Venue

TemplateThe school will be held at the Astrophysical Observatory of the University of Padova (IAU code 043), located in Asiago. The Asiago observatory, designed by Daniele Calabi (1906-1964), was founded in 1942. Today it is organized in two sites:

 
  • the main building, in the general vicinity of the small town of Asiago (25-30 minutes on foot), consists of two domes and hosts the Galileo telescope (122 cm), a Multimedia Room and a small museum of scientific instrumentations;
  • the «Cima Ekar» station, at about 1350 meters above sea level, hosts the Copernico telescope (182 cm), which is the largest in Italy, and the Schimdt (92/67 cm) telescope, originally placed in the main building and moved from the original position to take advantage of the higher altitude and lower light pollution.

More information on the instruments and the activities carried out at the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory are available on the observatory web page: www.oapd.inaf.it/index.php/en/asiago-site.html.



About the town

Template Asiago is a popular mountain resort about 100 km far from Padova, at 1010 meters above sea level, in the province of Vicenza; it is the main center of the surrounding plateau region, called the «Altopiano di Asiago» or also «Altopiano dei Sette Comuni». Today, the town is mostly frequented in wintertime, but it can also boast an important summer tourism. Many of the buildings which rise in the town have been destroyed during the First World War; in fact, Asiago has been the scene of a terrible counter-offensive launched by the Austro-Hungarian army in 1916. The impressive «Asiago War Memorial» (in italian «Sacrario») testifies the cruelty of that battle. Among the most important buildings in the city center, reconstructed between 1920 and 1929, there are:

  • the Asiago City Hall, with its evocative tower, in red and white marble;
  • the «Piazza Carli» colored garden, with its octagon-shaped fountain, just in front of the City Hall;
  • the St. Matthew church which hosts some important paintings by Francesco da Ponte (1475-1530).

Asiago is also known around the world for its gastronomic excellence, the «Asiago Cheese» D.O.P. More information about the town of Asiago can be found at the official web page: www.asiago.to.

The Asiago plateau offers many opportunities for hiking, from relaxing walks in the woods near the town to more demanding hiking trails. If you are planning to hike, hiking boots are recommended. A suggested excursion is to the site of historical interest «Monte Zebio» open-air museum, with the reconstrution of the First World War trenches on the Italian-Austrian front. Nearby, «Malga Zebio», an alpine-cottage, offers to the visitors an excellent tasting of their home-made cheeses. For more information visit the website https://www.asiago.it/en/excursions_walks_routes.

   


Weather in Asiago

Asiago is placed at an altitude of about 1000 meters above sea level: summer is normally temperate, with temperatures oscillating between 10-11 °C in early morning and 19-22 °C in the afternoon. In the months of August and September the wheather is quite stable, although some days of bad weather may occur, with low temperatures during the whole day. For this reason, we reccomend the participants to bring warm clothes. For the weather forecasts during the school period you can visit the (italian) website www.ilmeteo.it.



How to reach Asiago

Busses run regularly to Asiago from either Vicenza or Bassano del Grappa. The closest airport is Venice Marco Polo (VCE), which is connected to most European cities and some US destinations. Busses connect the airport to Venezia-Mestre train station, where direct trains to Padova/Vicenza/Bassano leave. We organized a shuttle bus from Padova train station on August 28 in the afternoon (around 5 pm).

From Venezia-Tessera Marco Polo Airport (VCE) to Venezia-Mestre train station
If your flight arrives at the first airport of Venice:

 
  • You can take the ATVO fly-bus to Venezia-Mestre train Station (no intermediate stops). The cost is 10.00 euros per person (baggages included) and the trip takes around 17 min. For more information, time-tables and on-line tickets visit the url: www.atvo.it. Tickets can also be bought at the airport.
  • Alternatively you can take the city bus number 15 of the ACTV company (trip around 25 minutes, get down at the last stop). Cost is 8.00 euros as well. Time-tables are still not available; we will publish the link here as soon as possible.
  • You can also take a TAXI for around 35.00 euros (more information at www.radiotaxivenezia.com).


From Venezia-Treviso Antonio Canova Airport (TSF) to Venezia-Mestre train station
Some people (especially if flying with Ryanair) could arrive to the second airport of Venice, located in the nearby city of Treviso. In this case:
  • You can take the ATVO fly-bus to Venezia-Piazzale Roma (get down at the penultimate stop). The cost is 12.00 euros per person (baggages included) and the trip takes around 1 hr. For more information, time-tables and on-line tickets visit the url: www.atvo.it. Tickets can also be bought at the airport.
  • Alternatively you can arrive at the Treviso train station taking the Treviso AirLink fly-bus (no intermediate stops). The cost is 4.00 euros (with validity of 48 hours); bagagges have no additional costs up to 10 kg weight and 10x25x30 cm size. Otherwise, an extracost will be required.
    Once arrived in Treviso train station you should take a train to Venezia-Santa Lucia (get down at Venezia-Mestre), for a cost of 3.70 euros. For information, time-tables and on-line tickets visit the url www.mobilitadimarca.it or the Trenitalia website (to buy the combined bus+train ticket search solutions from Treviso Aeroporto to Venezia Mestre).


From Venezia-Mestre to Padova station
  Once you are arrived in Venezia-Mestre station, we suggest to take a local train (Regionale [around 30 mins] or Regionale veloce [around 15 mins]) to Vicenza, or Verona Porta Nuova, or Rovigo, or Ferrara, or Bologna Centrale, getting down at Padova. The cost for the local route Mestre-Padova is 3.70 euros. Pay attention that the same route is operated by long-distance trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento), which cost normally much more (around 16.00 euros) for the same duration. Tickets can be bought both on-line (check the website www.trenitalia.it) and in the station.
The meeting point for the bus-transfer to the Asiago Observatory on Sunday 28th will be just outside the Padova train station.


External links
For any other option, please check the following websites:
  • www.veniceairport.it - Venezia-Tessera Marco Polo airport (VCE) website: inside you can find information about transport to and from the airport;
  • www.trevisoairport.it - Venezia-Treviso Antonio Canova airport (TSF) website: inside you can find information about transport to and from the airport;
  • www.trenitalia.com - Trenitalia website: here you can find the train schedule for your trip from Venezia Mestre to Padova or Bassano del Grappa (see below);
  • www.svt.vi.it - Bus company: if you want to arrive in Asiago on your own, it is better to arrive with the train in Vicenza or Bassano del Grappa and then take a bus to Asiago; check this page to check the timetables for your trip Bassano-Asiago (line 1041, about 75 minutes) or Vicenza-Asiago (you should change bus in the city of Thiene).