Venice is often considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and with more than 50,000 visitors in “The Floating City” every day, it is one of the most visited and beloved European destination spots. It has a humid, subtropical climate with very warm summers and slightly cooler winters, while the precipitation is spread evenly throughout the year. Overall, the yearly variation is rather small, which makes visiting the city an attractive option all throughout the year.
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The summer in Venice months are warm and less humid, with a slight decrease in precipitation compared to other seasons. Visitors can enjoy the rich traditions, architecture, and celebrated canals in comfort during this popular tourist season.
The mean average temperature of Venice in the summer is an overnight low of 17C and a daytime high of 26.5C
Early summer in Venice is the end of the peak tourist season, but that does not stop the steady stream of visitors to the City of Bridges throughout the summer months. The comfortable weather and decrease in rainfall means that outdoor activities are king, and as much of the city is walkable, without very many cars to speak of, sightseeing the architectural marvels of Venice is a great way to spend a summer holiday. First and foremost should be the Piazza San Marco, the central square of the city that contains Saint Mark’s Basilica, an ornate treasure of Byzantine architecture. Directly next to the basilica is the Doge’s Palace, which used to be the residence of the Doge of Venice, and is designed in the Venetian Gothic style. Architecture in Venice comes from many different historical locations and sources, so there are a number of wonderful architectural tours run by various organizations throughout the city. In that same vein, the Biennale d’Arte Contemporanea (Contemporary Art Festival) begins every June in odd years (2013, 2015…)), while the Biennale d’Architettura (Architectural Festival) occurs every autumn in even years (2014, 2016…).
The Venezia Suona happens in June or July each year, where the entire city is filled with music and hundreds of local bands and individual musicians turn all of Venice into a concert hall for a single day. The Festa del Redentore, held in July, and is the oldest traditional festival in Venice. A pontoon bridge is built between the main island and the smaller island (Giudecca), the canals of the city fill up with boats and celebrating locals, and the whole festival culminates in a huge fireworks display. If the warm, humid weather is too much for you, cool off with some Prosecco veneto and elegant appetizers at one of the countless afternoon wine bars or bistros spread throughout the city. After your afternoon snack, catch one of the newest films at the 11-day Venice International Film Festival held in August.
As autumn arrives in Venice, the temperature lessens slightly from the heat of July and August, making autumn a great time to visit the city. Precipitation increases steadily throughout the season, as does the humidity, but the average number of days with rainfall still remains at 6.5 days per month in the autumn.
The average mean temperature for Venetian autumn is an overnight low of 9C and a daytime high of 17.5C.
The temperature remains warm enough for outdoor activities through much of the fall, though the evenings can get a bit chilly. Many tourists like to spend an afternoon or evening lounging in a gondola with the one they love, being rowed down the complex network of canals that make Venice so iconic and unique. If you want to warm up from the occasional chill of autumnal weather, stop in for a coffee and sweet treat at the historic Café Florian in Piazza San Marco, and listen to the live orchestra playing for the café’s patrons. The season light and magnificent sunsets of autumn draw thousands of admirers to the Grand Canal, which splits the city in two main parts. The best view of the Grand Canal is arguably from the oldest and most famous Rialto Bridge, although another exquisite bridge view can be seen from the Ponte dell’Accademia. While in Venice, you can do as the Venetians do, and take a day trip to the nearby island of St. Erasmo for the Sagra del Mosto Festival, where locals eat homegrown vegetables and food and drink the very first pressing of the season’s wines! If you enjoy watching sports on your vacations, Venice has something particularly unique. The world-famous Regata Storica boat races occur on the first Sunday in September and give visitors a feel for old Venice, with boaters floating down the Grand Canal in 16th century garb during the grand procession, before the four major boat races begin in the afternoon. Also, for a more modern sporting event, the city provides a beautiful ending for the Venice Marathon, held near the end of October.
The comfortable, balmy weather of autumn fades in the winter months in Venice, urging more tourists indoors, away from the chilly, yet humid months of the year. Precipitation continues to average around 6 days per month, but snow is quite rare in the City of Canals.
The average mean temperature for Venetian winter is an overnight low of 0C and a daytime high of 7C.
The winter months in Venice usher many of the city’s visitors into the many world-class museums of the city, like the Galleria dell’Accademica which houses masterpieces from many Venetian masters like Titian, Giorgione, and Tiepolo. The Ca’Rezzonico, an old Baroque palace that is home to a huge collection of 18th Century art including four grand rooms decorated with the works of Tiepolo. A more “off the beaten track” art collection can be founded in the treasury of modern art in The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, directly on the Grand Canal. This top Italian showcase for modern boasts work by Picasso, Dali, Miro, and Jackson Pollock. For more traditional cultural experiences, come out into the chilly canal area for the Festa della Madonna della Salute, a 400-year old festival celebrating Venice’s salvation from a horrible plague in 1630. A long, gorgeous procession occurs across a pontoon bridge to La Salute island and cathedral, followed by a city-wide celebration with traditional food and music. Holiday traditions are private, family affairs in Venice, but on January 6th, you can watch a miniature regatta race, the Regata delle Befane, a rowing race on The Grand Canal. The Venetian Winter Festival fills the city with local traditions, open-air markets, food vendors, ice skating and live music, a wonderful time to mix with locals and experience an authentic, Italian celebration. One frightening, but rare, occurrence in Venetian winter is L’acqua Alta, when high tides roll through the floating city, occasionally flooding the low-lying areas of the city, even high-volume tourist areas like Piazza San Marco. Lastly, enjoy a cup of iconic Venetian hot chocolate after a lengthy afternoon meal of paper-thin pizza, traditional eel dishes, or cicchetti (Venice’s answer to tapas).
As spring blossoms in the city, so too does the sunlight and the influx of new tourists. Expect a slight increase of rainfall, approximately 8 days per month in the spring, with climbing temperatures that make outdoor sightseeing a real treat.
The average mean temperature for Venetian spring is an overnight low of 8C and a delightful daytime high of 16.5C.
A great start to the lively and vibrant spring season in Venice is Carnevale. It is a bit different than the Lenten celebration in other parts of the world, and Venice’s ten-day masked spectacle is the world’s largest and most famous. As the tourists fill up the city for the peak season, many smart visitors choose to go outside the city for some unbelievable experiences. Venice has long been known for its’ legendary glass and hand-woven lace, and the islands of Murano (glass) and Burano (lace) are available for tours to learn more about Venice’s world-famous exports. On Ascension, the 5th Thursday after Easter, visitors can witness the Festa e Regata della Sensa, an ancient Venetian tradition which now culminates in a large regatta or boat race, on the Lido. Despite the crowds, spring is an ideal time to get lost amidst the winding streets and narrow alleys of Venice. You can stumble onto some beautiful, hidden plazas, tucked away eateries, and local, traditional shops when you ditch the map and let the spirit of Venice move you. For those less adventuresome types, follow your map to the Bridge of Sighs, an iconic photo spot and an architectural landmark of the city, located just outside of Piazza San Marco, on the water. If music is your thing, then check out the dates for Veneto Jazz, a festival for jazz greats and amateurs alike to show off their skills in a variety of venues throughout the city and surrounding areas. A final, fun springtime tradition is the Vogalonga, one crazy Sunday in May or June where the city’s waterways are filled with more than 5,000 rowing crafts, as a peaceful and entertaining protest of using motored boats in the historic city’s canals and waterways.
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