Venice

Visiting Venice In May – The Definitive Guide

It’s dreamlike, romantic, awe-inspiring, intriguing, exhilarating and breathtaking - after all, it’s Venice. Built on the waters of the Adriatic Sea, this cluster of islands might not have any roads, but it does have ample places that you surely need to explore. From its picturesque canals to its elaborate architecture, from its art-filled museums to its humble yet elaborate cuisine, Venice is a place everyone should visit at least once, if not more. Especially in May, the weather is perfect, the crowd is limited, the activities are numerous and the beauty, well Venice is always mesmerising.

What makes Venice in May Special?


Venice in May

  • Best of both worlds – Winter has finally bid adieu and the summer is still 30 days behind. On top of it, the spring air, the bright sun and the colourful flowers make the magical city more magical.
  • Just before the tourist influx – May observes a comparatively thinner crowd than the one during the summer months. So, this gives you an opportunity to explore the nuances of city and its surroundings at your own pace.
  • Walking around the city – From the canals to the Venetian architecture, Venice is a Pandora’s box waiting to be opened and discovered and walking is one great way to do that. With May lending you perfect weather, it's a win-win situation.
  • Water activities – As the temperature starts to soar, enthusiasts whether tourists and locals gear up for some adrenaline pumping activities. Even if you are not a waterbaby, a ride in the gondolas, jetties, ferries etc. is a wonderful way to explore the city.

Weather in Venice in May


Venice is usually sunny and moderately warm during May, with average high reaching up to 21 °C and minimum temperatures being around 12°C. The length of day gradually increases by around 2.1 minutes daily and an average of about 15 hours of sunshine is observed daily, with an average rainfall of 69 mm.

Venice in May - weather

Venice in May : Top Experiences


1

Doge’s Palace

Venice in April - doge's palace


The opulent Doge’s palace was once the residence of the Doge of Venice and now boasts one of the must-visit museums of Venice. Everything from its grand Venetian Gothic architecture to its intricate frescoed walls, from its grand staircases to the ornate-gilded ceilings, is equal parts intriguing and beautiful.

May Timings
Everyday 8.30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (last admission 6:00 p.m.)

Location

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

Venice in May - St. Mark's Basilica


With its origin dating back to the 9th century A.D. Saint Mark's Basilica amalgamates religion, history, art, beauty and luxury into an extravagant Italo-Byzantine architecture. Perfect for a visit in May as the bright sun manifolds the beauty of one of the most iconic and loved sights of Venice.

May Timings
Monday - Saturday - 9.30 AM – 5.00 AM
Sunday and holidays - 2.00 PM – 5.00 PM

Location

Merceria Orologio, 30124 Venezia VE,
Italy
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3

The Venetian Islands of Murano, Burano, Torcello

Venice in May


Just a boat ride away from Venice, lies these three intriguing islands of the Venetian Lagoon. Each one famous for some unique quirk - Murano for its glassmaking, Burano for intricate lace making and Torcello for its invaluable archaeological heritage. Additionally, May’s pleasant weather allows you to explore the Islands comfortably.

May Timings
Depends upon your itinerary or the tour chosen

Location

30141 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice,
Italy
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4

Teatro La Fenice

Venice in May -  Teatro La Fenice


Teatro La Fenice boasts the honor of hosting many major compositions of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi, which is why it is considered as the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre and opera. You can avail a guided tour or watch any of their May offerings.

May Timings
Daily, 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
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Location

Piazza San Marco, 1965 30124 Venezia VE
Italy
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5

A Gondola Ride

Venice in May - Gondola Ride


Before the weather becomes scorchingly hot and before the hordes of tourists hinder your fun quotient, May poses as the perfect time to maneuver through the City of Canals in a gondola. A quintessential activity when touring Venice, you can choose a gondola tour of your liking amidst various options.

May 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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6

Jewish Museum

Venice in May - Jewish Museum


Founded in 1953 by the Jewish Community of Venice, this small but extensive museum preserves Jewish artifacts from books, gold articles to textiles, dating back to the 16th and the 19th centuries. Situated between the two most ancient Venetian synagogues, you can couple a synagogue tour along with the museum tour.

May Timings
Museum - 10.00 AM – 5.30 PM, daily
Synagogue - 10.30 AM – 04.30 AM, daily
The last tour on Friday could be cancelled for ritualistic reasons.

Location

Campo di Ghetto Nuovo, 2902/b, 30121 Venezia,
Italy
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7

Venice Walking Tour

Venice in May - Walking Tour


There’s something intimate about getting to know a city on foot and especially a city like Venice that offers plethora of nuances to be observed and cherished. Add in May’s pleasant weather, a few like-minded tourists or locals and a professional guide for a perfect Walking Tour of the Venice city.

May Timings
Depending upon tour selected

Location

Venezia, Metropolitan City of Venice,
Italy
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8

Magical Art of Glassblowing

Venice in May - Art of Glassblowing


Glassblowing has been part of Murano’s culture from as early as 1291, and of course, they have mastered the art to perfection. Explore the traditional process, history and trivia of the magical art of glassblowing, see the masters of trade in action and best of all take a special glass souvenir home.

May Timings
Daily, One batch at 12.00 p.m. and another one on 5:00 p.m.

Location

St Mark's Square, Clock Tower Near Exchange Office, Venezia,
Italy
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Venice in May: Events to Look Out For


Venice in May events

Venice Biennale 2019

11 May to 24 November, 2019
Titled as ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’, the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale is one of the largest contemporary visual art exhibitions, held biennially i.e. in odd-numbered years. Loved, coveted and cherished by all art lovers, the exhibition will have events and exhibitions planned all across Venice.

Venice in May events

Labor Day and Festa Della Sparesca

1 May, 2019
While not much is made about the Primo Maggio, i.e the labour day in Venice, the city lights up with the festivities of the Festa Della Sparesca. It is a gondolier regatta to celebrate the new season’s asparagus, held at Cavallino, in the lagoon where this crop is grown.

Venice in May events

Mare Maggio

Mid May 2019
A 3-day festival that celebrates Venice’s love for maritime culture. A plethora of events are hosted across the city, spanning from exhibitions showcasing old ships and relics of ships to water-sports workshops and racing events, from modern time marine clothing and accessories to traditional maritime food and drinks.

Venice in May events

Festa Medioevale del vino Bianco di Soave

Mid May
Just an hour and a half away for Venice, Soave celebrates the Medieval Feast of the White Wine of Soave with full fan-fare. From historical theme parades to exhibition on ancient crafts, from musical and theatrical performances to sporting events, there is a lot to see, experience and enjoy.

Venice in May : 3-day Itinerary


Venice in May : Essentials


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Venice Weather in May

You could feel the summer peaking in May as the temperatures begin to soar. Typically, May is warm and sunny with 15 hours of daily sunshine. The average temperature ranges from highs of 21°C in the day to lows of 12°C at night. Around 69 mm of rain is expected, spanned across 13 days in the month.

Venice Accommodation In May

Venice, for all it uniqueness, invites hoards of tourists and thus offer a plethora of accommodation options ranging from luxury hotels to hostels, that are spread evenly across the city, making it easy to find a space that fits your budget and your itinerary. Mentioned below are a few options for staying in Venice –

  • Luxury Hotels - Hotel L'Orologio, Luna Hotel Baglioni, Palazzo Sant'Angelo, The Gritti Palace
  • Mid-Range Hotels - LaGare Hotel, Hotel Le Isole, Campiello Zen, Rosa Salva Hotel
  • Budget Hotels - Residenza de L'Osmarin, We Crociferi, Generator Venice, Hotel Casa Linger

Venice Packing List for May

A trip to Venice in May requires a good number of light-weight cotton pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, and tops. Pack sunny day essentials such as sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat or a light scarf. Carry an umbrella for rain and a light cardigan for the breezy evenings. Most importantly, invest in a comfortable pair of shoes and sandals for those long walks in museums, markets and general exploration of Venice.

Getting Around Venice in May

Being a pedestrian city, Venice has no cars and motorized vehicles on the island. So you either walk or navigate the city through watercrafts. However, buses are operated by ACTV and ATVO in order to maintain the connectivity between Venice, mainland and major airports.

Enriched with a plethora of options for water based vehicles, Venice is largely dependent on watercrafts. You can either opt for ACTV’s ferry service Vaporettos or hail a water taxi. Other options include gondolas, jetties, motorboats and battelli foranei. In order to save on transport, you can avail passes that offer cheaper access to all modes of transport offered by the city.

Venice in May : Seasonal Delicacies


Venice in May - what to eat
Scampi alla veneziana

An extremely simple yet superbly delicious recipe, Venetian shrimps are boiled and dressed with olive oil and lemon juice. The key to this dish is to have the fresh shrimps and as the shrimp season peaks in late spring/ early summer, May is one of the best times to try Scampi alla veneziana.
Where to eat: Bistrot de Venise, Gino's

Venice in May - what to eat
Caparossoi a Scota Deo

An extremely simple yet superbly delicious recipe, Venetian shrimps are boiled and dressed with olive oil and lemon juice. The key to this dish is to have the fresh shrimps and as the shrimp season peaks in late spring/ early summer, May is one of the best times to try Scampi alla veneziana.
Where to eat: Ostaria dai Zemei, Trattoria al Gatto Nero

Venice in May - what to eat
Baccala mantecato

One of the most important traditional foods in Venice, dating back to 1431 when the shipwrecked sailors discovered the lure of dried stockfish. Dried and salted Baltic codfish is soaked, poached and blended into a smooth mousse seasoned with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and parsley, typically served with white polenta.
Where to eat: Trattoria Baccalà Divino, Vittoria Restaurant Pizzeria

Venice in May - what to eat
Sarde in saor

An antipasto dish featuring sharpness from sardines, onions and balsamic vinegar, and sweetened with pine nuts and raisins. Originally conceived in the middle ages as a preservation technique, its unique sweet, sour and tangy flavours have established Sarde in saor as a modern-day venetian appetizer, a favourite of both tourists and locals.
Where to eat: Ristorante Rosa Rossa, Cantina Do Spade

Venice in May - what to eat
Risi e bisi

An ancient regional specialty of Venice that is so famous that most Venetian restaurants and homes readily offer this dish to their guests. A mix between soup and thick risotto Risi e bisi is made from fresh peas and rice. Never eaten alone, seafood, sausages or beans are often added to the dish.
Where to eat: Trattoria Alla Rampa, Osteria da Alberto

Tips for Visiting Venice in May


  • Don’t miss seafood: Made up of 118 smaller islands, Venice has an extensive range of seafood and an equivalent amount of traditional seafood recipes. With May being the high season for a bunch of them, don’t miss a chance of experiencing some fresh catch, i.e. if you eat seafood.
  • Pre-book in advance: May marks the onset of tourist season in Venice, so ensure that you plan ahead and pre-book hotels and flights, as the prices starts to shoot-up fast as the month progresses.
  • Clothing restrictions: The only restriction Venice has in terms of clothing is at the religious places. They do not entertain bare knees or shoulders and can stop you from entering the main prayer area.
  • Exploring Venice: Being a city whose every nook and corner could be converted into a beautiful painting or picture, Venice invites you to explore as much as you can. Given May’s weather condition and comparatively lesser tourists, you can comfortably breath in the beauty of Venice.
  • Plan your itinerary: Venice and the surrounding areas offers ample number of activities to keep you entertained, so much so that it can become daunting. Thus we suggest planning your itinerary, so you can make the most of your trip to this magical city.

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