Weather Averages for Venice in January
Averages for Venice in January
January is the coldest month of the year in Venice.
The average temperature only reaches a high of around 6°C (that's about 43°F), and can dip as low as -1°C (about 30°F)
You can expect to experience rain on an average of 9 days in this month. The average monthly rain is around 58mm and there is only about 3 hours of average daily sunshine.
Warm clothing such as hats, gloves and scarves would be appropriate during your visit.
The average sea temperature is only 11°C (about 52°F) so you definitely will not be going swimming!
Dates for the Diary
New Years Day; The day after the long night of celebration on New Years Eve. Most shops, resturaunts and various other services will be closed for the day, as people recover from the parties, drink and lack of sleep. It is common for people take a dip in the refreshingly cool waters of the morning, definitely one way of recovering from an unwelcome hangover.
Epiphany and the Regatta delle Befane; Both events take place on the 6th January, Epiphany celebrates the 12th day of which the three wise men arrived at the manger and produced their gifts for the baby Jesus.
Italy's Christmas Holiday season traditionaly lasts through the celebration of Epiphany, there is a feast which is called La Befana, which is an integral part of the festive celebration across Italy. La Befana is derived from a fairy tale about a good witch who brings gifts for children. It is beleived that she is searching for the baby Jesus, therefore she brings gifts to children. Parades and processions are organiseed for this day of festivity.
The Regatta delle Befana is held to celebrate Epiphany, where 5 rowing veterans (over the age of 55) are dressed up as Epiphanies. They then compete in a race along the Canal Grande , in a show of strength and ability in fancy dress to win a flag.
Saint Anthony's Day ( Festa di San Antonio Abate); On the 17th January, the religious festival or feast day of Saint Anthony the Abbot takes place. A huge bonfire is lit, which is the main focus of the crowds, this spectacle is accompanied by processions and music as per the usual with Italain festivals. Saint Anthony is supposed to protect against skin diseases such as shingles, Ergotism and erysipelas, historically refered to as " Saint Anthony's Fire" due to him being called the dominator of Fire, so those skin diseases are named after him, and therefore explains the use of a bonfire. He is also the patron saint of domestic animals, butchers, basket makers and gravediggers.
Venice has many fantastic museums which, being out of season, are good to see at this time of year.
The Marciano Museum in St Mark’s Square, contains the original copy of the famous bronze horses that used to stand outside in the square.
Displays include Roman mosaics, antique tapestries and important manuscripts.
There is also a gallery with fantastic views of the beautiful St. Mark’s Square.
The Palazzo Ducal (Doge’s Palace) has had a fortress on the site since the 9th century, eventually growing into a grand palace.
You can take a tour around the palace and see the Scala d’Oro and the Grand Council Chamber – as well as the prison where Casanova himself was held before escaping!
The Museo Correr is all about the history of Venice and is full of historical memorabilia as well as numerous paintings and statues.