What to See in Venice this Spring

What to See in Venice this Spring

Venice is a brilliant city to visit all-year-round, with plenty of seasonal activities to ensure you have a different experience each time you visit. And, as spring is just around the corner, we decided it would be nice to write a helpful guide to Venice in springtime, detailing some of the city’s events and some of the best ways to experience Venice between March and May.

Venice is a brilliant city to visit all-year-round, with plenty of seasonal activities to ensure you have a different experience each time you visit. And, as spring is just around the corner, we decided it would be nice to write a helpful guide to Venice in springtime, detailing some of the city’s events and some of the best ways to experience Venice between March and May.

Acqua Alta

Acqua alta translates into English as “high water” and it’s the name given to the unseasonably high tides that sometimes occur in Venice in spring and autumn. This phenomenon sometimes gives the illusion that Venice is sinking, but really it’s just that the tide is exceptionally high. Although acqua alta must be a pain for the locals, it’s an exciting experience for visitors to the city. The water levels rise so much that the canals overflow and slosh into the streets and you’ll probably need to pick up a pair of signature yellow wellies while you’re there. Acqua alta will allow you to see Venice in a completely different way, and to take some amazing photos of St. Mark’s and the Doge’s Palace reflected in the water.

Visit St. Mark’s and the Doge’s Palace Without Big Summer Crowds

St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace are the two most impressive attractions in Venice. And while their popularity is well-deserved, it can make the busy crowds a little overwhelming for some travellers. This is why spring is such a great time to visit Venice: the cooler winter weather has passed, and you can avoid the huge summer crowds that swarm around the most popular attractions. If you’d like the full experience, opt for our Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica tours.

Festa di San Marco

Festa di San Marco is held on Venice every April 25th. It is the celebratory feast day for Saint Mark, the patron saint of Venice. This celebration is mainly held in St. Mark’s Square and it transforms the space for one day only. On Festa di San Marco, it is tradition that men give a red rose to their partners, so you’ll find plenty of rose sellers scattered around the city.

The Temperature is Perfect for a Long Walking Tour

For many visitors from Northern Europe and the US, Italy in summertime can be a little too warm and humid. Therefore, spending 2 hours walking around Venice can turn into a very sweaty affair for some tourists. However, average temperatures in Venice between March and May range between 12°C and 21°C, which is just warm enough that you won’t feel chilly and not so warm that you’ll need to head back to your hotel for a shower once the tour is finished. We have several walking tours, but if you want to make the most of the ideal weather conditions, our Venice-in-a-day tour is 3 hours 30 minutes and it gives you the complete Venice experience!

Benedizione del Fuoco

“Benedizione del Fuoco” translates to “blessing of the fire” and it is the Easter Holy Thursday service at St Mark’s Basilica. Although there’s a big influx of tourists around Easter, it’s perhaps worth braving the big crowds just to attend this service. As if St Mark’s wasn’t atmospheric enough, the service begins in darkness and then a fire called the sacred flame is lit at the entrance and a procession of people enters the basilica, holding candles, filling the entire space with enchanting candlelight as it moves through to the alter. Benedizione del Fuoco is an incredible experience, but there are big crowds, so make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment.

Vogalonga

(Image source: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra via Flickr)

Vogalonga is one of the most incredible spectacles in the world. It’s an annual event in Venice that occurs of the first Sunday after the Ascension. The event begins a little after 9am, with close to fifteen hundred boats of various shapes, colours, and sizes gathered in the lagoon and through Venice’s countless canals and waterways. The atmosphere is incredible, and it only happens one day a year; Vogalonga alone is enough reason to visit Venice this spring!

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the World, but it’s particularly impressive during springtime. For many, spring is the best time to visit Venice because of the temperate weather, smaller crowds, and the occasional acqua alta. Venice’s big spring events, such as Vogalonga, Benedizione del Fuoco, and the Festa di San Marco, all offer a unique experience for people returning to the city for a second or third time! If you’re planning a trip to Venice this spring, make sure to browse the extensive range of walking and boat tours here at Venice Events. And please get in touch if you have any questions. Plan your next big adventure today, with Venice Events!