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Student view of Venice

Rachel ScawinRachel Scawin, History of Art - Venice term 2006

Venice is a fantastic city to live and study in, and really brings the History of Art course to life. We have two lectures a week and one seminar, but in addition to this there is a weekly site visit to places of interest around the city, such as churches, the Scuole Grandi and St Mark’s Square, and also out of town trips to Padua, Ravenna, Torcello, Murano and Vicenza.

The University has just acquired a new base, the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, which not only has its own library, but also computers and printers and there is wireless connection to the internet, so it is easy to research for essays and also to keep in touch with everyone back home!

Chiara, the Programme administrator, organises accommodation in Venice, and comes to England in the second year when you choose which flat you would like. The flats are dotted around the city and also on the Lido. Nowhere is too far from the Warwick base and it is easy to get around the city by using the vaporetto, which gives you fantastic views of the city!

We are all self-catered, so it’s a great opportunity to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from the Rialto market, which gives both better quality and value for money than the supermarket. When you want to eat out, there is, of course, excellent pizza, pasta and ice-cream!

Venice is renowned for aqua alta, which is great fun, as long as you have wellies! Rather than being a trial, it adds to the city’s charm! You feel like a real Venetian wearing wellies, while the tourists try to keep their feet dry!

Another aspect of the term in Venice is Travel Week, when you can choose to travel anywhere you like. Florence and Rome are popular choices, although people have chosen to go further afield, such as Vienna and Budapest. It’s an excellent opportunity to see another city and enjoy going around the sites, and then, when you return to Venice, it really feels like home!