Traveling To & in Italy
All flights arrive and depart from Venice-Marco Polo airport, where the SBI staff will personally pick you up and drive you to our campus. We recommend that faculty arrive a few days before class begins in order to settle in and beat back jet lag. Matt Benson will work with you to arrange a flight.
A valid passport is required to enter Italy (must expire more than three months after your departure date). If you don't have a passport you can apply here. Please allow at least eight weeks for your passport to arrive. You will be automatically granted a 90 day tourist visa upon arrival.
Arriving in Venice
Once you land in Venice and collect your bags, proceed out of the baggage claim area to the airport lobby. An SBI staff member will be waiting to meet you with a sign. If no one is readily visible, please take a seat nearby and our staff will find you. If your luggage is lost en route, you will need to submit a claim with your airline before leaving the baggage claim area.
Print a copy of our Arrival Information to bring with you:
Your meals and transportation costs will be covered during your stay on campus. If you'd like to have some cash available, the easiest way is to use your debit card to withdraw Euros from an Italian ATM. Debit and credit cards can be used in Italy-- be sure to notify your back before leaving the United States. Travelers checks are not practical.
Packing for Italy
Weather in Italy is hot in the summer, mild in the spring and fall, and cold from November to March. In the winter temperatures indoors are kept much lower than Americans are used to; please pack plenty of layers for winter weather. Snow gear is not necessary.
- Casual/business casual attire for the classroom
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Rain jacket or umbrella
- Warm coat, scarf, and warm layers for November - March
- Casual clothes for evenings or walks
- Valid passport
- Debit/credit cards and proof of health insurance
- Printed flight itinerary and Arrival Information (above)
- Phone/watch/alarm clock
- US to EU electrical adapters (for laptop)
- Camera and memory cards
- Sandals for walking to the bathroom
- Any necessary prescriptions
- Melatonin or sleep aids for maintaining a regular sleep schedule
- Reusable water bottle
- Backpack or messenger bag for sightseeing or field trips
Bedding and towels will be provided, as well as three meals a day. Faculty bathrooms are occasionally shared with students or other guests. Our staff can help you connect to the internet, withdraw cash, wash clothes, or access our library and copier.
communicating with home
Some of the most popular ways to keep in touch with home include:
- Use our wireless internet to send emails and post photos
- Send postcards from Italy (they'll arrive home a little after you do)
- Turn off your cellular data and use the WIFI to iMessage or Skype
- Download Skype on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop for free video calls
- Talk with your cell carrier about an international data plan to send and receive calls
While in Italy the bulk of your time will be spent on campus in the classroom. However, we do our best to make sure that our faculty members get to visit local pizzerias, gelaterias, and cafes in the nearby towns. If you choose, you are more than welcome to schedule a few extra days to see this beautiful country on your own. You can learn more about the area on our Campus Life page.
Faculty members are welcome to bring family members with them. We're happy to accommodate extra guests with lodging and meals for a fee of $45 per day per extra person. You will need to arrange transportation for any personal sightseeing trips; using local buses and trains or renting a car can be convenient and enjoyable. For questions about visiting SBI with family talk with Dr. Matt Benson (he's brought his wife and three children several times).