Venice: When to go

Queen of the Adriatic

Venice When to go

When to Visit Venice

Spring and fall are typically the mildest times to visit. A Venice draws legion of tourists during the peak travel months of June through September the best time to visit is from late October into April (excluding the massively popular Venice Carnival), which is usually in February. Air fares and hotel prices are lower, too--which means you can allocate your travel budget over a longer period and give Venice the time it deserves. Try to book well in advance to get the best hotel deals.

Weather in Venice

Like Italy’s other great tourist areas, Venice is at its worst in summer (Months such as June-August): it's crowded, oppressively hot and sticky. September is the next best in terms of weather, but October is quieter. Bear in mind that Venice also suffers from frequent thunderstorms and rain showers due to its location on the Adriatic coast. Flooding occurs in November and December, and winter can be unpleasantly cold, although seeing Venice under a layer of snow can cast the aura of a fairy tale. High water (“acqua Alta”) occurs regularly because of the tidal flow of the Adriatic that pushes water into the Venice Lagoon. This happens between September and April, though it’s not unheard of at other times. It is advisable to wear boots when the flooding occurs, also it does not happen every day and is temporary (lasting a couple hours per day). Every year, the city's water levels rise. The muggy summer air cooks the canals and scrapes the paint and enamel from the city's finest pieces of art. Faithful to its origins, everything in Venice seems to be in peril. This has - logically - spiked tourism in Venice, which for years has been the sole means of support for the historic city, so at least you can rest assured that the high prices you'll encounter will be funnelled into programs to renovate the city.