Winter, Spring, Autumn
March – May
LCY → VCE
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 22 £GBP (30 min)
Bus: 3 £GBP (30 min)
Ferry: 5 £GBP (70 min)
In Italy they ‘un certo non so che’. The French say ‘un je ne sais quoi’. Whatever language they speak, almost everyone who visits Venice agrees this magical city has ‘got something’. Maybe it is in the network of canals that weave their way around the city under elaborate stone bridges and run into beautiful turquoise lagoons. Or maybe it is in the elegant gondolas that glide across the water, deftly handled by boater hat-wearing and serenading gondoliers.
Maybe it is in the labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways that open into large, sun-soaked piazzas, or in the lavish 16th and 17th century palaces and gleaming gilded domed Byzantine basilicas. Maybe it is in the vibrantly-coloured Murano glass that decorates shop window displays, or in the succulent seafood served at trattoria and washed down with a glass of Bellini. Stunning and spellbinding Venice is all of these things and more. Feel it on your Venice holidays.
Venice has a Mediterranean climate, but is rather wet year-round. Typically the most pleasant and suitable for holidays in Venice weather is experienced in spring and from the middle of September.
Winter can be cold, with fog occurring frequently and occasionally some freezing is experienced in January. The 24-hour average temperature in January is 3.3 degrees Celsius (37.9 Fahrenheit).
The 24-hour average temperature in July is 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) but the summer months especially August are often very hot and wet with highs that often exceed 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) and violent storms are possible. Venice is frequently in flood.
Venice’s administrative area is large and covers the lagoon, outlying islands and mainland as well the city centre. This means a hotel can have 'Venezia' in its address without being in Venice proper. Travellers may choose to stay outside the centre on their Venice breaks for various reasons. While it’s true you can save by choosing Mestre or the Lido as a base, if you book well in advance you may discover accommodation in the centre is not much more expensive.
Most of the best places to stay on holidays to Venice have water views and you should always try to get a room with a view: you’ll need to book well in advance for a stay during the high season, and prepare to pay extra. Or think about a stay in winter: the weather is often clear, the crowds have thinned out, prices are lower, and you are much more likely to get that perfect room with a view.
The incredible range of things to do on Venice holidays reflects just how unique this city is. Venice is a heaven on earth for lovers of culture.
Explore the bulk of Venice’s architectural gems in the city’s central hub – San Marco, they include the absolutely stunning Doge’s Palace, once the city’s political and judicial hub, the Torre dell’ Orologio clock tower and the Byzantium St Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco).
Celebrated works by the renowned Venetian masters such as Carpaccio, Titian, Tintoretto, Canaletto and Tiepolo can be admired at the world-famous Gallerie dell’ Accademia, while notable modern art from across Europe and America can be seen at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Venice is famous for its designer shoemakers and you can discover some of the best handcrafted footwear in San Marco’s Daniela Ghezzo Segalin or at Giovanna Zanella in Castello. Treat yourself to intricate loom-woven brocades from Bevilacqua Fabrics in San Marco on your holidays to Venice. Or splash out on Stefano and Daniele Attombri’s exquisite jewellery in San Polo.
Italians are known for regularly frequenting their favourite bar for an aperitivi in the evenings. When aperitivo time rolls around Venice’s hip crowd line up in the bars at the north-western end of the Rialto Bridge for drinks and cicheti (snacks).
Try Veneto traditional dishes such as oca in onto (goose in its own fat) or fish from the freshwater lagoon done in saor at Antica Adelaide, experience a robust selection of Venetian antipasti, including uncooked sea food, at Vini da Gigio and sample the finest polpette (meatballs) in the city at Ca d’Oro (Alla Vedova) during your holidays in Venice.
Experience Venice’s vibrant nightlife after dinner around Campo Santa Margherita in Dorsoduro and Fondamenta Della Misericordia in Cannaregio.