Walk across the cobblestone streets and lose your way, only to find a quaint little restaurant overlooking a canal. Sit down and enjoy a pasta meal while watching the gondolas float past by. Walk again and encounter faces from across the world as you head towards the Piazza San Marco, where traders met up centuries ago. Head to the legendary attractions in Venice like the St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge's Palace, before taking a boat to the Venetian Lagoon and ending the day on a gondola with a serenade. That’s how one should spend a summer’s day in Venice in July! It is one of the best months to explore this island city and here is a guide on all the things to do and see in Venice in July.
What makes Venice in July Special?
- Sunny summers: The sun benevolently shines on Venice in July, the soothing mornings and clear twilight evenings mark summer in the city. The long days are perfect for extended sightseeing and the sharp sun is countered by the odd shower making it pleasant weather all through the month.
- Arts and culture: Only rivalled by the Carneval, the Festa del Redentore is an epic celebration worth visiting Venice for! The city also hosts the Art and Theatre Biennale calling in artists from around the world, and the museums and theatres showcase centuries of artwork to the connoisseur.
- Venice in its element : Historically, Venice was a trading port bringing in people from across the world; today the city draws tourists from around the world who come to admire the treasures of Venice. Yes, the hotel and airfare rates are at a peak but it gives you an opportunity to mingle with locals and tourists and savor in the joy of being in Venice in summer!
Weather in Venice in July
Summer is in full force in July and it is one of the hottest months of the year in Venice. The average daytime temperatures are about 28°C, while night-time temperatures drop to around 19°C. Rain is expected for about ten days and the humidity is high in the beginning of the month.
Venice in July : Top Experiences
The Doge’s Palace is an iconic building in Piazza San Marco and is a fine example of Venetian Gothic architecture. Take a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace and views the Doge’s apartments and Bridge of Sighs. Skip the line at this busy attraction and even combine it with a gondola ride.
Sundays to Thursdays 8.30 AM – 9 PM
Fridays and Saturdays 8.30 AM – 11 PM
Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE,
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St. Mark’s Basilica
St. Mark’s Basilica is a beautiful church inside out; its intricate Italo-Byzantine architecture and the gold leaf mosaics within make it a crowd favorite in Venice. In July, the lines are long and a skip-the-line ticket will help you gain access faster. Take a guided tour and learn more about the church.
Weekdays: 9.30 AM – 5.00 PM (Last entry at 4:45 PM)
Sunday and holidays: 2.00 PM – 5.00 PM (Last entry at 4:15 PM)
St. Mark’s Museum: Every day: 9:45 AM – 4:45 PM
Merceria Orologio, 30124 Venezia VE,
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Explore Venice from the canals by floating down a gondola! The gondola has become synonymous with Venice and has evolved into more than just a transport. Enjoy this experience on a summer’s evening with a serenade or club this ride with a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace or St. Mark’s Basilica for a complete Venetian experience.
Depends on chosen tour
30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice,
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Museo Leonardo da Vinci
Dive into the life and times of the world’s great artist, inventor, sculptor, architect and scientist – Leonardo Da Vinci, at the museum dedicated to his work. The museum has reproductions of his paintings, prototypes of his inventions, and virtual reality exhibitions that offer insight into the great mind.
Daily, 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Scoletta – Complesso Monumentale, Campo San Rocco, 3052, 30125 Venezia VE,
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Teatro La Fenice
Walk into the ornate beautiful theatre of La Fenice and soak in the magic of the stage. Explore the arena on your own with an audio-guide and learn why the Theatre is known as ‘The Phoenix’. Discover the gilded interiors of the Foyer, Hall Theatre, Royal Box, and Apollonian Halls.
Daily, 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
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Piazza San Marco, 1965
30124 Venezia VE
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The Jewish community in Venice has survived centuries of challenges and hardships. The museum in Venice is dedicated to the community and their history between the 16th and 19th century. Take a tour of the museum and learn about the history through artefacts, documents, and paintings.
10 AM to 7 PM.
Campo di Ghetto Nuovo, 2902/b, 30121 Venezia,
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Rialto Market Food Tour
Rialto is the oldest fresh produce market in Venice and has been functioning the same way for centuries. Take a tour of the market and its restaurants on either side of the Grand Canal with a local foodie and savor authentic Venetian cuisine. The tour also requires you to hop onto a gondola!
Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10:30 AM
Central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, Venezia
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Glassblowing and Lacemaking
Murano glass and Burano lace has adorned many royal palaces and churches throughout the world. Take a boat tour to the islands of Venetian Lagoon and learn more about the making of the legendary Murano glass and Burano lace. Watch demonstrations and take souvenirs back home.
Sunday, Tuesday, Friday: 1:00 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:30 PM
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 1:45 PM, 2:30 PM
Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, Venice
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Venice in July : Events to Look Out For
Venice Art Biennale
11 May – 24 November, 2019
In its 58th edition, the Venice Art Biennale has the theme ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’. The Biennale, started in 1895, is the inspiration of art biennales across the world. The Biennale will have 90 nations participating including four new ones – Ghana, Madagascar, Malaysia, and Pakistan.
22 July – 5 August, 2019
Running alongside the Venice Art Biennale is the Theatre Biennale that focuses on the creativity of the stage and theatre. In its 47th edition, the theatre festival will focus on the theme of ‘Drammaturgie’ and feature 14 artists who will display 28 shows, many of which are world premieres.
Festa Del Redentore
20 - 21 July, 2019
The Feast of the Holy Redeemer is a religious festival celebrated in Venice on the 3rd Sunday of July to mark the end of a terrible plague in 1576. Today, it has evolved as a cultural holiday where on the eve of the Feast, a spectacular fireworks display takes place over St. Mark’s Basin.
Opera Season at Teatro La Fenice
Teatro La Fenice features world-class musicians and artists in July. Some of the artists gracing the stage are Alessandro Taverna, Andras Schiff, and Myung-Whun Chung. It is a fantastic way to explore the Teatro La Fenice in its full glory.
Venice in July : 3-day Itinerary
Venice in July : Essentials
Venice Weather in July
The days are long and bright in Venice in July. The temperatures can reach up to 34°C thanks to the rising temperatures worldwide. Sunlight lasts for almost 15 hours with the sunrise around 5:30 AM and sunset around 9 PM. The sea temperature is around 25°C making a dip at beaches around Lido a pleasant experience.
Venice Accommodation In July
Venice in July is in the middle of the tourist season and prices skyrocket for accommodation. San Marco and island of Giudecca are premium neighbourhoods with luxury hotels, while Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, and Castello have all sorts of accommodation. Venice Mestre on the mainland has cheaper options. Here is our pick of top accommodations for every budget & style –
What to Pack for Venice in July
Packing for Venice starts with the choice of luggage; avoid roller bags and carry duffel bags or backpacks as there are no flat roads through Venice. Summertime is hot, so you can bring your most comfortable summer dresses and shorts. Carry sun protective gear like sunscreen and cap. Pack practical footwear like walking shoes or flats as you will be spending time getting in and out of water taxis and walking on cobblestone streets.
Getting Around Venice in July
July is at the peak of tourist season and you will have to plan your transport well to avoid wasting time commuting in the city. Here is how you can get to places in Venice using public transport –
- ACTV Vaporetto: These are the ferry boats in Venice and the cheapest mode of transport. There are three lines navigating all the stops in Venice and the surrounding region. It is best to use an ACTV Pass to save money and time.
- Water Taxi: The water taxi is your best bet to travel to and from the Marco Polo Airport. A water taxi pass is a great option to avail better rates.
Venice in July : Seasonal Delicacies
The San Pietro Fish or the dory fish is a popular dish in Venice during the summer. Fried in oil and garnished with salt, pepper, parsley, and a slice of lemon, this basic dish is bursting with flavour and proves to be the perfect summer lunch dish.
Where to order: Bar Puppa, Calle della Spezier
The Venetian version of the ‘Tapas’, cicchetti are small snacks or side-dishes that come in bite-sized versions. A popular dish in bars or taverns in Venice, these include seafood, meat, cheese, and a variety of vegetables. It is best washed down with a glass of white wine called ombra!
Where to order: Enoteca al Volto, Calle Cavalli
Don’t make the mistake of referring to Gelato as ice cream and you will do fine in Venice! Gelato is a frozen dessert that is similar to ice cream but is denser and more intense in its flavour. The traditional and authentic Gelato flavours are vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, and pistachio.
Where to order: Bacaro del Gelato, Fondamenta Misericordia
You can’t go wrong with pizza in all of Italy and Venice is no different! In July, the freshest produce hits the markets and thereafter, straight to your pizza. Don’t ask for extra toppings; your pizza will have the basic tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil and that’s how it’s meant to be savoured!
Where to order: Antico Forno, Ruga Rialto
The Bellini is Venice’s favorite drink, it is a prosecco mixed with a peace puree, and is drunk straight without ice. It is the best drink to cool down in summer after a long day of sightseeing and canal hopping.
Where to order: Harry’s Bar, Sestiere San Marco
Tips for Visiting Venice in July
- The Festa del Redentore is celebrated over two days. On 20th July, Saturday, you can cross over the pontoon bridge that is built to connect Venice to the island of Giudecca. Fireworks start at night around 11 PM and the best place to watch them is at Riva dei Sette Martiri or Rimembranze Park at Sant’Elena. It is the biggest and best fireworks show in all of Italy!
- On 21st July, the people of Venice can be found heading to the Grand Canal for the Regata, where local gondolas vie for the title. The locals cheer for their teams and the best place to join them is near the Church on Giudecca.
- Given the importance of Redentore for the locals both religiously and culturally, a lot of them shut shop over Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Stock up on a few basic supplies, especially if you are traveling with kids. The main tourist attractions will continue to run as per the usual schedule.
- If you want to enjoy a bit of the beach coming so close to the Adriatic Sea, then you should head to the island of Lido. Its beaches are a mix of sandy stretches and natural areas suitable for spotting wildlife. Some of the beaches you can visit are sand dunes of San Nicolo and Alberoni, Murazzi rocks, and Bluemoon beach.
- Mosquitoes are a problem in Venice in the summer, thanks to its numerous canals. Carry an insect repellent and use it just before dusk if you are out and about in the city.
Planning to Visit Venice in July?
Here are a few detailed guides on Venice essentials that will help you during your trip.