reservations: tel. 041 59 64 (24h service).


VENICE MESTRE (mainland)

There are two options to reach Venice Mestre (mainland) from Venice Airport.


ACTV urban line 15

- ATVO AIR TERMINAL shuttle MESTRE EXPRESS (line 25 Aeroporto Marco Polo di Venezia - Mestre Stazione Ferroviaria).

Complete Bus information are available here.


Taxi Service is provided by Cooperativa Artigiana Radiotaxi. Info & reservations: tel. +39 041 59 64 (24h service).

From Treviso airport to Venice (historic city) or Venice Mestre (mainland)

There are 3 options to reach Venice from Treviso:


ATVO line to Piazzale Roma (recommended, as it brings you directly to Venice, without having to pay an extra ticket for the People Mover service - see below)

Barzi Service bus to Isola del Tronchetto + People Mover (automated guideway transit system from Tronchetto)  to Piazzale Roma.

 Bus + train

ACTT/MOM line 6 to Treviso railway station ('Stazione FS'), then train to Venezia Santa Lucia. Journey time: 15-20 minutes to the bus station; about 20 minutes from Treviso train station to Venice Mestre Train Station or about 30 to Venice Santa Lucia Train Station (historic Venice stop).

Where to catch the bus:

  • From the airport: in Via Noalese, to the right of the airport exit.
  • From the station: at De Gasperi bus stop in front of the station.


The service is provided by the company Radio Taxi Treviso. For info and bookings: phone:  +39 0422 431515 Cell (text): +39 338 844 2000.


The train brings you directly into the historical centre of Venice. The main train companies reaching Venice are: Trenitalia and Italo. The final stop for Venice Island (historic city centre) is called ‘Venezia Santa Lucia’. If your accommodation is in mainland, your closest stop is likely ‘Venezia Mestre’. Please check with your hotel.


You can reach Venice by car through motorway (A4 from Trieste and Turin, A27 from Belluno, and A13 from Bologna) and road links (highway SS309 Romea from the Adriatic coast, SS14 from Trieste, SS13 from Treviso, SS11 from Padua). From the edge of mainland, take the Ponte della Libertà (liberty Bridge), which connects mainland to Venice, following the signs to Venice (Venezia). At the end of the bridge you will arrive in Piazzale Roma (Rome Square), the last destination reachable by car in Venice.

The following parking areas are available in Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto area (for the latter, turn to the right 200m before reaching Venice): Autorimessa Comunale, Garage S. Marco and S. Andrea Tronchetto. Cheaper parking lots are available on mainland: S. Giuliano (including a caravan park), Venice city park. More info on parking lots are available here.



A single, one-hour vaporetto trip in one direction costs €7.50, ticket return €15, 24h passes starting from €20. Make sure you buy tickets from local, authorised agencies or nearby automatic machine: refuse to buy them from unauthorised personnel hanging outside the pontoon.

The transport passes works for most all regular ACTV vaporetto (water bus) services around the Venetian lagoon, including to Murano, Burano, Torcello, Guidecca and the Lido islands, and ACTV urban bus services in Mestre, such as to Marco Polo airport, and in the Lido island. They do not cover water taxi services or gondolas, and the Alilaguna ferry service to the airport.

Tourist travel cards are time based passes usable from the time they are first validated for the period chosen, and included in the price is the transport of one luggage item of up to 150 cm as the sum of its three dimensions. Base prices (NOT including extra cost for travel from/to Marco polo Airport):

  • 20,00 € – 1 day
  • 30,00 € – 2 days
  • 40,00 € – 3 days
  • 60,00 € – 7 days

You must validate your ticket before you get on the vaporetto. Transport in Venice is guaranteed on a 24-hour basis. The night service (Line N) is operational from approximately midnight to 5.00am in the morning. Details can be found in the Navigation timetable.


Alilaguna is another public transport service. It has a navigation network of five lines connecting the Marco Polo Airport terminal and the Cruise Terminal to the centre of Venice, the Lido, Murano and Punta Sabbioni. Tickets can be purchased in authorised agencies or by the sailor.


Venice has a bus network connecting it to mainland. ACTV and ATVO buses leave from Piazzale Roma to mainland (Mestre and its city centre, the Venice Marco Polo airport, and the Treviso Canova airport).
ACTV has two night-time lines for Mestre. Details of times and lines N1 and N2.


Venice is a very touristy city, and September is still high-season. Therefore we strongly suggest AARG delegates to make their accommodation reservations early in order not to be disappointed.

There are plenty of accommodation choices in Venice island-city center, from budget B&B to high end hotels: delegates can explore their choices using regular reservation services like Booking or Expedia. Renting an apartment (alone or shared) or just a room in Venetians hosts' homes  is also a popular choice, and there is a large selection of short term rentals: online services like Airbnb, BookingHomeAway, Veniceapartments are the most popular.

Delegates can likely save money by choosing Lido or Mestre as their base; however, if they make reservations in advance they are likely to find similar prices also in the historical city center of Venice. Mestre, connected to Venice via the Liberty bridge, is good base for visiting Venice. Delegates can commute daily Venice from Mestre via train from the Venezia Mestre Train Station and reach Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station in 10 minutes  (this last is located 13 minute walk away from our main Venue); they can also reach Venice via bus in about 15 minutes (using bus line n. 2: bus stop in front of Mestre Train Station's main exit) and get out at the final bus stop (Piazzale Roma). Lido, a long sandbar in front of Venice and a popular Adriatic beach resort, can also offer interesting options, and the possibility of a swim in the Adriatic sea for those residing there; delegates residing in Lido will need a Vaporetto pass to reach Venice island.


The best option for delegates on a budget is probably to share an apartment through services like Airbnb and Booking. If you do not have anybody to share the apartment with, please send an email to our  Sharing Apartment initiative responsible, indicating ‘Shared apartment’ in the Object of your email and we will try to put you in contact with other delegates that are interested in sharing an apartment.

A list of budget hotels and youth hostels in Venice and Mestre is available here:

Venice (historical city center)

  • Domus Civica Hostel offers AARG delegates a special price of 33€/person for single room, 28€ person in shared room (2/3 beds) (add 2€/night to these amounts for Municipality tourist tax). To take advantage of this offer please email asap: and specify you are requesting the AARG conference discounted fee.
  • Ostello Santa Fosca (youth Hostel) is located in the Cannaregio district, 20-25 minute walk from the main Venue.
  • Smartholiday  accommodation is located in the Cannaregio district, 20 minutes walk from the main Venue.
  • Casaccademia this budget accommodation is located in Dorsoduro district, 15 minutes walk away from the main Venue.
  • Dimora Veliero Romantico: this cheap and beautiful hostel is located in Santa Croce district, 10 minutes walk away from both the main station and the main Venue.
  • L’Imbarcadero located in Santa Croce, this brand-new accommodation is located on the famous “Canal Grande” and just 13 minute walk away from the main Venue.
  • Generator Venice is a beautiful and budget accommodation, situated on the Giudecca Island, 20 minutes away from the main Venue (please note: delegates will need a Vaporetto pass to reach the location).

Mestre (mainland)

  • Anda Venice Hostel: this new boutique hostel located 2 minutes on foot from Venice Mestre rail station is offering AARG delegates on a budget a discount between 15 to 20% of its regular fees depending on number of AARG delegates and size of room. Beds in en-suite shared rooms of 6 will cost between 18 to 25 € depending on reservation numbers and number of nights, and the room will be reserved to AARG members only. They also have 9 guests rooms available for existing AARG groups, along with private rooms with queen bed (2 guests max). If you are seriously interested in this offer, please fill out this form before June 25 so that we can provide firm numbers to the Hostel to negotiate fees for AARG . The Hostel opened just one month ago, rooms are in excellent state and provided with blankets and, even being in 6 per room, delegates will have the privacy of their cubicles with power points and safes available. A designer bathroom is en-suite. A gallery of pictures that really reflect the state and quality of the hostel are available here.
  • AO Hostel Venezia Mestre: a brand new hostel 500 m away from the Mestre Train Station. Possibly one of the best option for delegates on a budget.
  • Trains Station B&B: cheap and quite new, this hotel is located just in the station surroundings.

Declaimer: please note that AARG is not an affiliate of any of the accommodation options or web services listed on our website. AARG is not able to and does not screen the accommodation providers and facilities listed. It is your responsibility to review the accommodation provider, the facilities and the conditions on which the conditions are offered. AARG does not take any liability for discrepancies between the accommodation providers' advertisements and the services they actually provide. In addition, AARG does not accept any liability for any loss or damage that you might suffer due to any unsatisfactory accommodation arrangements.

Useful Information


The administrative area of Venice is fairly large, covering the lagoon, islands and mainland as well as the heart of the city. This means that a hotel or a restaurant can have 'Venezia' in its address without being in what we consider the historical Venice city-center. Therefore, pay attention while making reservations to avoid disappointment. 

Venice is composed of more than a hundred tiny islets, packed closely together around canals. The city is in a lagoon, protected from the sea by a long strip of land called the Lido. It is divided into six districts, called sestieri. Around this heart lie other islands which are also part of the city, as well as the 'other' Venezia, its mainland sibling, Mestre.

The six sestieri are: 
San Marco - the most touristy area;
Cannaregio - mostly quiet residential area;
Castello - stretches from the tourist centre to the public gardens in the east;
Dorsoduro - studenty and arty part of Venice;
San Polo - a small area tucked into the top curve of the Grand Canal;
Santa Croce - including the busy bus terminus and quiet lanes.


Venice is for sure a la-la-land, not only for its unique geographic features, but also for the multitude of different dishes and tastes you may encounter during your stay here. Here you call the appetizer 'cicheto', small and tasty food you need to eat with a glass of good wine or spritz, the famous cocktail born in Venice in the late ‘20s mixing Prosecco, Aperol and Soda water. You may want to try to have sprtiz and cicheto during a “bacaro tour”, moving from a “bacaro” (the typical venetian bar) to another.

After the appetizer you should look for some nice and cozy restaurant: if you like fish (well if you don’t like fish you will have a difficult time in Venice) for starters you need to taste “baccalà mantecato” (creamed codfish) and “sardele in saor” (pilchards with vinegar and onions). As the main course, you can’t avoid the famous “Risi e bisi” (risotto with peas), a symbol of the city’s cuisine from the XV century, or “Scampi in busera” (nephrops cooked in a traditional pot with spaghetti). Second courses are a multitude: “Fegato alla veneziana” (venetian calf liver), “granseola alla veneziana” (crabs), “Moleche fritte” or “col pien” (another kind of crab, fried or filled), “Masanete” (the female crab), “Polenta e schie” (polenta with shrimps”, are just a few of the typical dishes of Venice, a city proud and fond of its own gastronomic tradition.

Restaurants are always crowded in Venice: reservation is always recommended, especially for large groups.

Food destinations

Venice is a very touristy city and there have also been recently reports of overcharging (real scams, indeed). There have also been reports of extra surcharges, unordered items and any shortchanging. However, note that pane e coperto (bread and cover) is not a scam. Servizio (service charge) is perfectly legitimate as well (tips are not common in Italy nor requested).

Be careful of restaurants around the San Marco area as they have been known to charge hundreds of euros for simple lobster/fish dishes. Ordering fish which sells by grams is particularly risky. Do an online search or check with your hotel staff for reputable places to eat. Over the restaurant, check the menu for price (including small footnotes) and check your bill.

Note also that almost 95% of restaurants around San Marco are not owned/managed by Italians and 50% only in the rest of the city. It’s likely therefore you are not getting ‘real’ Italian food if you do not pay attention. Avoid the restaurants and bar that have the following:

  • photos of meals in signs outside the restaurant or on the store window
  • the menu is translated in several languages
  • there are Italian flags and Italian symbols everywhere in the restaurant
  • the place is full of tourists
  • there is a waiter at the door alluring people in.

Usually this kind of restaurants are much more expensive and they deliver imported low quality food.

Below a short list of traditional Venetian venues, attended by Venetians, subdivided by clusters of ‘Sestieri’ (six districts of Venice). Check average prices in advance using services like Tripadvisor.




San Marco/Castello

Pizza is really not a Venetian traditional food and most of the pizza-places in Venice have to use electric ovens due to fire concerns. This means that pizza does not really reaches the regular standards as pizza should be strictly cooked in a woodfire oven.
The only recommended pizza in Venice is Rosso Pomodoro, near San Marco, and its twin shop at the Santa Lucia Train Station, platform 1!.
Other info on Pizza in Venice are available here.

Take away

For delegates residing in an apartment a convenient and cheap solution is to purchase a take-away meal. Below a few suggestions:


Most supermarkets have have available take-away food that can be warmed up at home. A map of supermarkets is available here.


Beer is not the most popular drink in Venice (where wine is the ruling drink), so there are few places where you will find a reasonably priced tap beer or a selection of craft beers. Some recommended places are:

Large groups

Few places are able to cater for groups over 15-20 people; below a selection of restaurants able to handle groups:

Interesting food destination suggestions

Delegates can consult the following sites: Telegraph , GuardianBudget traveller.


Desclaimer: please note that AARG is not an affiliate of any of the facilities listed above and is not able to nor screens them. It is your responsibility to review the facilities. AARG does not take any liability for discrepancies between the facilities’ advertisements and the services they actually provide.

Drinking water

One of the favourite saying of Venetians is “l’aqua smarsise i pai”, or in Italian “l’acqua fa marcire i pali” (the water rots the pilons – referring to the foundation pilons of the buildings in Venice). It is normally said to ridicule those who at the table prefer driking water over wine. This does not mean that you should only drink wine while in Venice, of course…

Venice is famous for its fountains: every square (‘campo’ in Venetian) has or used to have a fountain, often flanked by a well. The water flowing from the venetian fountains can be considered almost as spring water. Don't waste money on bottled water in Venice and support sustainable practises: the public tap water is safe, cold, and great-tasting. The maps below show you the location of the fountains still working:  


Sustainable visit

Be aware that strict rules are now enforced in Venice as a consequence of the mass tourism and its 'collater' effects. Please read these guidelines to avoid to encurr in (large) fines:


Student/young researcher’s scholarships for AARG 2018

These scholarships are intended to support bona fide students and young researchers who are interested in aerial archaeology and wish to attend and present at the AARG conference.

There is no application form. Please provide the following information in an emailed headed with “Student/Young Researcher Scholarship”: your interests in archaeology and aerial archaeology; place of study; the name and contact details of a supervisor or employer (email) who can provide a reference; why you would benefit from attending the conference; and an estimate of travel costs to attend. You should be willing to provide a poster, or for exceptional work provide an abstract for a paper under one of the conference session themes listed above.

Applications should be addressed to  AARG Chair Stephen Davis.

Best student/young researcher poster or paper

There will be a competition for the best Student/Young researcher poster or paper, judged by the Chairman and Vice-Chairman. The prize will be a free 2019 conference package (registration fee, dinner and field trip). All entries for the competition must apply for the Student/Young Researchers Scholarships to be eligible.

The closing date for applications is June 1st 2018.


  • For more information about the conference program, please contact the  AARG Chair.
  • For information on becoming a member, please contact the  AARG Secretary.
  • For practical information on the meeting or venue, please contact the  local organisers.
  • Postal address for the Conference: via Torino 155, 30178 Venezia Mestre ITALY.

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ArcLand International Associated Meeting

The ArchaeoLandscapes International Meeting will take place at the Marino Berengo Room (sala Marino Berengo) located at the 2nd floor of Ca’ Foscari Palace, beginning at 9:00 on Saturday 15th September 2018.

Accessible route (only in Italian) available here. For support, contact the  conference organiser.

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