Best time to visit Venice

When you travel to any destination is an incredibly personal choice. What some people might think is the worst time of year to visit, others think is the best. Depending on your personal travel preferences, the best time to travel will change. Use the below guide to help you choose the best time of year for you!

If weather is important to you

For some people, the weather can make or break a holiday. Some people dislike the heat, while others can’t stand the cold! So, if you’re after a lovely summer holiday, take our advice below.

Do; Go in July!

July is in the middle of Venetian summer, but don’t worry the average high is still only at 28°. There is little to no rain during this time of year and the nights are warm. Mid-July is the start of summer holidays for most European countries, so heading into Venice early July is a great way to enjoy good weather but also avoid some of the crowds.

You should be prepared for the summer weather with a hat and sunscreen if visiting in July. If you encounter rain in July, it is typically in the form of summer thunderstorms.

Visiting in June or August also will suit you if summer is a high priority for you.

Don’t; Go in November

November is the shoulder heading into winter. There is less to do during November than in other parts of the year. The weather in this month is a bit awkward, it is cool and you will need to pack warm clothing, however, it is not deep enough into winter for frosts or snow.

Some stores and restaurants may also close over this time too due to reduced tourist numbers. Venice’s famous yearly floods also occur at this time of year.

Ultimately, if you’re one for good weather, stick to the mid-year summer.

If you like events

Venice couldn’t pack more into its events calendar if it tried. Each month there is some kind of celebration, exhibition or holiday to enjoy. If you’re wanting to attend some of the biggest and best events in Venice, head to the following.

Do; Go in February, June or December.

February hosts perhaps the most famous event in Venice, Carnevale. For two weeks leading to Shrove Tuesday, the city is alive with events and astonishing costumes. Watch as locals and visitors alike don elaborate and intricate masks and costumes. The city is bustling with people and you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.

June is for the art lovers. The Biennale Art Expo opens every odd year displaying astonishing contemporary art from around the world. Across the month more than 30 countries have exhibitions and works are spread across the city, making it a true public event. On even years there are biennales dedicated to other art forms, so no matter what year you visit you’ll be treated to amazing art.

December is a festive month in most western and catholic countries, Italy is no exception. December brings Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years Eve. Additionally, December 8 is a national holiday. There are lots of Christmas markets at this time of year and amazing fireworks shows. If you’re looking for some festive joy, Venice will certainly provide plenty for you!

Don’t; Visit in October or May

October and May have a few single-day events or celebrations, but they are far from large affairs. Though these months are great times to visit Venice, if you’re after the excitement and hustle and bustle of a festival or event we’d suggest avoiding them.

Overall, Venice has quite a thriving events calendar, and chances are that you’ll find there is at least one day of celebration during your visit. Be prepared, however, that if you wish to visit during a major event season that hotels may charge peak prices and book out well in advance.

If you want to avoid Crowds

Crowds can be loud and frustrating. While some people are happy to just go with the flow and don’t mind the extra people. Others, understandably, are not fans of being squished around with others and prefer quieter experiences.

Do; Visit off-peak

There are several reasons you may choose to visit Venice in low or off-peak season. Generally, this time of year sees fewer crowds and attractions are quieter. However, there are a few reasons why crowds are smaller that you should prepare for.

With the exclusion of Christmas and Easter/Carnevale, low season in Venice runs from November to May. During this time the weather is cooler and you’re more likely to experience a bit of rain.

Though this can put some people off, many people believe that visiting off-peak provides a more ‘local’ experience. Tourist-y places are closed or shut earlier, forcing you into the places the locals enjoy. Visiting at this time of year also puts you at risk of being there for flooding. But really, is there any experience more Venetian than walking through the low waters of Piazza San Marco?

Don’t: Visit in summer

Like most regions in Europe, Venice is chockfull in the summer and if you’re not a fan of crowds you’re not going to have a good time.

Sometimes the key to having a great holiday is knowing your limits. If you know your patience for crowds is low maybe, consider a winter trip. If you’re desperate for a summer holiday without crowds, well, we’re not magicians, sorry. BUT we can suggest you look at booking in a shoulder period. That is, the cusp of peak season starting or ending. This way you should get nice enough weather and a few less people around.

We hope this has helped you gauge what time of year you might like to visit Venice. Ultimately, any time of year is a good time to visit, however by considering your individual needs you can enhance your holiday experience.

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