Why you should still visit Venice in November:
- Acqua Alta – Didn’t you always want to actually put your rainboots to the test? It’s a regular phenomenon here, and I don’t think there is anywhere else in the world where it’s actually fun to be flooded in (that is, if you don’t have luggage with you that day). Plus, the city transforms itself with raised planks for sidewalks, trash hung on the walls, and stylish water boot fashion!
- Less crowds, Less Lines – Say goodbye to the crazy long lines at St.Mark’s Basilica or the Doge’s Palace. Take advantage of less wait time and enjoy the museums and attractions without the tourist herd rushing you.
- Biennale – The world renowned art exhibition ends on November 24th, 2013, so take advantage of seeing all the exhibits, both at the main pavilion and the various smaller international exhibits spread throughout the city. Visit the official Biennale site. Rookie Savings: Many of these additional exhibits throughout the city are FREE, so keep your eyes peeled.
- Lower Hotel Rates – While the hotels like to play what I call the “airfare game” (raising the price up on weekends and on random summer days to squeeze every nickel out of you), they can’t play this game in this slower season or they might miss out on filling up their rooms. It’s nice to see the prices for a 3-star hotel room cost just under the $100 mark. Check out B&B rates and availability here.
- More Venetian Daily Life – With less crowds of tourists, you can take a closer look at the Venetian residents. Watch how they pick their produce at the Rialto food market, take the traghetto, children play soccer in the campi (pl. for squares), and adults enjoy happy hours with friends. There are only about 30,000 actual residents in Venice which is a lot less compared to the 180,000 from the 1500’s.
Finally, be sure to check out the events in November, too!