There are no cars in Venice. Students need to be able to carry or roll their own luggage when they arrive and leave. Remember, do not pack any equipment in a check-in bag, make sure cameras and computers are packed in carry-ons. Once travel arrangements are made it is important to check the size and weight restrictions of the individual airline.
There has been a diversity of weather over the past years of the program, even though it has always run from the beginning of May to the beginning of June. Usually the weather is warm and sunny so clothes geared for summer are important. However, it can get chilly in at night so it is a good idea to bring a sweater or jacket. It can be rainy for part of the time, so an umbrella or rain jacket is necessary. Students find that they actually do walk nearly everywhere, so it is important to bring comfortable good walking shoes. There is definitely some free time to go to the beach so packing a bathing suit is important, a beach towel can be purchased cheaply on the island.
Students are asked to have a watch and alarm clock for their rooms, they are asked to be at specific places at specific times. It can be a good idea to bring an ipod, books and maybe some favorite dvds. It is helpful to pick up an Italian phrase book and a Venice Map as well. Italian wall plugs have a different format then American ones it is very important to pick up a few plug adapters, make sure they are for European countries. Although laptops and camera battery chargers do not need converters some electronic equipment (like hair dryers) do, check to see if a converter is need before purchasing one.