At Avoid Crowds, we pride ourselves on providing valuable insights into tourism trends. A few years back, we highlighted October as an optimal month for a Venice visit. However, the ever-evolving travel landscape and climate patterns now bring November into the spotlight.
What to expect in Venice in November
Weather: 🌦️ November typically experiences cooler temperatures, ranging from 6°C to 12°C (43°F to 54°F), with a higher chance of foggy mornings 🌫️ and occasional rain showers, enhancing the city’s mystical charm.
Crowds: 🚶♂️ Tourist numbers drop significantly in November compared to the peak summer months, offering a more peaceful and authentic Venetian experience.
Prices: 💰 As it’s outside the peak season, travelers can often find more competitive prices for accommodations and some attractions, making it a more budget-friendly month to visit.
Acqua Alta: 🌊 November is one of the months where Venice might experience “Acqua Alta” or high water, leading to temporary flooding in some areas. Though it’s a unique phenomenon to witness, travelers should be prepared with waterproof shoes or boots.
Local Cuisine: 🍝 November is a great time to indulge in Venetian autumn delicacies like roasted chestnuts, wild game dishes, and seasonal seafood, capturing the essence of Venice’s culinary heritage.
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Venice's Extended Shoulder Season into November
Tourist seasonality in Venice continues to adapt. Where once October was the sweet spot between peak and off-peak, November is now stepping into this role. The peak season, traditionally spanning June to September, has seen October getting busier with each passing year. This shift has nudged the shoulder season into November, making it the new ideal time for those aiming to dodge dense crowds yet still enjoy decent weather.
While September’s popularity has surged, early November offers a breather before the holiday rush of late November and December. And, much like October in previous years, November benefits from fewer European public holidays, leading to fewer continent-based tourists.
November's Weather Transformation
Climate change’s grip on global weather patterns has meant warmer autumns for Europe. Venice, specifically, is experiencing prolonged warmth. Once, October boasted of an average maximum temperature of 18°C (64°F). Now, such temperatures, and even warmer ones, extend into November. Recent years saw late November days comfortably reaching over 20°C (68°F).
It’s crucial to approach this with a measure of caution. November 2019 witnessed Venice grappling with severe floods. Although such extremes aren’t the norm for November, being informed is vital for prospective visitors.
Embrace November’s Venice
Considering Venice? Think November. This month provides a blend of manageable tourist numbers and pleasant weather, setting the stage for an enchanting Venetian experience. With the city’s timeless allure, coupled with the perks of November, you’re poised for a memorable trip.
Five Fun Things to do in November
- 🚣♂️ Explore the city via gondola: Experience the calm, cooler canals while witnessing Venice’s historic beauty up close.
- 🎨 Visit the Doge’s Palace and other museums: Dive into the Venetian history and art without the usual crowds. Book tickets online nonetheless.
- 🌉 Take a stroll on the Rialto Bridge: Enjoy breathtaking views of the Grand Canal, especially during the serene November evenings.
- 🍷 Savor seasonal Venetian cuisine: Warm up with rich risottos, fresh seafood, and local wines in cozy, historic trattorias. We recommend booking the famous Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings
- 🎭 Experience Venice’s theatre scene: Catch a November show or opera in the city renowned for its theatrical heritage.