Accommodation & places to visit in Venice

Venice, located in northeastern Italy, is a city like no other. Created more than 600 years ago on an archipelago of more than 100 islands, Venice remains little changed from the days of the Doges, the council that ruled the city during the Renaissance. Today, Venice combines good food, unique architecture, some of the world's world important art treasures and expertly-crafted glass, leather items and masks, unlike any you'll find elsewhere in the world.

  • When to visit
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    Summer in Venice brings the best weather, but also the most tourists. Winter is cooler, with fogs that shroud the canals and give the city a ethereal, mysterious air. Winter is also Carnival season in Venice, when the city comes alive with elegant costumed balls and other festivities.
    Most natives will tell you that autumn--September through November--is the best season to visit Venice. That's the time when the summer heat and the crowds of tourists have left, but the gray, chilly days have yet to come.
  • Weather
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    Venice can be hot and humid during the summer months, when average high temperatures topping 80 F(26 C). Winter temperatures rarely dip much below freezing, but average January low temperatures right around 30 F (-1 C).
    Average temperature F/C, average low temperature, average daily precipitation:

    • January -- 42/6, 30/-1, 2.29 in.

    • February -- 46/8, 33/-1, 2.13 in.

    • March -- 53/12, 39/4, 2.25 in.

    • April -- 61/16, 46/8, 2.53 in.

    • May -- 70/21, 54/12, 2.7 in.

    • June -- 77/25, 61/16, 3.01 in.

    • July -- 82/28, 64/18, 2.48 in.

    • August -- 81/27 63/17, 3.27 in.

    • September -- 75/24, 58/14, 2.6 in.

    • October -- 65/18, 49/9, 2.72 in.

    • November -- 53/12, 40/4, 3.44 in.

    • December -- 44/7, 32/0, 2.11 in.

  • To Do
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    One of the best things to do in Venice is simply wander along the many paths and bridges that make up the heart of the city. Venice is a compact city, so you're never very far from your destination. You'll also want to take a boat ride out to the island of Murano, home to the art glass that bears its name, and Lido, with its luxury resorts and famous beaches. In the winter, attending a performance at the Fenice Theater is a must.
    Of course, no trip to Venice would be complete without taking a romantic ride in a gondola or sampling a signature Bellini cocktail at Harry's Bar.
  • To See
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    There's so much to see in Venice, you'll never run out of places to visit. The symbol of Venice, St. Mark's Square, is still the most visited attraction. There you'll find St. Mark's Basilica with its gilded bronze horses, the Doges' Palace, a collection of sidewalk cafes and a host of street performers and painters on sunny days.
    Just a few of the many important museums in the city include the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, with its extensive modern art collection; the Glass Museum on the island of Murano; and the Galleria dell'Accademia di Venezia and its impressive collection of paintings by Renaissance masters.
  • Tips & Recommendations
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    • Since the heart of Venice is built over water, there is no automobile traffic in this area. To travel like the locals, take one of the many vaporetti (water buses) or the more expensive, but faster water taxis.

    • Venetian shops are generally open between 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Many smaller stores close for lunch.

    • Shop for leather goods, murano glass, elaborate carnival masks and glass jewelry in Venice.

    • Just a few of the many dishes for which Venice is famous include polenta, cuttlefish, pasta made with squid ink (not for the faint of heart), frittole (fritters made with raisins and pine nuts), and that more recent confection, tiramisu.

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