It can be amazing to visit Venice in winter when it is not the tourist season. It is easier to find the authentic side of Venice, which is the one that isn’t crowded with tourists.
There are some things to know before you book a trip to Venice in the off-season. This post is part of a series. Check out our previous post about Italy’s lake district in the off-season, which includes Lake Como, Garda, and Maggiore. ).
What is Venice’s off-season? The off-season in Venice is November through Easter (excluding Christmas, New Year’s, and (of course!)! Carnevale.
What to Expect in the Off-Season: There are thousands of people visiting Venice all year. Even if you visit in January or February, there are plenty of English speakers on the island. However, February’s crowds are not as large and long as those seen in June, July or early October. You’ll be able to see the authentic Venice, which is made up of real Venetians when you go out of season.
Plus, Venice can look absolutely stunning in winter. Below is a beautiful video of Venice in the snow!
Venice in winter can be very weather-dependent. It can rain a lot, and Venice can get very cold due to its location on the coast and north.
The most important thing is that flooding is possible. There is a high chance of flooding on the island. Don’t miss our Survival Guide to Venice’s Acqua alta! Sometimes visitors will need to walk up elevated walkways in order to reach their destination. This can offer a unique experience in Venice, or it can lead to frustration.
The thick mist that settles on Venice’s canals is another reason to visit Venice in winter. It makes for beautiful, atmospheric photos! You might not get the view you wanted from the top of St. Mark’s Basilica.
Venice is open all year, so there’s no need to worry about restaurants, hotels, and other attractions closing down in winter (unless they are flooded). Although the traghetti (or water buses) are available year-round, some summer-only lines like the Lido do not operate in winter. You can ride a gondola all year (gondoliers provide blankets )… but make sure you dress warmly).
If you are traveling out of season Pack warm clothes and layers. Keep in mind that Venice can be reached by either walking or boat (both of which can be cold in winter). Don’t forget your rainboots and, most importantly, your sense of humor in case the city floods. This is something that the Venetians must deal with every year, so take this opportunity to see how locals live.