We are thinking about going to Venice in November and was wondering if any of you have been there at that time? And if so would you do it again. I don't mind the colder weather, just wandering if the rain and aqua Alta caused any concerns or problems for you. We went to Florence in December and loved it. We love to hear any recommendations you have.
There have been many threads in which this topic has been discussed. Have you tried using the Search field (upper right of screen), with search phrase 'Venice November'? I just looked and I think you may find an answer that will satisfy. I adore Venice, but it would not be my first choice for a November holiday because of the short daylight hours and cold/damp/possibly rainy weather. But there will be fewer tourists. Keep in mind that churches are not necessarily places to duck into in cold inclement weather with the hope of warming up; they are often quite cold as well inside. That said, I love Rome and Florence in the winter, especially at Christmas when there are many beautiful holiday lights and charming hand-carved presepi.
Kira, that sounds absolutely fantastic. What a great way to experience La Serenissima. If you haven't done, you would probably enjoy listening to the audiobook of 'The City of Falling Angels' by John Berendt.
I've been to Venice in November many times. I have often visited Italy twice a year and one of the two times is around Thanksgiving holidays. Each time I try to do a day trip from Florence to Venice. The end of November in Venice tends to be cold (in the 40's F during the day and low 30's at night). Daylight is also short. There are still lots of tourists around, but probably not as many as during high season (spring/early summer). The city is just as beautiful. If you can, visit the indoor sights (churches, museums) later in the afternoon, so that you can enjoy the short hours of daylights outdoors. Venice is also magic without daylight, so take the time to walk after sundown. Just wear clothes for winter weather, because if you happen to be there during a period of freezing Bora wind, you are going to suffer without a nice winter jacket and some gloves. If you go early November, it is more likely to be rainy, but less cold. Remember that under certain meteorological conditions (lots of rain, high tide, low barometric pressure and Scirocco winds) you might experience hours of the phenomenon known as Acqua Alta (high water). You might need wading boots in that case.
Have been to Venice in late October, and adored it. It rained. Buckets. It was misty, and damp, and there were very few tourists to get in the way of exploring. Everything looked intensely romantic and mysterious and ancient in that weather. By far my favorite trip to Venice. I went in June once and while the sunshine was magnificent, the hordes of tourists and clammy wet heat made it less than ideal for me.
If the choice is either Venice or somewhere else in November, choose Venice. If the choice is Venice in November, or some other time, it would depend on the alternatives. I went in February to see Carnivale, which was wonderful and the weather was even pretty decent. What's the worst . . . flooding and seeing Venice as few tourists ever do? Worth the cold wet feet, if you ask me.
Rose - thanks! I am downloading 'The City of Falling Angels' immediately! :-)
Two more of my favorite audiobooks about Venice: A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi http://www.audiogo.com/uk/a-thousand-days-in-venice-marlena-de-blasi-gid-11432 Palladian Days: Finding a New Life in a Venetian Country House by Sally and Carl Gable
I think a trip to Venice anytime would be wonderful! Have been to Venice a number of times but only in the months of June, July and August when our kids were out of school for the summer. We always had beautiful weather and love the long hrs.of daylight. My niece did a semester study abroad in Rome in the fall of 2011 and they took a class trip to Venice in early Nov. and it was quite rainy and cold. She was prepared and layered up and had a waterproof rain jacket and the cutest darn rainboots that she got at the San Lorenzo mkt on a wkend trip to Florence when my sister and I went to visit her in Rome. If you are prepared for the weather you will be fine and have a great trip! I am heading to Italy in early July with my sisters and niece and can't wait--Venice, Florence, Amalfi C. and Rome!
I agree with Kira; Venice in November is pretty mystical/magical due to its weather. We only travel in the winter so I really do not know any different. But I will take less crowds over nice weather any day. We experienced high water (only a few times and our feet did not get wet). Fog was so thick, you could barely see. Rain at some points. Blue skies in a few hours after rain and fog. Some days cold, some cool, some warm. I guess the high water is predictable so you can stay away from the flooded areas til the tide backs off. The weather in Venice in November is never a problem; I'd say its part of the adventure.