• Beat the crowds and head to Venice this winter.

    by  • July 18, 2018 • City Breaks, Venice

    Venice Winter

    When planning a city break to Venice, people often think spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit. Of course, the weather is beautiful then but accommodation prices are higher and the streets are teaming with tourists.

    Although cold and damp at times, winter brings an eerie feeling to Venice with footsteps echoing along misty pathways which is superbly atmospheric and romantic. If you are happy to sacrifice the warm temperatures, you may be able to treat yourself to an upgraded hotel and have a little more space to explore the stunning sights and eat in the best restaurants. If you have previously visited in the high season, it is worth coming in winter to experience the city in a different light. From the undoubtedly beautiful but almost Disneyland like high season, the low season sees the locals regain their city and it’s naked beauty is unveiled.

    Don’t miss…
    Visit the wondrous St Marks Basilica. Rather than trying to dodge the hordes of visitors coming to marvel at the luminous mosaics and beautifully decorated stonework arches, in winter if you come early enough in the morning, you might even have a silent, shimmering cave of gold to yourself. All of the main sights of Venice are still open in winter with a fraction of the tourist numbers.

    Venice Winter

    You may need to wrap up warm but a gondola ride in winter is a romantic and magical experience. The gondola stops along the quieter, side canals will provide an authentic ride through the misty winter light. In low season, gondoliers will often allow you to knock off €5–10 off the rather steep €80 average for a 30-minute ride.

    Treat yourself …
    From November to March, hotel rates drop significantly so it’s the perfect time to indulge in a little luxury. The 4 star Dei Dragomanni Hotel is ideally located just steps away from St Mark’s Square. Set in an ancient Venetian palazzo, the rooms are full of charm with furnishings to compliment the natural beauty of the building. If you are feeling especially extravagant, some of the rooms have stunning views of the Grand Canal. Another favourite here at Cities Direct, is the 4 star Carnival Palace Hotel. Situated in the Cannaregio district, it offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The elegant rooms combine contemporary style with authentic Venetian furnishings including Murano glass chandeliers.

    Warm up…
    Visit one of the charming, cosy cafes on a dark and chilly day and indulge in a hot chocolate like no other. This rich, thick and creamy treat almost like liquid chocolate, is a favourite with locals to get them through the winter. Visit one of the grand, iconic cafes like Caffè Florian in the main tourist areas and this will set you back around €10 upwards or venture out to Dorsoduro or Cannaregio district where it will cost you €2-3 in an authentic, local pastry shop (pasticcerie).

    Venice Winter


    Rose was never in any doubt about where her career was heading. Her love of travel and experiencing different cultures developed at a young age. When the opportunity to work for a Portuguese specialist tour operator arose, she jumped at the chance and four years later, she took things a step further and studied Tourism Management at university. The course gave Rose the opportunity travel to many parts of America culminating with a work placement in a ranch hotel in California. Since graduating, Rose has become an integral part of the Cities Direct team. She travels with her family at every opportunity and has built up superb first hand knowledge of some of Europe’s finest cities.