The Bellagio Center/

Convening Accommodations and Schedules

The Bellagio Center operates two separate buildings for convenings, the Frati and the Sfondrata. Each convening will be assigned one of the buildings based on the number of participants.

Please note that the number of bedrooms represents the total number of participants and their staff we are able to accommodate per convening in each respective building.

The Frati

A 17th-century friary that has been fully modernized. The facility includes 18 bedrooms with private baths, as well as meeting rooms, a dining room, and public informal gathering spaces.

The Sfondrata

A 16th-century building, with an adjacent tower of the same period, and a dock house. The facility includes 22 bedrooms with private baths, as well as meeting rooms, a dining room, and public informal gathering spaces.

Room assignments are made prior to participant arrival. Changes may not be made once participants arrive. Rooms for people with limited mobility are available; if climbing stairs or walking uphill is difficult, please check the appropriate box in the registration form, however elevators are available in each building. Note, we do not allow two participants to share a room in order to accommodate additional participants.

Spouses and Guests. As a matter of policy, the Center does not provide meals or lodging for participants’ spouses, other family members or friends.

Check-in at the Center between 9.00 a.m. and 9.00 p.m. Please note that staff are not available to welcome guests planning to arrive after 9 p.m. If participants are arriving after 9 p.m., they will need to stay overnight at a hotel in order to arrive at the Center the following morning.

Check-out from the bedrooms is by 8.30 a.m. Departures from the Center should be no later than 10.00 a.m.

Keys. Please remember to leave the key on your room desk before you check-out. We will be obliged to charge you € 100.00 (~$110) for lost keys, and flashlights replacement.

There are no radios or TV sets in the bedrooms.

Hairdryer. There is a hairdryer in every room.

Soap and shampoo are available in every room.

Laundry and Ironing facilities. There is a washing machine and dryer (along with washing liquid, an iron and ironing board).

Attire. “Business casual” (jacket, but no ties are required for men) or national costumes are appropriate dinner attire. Casual clothing such as shorts, tank tops, jeans, etc. is not appropriate for dinner but is fine during the day.

Smoking is NOT allowed in any space indoors.

The Bellagio Center provides room and board without charge to participants for the duration of their convening. However, the Center is not able to offer accommodations outside of the official convening dates.

Should you choose to arrive before or stay after your official invitation dates, please arrange hotel accommodation accordingly. Information about local hotels may be found at, in guidebooks to Italy, or through a travel agent.

Meals: The Center provides three meals a day at fixed times—please design your agenda accordingly:

Breakfast: available from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: served at 1:00 p.m. sharp (ending at 2:00 p.m.)
Cocktails: from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner: served at 7:30 p.m. sharp (ending at 8:30 p.m.)

It is expected that all participants will attend all meals. Should you, or your participants, need to be absent at lunch or dinner, please inform your Bellagio Conference Coordinator in advance. Please provide your Meeting Coordinator with at least one day notice if your entire group will be absent from any meal.

One evening during your convening, a joint dinner including your participants and our current residents, will be organized to foster the exchange of ideas across disciplines.

Coffee breaks: coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks and cookies are always available.

We suggest NOT scheduling sessions on arrival and/or departure days due to the Center’s remote location (about two hours away from any of the Milan airports and train station).

Please note that on arrival day, both lunch and dinner are available, while only breakfast is served on departure day.