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The perils of overpacking for a trip to Venice

Delivery cart in Venice

ABOVE: Just because this man is pushing a heavy load doesn't mean you need to follow his example. 

In our story about the Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Venice, Italy (and how to avoid them), we warn about the perils of overpacking.

The short video below offers a glimpse of what it's like to haul luggage through the narrow streets of a small city with more than 400 footbridges and an estimated 16 million visitors each year.

Please note that the two examples in the video are "best case" scenarios:

  • In the first example, the woman and her daughter are on an uncrowded street with no bridges nearby.
  • In the second example, the travelers are young and fit, their suitcases aren't too bulky, and there aren't many people on the street because it's January (when very few tourists come to Venice).

As you watch the video, try to imagine what it's like to navigate tourist-jammed streets and footbridges with a large suitcase from spring through fall, during Carnival, or on holiday weekends.

Our advice: Park  your larger bags at the railroad station or the Piazzale Roma, and take nothing larger than a carry-on to your hotel.



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