The Best Time to Visit Venice

The Best Time to Visit Venice

Venice is located in the northeast of Italy. The lagoon city nicknamed “La Serenissima” attracts you with its numerous canals, old buildings and the famous Gondolieri. In this article, you will find all the necessary information about the best time to visit Venice. Down below you’ll find a table with all the data you’ll need about the average temperatures and rainfall in Venice. Additionally, there are answers in relation to the weather in all of the different seasons so you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest. This city will enchant you and have you falling in love – I promise!

Climate in Venice

The climate in Venice is can be seen as a temperate one. Due to the many areas of water in the Venice, you will experience pretty high humidity in the city. Due to the maritime climate of the Adriatic, temperatures rarely fall below zero in the winter months from November to March. It gets warmer in Spring. In the months of April and May, it can reach almost 21 degrees Celsius with 8 hours of sunshine. In the summer months of June to August, Venice has a hotter climate. The temperatures can climb up to 28 degrees Celsius and you can let the sun’s rays shine on your face for 8 hours a day. It tends to get milder in the autumn months. Here the average temperatures are between 14 and 17 degrees Celsius. Most of the rainy days await you in April, May, June and November.

Climate Data for Venice

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 6 8 12 17 21 25 28 27 24 18 11 7
Min. Temperature in °C 0 1 4 8 12 16 18 17 14 9 4 0
Hours of Sunshine per Day 3 4 5 6 8 8 9 8 6 5 3 3
Rainy Days per Month 6 7 7 8 8 9 6 6 5 6 8 7

The Best Time to Visit Venice

The best time to visit Venice is in the months of April and May and September, October and November. In this time you can expect milder temperatures and still get 5 to 6 hours of sunshine per day. The hotel prices are cheaper and the lines in front of the main sights are more bearable. At this time you have the opportunity to discover the details in the streets that really make this city so enchanting. Rainfalls and floods occur more frequently in autumn, but they too have their own special charm. The bright welly boots make colourful contrasts with the greyer days and will definitely put you in a good mood.

 

Best time to visit Venice: a monthly overview:

  • April: 17°C, 6h of sunshine, 8 rainy days
  • May: 21°C, 8h of sunshine, 8 rainy days
  • September: 24°C, 6h of sunshine, 5 rainy days
  • October: 18°C, 5h of sunshine, 6 rainy days
  • November: 11°C, 3h of sunshine, 8 rainy days

the Famous Canals of Venice

 

Weather in Venice in Summer and Winter

Whether in the summer with warm temperatures and many tourists or in winter with rainy days and lonely canals – Venice is a special destination in every season. Which side of the Italian lagoon city you like better, you have to decide for yourself. To make your decision easier, I will show you the benefits of visiting Venice in summer and winter.

The Weather in Venice in the Summer

The high summer in Venice in the months of July, August and September come with hot temperatures and only a bit of rainfall. The thermometer can get up to the 30° Celsius mark. The main time for visiting Venice is in the summer months. Therefore, at this time it is particularly full in the streets and canals, as well as at the main sights of the city. In the summer months, many cruise ships come and flood Venice with day trippers. During this time you can count on around 9 hours of sunshine per day. The high humidity in combination with the heat  accumulating in the streets makes long walks torture. So relax with an ice-cold juice and stroll along the canals towards evening or early in the morning.

The Weather in Venice in the Summer Months

  • July: 28°C, 9h of sunshine, 6 rainy days
  • August: 27°C, 8h of sunshine, 6 rainy days
  • September: 24°C, 6h of sunshine, 5 rainy days

View of the Amazing Canals of Venice

 

Summer as the best Venice travel time for activities

In summer you have a guarantee of nice weather. On most days, the sun shines and throws its sparkling rays on the water surface of the canals. If you want to take a gondola, for example, along with the Grand Canal you need to get a ticket.  If the heat becomes unbearable, you can escape to one of the many museums. Venice is especially known for its glassworks in the Murano district. A visit to the air-conditioned museum can be a nice change from the warm temperatures. If you have no problems with the heat, it is worth to walk over the countless bridges and get lost in the city. Behind every corner, there is something new to discover. If you are in the city of love at the end of August, you can look forward to the annual international film festival.

If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can take a trip around Venice. If you use a Vaporetto, the waterbuses of the city, it will take you to one of the nearby beaches in the shortest possible time. Here you can cool off in the sea and soak up the sizzling sun. You should also have the beautiful sister city of Venice Burano on your list for a day trip.

The Weather in Venice in the Winter

If you want to travel to Venice in the winter, you have the choice between the months of November, December, January, February and March. In the winter months, the so-called “Acqua Alta” often arrives. “Acqua Alta” describes the flood that regularly afflicts Venice. The low-lying main squares of the lagoon city are flooded. The Venetians then build wooden bridges over which you can still walk and keep your feet dry. But since, for example, St. Mark’s Square is underwater, so you should definitely have your welly boots in your luggage. The floods are now actually a small tourist attraction. It looks particularly impressive when the surrounding houses reflect on the flooded St. Mark’s Square and the sun turns everything into a glittering wonder world. After about three to four hours, the showers are over and you can move without the wooden bridges. In the winter months, you still expect temperatures around 10 degrees and about 3 to 4 hours of sunshine per day. So don’t let the rainy weather stop you from exploring the city of love in the winter.

The Weather of Venice in the Winter

  • November: 11°C, 3h of sunshine, 8 rainy days
  • December: 7°C, 3h of sunshine, 7 rainy days
  • January: 6°C, 3h of sunshine, 6 rainy days
  • February: 8°C, 4h of sunshine, 7 rainy days
  • March: 12°C, 5h of sunshine, 7 rainy days

A Typical Rainy Day in Venice

 

Winter activities in Venice and the Best Time for Them

During the winter months, Venice is enveloped in a mystical veil of mist that will put you in a unique mood. If you stroll through the empty streets, everything seems even more picturesque and mysterious. At this time, you can get to know the otherwise lively and overcrowded city from its quiet side. The number of tourists is also reflected in the prices. At this time you have the opportunity to get cheap bargains for flights and accommodation in Venice. The queues in front of the sights such as the Doge’s Palace or St. Mark’s Basilica are far easier to cope with. So you can relax and enjoy the wonders of Venice and you do not have to squeeze through clogged streets. And let’s face it, a really hot Italian coffee tastes much better when the temperatures are cooler outside, right? ;)

However, during Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Carnival, the city is once again crowded. Despite the high prices, you should check out the Venice Carnival once in your life. Usually, from the end of January to mid-February, residents and visitors wrap themselves in masks and costumes and celebrate together. Immerse yourself in the colourful crowd and let yourself drift. There are different delicacies on every corner, and one costume is more impressive than the other…

View of Venice during the famous floods

“Acqua Alta” – Flooding in Venice

“Acqua Alta” happens when more water is flooded into the canals of the lagoon city than they can absorb. This pressure arises from different natural phenomena. On the one hand, you have the so-called “Sessa”, a regularly recurring water movement of the Adriatic, where at certain intervals a wave flows in the direction of Venice.  This wave spills back and forth between the Adriatic coast. On the other hand, it can happen that the air pressure is particularly low and the Scirocco pushes the water into the lagoon of Venice. The last factor is the tides. The moon affects ebb and flow and thus the water level in Venice.  If all three factors occur at the same time, the water can rise higher than usual. You do not have to worry about the flooding. Usually, they aren’t dangerous just a nuisance really.

My Conclusion on the Best Time to Visit Venice

The best time to visit Venice is the Spring and Autumn. Here the temperatures are not too hot and if you’re lucky, it does not rain so often. The city shows its quiet and picturesque side and you can explore the pearl of the Adriatic without the typical tourist crowds. Stroll through the streets, relax in a café or admire the architectural masterpieces of the city. In the city of love, there are no real limits to what you can do. If you need more suggestions and Venice tips for your short break, you can check out my travel magazine.