When planning a trip to Venice, time is of the utmost importance. Weather, festivals and, of course, the acqua alta (high water), which Venice is so famous for, must be taken into account so as not to spoil the impression of a visit.
During the May holidays, Venice is especially crowded. At this time, beautiful weather for visiting the city, but at the same time the worst period in terms of a huge number of tourists.
Weather in Venice and High Water
For weather reasons best time to visit Venice - This is late spring and the beginning of summer (Weather in Venice for months). However, the flip side of the coin is that many people know about these dates.
In turn, this determines the overcrowding of the city by tourists with all the ensuing consequences: the prices are high, budget hotels are crowded, and there are long lines at all the most interesting places (we wrote here how to avoid the latter by buying tickets to Venice museums online).
Venice usually has fewer tourists in late fall
The situation is similar at the end of summer, although at this time the weather can be extremely hot, the channels exude a not-so-pleasant smell, and mosquitoes manifest themselves as real vampires.
In the fall, many of these factors fade into the background, but the likelihood of enriching your experience acqua alta or, in a more understandable language, a flood increases. From October to January in Venice, the likelihood of flooding is higher than ever in a year, although the latter, by and large, can happen at any other time.
On the other hand, flooding can be philosophical. Despite the fact that they can significantly complicate sightseeing, this is an unusual and full of impressions tourist experience that you will recall for a long time afterwards.
Also, before planning a trip, you should take into account the geographical position of Venice - the location in the north of the country on the Adriatic Sea determines a longer winter than in the southern regions of Italy.
You can get lucky with the weather in Venice even in the deep off-season
Thus, visiting Venice in winter has its own charm for budget travelers - prices are lower and crowds are smaller. However, piercing wind from the sea and dampness can be reached even by those for whom the tour budget is the most important factor. Fortunately, all these adversities, as a rule, are already behind the onset of the most important event of the year for all Venetians - the Carnival.
The city is famous for several events of the year worth visiting, and Venice Carnival - one of them is annually celebrated in February or March (list of dates for Carnivals 2010-2020). For a period of a two-week costumed event, the city is crowded with tourists, but attending an event is worth it to put up with possible inconveniences.
Another popular event is Easter, which in most cases is the starting point for the high tourist season in the city.
Great luck getting to Venice during the Carnival
In addition, every odd year, Venice hosts the famous art festival - the Biennale. With great authority, the Venice Biennale is akin to the Olympic Games in art. Each time, it attracts participants from all over the world to Venice, as well as tens of thousands of spectators eager to satisfy their cultural hunger.
Venice Biennale takes place between June and November, and during its years you will undoubtedly find Venice more crowded than usual.
Another summer event worth visiting is Festa del Redentore (Festa del Redentore), which falls on the third weekend of July. The center of this religious holiday is the Church of Il Redentore (Savior), which is located on the island of Judecca opposite Piazza San Marco. The festival is celebrated with a pontoon bridge over the canal, a feast, fireworks and a gondolier regatta.