When to go to Venice: climate, best period and tips month by month

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Joel Fulleda

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Venice is universally recognized as a jewel of architecture, art and engineering, built on foundations removed from the water of the lagoon. It is also the city with the highest density of masterpieces per square kilometer, teeming with commercial activities in the narrow streets: crafts, cuisine and music, just to name a few. Does this peculiarity that makes it unique in the world, that is being "built on water", affect the period of visit by tourists? The truth is that in Venice it is high season all year round. We have also collected useful information on when to go to Venice.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Venice: the cheapest period
  3. Venice in Spring
  4. Venice in the Summer
  5. Venice in Autumn
  6. Venice in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: from a climatic point of view we recommend spring (between Easter and June) or early autumn (September); but the city is also wonderful in winter, on the occasion of the Venice Carnival celebrations.
  • Period to avoid: in summer temperatures are around 27 ° C but the heat felt is greater due to the high humidity. In the middle of autumn, the rains can cause the water level to rise resulting in flooding.

The climate of Venice is moderately continental and typically Po Valley, with cold and humid winters and hot and muggy summers, the presence of the Adriatic Sea contributes to influence temperatures.
The rainfall is quite high between May and June, as well as the first part of winter, where flooding and fog are frequent. January and February are the coldest months of the year, the temperatures fluctuate between 0 ° C and 7 ° C, but on the other hand the snow is almost never seen. The intermediate seasons are particularly pleasant, with temperatures settling between 16 ° C and 19 ° C.

When to go to Venice: the cheapest period

Venice is certainly not one of the cheapest European cities, but with a few tricks it is possible to save money. The most suitable months for a low cost holiday in Venice are October, November, March and April. During the autumn, the phenomenon of high water discourages many tourists and makes the prices of hotels and restaurants much lower.
At the end of March, the pomp of Carnival has just ended, one of the periods of greatest tourist turnout, so it is easy to find good opportunities.

Venice in Spring

In March, we witness the awakening of nature from winter hibernation. This "rebirth" is found not only in parks and public gardens, but also in the bars and restaurants that set up the tables positioned outside. The temperatures settle between 13 and 15 degrees, the rains, however, are not to be excluded, as well as the consequent phenomenon of high water!
In case of bad weather the activities to be carried out are still many, such as the visit to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, churches, palaces, museums and theaters and not to be missed a visit to the Gallerie dell'Accademia to admire one of the most famous works at the world: Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man.

Taking advantage of the clear and sunny days of March it will be possible to take a boat excursion to Murano, Burano and Torcello (from € 20,00) to discover the most famous Venetian islands, admiring the master craftsmen in Murano glass blowing, walking in Burano or discovering the ancient Byzantine churches of Torcello.

During the month of March, the Venetian New Year also arrives in Venice, the so-called Cao de ano. At the time of the Republic of Venice, in fact, the first day of the month coincided precisely with the beginning of the new year, as it signaled the end of the cold and the arrival of spring.

Venice in the Summer

In the middle of summer there is heat and long days that stimulate the desire to be outdoors and tourists can entertain themselves with different activities for all tastes. Summer in the north east can be hot, with temperatures exceeding 30 °, but what complicates things the most is the intense humidity, even more accentuated in a lagoon city like the Serenissima.

Isn't the heat a problem for you? You can take advantage of the long days for splendid walks through the streets. Alternatively, the gondola is also a typical means of transport and you can take advantage of it to explore the city through a gondola tour through the canals.

In Venice there are no discos, but if you are looking for nightlife you can opt for bars and pubs, or choose to spend the aperitif time in the bacari, the typical taverns.

Venice in Autumn

The temperatures of Venice, in Autumn, are still pleasant and are around 18 °, It is one of the best times to visit the city, even if the sky is no longer blue but it often gives way to the gray color, fed by the fog that spreads between streets and canals. The atmosphere is melancholy and almost spooky but at the same time full of charm, ideal for guided tours perhaps combining the visit of San Marco and a traditional gondola ride!
In October the characteristic high water returns, mainly due to the tidal cycle of the Adriatic: a city as ancient as Venice, partially flooded, offers a unique and attractive spectacle, which has been conquering tourists from all over the world for decades.
Although it is considered by all to be a completely Anglo-Saxon phenomenon, few know that the roots of Halloween are surprisingly linked to the Venetian tradition. The activity of carving pumpkins and displaying them, with a light inside, during All Saints' Eve, was in fact an ancient practice widespread in the city, with the name of Suche dei morti or Suca baruca.

Venice in Winter

A winter holiday is a life experience that only Venice can offer. The Christmas atmosphere "heats up" the atmosphere virtually, even if the temperatures are no higher than 7 °.
Numerous theatrical and musical events are staged in December, an ice skating rink is also set up for the more adventurous. During the Immaculate Conception bridge you can enjoy the reflections of the lights and illuminated buildings in the city canal, enjoying the local gastronomy.

In the city, in fact, the holiday is particularly felt and celebrated with the water procession in the Grand Canal which includes a parade of typical Venetian boats.

The Venice Carnival it is the pinnacle of winter celebrations, a real must. These days the Venetian capital becomes the navel of the world. The canals, the villas, the streets of the Serenissima are invaded by people from all over Europe, who want to experience the magic, including elaborate costumes and sumptuous masked balls, of this incredible event in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! This anniversary is the main reason to visit the city in winter!

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: temperatures do not drop below freezing but the cold can be intense, especially if you choose to travel by gondola or vaporetto. The recommended clothing is therefore the typical winter one, with a windbreaker and waterproof shoes.
  • In summer: humidity can increase the sensation of heat, so it is preferable to wear light clothing, a hat and glasses with dark lenses to protect yourself from the sun's rays.
  • In autumn and spring: classic "onion" clothing is recommended, with waterproof footwear and jackets, to follow the unpredictability of temperatures and rain.

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