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Packing for a trip to Venice


ABOVE: In Venice, luggage usually needs to be lugged.

On the "Overpacking" page of our Venice for Visitors article, "Top 10 Tourist Mistakes in Venice, Italy (and how to avoid them)", we warn against traveling to Venice with more baggage than you're prepared to carry. It may seem redundant to repeat the warning here, but with so many tourists struggling to haul giant suitcases through the crowded streets of Venice, we feel compelled to say "Don't overpack!" once again.

Consider these facts:

  • Venice has more than 400 pedestrian bridges, most of them with steps on both sides.
  • Streets are mostly narrow, and they're often crowded with locals and tourists.
  • Even if you hire a water taxi from your point of arrival, it may not be able to drop you off at your hotel. (Not all canals are accessible by water taxi, so you may need to walk a few blocks with your luggage from the nearest boat landing.)
  • In acqua alta season, you may need to lift your bags above the water (especially in the San Marco area) to keep them dry. Even in areas with passerelle, or elevated wooden walkways, guiding a large wheeled suitcase along a narrow plank isn't easy (and is likely to annoy the people who are stuck behind you as you struggle with your bag).

Our advice: Limit your luggage to a wheeled suitcase of carry-on size and a small backpack. If you must bring large suitcases to Venice, do one of the following:


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Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife

I just got back from Venice yesterday! I agree! We decided to walk the 2.2 km to our B&B in the Castello area, with a nice break for lunch BUT we had over-the-shoulder bags and backpacks that were easy to carry! We saved money by getting a vaporetto pass for our last day, which we used ALL day, especially out to Murano and up and down the Grand Canal, basically everywhere they go!

AND, if you are going soon, bring your galoshes!!! We had high tide in the AMs in San Marcos Square and many tourists were ruining their shoes and running around with wet pants all day (it rained all four days). The walkways they put up only go on certain paths AND can get crowded, even now.

I plan to blog about more tips next week, so check it out on my blog.

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