Thinking of visiting Venice in May? Great idea! But before booking your trip, read on to wise-up on what to expect, and what to do during this convivial month. Alongside running through the likes of what to expect from the weather in Venice in May, we also share some itinerary suggestions to inspire your Venetian voyage.
Of course, given these allures, Venice starts to attract more visitors through this month. Though on the edge of shoulder season (the really huge crowds ramp up from mid-June), the merry month of May sees tourist traffic ramp up. And, following the trend of rising temperatures, and rising visitor numbers, prices are on the rise, too.
All that considered, you’ll definitely need to book accommodation well in advance — read up on where to stay in Venice to start planning.
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As for the sea temperature, May averages 18.5°C, but can be as low as 15°C. For context, this compares with an average of 13.3°C in April, and a rise to 25.3°C in July. So, if you’re hoping to swim, bear in mind that you might have to brace yourself before taking the plunge.
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What’s more, the following suggestions can be tailored 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.
Then there’s the unique experience of zipping around by vaporetto water bus, taking a romantic gondola trip, and meandering the market at the Rialto Bridge. Add to that a few month-specific events, and May has much to offer visitors.
During this, the mayor throws a ring into the water to signify the marriage. The pomp, ceremony and golden boat is something to behold. The Festa also sees the season’s first major rowing event hit the waterways.
Murano has been renowned as a glass-producing centre for hundreds of years, while beautiful Burano was famed for its lace work. Enclosed by the Lido and Pellestrina, the islands near the lagoon to the south of the city, are spread over a larger expanse of water than their northern cousins.
If you don’t have time to venture to them, opt to enjoy a warm, sunny May day in the Lido. Known for hosting the Venice Film Festival in September, the Lido boasts a bounty of beautiful beaches, ancient history, and an array of incredible architecture and eateries.