Venice in November

Old May 8th, 2017, 07:31 AM
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Venice in November

I have a chance to go to Venice in November, what can I expect as far as the weather, travel problems,etc.. Thank you.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 08:17 AM
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Why didn't you just Google, 'Venice weather november'?
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Old May 8th, 2017, 08:40 AM
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November in Venice can mean a high chance that lunar tides, combined with wind or rain, can flood the lower lying areas of the city. These are well-known parts of the city, and the flooding only occurs for some hours in the day when it happens, until the tide recedes, so if you pick a hotel away from the flood zones, it has very little impact on your sightseeing (plus you get to see this unusual phenomenon if it happens while you are there).

November being Italy's rainiest month, it is likely you could experience gray skies, downpours, chill temps (especially at night). There is loads to see indoors in Venice, and the city is still quite beautiful in the rain, fog, mist -- but if you prefer pleasant weather, better to go between late April & October, when chances for that are higher.

Although there is almost never a time of year anymore when Venice doesn't get a lot of tourists, November is a quieter month, with few if any cruise ships docking. That is very appealing to many people, even with the risk of rain some days (and it might not rain at all. You just never know. But it will be jacket & sweater weather).
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I was just in Venice in March (after several visits in summertime) to see what it's like in the 'off' season. Certainly still worth going to. While March is not November, they can be similar in terms of crowds, weather, etc. Summer is extremely crowded the last few years so going in November would certainly be better from that perspective.

Here's my trip report where I go into more detail:
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The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

About Chicago but always reminds me of Venice in winter - a mysterious nice feeling.
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We were in Venice twice, both times in the first-second week of November. The first time for 5 days in 2000, and more recently in 2013 for a day trip from Bologna for nostalgia sake. The first time it rained as we were heading to the airport. I remember thinking how lucky we were, because we had unbelievably pleasant cool but sunny walking weather. The second time it rained continuously but we still enjoyed it. Venice is very lively, it is not dismal when it rains.
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I want to add that the vaporetto was running all the time, and that Venice is walkable.
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I visited Venice last November, and it was magical. No crowds (except on the vaporetto to Burano), no lines, and by some bit of luck, only a few clouds in the sky. Obviously the weather is not always that nice, but having the city practically to yourself seems worth it. In fact, I imagine a bit of gloomy weather in Venice would set one heckuva mood.
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We visited Venice in November a few years ago, and saw a fair bit of rain. The festival of the Salute happens on November 21st, celabrating Venice's delivery from the plague about 300 years ago. (Well, a sort of delivery, as only about a third of the population perished. The Salute church was built as a sign of thanksgiving to the Virgin. "Salute" means good health in Italian.)

Chances are you will see a bit of acqua alta, particularly in the Piazza, which is the lowest part of Venice. I would advise finding a hotel or apartment in Dorsoduro, which is a little higher than San Marco. Higher by about 300 mm, which might not seem much, but it can make all the difference between wet and dry feet. You can buy plastic overboots for about ten euro - vendors will appear all over the city if there is acqua alta.

There is a warning system for acqua alta - sirens go off a few hours before high tide. Listen for a wailing siren, followed by several rising tones, indicating the height of the tide.

I wrote a trip report for that visit to Venice, and you would find it here. Apologies for the excessive length. If you click my user name, you'll find more Venice trip reports - we have visited Venice half a dozen times, and as I write this, we are on the train from Bari to Venice.

And of course you can google Venice weather, the typical dumb response from Dogeared. But he's the kind of traveller who thinks it's cool to make a point of wearing short pants to Harry's bar.
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Old May 9th, 2017, 12:26 AM
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There's no real point googling averages.

With one exception, weather's irrelevant in a trip to Venice: it keeps looking different as weather changes, and having the misfortune to be there if it's monolithically sunny means you miss many of the nicest visual impacts the city can offer.

The only climatic issue between October and March is the risk of acqua alta, which can be an infernal nuisance - but is an experience to remember if you only have it for a day or so. The time to be seriously worried about weather is midsummer, when Venice is just unbearable.

Midwinter can be savagely cold - but November isn't midwinter, and if you don't pack properly just buy a couple of extra sweaters when you're there. Venetian rain doesn't interfere with tourism: it just means you need an umbrella and proper shoes. As in other civilised countries: there's no such thing as bad weather, just stupid clothing decisions.

Be sure to be out as much as possible. Seeing the city around dawn and dusk as winter beckons is glorious: and, as in the UK, ever changing.
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Acqua alta doesn't last more than a few hours. It's a tide: it comes in, it goes out. It would be unusual to have it happen two days in succession.

November is the month with the highest incidence of acqua alta.
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To give you an idea of how things were when it rained in November when we visited here are some rainy day pics.
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We spent 3 weeks in Venice last year. While I wore at least a sweater every day, most days I didn't need a coat. The lack of crowds was a big plus.
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"There's no real point googling averages."

LOL, better to say there's no real point asking what weather to expect.
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I tell everyone this story when there's a question about rainy weather.

We've been to Venice several times. One of the times, we hit a cool, rainy day and night. We spent the whole time under umbrellas walking around the city, stopping for a glass of wine or a bite to eat here and there, a little shopping, some dessert and grappa. We ended the night walking through San Marco and hopping onto a near-empty vaporetto down the Grand Canal to see the city at night.

And whenever Venice comes up, we invariably say, "Remember that rainy night in Venice ..."
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It's unpredictable, like most weather as opposed to climate. I have been twice in November. The first time it was dry, but not much sun. The second time I got a fair amount of rain, and one day it was very heavy rain with very high wind. I did not have problems with aqua alta.
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We spent 9 days over nye week this past year. We expected cold rainy weather and had a beautiful blue sky the entire time. You never know.

Here are our pics
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