Although Venice is busy and crowded with tourists year-round, and the city’s high season stretches far beyond the typical borders of summer, the summer months are still when most people visit Venice. It tends to be the time when most people can travel – especially because the kids are out of school – and, of course, the weather is reliably good. But going to Venice in the summer means dealing with some of the difficulties of high season travel.
Venice is such a famous city, you probably know everything there is to know about it – right? Wrong. It’s a city of seemingly endless mysteries, many of which are just waiting to be discovered by new visitors. Here are some of the things you probably didn’t know about Venice.
Venice is practically a year-round tourist destination – even in the cold and damp winter the city can seem overrun with day trippers. But at no time does Venice seem more lively than when the city is in the midst of celebrating something. There are holidays and festivals throughout the year, some of which can dramatically impact your ability to get a hotel room at a decent price, so be sure to consult a calendar of Venice events during your trip planning process. On the other hand, each of these festivals is the kind of spectacle you’ll never forget.
Jews have lived in the city of Venice since medieval times, but in 1516 the Venetian Ghetto was established in the Cannaregio district and all Venetian Jews were forced to live there. The word “gheto” is a Venetian word referring to the iron stored near the foundry in the Cannaregio, so it’s from this Venetian Ghetto that the word “ghetto” is derived. The Venetian Ghetto was abolished in 1797 by Napoleon.
Most tourist destinations have what are thought of as high and low tourist seasons, but Venice seems to be popular pretty much year-round. Still, there are a few benefits to visiting in the slower seasons – which, in Venice, includes part of the spring. The calendar generally says spring runs from March-May, but those few months vary widely in Venice. If you’re headed to Venice in Spring, here’s what you can expect.
For many travelers, Venice itself is a day trip from elsewhere – but if you’re spending several days in Venice itself, you may be looking for day trip options in the area. Here are some of the best day trip options from Venice.
Many visitors to Italy are understandably eager to try Italian wine right where it comes from. You may be familiar with Italian wines that come from the Chianti area of Tuscany or the area around Barolo, but did you know that every single region of Italy produces wine? That’s right – you can even go wine tasting near Venice. In fact, some of Italy’s best-loved wines come from the Veneto region.
Venice may be a very small city by relative standards, but it’s gone from being one of the most powerful and wealthy port cities in the world to one of Europe’s most popular cruise destinations. Mediterranean cruises often stop in Venice, or have the canal city as their departure or arrival point. The typical one day you’ll get to spend in this enchanted city as a cruise ship passenger will likely not be enough, but you can consider it a sample platter and then plan a return trip when you can visit for a bit longer. Here are some things to know about visiting Venice by cruise ship.
Venice is made up of hundreds of islands, but most visitors never set foot on the island called Giudecca. Giudecca sits across a large canal – much larger than the Grand Canal – south of the cluster of islands making up central Venice, and so it’s only accessible by boat. There are a few good reasons to catch a vaporetto across the Giudecca Canal to explore Giudecca, however.