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The beauty of a Venice Winter I can't describe with words. And above all the Venice events during the winter are a nice experience...

During my visits in the winter I had more time to wander around in the almost empty streets, the houses, museums, churches and magnificent canals. It's the time of the year when most Venice tourism is returned. Meaning,, more time to explore and you will see winter isn't so bad at all! Search which hotels are available during the Winter in Venice >

Besides, high summer temperatures make it almost unbearable to enjoy. In the coldest month's a fog is coming up from the water and is given an extra dimension. Experience the real beauty of Venice and get lost.

Events during Venice Winter

La befana, Venice

In winter there are a number of festivals in Venice.

6th January: Festival Epifania. The festival represents a significant part of the Italian Christmas. This comprehensive celebration of Epiphany is an annual event in Venice Italy.

An event which is celebrating the twelfth day after Christmas when the 3 kings came to the baby Jesus to worship him.

During Epifania, the good witch La Befana is playing a major role. The story goes that the witch on the night of January 5 is flying around on her broomstick. She is climbing chimneys to give candy and gifts to children. And La Befana leaves for naughty children coal in their socks behind.

The legend says; the 3 kings stopped the night before they came to baby Jesus at the home of an old woman to ask directions.

They invited her to join their journey, but she refused because she was too busy. Then a shepherd asked the old woman to accompany him on his journey, but again she rejected the offer.

Later that evening the old woman saw a bright light in the sky and took this as a sign. She decided to follow the 3 kings and the shepherds on their way. She took gifts and some items that belonged to her deceased child. But unfortunately the old woman got lost on her way to the baby Jesus.

She is now still flying around on her broomstick. With bringing gifts to children she hopes to find baby Jesus.

La Befana Regatta Venice Italy

La Befana Regatta: Traditionally during this festival there is also a boat race on the Grand Canal.

This race is between San Toma and Rialto. The Venetian who join are dressed as women or witches, fighting to win.

Venice Winter Carnival

Venetian CarnivalMid-January until Shrove Tuesday the legendary carnival with comedia dell 'arte and the Venetian masks.

Ash Wednesday: End of the carnival with the symbolic burning of Pantalone. Then mask parade on the Riva degli Schiavoni.

October: First Sunday a wine festival at Sant'Erasmo with music, dancing, drinking and rowing competitions. End of October: Venice Marathon starts in Stra. And yes,, in 2015 I joined this marathon. Read more >

November: 21th November: Festa Della Salute - the end of the plague is celebrated with a procession of barges to the Santa Maria Della Salute. Afterwards; wine and donuts.

New Year's Eve: Experience new years eve in Venice Italy with fireworks on the st. Marks Square and hugging with all Italian people around you. The atmosphere and mystique make it a wonderful experience. Read my tips for New Year's Eve in Venice >

Discover Venice Winter in a surprising way!

The Public Holidays in Venice Italy

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Always handy to know! You should take notice of the public holidays in Venice. The vaporetto service has a different schedule and some shops are close. But, mostly the museums are all open.

  • January 1 : New Year's Day
  • January 6 : Festival Epifania
  • April : Easter Monday
  • April 25 : Liberty day and Saint Mark Day
  • May 1 : Labor Day
  • June 2 : Republic Day
  • August 15 : Assumption of the Virgin Mary ( Ferragosto )
  • November 1 : All Saints day
  • December 8 : Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • December 25 and 26 : Christmas and St. Stephen's Day


Cheap Parking in Venice Italy

Be smart and get a cheap parking place when you are visiting Venice Italy ! Here is an overview and mostly they have a shuttle services to Venice... Check it out! 

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Stay in Venice Italy

Always handy to know! You should take notice of the public holidays in Venice.

The vaporetto service has a different schedule and some shops are close. But, mostly the museums are all open.

  • 1th January: New Year
  • 6th January: Festival Epifania
  • April: Easter Monday
  • 25th April: Liberation Day and St. Mark's Feast Day
  • 1th May: Labour Day
  • 2th June: Republic Day
  • 15th August: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Ferragosto)
  • 1th November: All Saints' Day
  • 8th December: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 25th - 26th December:Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day

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