As months go, February doesn’t exactly inspire enthusiasm — the light of spring isn’t yet on the horizon, while seasonal excitement is but a dim memory. As a result, it is a top time to take a blues-banishing break. For example, you could plan a trip to remember by timing it to coincide with enchanting carnival taking place in Venice. We'll tell you all about the weather in Venice in February.
Expect parades, street performances, circus shows, music, and so many masks — it’s a sure-fire way to inject colour, life and energy to winter-weary souls. Be aware, though, that if you’re planning to visit Venice in February for the carnival, you’ll want to book accommodation well in advance.
On the subject of budgets, if you’re watching the pennies — and don’t fancy the huge crowds that carnival brings — you’ll want to avoid visiting Venice when carnival season is in full swing (and in the week leading up to it, for that matter). With that in mind, read up on where to stay in Venice, and be prepared to pay top dollar during carnival season.
Planning a visit to Venice in February? Browse our inspirational Italy itineraries to start planning your dream trip.
It’s not all doom, gloom and chills, though! February brings a 40% chance of sunny days, and a 60% chance of experiencing a mix of sun and cloud. However, you might want to rule out swimming — the sea temperature is at its lowest in February, averaging 8.4°C.
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With a local expert on hand to share insights, and take the hassle out of planning and booking, the following itineraries — like all Rough Guides trips — can be tailored to your exact needs.
Love art? Add the Accademia to your list, pronto! With masterpieces by Titian, Bellini, Veronese and Tintoretto, this is the world’s best collection of Venetian painting. Meanwhile, for contemporary art, visit Punta della Dogana, which has the best collection of its kind in Europe.
Through the whole period, Carnevale is an endless parade — during the day people don costumes and strut their stuff on piazzas. Even business types do their shopping in the classic white mask, black cloak and tricorn hat.
Special mask and costume shops magically appear during Carnevale. Our tip: head to Campo San Maurizio for mask-making demonstrations and to take your pick from hundreds of amazing designs.
Inspired to visit Venice? Read The Rough Guide to Venice and the Veneto to help you plan your trip, and make the most of your time there. Or, if you'd prefer to forgoe the hassle of planinng and booking, contact our Italy travel experts to create your dream trip.