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Venice, in Winter

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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I asked this question, to somebody in a previous thread, but I cant remember which thread, so I suppose I have to ask again.

What is Venice like, to visit, in Winter?
Is it beautiful, or do the canals flood everyplace, and make it miserable?


2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi Mel

I was in Venice around October. Not quite Winter, but almost. The weather was lovely. Sunny and still reasonably warm. I dont remember having any rain there. :)

The canals seemed fine, apart from that pungent fishy smell that seems to permeate the whole city!

Hope that helps

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Samsara

I was also there, in October. It was lovely.
I did not see any flooded canals, either.
But, I did read someplace, that they flood, in Winter.


4. Posted by lilylla (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

I was there in Nov, pleasant weather, a bit cold, but nice. Sometimes very foggy, this makes Venice more beautiful. No flood at all.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Lilylla

In that case, I wont let Winter stop me visiting Venice, if the ticket price to get there is right.


6. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

I was just there in January, the city is still beautiful in Winter...

A lot of the Venetians leave the city for Winter and go on vacation to warmed climates though so the city is a little dead, beautiful none the less....

I heard the canals smell even worse in the summer from the heat and the flies get really bad...I didn't notice that problem in the winter.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

I saw pics of Venice in the snow - it looked absolutely gorgeous. I have already visited Venice in summer, but these photos made me want to go back to see the town in winter.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 2, 2007, at 6:12 PM by t_maia ]

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Will and T_maia

I did not think there could be snow, that far South.
It does sounds lovely, in Winter. I will certainly go, next Winter, if the ticket prices are right, to get there. I am not too keen, on Summer crowds, so Winter seems better.


9. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Venice has a website that informs tourists on the situation in town - whether everything is flooded or not. Check that out before you go. IIRC, they also had a campaign to the effect "never mind that it is flooded, Venice is still beautiful and just waiting for your visit". They always put up walk ways when it is flooded and for me this would be half the attraction of going there again.

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks T_Maia

Maybe I wont let the flooding stop me.
Everything is an experience.