The Boat Party is one of the historical and most important events of ESN Padua. In fact, the 2019 one was the 24th edition in 27 years of ESN Padova history. This is not just a simple boat party, but it is a real day of fun and culture as we let our Erasmus discover the stories and legends of the Venice lagoon and the traditions of its small Murano islands, Burano and Sant'Erasmo.
Every year we organize shuttles that bring about 250 international students from Padova to Fusina port in Venice, where some ESN Padova Volunteers and the boat with its legendary Captain Rudy are already waiting for them.
Once on board, the party begins with open bar, all you can eat food and DJ set.
Gadgets are also delivered to participants, including the special edition glass with the event logo (which can be hang on the neck to not lose it and to be more eco-friendly), a nice memory of this unforgettable event. During the day the ErasmusAwards prize are also delivered to the memorable people that spent the year in Padova.
The first stop is Murano Island where students have the opportunity to discover the ancient art of master glassmakers with a practical demonstration of how they produce magnificent works of art with blown glass, handing down the technique from father to son; we then move on to the Burano Island with its characteristic and unique colored houses, and then we finally land on the Sant'Erasmo Island where the most courageous participants have the opportunity to take a dip in the water.
But it is when the sun is about to set that the real party begins! In the middle of the magical Venetian Lagoon and surrounded by the lights of the romantic Venice. At around 2:00am, after more than 12 hours on the boat, we dock where the shuttles take us back to Padova.
Will you be on board of our boat next year?
There is another historical and important event we have in Padova. It is also the biggest event ESN Padova have been organizing for 15 editions!
The Carnival Party is an event during Carnival period, but it is not just a simple disco party with 1500 participants, but a whole weekend in which many Italian ESN Sections come to visit the city and ESN Padova Volunteers offer them help in finding accommodation and restaurants for meals, a preparty for those who decide to live to the fullest the spirit of Padova, and our amazing the City Tour to discover all the legends that lie within the walls of this beautiful city.
Every year we decide a new party theme, so you can use your fantasy to disguise yourself and be the soul of the night!
The university and the mostly student city offers his 1400 international students the opportunity to come every year in Padova, where ESN organizes more than 40 events per semester! (City tours, parties, trips, daily and weekend excursions, dinners, BBQs, linguistic tandems, sport activities, social events, cultural events and much more...)
All this is possible thanks to the ESN Padova Volunteers, who are constantly motivated to do their best, and event after 28 years of history, the organisation is still doing what was originally born for. To give students their best year of their life.