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Venice, Italy

Living in Venice

Global Temple Conference

About Venice

The city of Venice and the Biennale will serve as the primary site for experiential learning, and basic shared apartments or hotel rooms, and fully equipped classroom and gathering space will be arranged for students. Additional day trips will be organized to neighboring historical sites and places of interest in close proximity to Venice.

City Overview

If there is a fantastic, exciting and passionate history, it is definitely that of Venice! Venice is home to political purpose, marine, merchants of the nobility, adventurers, artists, warriors and more. Centuries of wisdom, elegance, and culture wait for you in the pages of history in this unique Italian city.

  • Venice, the capital of the Veneto region, has a population of more than 270,000.
  • It is located in the north-east of Italy on numerous small islands in the Venetian Lagoon.
  • The "City of Bridges", as it is usually called, stretches along the mouths of the Po and the Piave rivers. 
  • Venice is surrounded by about 150 canals, and the main mode of transportation is the "vaporetti," or waterbuses or taxis, but it is also easy to visit by foot. Trains also connect the city to the mainland.
  • Nearly 25% of the city's inhabitants live in the historical center, or city of Venice, while another 65% or so live in the mainland or "Terraferma", behind the lagoon, in locations like Mestre and Marghera, and all others live on nearly 100 islands throughout the lagoon. 
  • Venice is often refered to as the city of "gondole", which are the means of transportation used to cross the numerous canals passing through the city.
  • Venice is known for the manufacturing of glass on the Murano island, an artisan activity which has made the city one of the biggest producers of high-quality glass in Europe.

Facilities, housing and meals

The classroom is arranged by Ca' Foscari University of Venice and is centrally located. Students will live in basic shared apartments, with shared bedrooms around Venice. Accommodations and the classroom space are situated in nearby neighborhoods and much of Venice is easily accessible by vaporetto depending on the time of day. Depending upon the specific apartment placement, there may not be full cooking facilities, in which case the program director will recommend local dining options for full-service affordable meals. Meals are not included in the program; however, the program director will host weekly barbecues as well as provide occasional lunches upon arrival and departure. There are several grocery stores in Venice and the program director will inform students of their proximity to such stores.

On a case-by-case basis, graduate students on this program may opt to arrange for their own independent housing but also have the option to stay in program-arranged housing with undergraduate students.