Proper Clothes for Visiting Churches (I)
Luggage and bags: Visits of churches in Venice are things to do and there is dress code for that which is obliged. It is necessary to avoid mini skirts or pants, tops… everything that uncover shoulders and knees. Unless you are properly dressed you will not be allowed to enter a church.
In some churches there are paper covers which can be bought for several Euros, but it is unnecessary expense.
- Religious Travel
- Arts and Culture
You’ll only need essentials
Luggage and bags: Backpacks are the best to store and transport your stuff in, believe me. I use my trekking backpack for all trips, not only hiking ones, but also for city trips. Remember that you’d have to transport your luggage from a boat stop to your hotel and you need to walk over many bridges. I saw so many travellers who had problems in dragging their suitcases (even with rolls) through the narrow calles.
Ladies: bring (hand) bags for your belongings, if you intend to visit San Marco Basilica ! Without any discussion, visitors (who have queued for hours) arriving at the entrance of San Marco Basilica, will be sent back by the guards to drop their backpacks at a specific place, and must start queuing again = see photo 3.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack shoes where you can walk miles with and won’t feel them at any time (the shoes that is). You’ll need them, and even with good shoes your feet will be happy to have a rest in the evening. Bring some good foot cream as well, to prepare your poor feet for the next days’ marathon.
Bring appropriate clothes, and try to leave shorts and spaghetti tops at home, or in your luggage, if Venice is only part of your travel in Europe. Remember, you are in Italy and the people are very much religious; too much flesh (arms and legs) is insulting Italian church habits . Without any discussion, you will be rejected if you intend to visit a church in spaghetti tops or shorts !
Bring a Raincoat (instead of umbrella), as you will be better protected and won’t kill people or pricking out others’ eyes if you are with umbrella among the masses on Piazza San Marco. Plus, if there is rain and wind, your umbrella will be destroyed within seconds (and not mentioning the eyes of other visitors).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are enough supermarkets and beauty shops to stock up whatever you need to buy or forgot back home. Thanks to Chiara, I now know that a nice shop to buy beauty stuff is Bottega Verde, something like the Italian version of Body Shop. It is located in Strada Nuova, in Canaregio, north of Ponte Rialto (see photo). I didn’t use up my stuff, so I only did window shopping, but it looks like a great shop to satisfy your needs.
Venezia has a lot of pharmacies, so you can get any OTC stuff. If you need personal prescription medication, it is always better to bring these from home.
Bring sunsreen in summer and mosquito repellent as well.
Photo Equipment: Oh yes…. this is maybe the most important item to fill your luggage with. Bring enough cards or a possibility to store your photos. You will end up with more photos than you ever can imagine (I took around 3000 or 5 GB in 12 days). There is no problem to buy cards in Venezia, and also no problem get your photos downloaded on a CD. I didn’t try this, as I had my notebook with me, but this is my own personal attitude. Do not forget your wide angle and tele lenses. You will need them ! Wide angle is a must when driving along Canal Grande, and tele lens to zoom in the magnificent details. Fish eye lens, however, is something that won’t work here, as it completely destroys the fine lines of this incredible buildings.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you intend to stay on Lido on one of the camping, yes, you’ll need to bring these. If you intend to come to Lido for some swimming, yes, you also need to bring beach stuff.
Bring binoculars, if you intend to do wildlfe watching in the laguna.
Miscellaneous: Books… yes, you will need them, as it is very much magic to read books about Venezia, sitting on a campo and sipping wine, Spritz or a coffee. I brought some guide books and some books to read while there. As a fan o Donna Leon and her Commissario Brunetti, I brought her newest paperbacks “Blood from a stone” and “Through a glass, darkly”. The latter is about Murano’s glass industry, and I have already written about why this is an important book to bring on Murano
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
How to Pack Light - Women
Luggage and bags: Always pack a fold-up bag in your suitcase that you can use for purchases when your suitcase get over filled. Also try and take expandable suitcase
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 1. Decide what you will wear to travel in.
2. 1 long skirt of scrunchy, naturally wrinkly fabric OR one simple long dress
3. 1 pair light-colored heavyweight pants, jeans type but preferably not blue
4. 1-2 pairs shorts or ¾ pants
5. 1 long-sleeved blouse
6. 4 light tops
7. 1 - 2 bathing suits. Take two if you know you will be changing locations a lot; depending on the heat and humidity, they may not dry overnight (ditto underwear).
8. 3-5 pair’s underwear, 1-2 bras depending on how often you expect to be able to wash items and have them dry by your departure time.
9. 1 oversized T-shirt (for sleeping, beach cover up, etc.)
10. 2 pair’s shoes - 1 pair good walking shoes, already broken in, and one "nice" (but still very comfortable and well-soled!) pair for enjoying the nightlife. Tuck socks into the shoes to save space.
11. 1 windbreaker or other light, waterproof jacket
12. 1 big scarf or square, tie-able sarong - suitable as emergency skirt for monastery and church sightseeing.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 14. Small-size toiletries and makeup (often, lodgings don't provide things like shampoo) –
15. necessary medications in original bottles, tampons, toilet paper, Imodium tablets, sun-block, plasters, sun glasses, sun hat, sun tan lotion mosquito repellent, multi-purpose anti-biotic
Photo Equipment: 13. Camera, extra rolls of film, batteries, chargers etc.
Miscellaneous: 16. daypack, money belt
17. washing powder, pocket knives
18. needle & treat, clothes line, plug for bath/basin, whistle, flashlight, calculator, pen & notebook, Travel adaptor
19. passport, ticket, money, purse
A few things to make life easier.
Luggage and bags: Bring rolling suitcases. Yes, I know everyone says that you have to carry the suitcases up and down bridges. You do, but in between bridges, you get to pull them. Most importantly, if you are traveling via train in Italy, you have to be able to pick up your suitcases/packs, run up and down a flight of stairs, run out the front door down the driveway and back and up and down the stairs again. If you can do that (and not have a heart attack) you are ready to go.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I saw people in flip flops. I couldn't walk down my driveway in flipflops! We wore brown walking shoes. I had New Balance. Mmy husband had Merrill's. We both had hysterically happy feet. We walked on average 7 hours a day in Venice and the CT.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Anti-itch stuff of choice for bug bites.
Miscellaneous: Flashlight- the alleys are REALLY dark at night. All the scary things one has been taught about not going into dark alleys has to be abandoned in Venice. After sun down, all the alleys are dark. The street signs which are mounted 10+ feet up on the sides of a building are nearly impossible to see after dark without some illumination. I took a tiny flashlight which clipped to my fleece zipper pull- convenient and effective. A compass is fun but certainly not necessary. It would be good for kids (or doubting husbands). Mosquito repellant, Tide pen (especially for gelato eaters), a good map (like streetwise) and day pack.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Luggage and bags: If you are like the majority of (budget) travellers in Venice - make sure if you have a suitcase it not only has wheels, but that you are strong enough to carry/drag it up and down stairs/over bridges as you wander around for ages looking for your hotel...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes are a must for Venice's cobble stoned streets....and you will do A LOT of walking here. You may want to bring something a little nicer to wear out at night, but don't plan on walking too far in your stilettos!
Photo Equipment: You will need as many spare digital camera cards or films as you can pack....Venice is so amazing....and ever corner you turn brings with it another photo opportunity.... click!
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Luggage and bags: As many had pointed on VT and everywhere else – the only way to see the Venice is to walk, walk, walk… all over it. It could be very nice to get lost in the labyrinth of narrow Venetian streets, but sometimes is good to know the exact location or something great, important, interesting… just around the corner, could be missed. Therefore the map is needed and the bigger map, the better. Actually, map should be wider than some of Venetian streets :-)
Venice de Agostini Street Map is an excellent pick.
- Hiking and Walking
Shoes for Getting Lost!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes are the most important thing you can bring for walking around this city. It takes a long time to get from point A to point B here, because there's never a straight line (street) between two points. You'll always be wandering around and around, on uneven ground and up stairs and down. It's the only city in which I've ever had a hard time finding places, even with a good map, so I ended up walking around a lot more than I originally planned. My feet were screaming a few times.
I guess if I were a shoe person I'd have put this picture in the shopping tips, but I think if I had shoes like some of these in Venice I would've killed myself! (okay, maybe not, but I would have been very unhappy!)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant is a good idea for at night, too. There is a lot of water around here, after all.
Adaptor may be needed
Photo Equipment: When booking the hotel I was told to bring an adaptor. I had stayed in Italy before and had never needed one, but just to be on the safe side I had asked in the Italy forum. The general consensus was no adaptor is needed.
Well, when I was in the hotel and wanted to recharge my camera, I saw I did need an adaptor after all! Not a transformer, just a sort of in-between- plug. Luckily for me, I was able to get one in the Billa supermarket for about 2 Euro. They only had a few, so in high season I think it's a good idea to bring one from home. It seems that some hotels ( not all) use plugs with three holes and for these you need the adaptor.
Rain Gear and Rubber Boots
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When heading to Venice in the late fall and winter take good rain gear. Low key colors keep you blending in.
A light pair of ploy pro or silk under wear fits nicly under your clothes and can make the cool rainy days much more enjoyable.
Throw 30 extra euros in your kit to buy a pair of rubber boots incase the town floods on the days you are there. They are avalible all over town. While I cannot justfy carring them around for a long trip. Without them on a flood day your activiy will be brought to a stand still. If you do not want to take them with you when you leave make a gift to some one just begining their vist in Venice.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
Carry Plastic...not paper
Miscellaneous: We chose Cash Passport cards, also known as Visa TravelMoney cards, issued by our local CAA club, rather than carry cash. We didn't wish to use our credit cards (easier to negotiate prices with cash in Europe), and DEBIT cards were tied to our bank accounts, allowing us too easy access to funds we didn't wish to spend. Cash passport cards are prepaid, up to $15,000, and are accepted by all ATM machines. We felt that using a prepaid card would help to maintain our travel budget, plus we could access our balance online. We have used these cards exclusively for eight months, and have never been denied funds anywhere in Italy. Check them out.....$3 CDN per transaction.
Also great for younger family members to carry, safer (and not as scary) than providing a credit card for 'emergency' use.
Things to pack for Venice
Luggage and bags: I packed hand luggage only for my 4 day trip in a holdall, plus a smartish roomy handbag. Lost count of the times I was nearly knocked over by rucksack wielding tourists rushing across bridges or Piazzas, or by wheeled cases nearly removing my ankles, as their owners blithely dashed along- Can't begin to imagine how busy it is in summer!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable footwear is essential- I still haven't mastered the Italian art of walking around in high heels!
In December I was glad I'd packed my winter coat, it was quite chilly out of the sun and at night. Plus the locals were usually very smartly dressed, so I didn't feel too out of place. I even got stopped and asked directions in Italian a few times!!
I've just seen an article saying that etiquette wardens are going to patrol St Marks square this summer to combat 'falling standards' such as walking around the city bare chested !!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Compeed blister plasters came in useful!
Plenty of Pharmacies here, but carry your essential medications.
'forget' your perfume/ soap etc. and re-stock with Italian fragrances!!!
'Resolve' or other hangover 'remedies' in case of a few too many Bellinis
Photo Equipment: I'm still not digital- Though Venice has proved that perhaps I should convert!!
It's cheaper to buy film in UK or USA, I paid 5 and 6 euros for 36 exp films - thought I'd brought enough-Hmmm, no I'd used all of my stock on my 2nd day! UPDATE- I'm now digital! So, I now know to recommend plenty of memory cards, spare battery and charger
Miscellaneous: Sunglasses/lip salve-even in Winter
Credit Card etc- Venice isn't always cheap, and there's plenty to buy!
Bubble wrap for those delicate souvenirs, bottles of Prosecco etc.
Binoculars- for viewing Venice from high above etc.
Wet wipes/tissues for before and after eating those delicious ice creams 'on the move'
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Budget Travel
Pack Light and bring Plenty of Euros
Luggage and bags: A rolling bag is a must - yes even with bridges and cobblestones. There's a lot more dragging than lifting, and there is no one to do it for you. We each took one small rolling bag and used a backpack as our carry-on. We also took an extra empty LeSportsac type suitcase and filled it with laundry, using the rolling bags for packing any purchases. Tip: They do not allow backpacks into the museums, you will need to check them - so be sure to carry your valuables separately. We purchased travel pouches for that purpose and were very satisfied with them.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack as LIGHTLY as you possibly can, but realize that even with rain boots, you will be very wet at the end of the day in rainy season. The streets are quite dirty, it won't be enough to "rinse" your pants, you'll either have to wash them or bring a sufficient quantity. I cannot stress enough how important rainboots are at this time of year. Galoshes, overshoes - they must be at least calf height. Even the Italians were asking us where we got our boots! (See our pictures for the calf high flooding in St. Mark's Square, and even light flooding at local bridges. Umbrellas are difficult to use because of the narrow streets and alleys, ponchos are better.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We brought soap and shampoo, but the hotel, a 3 star, did provide it. We brought loads of Pepcid AC (Used them!), Benedryl (used them - mosquito bites - ouch!!), Rhuli-Gel (anti-itch, used it!), Aleve (Used it! Walking for 8 hours/+ per day) and assorted other items. Cough drops are sold everywhere.
Photo Equipment: It goes without saying. Be sure to bring a charger and an adaptor for your charger.
Miscellaneous: Everything in Venice costs a fortune, and dollars are worthless. Although it's great to have credit cards, there are loads of places - especially cafes - that do not accept them. It's cash - in Euros - or go elsewhere. So be sure to always have cash (Euros) on you. ATM's often give better rates than anywhere else.
Luggage and bags: Use a pack sack, cobble stones make it difficult to navigate with luggage on wheels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layer your clothing, there are many areas where sunshine does not penetrate in Venice, so on the canal you are warm, in the interior you may find discomfort.
Bring your old, comfortable runners, they are certainly 'acceptable' in Venice, and throughout Italy.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything you may require is readily available. (except ADVIL)
Miscellaneous: Bank machines are plentiful, so access cash only when needed. You will get a better hotel rate, and prices on goods if you offer to pay cash. Often merchants will add a surcharge if you present credit card for payment.
If there is any chance of rain...
Miscellaneous: If there is any chance of rain, bring an umbrella. Since the umbrella will be turned, twisted and possibly blown away, bring either two or three cheap ones or a good one. I bought the Jack Wolfskin umbrella for hiking, which doesn't mind getting turned or twisted.This is not just good for Venice in rain, of course, but also for any outdoor activity in autumn in Germany.
- Hiking and Walking
WARM WINTER CLOTHING
Luggage and bags: I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A WARMER COAT WITH ME...ALSO THE GLOVES MY FRIEND IN SWITZERLAND WOULD HAVE ALSO BEEN GREAT IN VENICE..ESPECIALLY FOR ME BEING USE TO HAWAIIAN WINTERS..LONG JOHNS CAME HANDY..AND MY EXTRA SHIRTS KEPT ME SOMEWHAT WARM...
BUT IF YOU AREN'T USE TO COLD WINTERS..PLEASE TAKE PLENTY OF WARM CLOTHES.....
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: SOME WARM SHOES WILL MAKE ALL THAT WALKING A LOT MORE PLEASANT FOR THE FEET. ESPECIALLY IF THEY KEEP THE WATER OUT OF THE INSIDE OF THE SHOES...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ON THIS ONE ..I JUST PRAYED TO STAY HEALTHY...
Photo Equipment: IF YOU STAY AT A BED AND BREAKFAST..REMEMBER TO TAKE A CHARGER AND CONVERTER TO RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES FOR THE DIGITAL CAMERA. THE PLACE I STAYED ONLY HAD REGULAR OUTLETS ...
Miscellaneous: BE OPTOMISTIC ..EVEN IF THINGS SEEM TO BE GOING WRONG...
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