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Best Time To Visit Venice Italy

So What’s the best time to visit Venice?

Venice has been high up on my bucket-list for ages now. And thank heavens, I am visiting this city of love in March this year.

The fact that I am a travel freak makes pre-planning all the more exciting (not to mention time consuming)! After going through hundreds of travel articles and blogs, I finally settled down for the second week of March.

In many articles, people claimed it to be a year-round destination. Well, priorities differ. What all do you wish to include or exclude from your to-do list determines what time of the year suits you best.

So in this detailed write-up, I am going to give you a point-by-point season-wise description of Venice. I have tried to keep the info as neutral as possible. Hope I am able to help you out!

Foggy and Cold Venice in Dec-Jan

December and January are two of the most desolate and quiet seasons of the year. It’s a whole new world for those who have been to Venice in the noisy roar of July.

There is chill in the air, and the aura is magical. You’d feel like you have dated back in time and are living with Jane Austen or Shakespeare. A picture-perfect place for photographers.

The streets are quiet, as are all the touristy sites. The twilight walkways are no more buzzing with travelers and guides. So for all the art-lovers who wish to swing by in the churches and museums all by themselves, this season is bliss!

Christmas/New Year’s time is lively and sparkling, and also a bit expensive. Other than that, the whole of December and January are pretty cheap.

Also, I’d like to mention that October through January are high-water seasons (Aqua Alta). The side-walks can get flooded. You may have to rent rubber boots from your hotel or any nearby vendor. Although the sightseeing may get hampered due to aqua alta, you could find amusement seeing waiters wearing a handsome tux with rubber boots!

 

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The Febbraio Carnevale ( The February Carnival)

February is the most colorful and vibrant month of the Carnival. Hundreds of tourists pour in to enjoy the spectacle of this event. So the hotels are high-tariff and houseful!

For the party animals, this time of the year would be a great option. Especially the weekend, when people from neighboring cities flood in by train. The streets are extremely crowded, and there’s party everywhere. Special concerts, kids’ events, masquerade balls with costumed participants filling in the streets.

This year’s carnival is over. But for those planning to attend it in 2017, it will be held on 18-28 February, with an add-on weekend of February 11-12.

The Beautiful March-April

That’s when I am going! March and April offer at least 7 hours of sunshine everyday. So the weather could be pleasantly cold.

Good thing about this month- the streets are calm and quiet. You would find fewer tourists, except the Easter vacation. The Holy Week and Easter comes mid to late March. There are more tourists than locals. You’d feel like the whole of Europe comes to Venice for Easter. So for the Musical concert lovers and Beauty pageant fans, this is a great time to visit.

As for April, the Settimana delle Beni Culturali is the Culture Week of the whole of Italy. Most of the state-run monuments and museums are open for FREE and for longer hours! The Accademia, Ca d’Oro and the Archeological Museum are some of these. Check out this website for further details.

The Sunny Side of Venice (May-August)

This is the busiest and the most expensive season of the year. The onset of summers invites family travelers to Venice ┬á(it’s summer vacation time for kids!). Vogalonga, the Boat Race Festival is celebrated in late May, where thousands of participants race to the island of Burano and back.

La Biennale, the famous arts expo begins in June every odd number of years, and runs through November. Art connoiseurs from across the world visit Venice to check it out.

Venice has so many festivals going on every month. The largest of these is Festa del Redentore which takes place in July. It is a gigantic party for Venetians, who celebrate the end of epidemic of 1576.

Be prepared for mosquitoes and heat-waves in the summer, especially the months of July and August.

Venice September through November

This is another highly recommended season for the peace-lovers. The weather is neither too hot nor ice-cold. Hotels and vaporettos can be arranged at comparatively cheaper rates. You may come across a lot of Hollywood visitors around this time, thanks to the Venice Film Festival that takes place in the Lido.

October is very picturesque. The winter is here and so is the ┬áVenice Marathon. November end the months-long Biennale d’Art. And Venice finally begins to feel like a local town.

The sum and substance

as I said, your choice of the best time to visit Venice depends on what you have on your list. The party lovers are welcome between May and August, March-April and Mid September through Mid October is for the loners. To get the chilly feel of this place, winters are a great option.

The peak seasons can leave a hole in your pockets. If you are on a budget-backpackers’ trip, go for the off-season months.

Venice has so much to offer in every month. If you are traveling to Venice for the first time, I’d suggest you to look for an accommodation near the main area, that is San Marco. Almost all the major tourist attractions are located here.

And if you wish to stay away from excessive crowds, choose between the nearby sestieri like Dorsoduro, San Polo, Castello, etc..

Venice is an ‘Automobile Free’ land. So remember to pack in your sports shoes. Walk, walk, walk! And don’t panic if you get lost. Venice is like a beautiful maze, where every street has something unique and pretty.

No matter what time you choose, Venice is going to be AWESOME! So pack your bags and enjoy your vacation!

Make sure to check out a couple other Venice guides I’ve got here:

Popular Venice Points Of Interests

Where To Stay In Venice Italy

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