Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Venice: Best in Winter

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Cool, dark, misty and mysterious.

Flooded streets.

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.

Comments

6 Responses to “Venice: Best in Winter”
  1. Candice says:

    Ahhh, the only way I could possibly enjoy winter…in Venice! 🙂
    .-= Candice´s last blog ..Sometimes Growing Up in a Bilingual Country Sucks =-.

  2. Alicia says:

    I love the pics!!! Were they taken during the winter? It doesn’t look as bad a the US North (I’m from Michigan.”

  3. Fenya says:

    I’ll hopefully be going here in October 2012, cannot wait!

  4. Okay, you’ve sold it. I was in Venice in May and loved it, but I can see I’m going to have to go again in the winter. And yes, you are going to ALL the places I like!

    I love that first picture by the way. Beautiful light.

    Keep it up,
    Brian.

  5. Santiago says:

    Hi Kate – I’m planning on going to Venice in November. Do you have any recommendations for hotels, or what area in Venice to stay in? Any thoughts on towns to visit in the Veneto? Thanks!

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