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Visiting Venice In February 2022 – The Definitive Guide

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Nothing in Venice can be expressed without a superlative! Its canals are grand, its architecture is extraordinary, its history is ancient, and its geography is perplexing. Known by many monikers, Venice is the city built over 118 islands and connected by over 400 bridges. One of the wealthiest cities of the world, Venice drew traders from all around the globe back in 700 A.D., shift to the present, and it draws over 20 million travelers each year on a quest to explore its treasures. February is the best time to explore the city in its avatars as an idyllic European town awaiting spring, and kicking up a riot at the year’s most awaited festival – the Carnival! Here is a guide to all the fantastic things to see and do in Venice in February.

What makes Venice in February Special?


Venice in February
Venice in February


  • Mild Adriatic Winters – Venice does experience winters, and temperatures vary around 8°C, but unlike major tourist destinations across the world, it does not snow! Plodding through snow is not always fun, but Venice offers a charming alternative. It is the best time to explore the streets and canals without the humidity of Venetian summer!
  • Frenzy of the Carnival – The Venetian Carnival is a whirlwind of events and activities that celebrate the spirit of Venice. It is the main festival of the year and everyone gears up for a bonanza that will be talked about until the next year.
  • Solitude and Swarms – You can pick the kind of Venice you want to experience in February. The first ten days of the month are empty of tourists; especially the cruise ships are gone. And from right before the start of Carnival tourists keep filling in for the biggest crowds you can ever experience in Venice!

Venice Weather in February


Venice is still in the throes of winter in February, although it is warmer than January and day time temperatures reach around 8°C. It is often cloudy, and there is likely a chance of rain, thankfully the days of acqua alta are far behind! There is an average of ten hours of sunlight.

Venice in February : Top Experiences


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Doge’s Palace

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The 12th-century palace of the Doge’s was the administrative and legislative center of Venice. A marvelous representation of Venetian Gothic architecture, its main highlights include the Doge’s apartments, Bridge of Sighs and New Prisons.

February Timings
Daily, from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Last entry 4:30 PM)

Location

Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE,
Italy
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St. Mark’s Basilica

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For over a millennium, the St. Mark’s Basilica has been a shining jewel in all of Christendom. It was nicknamed the Chiesa d’Oro thanks to its gold mosaics with exceptional artwork. February is a lean month without any holidays and gives you more opportunities to explore the church and the museum.

February Timings
Basilica
Monday to Saturday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Last entry at 4:45 PM)
Sunday and Holidays: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Last entry at 4:15 PM)
St. Mark’s Museum
Every day: 9:45 AM – 4:45 PM

Location

Merceria Orologio, 30124 Venezia VE,
Italy
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3

A Gondola Ride

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The image of a sleek gondola snaking through the canals is what comes to mind when one thinks of Venice. The best way to experience is it with a serenade accompanied by a live musician. Wrap it up early before the chilly February evenings set in!

February Timings
Serenade Tour: 3:30 PM
Shared Gondola Tour: 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

Location

30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice,
Italy
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4

Teatro La Fenice

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The Phoenix Theatre or Teatro La Fenice is Venice’s leading Opera House and a pioneer in Italian theatre for centuries. In February you can enjoy the following Opera performances - Mozart’s ‘ Il Sogno Di Scipione’ and ‘Il Re Pastore’ and Gioachino Rossini’s ‘ L’Italiana in Algeri’ and Marco Angiu’s Concert.

February Timings
Daily, 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Location

Piazza San Marco, 1965 30124 Venezia VE
Italy
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5

Jewish Museum

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The word ‘Ghetto’ comes from the area Campo of the Ghetto Novo where the Jewish community was segregated in the 14th century. The museum situated in the same area now covers a brief yet educative history of the community and its traditions and has a lot of artifacts and documents.

February Timings
Sunday to Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Location

Campo di Ghetto Nuovo, 2902/b, 30121 Venezia,
Italy
Getting There ›

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The Venetian Islands of Murano, Burano, Torcello

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Venice is so much more than what meets the eye. Just a boat ride from the main city are the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Each island has its own attractions. Murano is known for its Glass Museum, Church of San Donato, and numerous furnaces where you can see the manufacturing of blown glass. Burano is known for its lace making, and Torcello has a great archeological significance. Read all about taking a day trip from Venice to the Islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello and plan efficiently!

February Timings
Every day from 2:00 PM

Location

30141 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice,
Italy
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Museo Leonardo da Vinci

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Artist, Sculptor, Engineer, Scientist, Musician, Botanist, Inventor - Leonardo Da Vinci was a genius who donned multiple hats. The museum is an ode to his genius and contains over 60 working models of his inventions and multimedia displays of his art and inventions narrating his hopes and dreams.

February Timings
Daily, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Location

Scoletta – Complesso Monumentale, Campo San Rocco, 3052, 30125 Venezia VE,
Italy
Getting There ›

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The Peggy Guggenheim Museum

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The Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice is located on the Grand Canal, in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th-Century Palace. The museum is one of the most visited attractions of Venice and on display for everyone to see is the massive collection of Peggy Guggenheim, ex-wife of the artist Max Ernst. There are many artworks of artists from across Italy, Spain and US, including those by Picasso and Jackson Pollock.

February Timings
Open daily 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, except Tuesday

Location

Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy,
Italy
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Venice Walking Tour

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Despite what you may hear, gondolas aren’t the only way of getting around Venice. Opt for a relaxed walking tour of this beautiful city and witness some of the lesser-known spots like Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the Great school of Charity, Marco Polo’s House, and the Malibran Theatre.

February Timings
Daily, from 9:00 AM

Location

Venezia, Metropolitan City of Venice,
Italy
Getting There ›

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10

Mask Workshop - Paint your own mask

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Get swept away in the excitement in the air as the Carnavale arrives to Venice in February. While the most authentic mask be a bit expensive, you can chalk out an hour of your time to create your very own special Venetian mask, complete with feathers, ribbons and sequins. You will be guided by a professional mask artisans and supplies are included!

Location

Ramo San Zulian, 602, 30124, Venice
Italy
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Venice in February: Events to Look Out For


Venice in February events

Carnevale and Lent

12th February – 1st March, 2022
The Carnevale is the biggest event on the Venetian Calendar and is an extravagant two-week long celebration of Venetian culture. Masked parades, costume balls, food fairs, boat parades, children’s fairs, live performances, and much more happens in the Carnival frenzy. On the opening day, the Rio de Canareggio Water Party is set to take place from 7 PM to 10 PM.

Venice in February events

Festa di San Valentino

14th February
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Venice and profess your love for your partner while serenading them on a gondola tour, and stop for a quick kiss under the Bridge of Sighs. It will be one for the records! Many events and special offers are extended to couples in restaurants, hotels, and even museums in Venice.

Venice in February : 3-day Itinerary


Check out our carefully curated itineraries and plan your visit to Venice better. Whether you're visiting Venice for 1 day, 3 days or more; our itineraries packed with top experiences and traveler tips are bound to come handy.

Venice February Essentials


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Venice Weather in February

February is chilly, and the average temperature is 8°C, with day time temperatures touching 10°C and night time as low as 0°C. There is a likelihood of ten days of rainfall and high humidity. The sun rises around 7 AM and sets around 5:30 PM leaving a lot of time for sightseeing.

Venice Accommodation In February

Venice is one of the top tourist destinations worldwide and has a variety of accommodation to suit every type of traveler. However, the city space is limited and you will have to choose accommodation on the mainland for cheaper options.

Venice Packing List February

It is winter and time for snuggling up in warm jackets, sweaters and rain protection gear like waterproof boots and raincoat. Wear comfortable shoes because streets in Venice are not always paved and you have a lot of walking to do. Pack fancy clothes especially if you are in time for the Carneval, you can always buy the masks in Venice.

Getting Around Venice in February

Venice is a pedestrian city, no cars and motorized vehicles are allowed on the island which only leaves you on foot and navigating the water. You have the following options to travel around Venice through its canals –
Vaporetto – It’s the main ferry service run by ACTV Public Transport Services, they have multiple routes connecting major points. You can use a ACTV Pass to avoid buying tickets each time.
Water Taxi – Just like overland taxi, you can hail it from the pickup points on the canals and travel to your destination in style. While vaporettos, gondolas and traghettos are mostly used to travel within the Venetian lagoon, water taxis are mostly used to shuttle back and forth the Marco Polo airport. Grab your discounted water taxi pass before arriving in Venice and leave the airport with no hassles!

If you're looking for the best ways to get around Venice, here's the Ultimate Guide to Public Transportation In Venice. Browse through and you'll get a hang of how to go about this water-borne city.

Venice in February: Seasonal Delicacies


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Melanzane alla parmigiana

The meaty wholesome flavor of eggplant combines with the finest parmesan to make this traditional Italian dish, the Eggplant Parmesan. Every restaurant has its special recipe, but this baked dish is the ultimate comfort food to dig in, on those cold February evenings.
Where to eat : Campo San Stefano

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Gnocchi

Egg, cheese, potato, how can any dish with these ingredients ever go wrong? Gnocchi is a delightful dumpling made with wheat, potato and lathered in hearty sauces. The thick and soft dumplings while high on calories is ideal winter food and high on taste and satisfaction!
Where to eat : Da Mamo, Calle dei Stagneri O de la Fava

venice in february- what to eat
Risotto

A rich, creamy rice dish of Risotto is what will drive the winter blues away! The dish is made of flavourful rice with lots of winter vegetables like radish, and butternut squash and garnished with lots of butter and cheese. You can’t have enough of this flavor bomb.
Where to eat : Trattoria Al Gazzettino, Sotoportego de Le Acque 1

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Ribollita

You might not be in Tuscany, but the Tuscan Bread Soup is a hit favorite amongst Venetians too. Made of nourishing vegetables like carrot, beans, and potatoes, the soup’s other main ingredient is bread which gives it the wholesome consistency that keeps you warm in winter.
Where to eat : Ristorante Al Giardinetto da Severino

venice in february- what to eat
Lasagna Bolognese

No list of Italian foods is complete without a pasta dish! The Lasagna Bolognese is a perfect winter food that is layers of lasagne with Bolognese sauce made of beef, veal, red wine, and tomatoes. Add a generous helping of parmesan, and it’s good to go!
Where to eat : Ristoteca Oniga, Campo San Barnaba

Tips for Visiting Venice in February


  • The St. Mark’s Basilica is beautifully illuminated to highlight the murals and mosaics once in a day from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM. Plan your day to be present there during the time as during February the natural light may not be enough due to cloudy days, to appreciate the mosaics.
  • The Carneval time is a very busy period and the Vaporetto boats fill up as soon as they dock. You can save time by buying a pass and spending a few minutes waiting for the next boat, instead of going away to come back for the boat.
  • A good mask for the Carnival costs more than 50 EUR and is usually handmade and of papier-mâché. Some of the shops where you can buy authentic masks are Ca’ Macana, Ca’ del Sol, Tragicomica, Papier Mache, and Bluemoon Venice. However, during Carneval time several pop-up shops open up selling factory-made masks for about 10-15 EUR, do not spend more than that!
  • An artificial ice-skating rink is set up at Venice’s Campo San Polo. On weekdays the rink is open from 3 PM to 7 PM and on weekends it is open from 11 AM to 7 PM. The entry costs 12 EUR including skate rental.
  • Venice has a lot of art galleries and museums, some of the temporary collections in February are – ‘Postwar European and American Art from the Schulhof Collection’ at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, ‘Giovanni Soccol Presence-Absence’ at Ca Pesaro Library, and ‘Venice and Saint Petersburg. Artists, Princes and Merchants’ at Centro Culturale Candiani. If you're an art enthusiast, February is a great time to visit Venice.

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