Venetian Congress


The EBU Venetian Congress

- spend 8 days in Northern Italy!

15th - 22nd October 2023

Congress Programme

The Venetian Congress will be held over 8 days. Stay at the Pace Park Hotel Bolognese, a historic 19th century villa that has been restored into a beautiful, 4-star hotel.

The Bridge Fee is now included in the package - players no longer need to pay for their bridge fees separately, but they do all need to be members of the English Bridge Union or of another NBO where they live.


The Venetian Congress will take place in October. Accompanied by experienced EBU directors, this bridge programme features a variety of sessions including Swiss Pairs, Open Pairs and Swiss Teams. 

Our setting is the Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese, a historic 19th century villa that has been restored into a beautiful, 4-star hotel. Sitting in 10,000 square metres of rich parkland, the hotel boasts an elegant lounge, and a superb restaurant with terraces overlooking the gardens. The hotelier, Signora Angelica Semenzato, is a keen bridge player and is very much looking forward to hosting the EBU Venetian Congress at her charming property. With an included excursion to the beautiful city of Bassano del Grappa, with its array of historic gems and cultural delights, this holiday has something for everyone.

There are also great local bus options from directly outside hotel there are regular services into the centre of Venice (20 mins) and Treviso (10 mins).

Day Start time End time Description
20:45 23:15 PRE-CONGRESS PAIRS (18 boards)
14:30 16:45 SWISS PAIRS session 1 (2 matches)
20:00 23:15 SWISS PAIRS session 2 (3 matches)
TUE 17 14:30 16:45 SWISS PAIRS session 3 (2 matches)
20:00 23:15 SWISS PAIRS session 4 (3 matches)
20:00 23:15 PIVOT TEAMS (single pivot)
THU 19 14:00 17:15 OPEN PAIRS
20:00 23:15 IMPs PAIRS
FRI 20 14:00 17:15 SWISS TEAMS session 1 (3 matches)
20:00 23:15 SWISS TEAMS session 2 (3 matches)
SAT 21 13:00 15:00 SWISS TEAMS session 3 (2 matches)
15:30 17:30 SWISS TEAMS session 4 (2 matches)
followed by Sponsor’s drinks reception and prize-giving
Closing date for entries is TBC

Master Points

The Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams are Green Pointed, and stratified

The other (single-session) events are Blue Pointed

Venue and Tariff

8 days from £1,195pp
To book

Accommodation bookings should be made with First for Bridge.

Your Tour Includes

  • 7 nights half-board accommodation at the 4-star superior Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese
  • Return airport transfers from Venice Marco Polo (On the 15th and 22nd Oct ONLY)
  • All EBU fees for bridge sessions
  • Green Points for Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams events
  • Drinks package with dinner
  • Included excursion to Bassano Del Grappa, and a distillery visit with a tasting

For an additional charge of £275pp flights will be included from Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester.

Guests can extend their stay and book up to 2 nights pre and post the event. Call the reservations team on 01473 357 031 for further details.

Single Room Supplement from £175.00 (8 days).

Hotel Villa Pace Park Bolognese

The Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese has been in the Semenazto family since 1996, and has been loving restored, and features a new renovated wing which is connected to the main building by panoramic corridors overlooking the park. It boasts delightful rooms with classical and modern furnishings with feature parquet floors, and an elegant lounge and restaurant.

Stay for 7 nights at the 4-star superior Hotel Villa Pace Park Bolognese.

Executive rooms are available at a £75 per person supplement. These spacious rooms offer modern and elegant furnishings, and tea and coffee making facilities. Sole occupancy rooms have a French bed and most have a bath with shower attachment. Double occupancy rooms have a bath and walk-in shower.

Junior Suites are available at a £175 per person supplement. These rooms are 35m squared and offer classical furnishings, parquet floors, and en-suite bathrooms with a separate bath and shower – some have hydromassage showers. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, and slippers provided.

There is a tourist tax of 1.8 euro per person per day payable locally.

Find a partner/team mates

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