Keen to visit Venice outside its peak tourist season? Read our guide to visiting Venice in November, with weather and travel tips that’ll give you an idea of what to expect, and how to make the most of your trip. From what to expect of the weather in Venice in November, to what to expect in the way of festivals, this overview will stand you in good stead. In addition, we share some inspirational itinerary suggestions to further fuel your plans.
In November, Venice experiences cooler and more variable weather as autumn progresses into winter. Average temperatures typically range from 5°C (41°F) to 11°C (52°F). While it's a bit colder, it can still be pleasant for exploring if you dress warmly.
Rainfall becomes more frequent, so packing waterproof clothing and an umbrella is recommended. The city takes on a quieter and more intimate atmosphere in November, with fewer tourists around. This can provide a unique opportunity to experience the charm of Venice without the usual crowds.
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Put simply, it depends what you want most from your trip. If you’re into art and culture, and aren’t keen on chronic over-crowding, the answer is yes!
Given its year-around allure, Venice really doesn’t have a clear-cut low season as such, but November is definitely less packed with tourists than in the spring and summer months. All the better for visiting Venice’s galleries and museums without jostling to get a decent view of all those masterpieces. November also gives you a better chance of booking your preferred accommodation, at a more pleasing price.
With festive season on the horizon, visiting Venice in November is perfect for getting a head start on your Christmas shopping. During this month, shops start to display their seasonal wares. Just bear in mind the weather in Venice in November — expect rain, and you’ll need to wrap up pretty warm.
If you’re visiting Venice in November, you're looking at daily average temperature highs of around 12°C, and average lows around 5°C. That’s quite some drop off from the city’s heady summer highs!
Talking of drop offs, November in Venice is also characterised by decreasing temperatures at the weeks go by. At the start of the month, you may well see highs of up to 14°C. By the end of November, you’re looking at an average daily high of 7°C.
As for Venice’s November sea temperature, this averages around 15°C. For comparison, July averages 25°C.
While Venice isn’t chill-you-to-the-bone freezing in November, it’s certainly a lot colder than its summer months, and even compared with October. Overall, cool is the best word to describe the weather in Venice in November — you won’t freeze, but you will want to wrap up snugly.
In a word — yes! The weather in Venice in November can be pretty rainy. On average, there’s 32% chance of rain each day. When it does rain, there’s an average of 67mm.
But don’t let than dampen your spirit, or style! Armed with a brolly and the right attire, and you can soak up Venetian elegance in style, unhindered by all those summer crowds.
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Alongside enjoying Venice’s enchanting atmosphere and all those top Venetian experiences (for example, gondola rides, canal-side dining, galleries and opera), November gives visitors the opportunity to witness a unique event. Namely, Festa della Madonna della Salute.
More commonly known as Festa della Salute, this religious festival is held annually on 21st November. It has its origins in 1630, when the Venetians held a three-day procession asking the Virgin Mary for help in ridding the city of the plague. Once the plague had passed, it was decreed that the procession would be held annually.
Today the procession involves a pilgrimage from the San Marco district to the Church of Santa Maria della Salute in the Dorsoduro district, via the Grand Canal. Expect the route to be lined with stalls selling sweets and toys.
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy © Apple Kullathida/Shutterstock
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