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Venice is one of those cities that you either absolutely love or absolutely hate. Fortunately, I fell head-over-heels in love with the city when I visited this past April. It probably helped that I was visiting during the low season and during cooler weather. I went again this past July and the experience definitely wasn’t as much fun!
This past April, my cousin came over to visit me during a two week break from uni in Germany. He is 27 years old and we decided to embark on a EuroTrip. One of the places on our list was Venice. However, staying on the main island of Venice is so expensive! Instead, we decided to stay on the island of Lido and found Hotel Petit Palace for $150/night. While this was definitely one of the more expensive hotels we stayed at our entire trip, the overall experience definitely was worth it!
The island of Lido is away from the main crowds of Venice ands feels more “home-y.” The people were so extremely friendly, the restaurant (pizzeria) a block away from our hotel was authentic and inexpensive (image: watching soccer games with old, Italian men as they try to explain what is happening in broken English. Adorable.) If you are looking for a quieter, less expensive hotel in Venice, I would highly recommend Hotel Petit Palace. The only downside is that the trek to the main island of Venice can take up to 40 minutes by water bus. However, you pass beautiful sites along the way!
The hotel itself was wonderful. My cousin and I had a very large room overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore, breakfast was included and the options were quite extensive! The staff were very friendly and willing to give us different suggestions/advice for Venice, restaurants, etc. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is going to visit Venice!
View from our room in Hotel Petit Palace
I’ve always been lucky enough to have gone over to Europe for extended periods of time. The first time I went to Europe was for a study abroad in high school in Germany for 6 weeks. The second time was for a university trip my first year of college for two weeks in Paris and Berlin. The third time in Europe was for a 3 month study abroad program in London and this past year, I was in Europe for 6 months studying at a university in Germany.
Packing is definitely not my strong point. I just came home for Christmas Break and packed a huge suitcase to the maximum amount (50 pounds) plus my school backpack and the largest carry-on I could find. Needless to say, both were filled to the top!
While I can initially bring a large suitcase to Europe, I realized that if I planned on doing any additional traveling , I needed to learn to consolidate (such a scary word for me!). However, after embarking on a few trips during some free time in my study abroads, I’m definitely on my way to perfecting my packing skills! Below are my packing essentials, hints, and tricks!
Essentials: Part 1
Essentials: Part 2
What are your packing tips? Anything in particular that works well? Doesn’t work well?