Venice in winter is even more beautiful!
VENICE DURING THE SUMMER IS INVADED BY MILLIONS OF TOURISTS, BUT DURING THE WINTER IT IS ANOTHER THING. THE CITY BECOMES QUIET AND SILENT, AND THE FOG, WHICH CHARACTERIZES THIS TIME OF the YEAR, MAKES IT SEEM EVEN MORE MAGICAL AND MYSTERIOUS.
IF YOU ARE AFRAID THAT WINTER IS NOT THE RIGHT SEASON TO COME TO VISIT VENICE, YOU WILL SOON CHANGE YOUR MIND. OF COURSE, WALKING THROUGH ITS NARROW STREETS WILL NOT BE AS PLEASANT AS IN SUMMER, BECAUSE OF THE COLD TEMPERATURES, BUT WE ARE SURE YOU WILL FIND SOME INTERESTING thing TO DO, just read my 4-day trip below.
But first, let me give you some quick tips.
LIVING IN VENICE WITH HIGH WATER
WINTER IS A SEASON IN WHICH THE PHENOMENON OF HIGH WATER MANIFESTS ITSELF, AND PARTIALLY COVERS THE CITY. IS A NATURAL PHENOMENON, WITH WHICH THE VENETIANS HAVE LEARNED, BY NOW, TO LIVE with. VISITING VENICE WITH HIGH WATER IS EXCITING, BUT DANGEROUS AT THE SAME TIME, IF YOU DON’T PAY ATTENTION.
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GO TO THE MUSEUMS
TO ESCAPE FROM THE COLD, YOU CAN ALWAYS TAKE REFUGE IN ONE OF THE MANY MUSEUMS OF VENICE. YOU CAN START WITH THE MUSEUMS THAT WE RECOMMEND TO SEE IN OUR VENICE GUIDE OR CHOOSE SOME OTHER THAT INTEREST YOU MOST.
SPEND A SPECIAL EVENING AT THE CASINO IN VENICE
WHY WOULD YOU LOCK YOURSELF IN YOUR HOTEL ROOM ON A WINTER’S NIGHT WHEN THE CASINO IN VENICE IS JUST A FEW STEPS AWAY? ENJOY A DIFFERENT EVENING.
YOU CAN DECIDE TO TRY YOUR LUCK AT THE GAMING TABLES, BUT IF YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT, YOU CAN ALWAYS TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER AND SEE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VENETIAN BUILDINGS IN THE CITY.
SIP A DELICIOUS HOT CHOCOLATE
THE CHOCOLATE ARRIVED IN VENICE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE XVII CENTURY. AT THAT TIME THE FIRST COFFEE SHOPS ALSO SERVED EXCELLENT CUPS OF HOT CHOCOLATE DURING WINTER. CASANOVA HIMSELF LOVED TO DRINK IT, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE OF HIS APHRODISIAC POWERS.
WARMED UP WITHIN THE WALLS OF THE THEATRE LA FENICE
ANOTHER WAY TO SPEND A COLD NIGHT IN VENICE IS TO GO AND SEE AN OPERA IN ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THEATERS YOU HAVE EVER SEEN.
EACH YEAR, THE PHOENIX THEATRE OFFERS A RICH PROGRAM OF THEATRE PERFORMANCES AND OPERAS, AMONG WHICH YOU WILL SURELY FIND SOMETHING TO YOUR TASTE.
VISITING VENICE IN WINTER IS NOT PROHIBITIVE. IN ADDITION TO THE THINGS WE’VE LISTED HERE, YOU CAN STILL EXPERIENCE IT DEEPLY AS IN SUMMER, MAYBE AVOIDING EATING AN ICE CREAM!
And now, let me tell you how I spent 4 winter days in Venice.
I will never be tired of visiting Venice and in winter it is even more beautiful. I took advantage of a little holiday for a 4-day escape in the inimitable lagoon and I was, as always, fascinated.
I have visited Venice before, but never in winter, and I assure you that the atmosphere is even more suggestive. So I would like to tell you about my experience and maybe even give you some ideas for your next mini-vacation.
For the trip I booked the train Milan - Venice about a month in advance, spending € 35 euros. This allowed me to move easily without putting the car in a nearby parking lot.
As for the accommodation, I relied on the Airbnb site where I booked a small apartment for two people behind Piazza San Marco, spending a total of 270 euros.
I enjoyed the idea of having a small apartment in a central location because it allowed me to be more autonomous with the meal times and I also had the opportunity to cook something alone.
Traghetto (Public transport of Venice): it is very convenient to make a subscription for several days. 3 days costs about €40 (whole, without reductions). Consider that a single route costs €7 and the subscription allows you to save and go anywhere at any time.
N.B: if you book subscriptions/tickets online...you will still have to queue to convert your booking online in the paper version.
I arrived at the Venice station for lunchtime. Immediately outside the station, you will find the ferry stops where I took the line 2 (direction San Marco square).
Once arrived, I settle in the apartment where the owner welcomed me and also recommended some nice place to eat. So, map to hand... and away! I start to get lost in the calluses.
A must-do stop was the Acqua Alta Library: a really impressive place! It is a library filled (and a bit messy) with kittens that wander around. The surprise, in addition to the very characteristic environment, is a small door overlooking the canal!
For dinner, we stopped in a nice restaurant, frequented mainly by Venetians in San Lorenzo area.
It’s the turn of Burano. The Ferry to the islands takes you to the hospital area (specifically to Burano lines 9 and 12). It takes about 45 minutes to reach Burano.
The colors of the houses that stand out among the mist, the boats, the narrow streets, and the cloths spread out create a magical and unusual atmosphere. Always take lots of pictures here!
N.B: for this trip, I recommend (unfortunately from personal experience) to go to the ferry stop a lot earlier than the time you would like to leave the island. The ferries pass every half hour and there are usually many tourists. In short, you could avoid waiting an hour standing... in the cold!
In the evening, after dinner, we went to the casino. The casino is an experience to do. Taking the ferry from San Marco and sitting outside, I could admire Venice at night. A real show.
The large windows of the houses are illuminated and they make the Canal Grande alive, the historic buildings, the gondolas moored in front of the doors of the houses, everything is magical.
Get off at S. Marcuola stop and enjoy the spectacle of the environment and the evening.
In the morning I decided to take a nice walk from San Marco to the Rialto area and the Rialto Market. It’s always nice to get lost and walk through the streets until, for lunch, I wanted to try to eat at one of the famous (and characteristic) Bacari. I ate pieces of bread with delicious things like anchovies, cold cuts, sauces, cheeses, jam... in short, lots of shots to spoil!
My afternoon continues with a guided tour, which turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. The guide Martina, took us for a nice walk throughout the Castello district explaining us not only the history of the neighborhood, which includes the Arsenal but showed us really how the Venetians live.
How houses are made, how beautiful it is but at the same time complicated to live in a lagoon with hundreds of tourists a day. All this was really interesting because I could see a more unusual Venice.
With only half a day available, I could not miss the Basilica dei Frari (stop San Tomà). A beautiful basilica, with many famous sculptural works including the funeral monument dedicated to Canova that we all saw in the art books.
My tour ended here. I hope to have given you some ideas for your next trip to Venice! Ah, I forgot, just two nice places to eat:
Osteria al Portego.
Al Giardinetto di Severino.