The congress venue: Bella Italia & Efa Village

The congress will be held at Bella Italia and Efa Village, a large structure that hosts sporting events and conferences, surrounded by 60 hectares of verdant pine forest facing the sea: link.

The venue

The congress area

Bella Italia Village is made of various structures including the Palazzetto arena (Sports Hall).

The congress area includes the Palazzetto (L) and other buildings on the right of the map: Alle Vele (1), S. Maria del Mare (2), Ancora (4) and Erica (6), all reachable in a few minutes' walk.

Programme information

Congress sessions

Congress sessions will be held from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 October:

  • Plenary sessions in Palazzetto
  • Parallel sessions in Palazzetto
  • Workshops in Palazzetto, Alle Vele, S. Maria del Mare, Ancora, Erica, Oasi Verde.
Stay in Lignano Sabbiadoro

Hotels and accommodation facilities

Special offers have been created for accommodation in Lignano for participants in the IFOTES congress, with a minimum stay of 4 nights, from 18 to 22 October 2023.

They are offered by Bella Italia Village and by the hotels belonging to the Lignano Holiday Consortium. You will find all the information below.


Bookings will be processed on a "first come-first served basis" and confirmed upon payment.  Payment details are specified below each offer. 

Cancellation policy

  • Full refund for cancellations notified up to 30 days before the check-in date. 

  • 50% penalty for cancellations notified up to 15 days before the check-in date.

  • 100% penalty for cancellations notified in the last two weeks or in case of no-show (for double/triple rooms: penalties apply in case of total cancellation of the room reservation and in case of reduction in the number of guests per room). 

Requests for cancellation must be sent by email to the booked hotel and are validated by a confirmation response.

Other booking opportunities

Participants are free to make their own searches for room booking opportunities in Lignano through channels other than those negotiated with the IFOTES 2023 Congress Organisation.   

Special offers

Individual booking and Group booking 

For each hotel proposal you will find a link for individual bookings and one for group bookings. A group booking corresponds to more than one room booked and paid by a single person acting as the group's contact person (for example, a TES director who books and pays for a group of participants from her/his listening center). 

The reservation channel reserved to groups is to ensure adequate assistance to those who book and pay for many people together. 

Please make sure you refer to the appropriate reference when booking.

Congress offers

Bella Italia Village

At Bella Italia Village double and multiple rooms are available. 

There is a very limited number of single rooms, only for individual registration, with a supplement of 20,00 Eur per night.

B&B - Bed and Breakfast:  standard double room 84,00 Eur/day; triple room 115,50 Eur/day

HB - Half Board (self-service lunches on 19-20-21-22 Oct. included): standard double room 94,00 Eur/day; triple room 129,50 Eur/day

FB - Full Board (self-service lunches on 19-20-21-22 and dinners on 18-19-20-21 Oct. included): standard double room 104,00 Eur/day; triple room 143,00 Eur/day

Check-in from 4 p.m.; check-out before 10 a.m.

INDIVIDUAL booking:  link to Bella Italia web-page for IFOTES congress and fill in the booking form. In the coupon field enter the code IFOTES2023.  By completing the procedure, you will also be asked if you want to book full board or half board.

Payment: the reservation can be completed by credit card or by paying at least 30% deposit via bank transfer. 

GROUP booking: email to registration@ifotes.org with your booking request, specifying your name, country and city of origin, number of participants, type of rooms requested and dates of stay.

Payment: 20% deposit via bank transfer to confirm reservation; 80% balance by 18 September 2023. 

Congress village

Bella Italia Village***

The Bella Italia & Efa Village tourist sports village in Lignano allows its guests to alternate a peaceful beach holiday with an active and sporting holiday, with lots of opportunities for recreation and relaxation, in complete safety.

Guests will be able to enjoy the peaceful private beach, where you can still see the singular dunes that once characterized the seaside resort, and meditate in the silence of the pine forest, cradled by the lapping of the waves and the song of the cicadas.

Viale Centrale, 29- Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)

Email: info@bellaitaliavillage.com 

Individual Booking 

Group Booking: registration@ifotes.org

Congress offers

Partner hotels of the Lignano Holiday Consortium

The Lignano Holiday consortium offers 4 ***hotels and 4 ****hotels, with the availability of single, double and triple rooms. The special offers below are intended for a minimum stay of 4 nights, from 18 to 22 October 2023. For a different length of stay please contact info@lignanoholiday.com, with IFOTES2023 in the email subject . 

***HOTELS (Adria, Cristallo, Flora, Trieste)

B&B - Bed and Breakfast: single room 45,00 Eur/day; double room 80,00 Eur/day; triple room 105,00 Eur/day

HB - Half Board (dinners on 18-19-20-21 Oct. included): single room 63,00 Eur/day; double room 116,00 Eur/day; triple room 159,00 Eur/day

FB - Full Board upon request.

****HOTELS (American, Atlantic, Columbus, San Carlo)

B&B - Bed and Breakfast: single room 65,00 Eur/day; double room 100,00 Eur/day; triple room 135,00 Eur/day

HB - Half Board (dinners on 18-19-20-21 Oct. included): single room 85,00 Eur/day; double room 140,00 Eur/day; triple room 195,00 Eur/day

FB - Full Board upon request.

Please check for each hotel the standard times for check-in, check-out, breakfast and dinner. Request for changes should be submitted well in advance.

INDIVIDUAL booking: link to the Lignano Holiday web-page for the IFOTES congress and fill in the booking form. For some of the hotels you will find the option for half board booking.

Payment: guarantee upon booking by credit card. Extras to be paid directly to the hotel.

GROUP booking: email to info@lignanoholiday.com, indicating IFOTES2023 in the email subject.  Specify your name, country and city of origin, number of participants, hotel and type of room requested, dates of stay.

Payment: Each hotel has its own payment conditions that will be communicated via email.

Lignano Holiday Consortium

Hotel Adria***

The 3-star superior Adria hotel in Lignano Sabbiadoro boasts a truly enviable location: a few steps from the sea and the centre of Lignano Sabbiadoro, in a very quiet area.

At the Hotel Adria you can enjoy, in an air-conditioned environment, a rich buffet breakfast and an accurate daily menu that allows you to choose between different first and second courses, side dishes and desserts as you like.

Viale del Bosco, 16 - Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)

Walking distance from BIV: 20 min.   By bus: 15 min.

Individual Booking 

Group Booking: info@lignanoholiday.com

Lignano Holiday Consortium

Hotel Cristallo***

Hotel Cristallo is located just a short stroll from the beach. Our many years of experience in the hotel management guarantees a high standard of professionalism, in order to satisfy the requests of the most demanding guests.

The comfortable, spacious rooms offer splendid sea or lagoon views. All rooms have shower, W.C, hairdryer, air-conditioning, central heating, Sat TV, direct dial phone, safe and minibar.

via Tirolo, 2 - Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)

Walking distance from BIV: 10 min.

Individual Booking 

Group Booking: info@lignanoholiday.com

Lignano Holiday Consortium

Hotel Flora***

The 3-star hotel Flora, completely restyled, is located in the centre of Lignano Sabbiadoro near the pedestrian shopping area, Parco San Giovanni and the beach. 

It offers large rooms, all modern furnished, with bathroom, telephone, satellite television and large balcony. Hotel Flora, of the Doimohotels group, is the perfect place for unforgettable holidays in Lignano Sabbiadoro.

Via Aquileia, 8 - Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)

Walking distance from BIV: 35 min.  By bus: 15 min.

Individual Booking 

Group Booking: info@lignanoholiday.com

Lignano Holiday Consortium

Hotel Trieste (Atlantic Depandance)***

You will immediately recognize Hotel Trieste: a young and joyful three stars hotel, one of the most colorful in Lignano Sabbiadoro!

What does it offer? Top breakfast till 12:00 o’ clock, 50 mt. to the beach, parking and Wifi: everything you need from a B&B to live a holiday with no worries!

Via Tirolo, 13 - Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)

Individual Booking 

Group Booking: info@lignanoholiday.com

Lignano Holiday Consortium

Hotel American****

The 4-star-hotel American is located in an excellent position, facing the sea and just a few minutes from the downtown.

It has a private parking, a large garden with swimming pool and a play area dedicated to the children. 

Via Lungomare Trieste, 152 - Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)

Walking distance from BIV: 15 min.

Individual Booking 

Group Booking: info@lignanoholiday.com

Lignano Holiday Consortium

Hotel Atlantic****

Located in a privileged seafront position, overlooking the splendid beach of Lignano, Hotel Atlantic has been equipped over the years with the most modern comforts of a 4-star hotel.

Our hospitality still has a traditional flavour, a human touch, the sheer pleasure of surprising and pampering our guests. In an elegant and refined environment, friendliness, joy and taste will be the distinctive features of our welcome.

Lungomare Trieste, 160 - Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)

Walking distance from BIV: 12 min.

Individual Booking 

Group Booking: info@lignanoholiday.com

Lignano Holiday Consortium

Hotel Columbus****

Hotel Columbus enjoys a splendid location beside the beach of Lignano Sabbiadoro. Its central yet quiet position is only a few steps from the Terrazza a Mare, symbol of the splendid seaside resort on the Northern Adriatic coast.

The Hotel is an elegant modern building equipped with all modern comforts and offers its guests a tranquil, refined and welcoming environment.

Lungomare Trieste, 2 - Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)

Walking distance from BIV: 35 min.   By bus: 15 min.

Individual Booking 

Group Booking: info@lignanoholiday.com

Lignano Holiday Consortium

Hotel San Carlo****

Hotel San Carlo, open all year round, an example of the best Lignano hospitality, has been completely renovated and offers its guests all the modern comforts.

It is located in the centre of Lignano Sabbiadoro, a few steps away from the shopping area, only 100 metres from the beach and has large comfortably furnished rooms, all with air conditioning, heating, private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, Satellite-TV, safe, direct-dial telephone and balcony.

For those who like comfort and for large families, the hotel offers some comfortable suites.

via Codroipo, 16 - Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD)

Walking distance from BIV: 30 min.    By bus: 10 min.

Individual Booking 

Group Booking: info@lignanoholiday.com

Additional services

Lunch breaks

The free time of the lunch break from 12.30 to 14.30 allows participants to have lunch and carry out various sports and recreational activities in Bella Italia village or on the beach.

Several bars and restaurants in the area will be available to congress participants.

To facilitate the lunch break, Bella Italia Village offers the possibility of having a complete meal at its self-service or booking a take-away lunch.

The cost of the lunch ticket for congress participants will be 12,00 Euros per person/meal. 

Travel information

How to reach Lignano Sabbiadoro

Lignano is located on the coast of Friuli Venezia Giulia in north-eastern Italy. It can be reached by car, by train or by plane.


Take the A4 Venezia – Trieste motorway or the A23 Tarvisio - Venezia and exit at the Latisana tollbooth. Continue along the SS 354 road towards Lignano for about 18 km. The A4 and A23 motorways are linked to the main Italian and European motorway intersections.


the closest railway station to Lignano is Latisana. Latisana is connected by train to Venice and Trieste (train timetable). There is a regular daily bus service from Latisana train station to Lignano Sabbiadoro (TPL FVG buses - line 455). The train ticket is valid also for the bus.  Bust stop in Lignano: viale Centrale 29 (colonie). 


There are three main airports in the area: Trieste, Venice, Treviso.

Trieste airport

The closest airport is Trieste Airport. It has direct connections to destinations in Italy, UK, Germany and Spain. From Trieste airport it is possible to reach Latisana by train. The railway station is directly connected to the airport. The trains - direction Venice - run every day almost every hour (timetable). The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. From Latisana to Lignano see info above in "arrival by train".  

Venice airport

Venice "Marco Polo" airport is served by all major airlines. From the Venice airport it is possible to reach Lignano by 

  • bus to Latisana (direct ATVO connection bus number 8). From Latisana  TPL FVG buses (line 455)
  • train: first go by bus to MESTRE railway station (ATVO bus, at variable intervals every 20-50 minutes. Journey approx. 20 minutes).  From Mestre railway station, trains leave almost every hour for Latisana - direction Trieste (timetable). The journey takes approximately 60 minutes.  From Latisana to Lignano see info above in "arrival by train".

Treviso airport

Treviso airport is served by low-cost airlines, with both domestic and international flights to various European countries. It is connected by bus to Mestre (ATVO). From Mestre train station follow the directions given above.

Stay in Italy

General information


Participants are advised to arrange health and accident insurance before travelling to the Congress. The Congress Organisers and the Congress Secretariat shall be exempted from all liability in respect of any loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or inconvenience to any person, his/her luggage or any other property for any reason whatsoever.


Italy is a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement. Visitors from EU countries can enter Italy with a valid national ID card. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport. For some countries a visa is required. For more information please contact the nearest Italian Embassy, Consulate or Travel agent in advance. Information about visas are available on the website www.esteri.it/en/


Official invitation letters may be issued to help overcome administrative requirements of some Countries and will be sent upon request. Please note that such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of IFOTES or the Congress Organisers or the Congress Secretariat to provide financial assistance.


Italy’s national monetary unit is the Euro (€). Currency exchange is provided by banks and exchange agencies. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8 / 8.30 to 13 / 13.30. They are also open in the afternoon, usually from 14.30 / 15 to 16 / 16.30.

ATM (Automatic Teller Machine)

ATMs are located all around the city. They can also be used for cash advances on major credit cards such as MasterCard or VISA.


Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, stores and restaurants.


The electrical current in Italy is 220 volts 50 Hz.


In October, the average temperature on the north-eastern coast of Italy ranges between 13 - 18º C. 


Smoking is not allowed in any indoor public or open to the public venue.


For any emergency, dial 112