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Warwick has leased teaching premises in Venice for over forty years, elaborating distinctive programmes of study in History and History of Art that continue to attract undergraduate, postgraduate and research applications.

Warwick’s centre in Venice has been housed in the fifteenth century Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava since 2007. This stunning building, in gothic style, belonged to a rich patrician family who exercised considerable power in political and economic spheres.

The base at the Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava, supported by the appointments of staff with primary research expertise in Venice, has provided the opportunity to explore further teaching and research possibilities. All departments and units of the University are invited to develop activity in Venice.

The Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava is a particularly desirable base for conferences, symposia and workshops, bringing together leading academics on the international stage to formulate new ideas. The centre is a launch pad for collaborative teaching and research programmes with European, North American and Asian institutions and scholars.

The Palazzo Papafava is a flexible space and consists of a number of rooms for conferences and other activities to take place. The facility has three main rooms for hire of varying sizes; a main hall (Capacity 150 people) and two seminar rooms (Capacities of 60 and 50 people). In addition there is a small kitchen, toilets and a garden.

The Palazzo has been used for a wide variety of purposes; ranging from conferences and seminars for research groups, study trips via the Centre for Lifelong Learning and larger functions for bodies such as the American Society for Renaissance Studies. In addition to academic focussed activities it has also been used for art exhibitions, weddings and plays host to Circolo Britannico lectures once a week.

Venice itself offers a range of activities in addition to your Palazzo based activities. Guided tours can be arranged via waterway or foot and there are plenty of streets and canals to explore which hide a wide array of architectural and artistic treasures.