This winter we were in Venice, as I have mentioned before, and had such a great time. Thinking back on Venice, it was just a great spot and I hope to be able to visit again some day. I shared my 8 must see sights in Venice and now I want to share what you should pack when planning your trip to Venice. It’s such a unique spot and you just want to go with the flow – but there are a handful of items that are very helpful when you are in Venice, Italy.
- Smartphone with GPS enabled – We did not have any phone or data access while we were traveling, so we turned off our data roaming and cellular connection – but by doing so, and leaving it OFF airplane mode, we still had the GPS feature. This was SO much more helpful and useful than a paper map. We did have a map – and when all else fails, we could figure it out – but the canals and “road” ways are so confusing that a paper map is almost useless.
- Venice City Guide Map App (offline content available) – Having an offline guide of Venice was really useful since we did not have any data connection on our phones. It helps with maps, landmark locations, hours, times, or just figuring out what the heck you are looking at. Here are a few suggestions for free travel apps to download before you head to Venice:
- GOOD walking shoes/sneakers – When you are in Venice, you walk walk walk ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT! There really is no way around this if you want to see the majority of Venice. There are no roads, there are no cars, taxi’s, etc. There are barely any bikes. You either walk, or you stay right on the grand canal and that would just be a shame! Bring at least 2 pairs of good shoes – if you are visiting when the water is high, it is very likely your shoes will get wet so having another good pair back at the hotel is good backup!
- Layers! When the sun goes down and the air hits the canal – it gets chilly – at least in the off-season. Dress casual too. There are plenty days of rain, fog and cold air – there really is no reason to not dress comfortably.
- Woman: Cross Body Purses Men: Small Wallet / Money Belt – Venice is virtually crime free and very safe, except for pick pocketing. The first night we were there, waiting for our night tour and Kyle saw two different people get pick pocketed in the matter of 2 minutes. If you are smart about where you keep your belongs and aware of your surroundings you will have no issues. Most of the pick pocketing happens on the Rialto Bridge and in St. Marks Square (when busy). I made sure I had a cross body purse that zipped completely. In crowded areas I made sure to keep it in front of me. Kyle put his wallet in his front pocket and put extra cash and credit cards in a money belt – just to be safe. We had no issues and it wasn’t a big deal – just be a little aware of it. Don’t be one of the MANY woman we saw that had purses wide open and behind them where someone would just reach in and take a wallet and walk away.
- Camera – Venice is so picturesque. It doesn’t even seem real sometimes when the sun is hitting the buildings just right or the moonlight is shining against the canal. You will take more pictures than you will know what to do with!
- A Big Appetite – The food was SO good in Venice. The pizza – amazing – try the Salami pizza (the best “pepperoni” pizza you will have). The pasta was good, the wine was good, the desserts were to die for and of course the cappuccino and espresso were very needed! Plan on eating dinner late with the Venetian rather than the tourists and you will have a better experience. Walking around the back canals at night after dinner is pretty amazing too.