Wintertime, however, brings a new side to Venice. The scent of coffee fills the air, as does the sound of chiming bells; sleek black gondolas move idly through waterways, and misty alleyways create a mysterious atmosphere throughout the ancient city.
Needless to say, the events around winter are truly spectacular. Here are a few of our favourites…
Various events are held around the city at this time, from masquerades and dancing shows to grand balls and wine tasting.
If you’re looking for a unique place to stay after a night of goosebump-inducing arts, just over an hour’s drive away is the astonishing Hotel Villa Cipriani.
Hotel Villa Cipriani
Dating back to the 16th century, the unforgettable building sits in the land where artists Titian, Giorgione and Canaletto forever immortalised landscapes – in the ancient village of Asolo. Book in for the night and experience the charm of a true Patrician Cinquecento residence.
St Mark’s Basilica
It’s small wonder the basilica in San Marco is a top choice for tourists – but this doesn’t make getting in there during the summer any easier. In the winter season however, the basila turns into a peaceful, wondrous haven of glistening fold. If you set off really early you might even get the 8500 square metres of stunning mosaics and Byzantine domes to yourself.
The Venice Biennale
From art and contemporary dance to architecture and theatre, the Venice Biennale is held every other year in the city and has done so since 1893. This year, up until the 21st November you’ll be able to visit the exhibition and discover the wonderful arts that makes Venice so culturally unique.
The exhibition is held in San Marco, just over 20 minutes away from another historic venue – the dreamy Hotel Giorgione. Take a lido there and spend the night in a true 15th century building, which was converted into a remarkably beautiful hotel a century ago.
Feast of St. Martin
Naturally, the most rewarding way to spend a day in Venice is to explore to your heart’s content with no set destination in mind, but noting these places and events in advance can ensure you tick everything off your frosty Venice holiday to-do list. If all else fails, there’s always Christmas shopping!