Enjoy a tailor-made retreat at Villa Fabris, Thiene, Italy

Jun 20, 2024

EU values and Enlargement Territorial & local development


Villa Fabris in Thiene, represents an exquisite venue for hosting retreats focused on local democracy-related issues. Nestled in the heart of Veneto, Italy, Villa Fabris offers a captivating environment that seamlessly intertwines history, culture, and contemporary discussions on democracy.

Hosting a retreat on local democracy-related issues at Villa Fabris offers participants a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in an environment that inspires critical thinking and intellectual exploration. Whether engaging in lively debates in the Villa’s elegant salons or finding solace for quiet contemplation amidst the greenery of its grounds, guests are sure to find inspiration in every corner of this wonderful estate.

In addition to its inspiring setting, Villa Fabris offers a range of facilities and services to ensure a seamless and enriching retreat experience. From comfortable accommodations in the Villa’s beautifully appointed guest rooms, or in another locations nearby, to gourmet dining experiences featuring locally sourced ingredients, every aspect of the stay is curated to enhance comfort and enjoyment.

ALDA, the European Association for Local Democracy, co-manager of the Villa, is ready to support the organization, facilitation, and implementation of the retrait offering a wide range of services, thanks to its dedicated team of professionals who are committed to facilitating meaningful discussions and fostering collaboration among retreat participants. Whether you require logistical support, expert facilitation, or access to a wide range of resources on democracy-related topics, ALDA is here to ensure that your retreat is a resounding success.


Logistics and Organisational Service

Space Reservation and Management

  • Booking of conference and meeting rooms
  • Configuration of spaces according to the client’s needs (seating arrangement, round tables, etc.)


  • Customised catering services for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and coffee breaks
  • Different menu including local, international, vegetarian and vegan cuisine


  • Reservation of accommodations at nearby hotel
  • Transportation’s manage between accommodations and Villa Fabris


  • Organisation of transfers to and from nearby airports (Venice, Verona, Milan)
  • Local shuttle services for travel during the retreat

Content Services

Facilitation of Sessions

  • Professional facilitators to moderate working sessions and workshops
  • Facilitation of participatory techniques such as Open Space Technology, World Café and Design Thinking methodologies

Involvement of Experts

  • Inviting international experts in the field of local democracy, governance, active citizenship and other relevant topics
  • Organisation of discussion panels, keynote lectures and Q&A sessions

Training Programmes

  • Customised training courses on specific local democracy topics
  • Customised training materials and handouts for participants

Leisure and Cultural Services

Cultural Activities

  • Guided tours of Thiene and its main historical and cultural attractions
  • Excursions to nearby cities of historical interest such as Vicenza, Verona and Venice

Recreational Activities

  • Organisation of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and nature walks
  • Yoga and meditation sessions in the gardens of Villa Fabris

Gastronomic Experiences

  • Themed dinners with tasting of local wines and typical Venetian dishes
  • Cooking workshops to learn how to prepare traditional Italian dishes

Networking and Social Events

  • Organisation of networking evenings with cocktails and live music
  • Social events and gala dinners to facilitate relationship building among participants

Additional Services

 Technological Support

  • Provision of audiovisual equipment and conference technology
  • On-site technical support to ensure proper operation of all equipment

Promotional Materials and Branding

  • Creation of customised promotional materials for the event (brochures, gadgets, etc.)
  • Branding of spaces with the client organisation’s logo and theme

Documentation and Reporting

  • Video and photo recording services of events
  • Creation of final reports with summaries of the content and results of the retreat

With this wide range of services, ALDA ensures impeccable organisation and a comprehensive and enriching experience for organisations that choose Villa Fabris as the venue for their international democracy retreats

For information please call +39 0444 540146

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