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A number of our current and past students have written blogs about their experiences to help you gain insight into student life in Venice. If you would like to add a blog to our website, simply get in contact with us!

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First Impressions

Freya Ball

3rd Year History Student

It’s been a month since I flew out from Heathrow to begin my term in Venice and a lot has happened during this time – a lot of socialising, studying, accustoming and eating. A throwback to freshers where I had the opportunity to meet loads of new, different and exciting personalities along with... read more

Fri 27 Oct 2017, 00:00

Arrivederci Venezia!

Samantha Haynes

3rd Year History Student

After an intense ten weeks of studying at Warwick’s Palazzo Pesaro Papafava in Venice, my time living abroad has finally come to an end. I took a moment to reflect upon my overall experience here whilst crossing the serene lagoon, taking the Alilaguna boat for one last time on my way to Marco Polo airport... read more

Mon 10 Dec 2018, 15:07

Careers in Venice

Charlotte Wilson

3rd Year History Student

As many students will know, the first term of an undergraduate’s final year is mad busy for graduate scheme and internship applications. It’s also when undergrads who don’t yet know what they want to do after graduation begin to panic and seek careers advice. All of this career stress, and we leave to spend this... read more

Thu 29 Nov 2018, 16:26

A Weekend in Florence

Samantha Haynes

3rd Year History Student

At the end of week seven, aware that time is hurtling ever closer towards the final weeks of my term studying Renaissance history in Venice, I took a trip along with two of my course mates to Tuscany. A visit to the famous and culturally-rich city of Florence during my studies in Italy was my top priority... read more

Thu 22 Nov 2018, 16:06

Charlotte Goes Traveling

Charlotte Wilson

3rd Year History Student

Instead of the usual Reading Week in Week 6 of term, the Warwick in Venice programme has a Travel Week. Taking advantage of being in Italy, a focal point of much of our studies, we are permitted and encouraged to travel around the country and soak up valuable resources in the architecture, galleries, and libraries of... read more

Mon 19 Nov 2018, 12:08

My Travel Week: Visiting Rome and Verona

Samantha Haynes

3rd Year History Student

After an intense but fascinating first five weeks studying in Venice, in week six of the academic year we were encouraged by our tutors to explore more of Italy. Venturing out of Venice and the comforting environment of Warwick’s Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, which we have now become acclimatised to, students... read more

Sat 10 Nov 2018, 15:02

Warwick in Venice leaves Venice

Charlotte Wilson

3rd Year History Student

The Warwick in Venice programme consists of two site visits outside of Venice, which is a great way to see hidden historical and natural gems in the countryside of the Veneto region. One is to the city of Mantua in the final week, and the other is to visit two UNESCO recognised Palladian villas near Vicenza where we ventured... read more

Wed 31 Oct 2018, 16:55

Buon Appetito! A Review of Venetian Restaurants and Culinary Experiences

Samantha Haynes

3rd Year History Student

My preconceptions about Venetian cuisine as being similar to that in the rest of Italy have vanished since I arrived here four weeks ago at the end of September. Venetian cooking truly stands out as unique in contrast to the techniques I have sampled in regions in both Northern and Southern Italy... read more

Thu 25 Oct 2018, 11:35

Warwick in Venice Site Visit – The Arsenale and The Museo Storico Navale

Samantha Haynes

3rd Year History Student

The unique opportunity to go and visit a historical site within Venice can give a more clear image to the topics being taught by through the university module syllabus. During my second week studying here, professors Jonathan Davis and Luca Mola organised a site visit to the famous Arsenale and the Museo... read more

Wed 17 Oct 2018, 19:22

Finding Our Feet

Charlotte Wilson

3rd Year History Student

To kick off this Warwick in Venice blog is a piece on finding our feet in our first week, discussing the challenges we encountered and the help we have received from the Warwick History department. I had avoided visiting Venice before this term abroad in order to really relish the surprise and beauty of the city when we arrived... read more

Tue 16 Oct 2018, 18:38

Venetian Rituals: Madonna della Salute Festival

Freya Ball

3rd Year History Student

National holidays are fundamental traditions which are practiced in most countries all over the world and none more so the case than in Italy, specifically Venice. Venetian rituals have been a part of the city’s culture and history since its origins many centuries ago and seeing as though one... read more

Sun 26 Nov 2017, 00:00

What to do during travel week

Freya Ball

3rd Year History Student

Long essays have been handed in and unfortunately travel week has already come to end here in Italy. Our one week of freedom has long been anticipated for so I thought to let you guys know what we got up to, and in particular what we would recommend for anyone in this position next year... read more

Sun 19 Nov 2017, 00:00

Eating in Venice

Freya Ball

3rd Year History Student

Just a brief follow-up from my last blog on my first impressions of Venice I thought to discuss another one of the most pressing issues on my mind whilst living in this city – Venetian food! Below I’ve made a list of the places to shop in the city, my favourite cafes and unfortunately for want of... read more

Tue 31 Oct 2017, 00:00

My Trip to Padua

Kristie Beddoes

3rd Year History of Art Student

The final day trip that I have yet to talk about while I was in Italy was my trip to Padua. All History of Art students were invited to visit Padua to see the interior of Giotto’s amazing Arena Chapel, Donatello’s bronze equestrian Gattamelata sculpture, and the Basilica of St Anthony... read more

Wed 08 Feb 2017, 00:00

My Trip to Verona

Kristie Beddoes

3rd Year History of Art Student

Another one of the beautiful cities that I was lucky enough to visit was Verona. The city is full of many stunning and historical buildings and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After stopping for a gorgeous hot chocolate and a slice of cake, I made my way into the heart of the city, the... read more

Mon 23 Jan 2017, 00:00

My Trip to Milan

Kristie Beddoes

3rd Year History of Art Student

During my term abroad in Venice, I was lucky enough to visit many of the large cities on mainland Italy, including Milan. Due to time restraints, I only had time to stay in Milan overnight so I didn’t get to see all that the city had to offer but just the the interior of the train station was something for the... read more

Wed 18 Jan 2017, 00:00

My Travel Week in Florence

Kristie Beddoes

3rd Year History of Art Student

During my travel week in Italy, I stayed in Florence for a week. As a disclaimer, I have wanted to visit Florence for many years now and it has been top of my cities to see for a while and although it was beautiful and full of history, art and culture, it was not as striking as Venice and it really... read more

Mon 19 Dec 2016, 00:30

My Term Abroad in Venice

Kristie Beddoes

3rd Year History of Art Student

Venice was one of the most beautiful cities that I have ever seen and I had the opportunity to actually live there for 10 whole weeks! It is true that it has a charm and mystery unlike any other city in the world and it never gets boring, especially with the threat of (high water) at any time. The... read more

Mon 19 Dec 2016, 00:00

My first week in Venice!

Kristie Beddoes

3rd Year History of Art Student

Hi everyone! I have now completed my first week in Venice and it is absolutely amazing here. It was my first time travelling on a plane on my own and my first time travelling to a foreign country on my own so it was an interesting experience (I also got stopped on the way through security because a... read more

Mon 10 Oct 2016, 00:00

My packing list for Venice and my tips on how to pack lightly when you move in!

Kristie Beddoes

3rd Year History of Art Student

Hello everyone! It’s less than two weeks now until I fly out to Venice and I’m still freaking out over what to pack! But having only one suitcase and one lot of small hand luggage has made me realise how little I actually NEED to take with me for the whole term so maybe it will help condense your list... read more

Mon 19 Sep 2016, 00:00