Venice travel guide

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 40 (°C) in summer and 5 (°C) in winter.

Best time to visit: During the spring for warm and comfortable temperatures.

Venice experiences a humid, subtropical climate with hot summers, cool winters and an even amount of rainfall throughout the year. Venice can be enjoyed year-round, but the best time to visit is from March to May for mild temperatures, with average highs of 3 - 23°C.

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VENICE IS BEST FOR...

Honeymooners: Fall in love all over again on a moonlit gondola ride along the Grand Canal.

Festival-goers: Take your pick from a rich programme of art and cultural festivals throughout the year. A highlight is the Venice Carnival, which is famous for its elaborate masks. 

Art enthusiasts: From ancient churches displaying gold-plated mosaics to grand palaces decked in Renaissance art, there is a piece of culture on every corner of this fascinating city.

FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Venice is Italian. 

Currency: The currency used in Venice is the Euro (€).

Local time: Venice is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) is located 12km from the city.

Flight time from UK: 2 - 2.5 hours.

Tourist information: Further Venice tourist information can be found at http://en.turismovenezia.it/.

Visa / health: Before your holiday to Venice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

GETTING AROUND

By foot: The best way to truly experience the heart and soul of Venice is to take on its narrow alleys and numerous bridges on foot. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. 

By waterbus: Navigate the city’s vast network of canals by vaparetto (waterbus). A timed pass will give you unlimited access to all vaparetto lines for a set number of time. 

By watertaxi: Local water taxis are a pricier but more luxurious way to travel from one side of the city to the other. 

By gondola: For an unforgettable tour of the city, book a moonlit gondola ride.

EVENTS

Party in the streets: The Venice Carnival sees thousands of masked locals take to the city streets for music, fireworks and theatrical performances. Join the party in February. 

Contemporary art exhibition: Experience the very best in Italian contemporary art at La Biennale di Venezia in May. This world-famous art exhibition is held every odd-numbered year, in various venues throughout the city.

Film Extravaganza: Be in the presence of filmmakers, world-famous directors and movie stars at the Venice International Film Festival in August. Held at the Palazzo del Cinema, this prestigious event has a limited number of tickets available the day before screenings.