When to visit Venice
Such is the beauty of this enchanting city that you will find there is not a bad time to visit and that each season has its own unique charm and plenty going on.
The new year in Venice starts in a grand style with the colourful Venice Carnival which attracts thousands of visitors and is when the city is at it most vibrant. Aside from carnival week this is generally a quiet time to visit Venice, the temperatures can be very cold and you may have to sacrifice having a glass of wine in an outdoor café but in return you will be able to discover the magic of a peaceful Venice.
Spring sees the days get sunnier and the temperature increase, the trees that line the canals come into blossom and the city quietly starts to celebrate the coming of summer. Easter weekend is one of the busiest in the year in Venice. A combination of the religious services observed in Venice and that fact that most of Europe takes a long weekend means that the city is bursting at the seams with visitors. Although this means the streets may be crowded and queues may be long, you will always find plenty going on.
Summer is peak season in Venice and the city is alive with visitors from all over the world. Day times during the summer can be very humid, however the plentiful gelateria’s and pavement cafes provide a wonderful place to cool off. Summer evenings in Venice are magical, settling yourself in a pavement café to watch the sunset over the city is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Visitor numbers start to fall off as Autumn arrives, however this is the time that lovers of the arts flock to Venice. The famous Venice film festival, the festival of contemporary music and the international theatre laboratory are all held during this time. Temperatures can still be warm although the city is prone to frequent rain showers. Should this happen, take solace in a café or museum and emerge to see the sun reflecting on the wet streets of Venice, adding an extra magic to the city.
Christmas in Venice does not attract as many visitors as you might expect. Indeed it is lower key than in other European cities – the decorations are subtler and the Christmas markets, while they do exist, quieter. What this does mean is that you get the chance to experience a true Venetian Christmas by attending carol concerts and masses (most famously the Christmas Eve midnight mass at St Marks Basilica) along with the locals.
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