Venice in July: weather and climate tips

written by Joanne Owen

updated 31.01.2024

Wondering what Venice is like in July? Read on to discover the answer to that very question. Alongside running through what to expect of the weather in Venice in July, we also share itinerary suggestions that’ll set you up to enjoy an unforgettable summer in Italy.

What is the weather like in Venice in July?

The weather in Venice in July is warm and sunny. Average temperatures typically range from 18°C (64°F) to 28°C (82°F). It's a popular time for tourists, so take into account crowds and higher prices.

With a lively atmosphere and various cultural events, July offers a bustling Venice experience. While rainfall is less frequent, occasional thunderstorms might occur, the high temperatures make it ideal for enjoying outdoor activities.

Thinking of visiting Venice in July? Browse our inspirational Italy itineraries to start planning your perfect trip.

Is July a good time to visit Venice?

Like the sound of swimming and sunbathing in between exploring cultural attractions? With 10+ hours of sunshine a day and warm waters, July can be a great time to visit Venice.

If, on the other hand, you’re not a fan of big crowds (and we mean big…), Venice in July might feel more akin to the hell of Dante’s inferno than living la dolce vita! We’re talking long queues for sights and restaurants, thronging piazzas, and slow shuffles behind all those tourists who are struggling to navigate the city’s labyrinth of alleys and canals.

In short, the ball is entirely in your court —  if you book well ahead, visit top attractions early in the day, and plan some out-of-town excursions (more on that later), it is possible to enjoy Venice’s magic in July. Just come with a chilled attitude that'll enable you to stay cool and collected while the heat — and visitor numbers — are on the rise.

Set on a summer break in July? For extra ideas, read up on more of the best places to visit in July.

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 Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice © Shutterstock

Air and sea temperatures in Venice in July 

If you love it hot, hot hot, you’ll be pleased to learn that the weather in Venice in July is exactly that. In fact, July is the city’s hottest month in Venice, with highs of 28°C, and an average low of 18°C. Expect around ten hours of glorious sunshine each day. Meanwhile, the sea is wonderful to swim in, with an average temperature of 25°C.

That said, while July is, on average, the hottest month in Venice, it’s also the least humid. This means you can enjoy those long summer days without feeling overcome by mugginess, not least when you’re out on the water exploring islands, or stretched out on a Venice Lido beach.

For more detail across the country, read up on the weather in Italy in July, and when to go to Italy.

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy © Apple Kullathida/Shutterstock

Thw waters of the Grand Canal, Venice, will be warm in July © Apple Kullathida/Shutterstock

What about the crowds and the costs?

We’ve already covered the fact that visiting Venice in July means you should expect big crowds. Not that we’re trying to put you off entirely, but you should also be aware that accommodation prices also ramp up in July.

So, if your budget is limited, consider visiting Venice in early spring. Or, if your heart is set on summer, book accommodation well in advance. To help you decide where you’ll bed down, read up on where to stay in Venice.

St. Mark's Basilica and St.Mark's Campanile above the San Marco square in Venice © Shutterstock

St. Mark's Basilica and St.Mark's Campanile, Venice © Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Venice itineraries  

Longing for a summer break that serves stacks of natural beauty, unique history, and sensational food? Take inspiration from our tailor-made Italy itineraries, some of which have Venice at their heart.

What’s more, these suggestions can be customised to your exact needs, with a local Italy travel expert on hand to offer insider tips, and take the hassle out of planning and booking.

  • Romantic Venice: to immerse yourself in Venice’s magical atmosphere on an unforgettable weekend break, consider taking our Romantic Venice trip.
  • Treasures of Italy: if you want a rewarding mix of cultural experiences, our Treasures of Italy trip covers top attractions in Venice, Florence and Rome in around a week.
  • Grand Tour of Northern Italy: offering an exhilarating two-week experience across Venice, Milan and Florence, our Grand Tour of Northern Italy itinerary presents a richness of immersive experiences.
Gondolas in Venice © Shutterstock

Gondolas in Venice © Shutterstock

What to do in Venice in July

St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Museo Leonardo da Vinci, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection — these are some of the top attractions you’ll most likely want to visit whenever you visit Venice. If you plan to do any of these in July, our advice is to pre-book skip-the-line tickets wherever possible, and to visit early in the day.

Given the volume of visitors the city allures through the summer, we’ve featured a some of the best day trips from Venice.

Lounge around Lido de Venezia

A mere 20 minutes by ferry, the island of Lido di Venezia oozes laidback charm and offers a beautiful break from bustling Venice. Italy's most elegant bathing resort from the early 20th-century, Lido is a place to stroll picturesque promenades, and to stretch out on the sandy shoreline, with the warm Adriatic Sea on hand for bathing.

Aerial view of Lido di Venezia © Shutterstock

Soak up the sun at Venice's Lido © Shutterstock

Visit the Venetians islands 

Reached in around 45 minutes from Venice, the trio of islands to the north of Venice – Murano, Burano and Torcello – are the perfect places to go on day trips when the city becomes too oppressive. Impossibly pretty, they’re also packed with culture and history.

Venice landmark, Burano island canal, colorful houses and boats, Italy © StevanZZ/Shutterstock

Burano island, Venice © StevanZZ/Shutterstock

Visit Verona

Romantic, with a host of Roman sites, pink-hued medieval buildings, and Romeo and Juliet connections, Verona is another top trip to take from Venice. It’s stunningly sited, and hands-down stunning in general, and can be reached fomr Venice in just over an hour.

Offering visitors more historic attractions than any other place in the Veneto except Venice itself, Verona is set within an amphitheatre the River Adige has carved from the hills.

Verona image during summer sunset © Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock

Verona in summer © Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock

Go to Lake Garda

Day trips from Venice to Lake Garda (reached in around two hours) present wonderful opportunities to enjoy lovely, laidback local towns as well as the undeniable beauty of the lake.

In the south, Desenzano is a scenic spot with good transport links. Meanwhile, on the western shore, the old Venetian towns of Salò and Gargnano showcase unspoiled charm. Love the sound of the lakes? Check-out our customisable Enchanting Italian Lakes trip.

 Sirmione, popular travel destination on Lake Garda in Italy © Shutterstock

Lake Garda © Shutterstock

Feeling inspired to visit Venice? Get yourself a copy of The Rough Guide to Venice and the Veneto to start planning your dream trip. Alternatively, if the idea of planning and booking your perfect summer trip leaves you cold, browse our customisable Italy itineraries.

Joanne Owen

written by Joanne Owen

updated 31.01.2024

Joanne is a Pembrokeshire-born writer with a passion for the nature, cultures and histories of the Caribbean region, especially Dominica. Also passionate about inspiring a love of adventure in young people, she’s the author of several books for children and young adults, hosts international writing workshops, and has written articles on the Caribbean and inspirational community initiatives for Rough Guides. Follow her @JoanneOwen on Twitter and @joanneowenwrites on Instagram.

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