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Best Times to Visit Venice

The best time to visit Venice is from September to November when tourists desert the city. Although the temperatures – which range from the upper 30s to mid-70s – necessitate some layers, the lowered hotel rates and the barren canals make it worth it. Winters are cold with temperatures in the 30s and 40s, while spring brings Venice's most beautiful weather. Summertime is peak season and is characterized by high hotel rates, high temperatures and – you guessed it – plenty of crowds. Although acqua alta (high water) can occur anytime between late September and April, it's most likely to happen in November and December, so make sure to pack a pair of rain boots if you plan on traveling then. 

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September-November

Venice empties out in fall after the summertime high season, which makes for a most magical city, not to mention some almost reasonable hotel rates. However, you will need a coat or some layers; November's temperatures range from the upper 30s to the lower 50s. 

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December-February

Winter is cold with average temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Carnival commences in February, and it's a huge event in Venice, so be prepared for large crowds of mask-wearing participants. Aside from Carnival, the city is relatively quiet this time of year. You'll enjoy as much as a 25 to 30 percent decrease in hotel rates, but you'll also experience occasional flooding (especially in December) thanks to acqua alta and early closures at some of the city's top sights.

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March-May

Spring is a beautiful season in Venice. It's when the city defrosts – high average temperatures rise from the lower 50s in March to the lower 70s in May. The city is still waking up from its winter lull in March, so top attractions may still close early at the beginning of the spring season. 

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June-August

Venice's summer high season is very busy. Tourists cram into the expensive gondolas and hotels raise their rates. Unfortunately, you'll also experience some mild heat (expect highs in the low 80s), a somewhat pungent canal and a fair share of pesky bugs. 

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