December 15th, 2022
I know, it’s off-season, it’s cold, and daylight doesn’t last that long, but winter in Venice offers visitors unexpected aspects of its charm and a more personal way to experience the whole city.
Here are a few tips from us: the colder it is, the brighter and sunnier, especially from December through February. However, Venice is located in the middle of a Lagoon which moderates winter temperatures, never below zero during the day.
Are you concerned with the high tide? After a few decades, today M.O.S.E. floodgate system is operational whenever needed, preventing extra tide phenomena. But still, St.Mark’s Basilica deserved special care due to the frequent floods of the atrium around the church perimeter.
It took about two years of work to complete the permanent glass barriers that stop salt water outside the building and protect the ancient marble slabs, columns, and mosaic floor against the corrosive effects of salt crystals.
This year Venice welcomes you with indoor and outdoor exciting events, new museum openings, and Christmas markets with a full range of artisanal products.
The largest one is at Campo San Stefano, in St.Mark’s district: a good number of tiny wooden chalets are lined up on the square like a living crib, each decorated with lights, garlands, and colored ornaments. You will see on display all sorts of local food products, handmade Venetian souvenirs, Murano glass jewelry, and modern antiques.
If you feel cold and need coffee or chocolate treats, we suggest the unique specialties of the historic Caffè Florian, the Caffè Quadri in St.Mark’s Square, the Caffè del Doge at Rialto and the chocolate store Vizio Virtù. Apply for a hot water-based chocolate flavored with the spicy house blend suggested by the playwright Carlo Goldoni in an 18th-century comedy, an absolute delight you will hardly forget!
Historic comedians and musicians are not only known for gourmet anecdotes, of course. La Fenice Opera House will host four concerts from December 29th, 2022, through January 1st, 2023, conducted by British Director Daniel Harding.
Let yourself go at the exquisite melodies of twelve arias from the most popular operas by Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, and Meldensshon, performed by Soprano Federica Lombardi and tenor Freddie De Tommaso. Book at https://www.teatrolafenice.it/en/whats-on/
Would you like to stretch your legs and have fun with your friends? The Campo San Polo ice rink is open until January 8th, 2023, and its popularity grows steadily over the last few years.
A special gift to art lovers: during the Christmas holidays, the City Museums will be accessible, with extra evening hours on a few days in January too, https://www.visitmuve.it/en/home/.
As for temporary exhibits and new openings, we recommend the Anselm Kiefer installation at the Doge’s Palace and the newly renovated second floor at the Mariano Fortuny museum.
Superb light shows are typical of late December in the entire world, and Venice keeps up with the times. Fireworks are not customary for a city filled with wooden poles, beams, and bridges, but the New Year’s Eve pyrotechnic display is spectacular and very emotional.
It is held on the Lagoon waters opposite St.Mark’s Square, the tourists’ favorite lookout point, although you might cross the eastward bridges along the Riva degli Schiavoni and choose the best spot. The City Council invests a substantial sum of public money for it, fearless of international competition for the extraordinary appeal of the location and the reputation over time.
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