Venice: Best in Winter
Cool, dark, misty and mysterious.
This is how Venice should be seen.
I’ve been to Venice twice: once in November and once in June.
It was like visiting two different cities.
Venice in November is quiet. It’s flood season, and every local will be clad in tall boots. You might need to cross Piazza San Marco on wooden planks.
It’s much easier to get around, too. While you’ll find tourists in Venice year-round, there are blessedly fewer in the winter. Hotels are cheaper, there are no lines at attractions, and the gondoliers will bargain a little bit harder for your business.
Compare that to Venice in June: sticky heat, unbearable crowds, screaming children, and foul smells in the air.
I’m not saying that Venice in the summer is terrible — some of my friends who are going this summer were worried! Venice is Venice, and it’s marvelous and magical, no matter when you go.
But if your heart is set on a trip to Venice, consider the off-season. This is one destination where going in the off-season has a huge payoff.
Some cities are most beautiful under blue skies. Venice isn’t one of them.