Venice in November: weather and travel tips

Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 06.02.2024

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. 

What's the weather in Venice like in November?

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.

Thinking of visiting Venice in November? Browse our inspirational Italy itineraries to plan your dream trip.

Gondolas in Venice © Shutterstock

Gondolas in Venice © Shutterstock

Is November a good time to visit Venice?

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.

Biennale, Venice ©  avphotosales/Shutterstock

Venice © avphotosales/Shutterstock

Air and sea temperatures in Venice in November 

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. 

Is it cold in Venice in November? 

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. 

Want more detail? Read up on the weather in Italy in November, and when to go to Italy.

Souvenirs and carnival masks on street trading in Venice, Italy © Lukasz Janyst/Shutterstock

Visit Venice in November to stock-up on seasonal gifts with fewer crowds © Lukasz Janyst/Shutterstock

Is it rainy in Venice in November? 

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. 

Set on taking a trip this autumn? Discover more of the best places to visit in November.

St Mark's Square from the Grand canal. Venice, Italy © volkova natalia/Shutterstock

St Mark's square from the Grand canal. Venice, Italy © volkova natalia/Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Venice itineraries

Seeking an unforgettable trip to Venice? Some of our immersive, customisable Italy itineraries put this captivating city centre stage. 

As with all Rough Guides trips, they can be 100% tailored to your needs, with a local Italy travel expert on hand to take the hassle out of planning, and to share a wealth of insider intel. 

  • Romantic Venice: in the market for a magical weekend getaway in an undeniably romantic city? Our Romantic Venice trip is on hand to help you realise that exact fantasy! After enjoying a couples’ gondola ride, uncover Venice’s history, art and architecture on a fascinating walking tour.  
  • Treasures of Italy — Venice, Florence and Rome: want to enjoy some of Italy’s top attractions in around a week? Check out our Treasures of Italy trip. Focussing on a trio of top Italian cities, this can be 100% tailored to your wishes, allowing you to divide your time between Venice, Florence and Rome as you see fit. 
  • Grand Tour of Northern Italy: if you have a longer trip in mind, take a look at our Grand Tour of Northern Italy itinerary. It certainly ticks a whole lot of Italy’s best (and most beautiful) boxes in around two weeks. Covering Venice’s captivating canals and islands, Milan’s modern buzz and medieval majesty, and Florence’s ravishing Renaissance treasures, it’s a dream trip for culture vultures, foodies and fashionistas. 
Venice landmark, Burano island canal, colorful houses and boats, Italy © StevanZZ/Shutterstock

Burano island canal, Venice, taly © StevanZZ/Shutterstock

What to do in Venice in November

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

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy © Apple Kullathida/Shutterstock

Ready to take a trip to Venice? Read The Rough Guide to Venice and the Veneto. Or, if you'd prefer to forgoe the hassle of planinng and booking, contact our local Italy travel experts to create your dream trip.

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Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 06.02.2024

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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