Venice: July Weather AveragesDaily averages for July
|Sunshine Hours||13 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||45 %|
|Rainfall days||9 days|
|Chance of Rain||28 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||3 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||2 %|
Daily averages for July
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Averages for Venice in July
July is the hottest month of the year in Venice and also the busiest for tourist season. Venice is a famously expensive city and prices for accommodation and food are especially high at this time of year.
The average temperature reaches a high of a very nice 28°C (that's about 82°F), and only dips to lows of 18°C (about 64°F) in the evenings. However due to the high temperatures and long hours of sunshine you should take precautions to avoid sunburn or sunstroke. Always wear sunscreen with a high SPF and seek shelter during the hottest parts of the day.
There are 9 hours of average daily sunshine. The day gradually decreases a total of 51 minutes, with an average day by day decrease of 1.6 minutes. The longest day of the month is July 1 with 15:37 hours of sunlight and the shortest day is July 31 with 14:46 hours. Light clothing such as t-shirts, shorts and sandals are recommended for daytime wear, though if you are eating out in the evening, nice casual or formal is a better bet.
The average sea temperature is 25°C (about 77°F) so you can head down to the beaches like Lido or up to Lake Garda near Verona and enjoy the water.
You can expect to experience rain on an average of 10 days in this month. The average monthly rain is around 63mm. Chance of precipitation is around 34-39%, occurring as summer thunderstorms. Each day there is about 27% to 34% cloud cover, with the trend decreasing as the month progresses. The skies are typically clear or partly cloudy.Humidity ranges from mildly humid (51%) to very humid (92%); the most humid day is July 1, rising above 88%, and the driest day is July 29.
Daily wind speed averages vary from no wind to 11 mph (gentle breeze), rare exceeding 19 mph. Winds typically blow in from the northeast or north.
The temperature over the month varies only slightly, getting a bit hotter as the month passes. July 1 has an average of 22°C (72°F), with highs of 26°C (80°F) and lows of 18°C (65°F). By mid-July, averages rise up to 23°C (74°F), highs of 27°C (82°F) and lows of 18°C (66°F). By the end of the month, averages are still 23°C (74°F), highs 28°C (83°F) and lows of 19°C (67°F).
THINGS TO DO
Venice is made up of various burroughs, the most famous of which is called the Sestieri, the main island--Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce and San Marco. Getting around the city is best done on a vaporetto (water taxi) or simply on foot. Venetian canals were intended to substitute for streets, so many palazzos and houses were built with entrances on the water. Otherwise, walking is the best mode of transport and the best way to soak up the sites. With its narrow pathways and alleys, it is easy to get lost--but make your way back to the main attractions like the Rialto and San Marco should be simple enough. Just note that addresses in Venice are listed by district; technically there are no streets in Venice. These numbers increase the farther away they are from the Grand Canal.
Vaporetto, Venice. Photo by Marco.
No visit to Venice would be complete without an afternoon in the Doge's Palace. Built in Venetian Gothic style, the Palazzo Ducale on San Marco Square is one of the main landmarks of Venice. Once the seat of government, it opened to the public as a museum in 1923. To say that the architecture is lavish or grandiose would be an understatement. Ornamentation is widespread with historic and biblical scenes decorating columns, facades, doors, gates and other structural elements. The main entrance to the palace is the Porta della Carta, and also served as the location where important announcements were read. You can wander the rooms yourself or take a guided tour through Casanova's gaol and up to the five hundred year old roof. The ticket will grant you access to the palace, the Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
Doge's Palace, Venice. Photo by Roger.
The historical Jewish Ghetto it was decreed that all Jews of Venice be confined to this remote neighbourhood in Cannareggio. The term ghetto derives from the Venetian word for slag, or a byproduct of smelting metal. Centuries ago, Venice still permitted furnaces on the island, but restricted them to this area to reduce the risk of widespread fire. This area was the inspiration behind Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. To reach the Ghetto, walk from Saint Lucia station along the Lista di Spagna and head northwest. You can wander around or visit one of the synagogues or the museum of Jewish history, with its exhibitions of religious memorabilia.
At the Erberia Market Rialto, stop by the art studio of Nicola Tenderini (Campo Bella Vienna, San Polo 216). This local artist sells a variety of magnificent watercolours on calendars, recipe books, posters, prints and more. He has been commissioned by hotels, magazines, galleries and other companies for his detailed paintings of landscapes and city views.
Art lovers might also enjoy a visit to the gallery of Missiaja (San Marco 1805). This architect-turned-artist mixes computer generated images handmade paper to produce amazing results. Pick up a box of notecards for $10 or $300 for larger items.
Visitors seeking to bring home food souvenirs might try the I Tre Mercanti (Campo della Guerra 5364), a tasty food gallery where you can find parmesan, vinegars, oils, pasta sauces and wines. Or stop by Drogheria Mascari (381 S. Polo), with its plethora of truffles, fruits, marmalades, 80 kinds of spices, 50 types of honey and 100 varieties of chocolate.
Need a Venetian hat or heel? Pick up a beret of rabbit fur from milliner Giuliana Longo (Calle del Lovo 4813), in business since 1968. She also crafts traditional gondola hats, panama hats, and unique headgear for the Carnevale. Next, visit Giovanna Zanella's workshop (5641 Castello) for her avant-garde designs, from frog-skin flats to pink leather.
Somewhat off the beaten path is the 15th century Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo (San Marco 4299). This palace is ringed by an arched spiral staircase from the ground floor to the top, giving it its name, Bovolo (snail). From the top you can view a charming panorama over the rooftops. Most worthy of note, the palace was shot in a scene of Orson Welles' adaptation of Othello (1952), where it served as Brabantio's house.
Plazzo Contarini del Bovolo, Venice. Photo by tentonipete
If you have time, opt for a day excursion out to the island of Murano. You can catch a vaporetto that departs from the Fondamenta Nuove every ten minutes. Murano has been the main glass-making centre since 1291, since furnaces have been banished altogether from Venice proper. A few worth checking out are Carlo Moretti (3 Fondamenta D. Manin) and Sent Guglielmo (8A Fondamenta dei Vetrai).
Burano Island also makes for a colorful visit. A domicile archipelago 30 minutes from Venice, Burano's houses are all colourful chaos. Green, salmon, indigo, yellow--you name it, there's a home in that colour. The colours are carefully regulated by law, with colour choice approved first by the government. The best way to appreciate the town is to nab a gelato and walk down the streets. Otherwise, enjoy lunch and a spritz and take a break from the crowds of Venice. To reach Burano, take the Vaporetto from Fondamente Nuove.
Other than the official museums and galleries, there are several residences of historical and artistic interest. The 18th century Ca' Rezzonico offers a glimpse into noble Venetian life, with antique furniture, ornate frescoes, exquisite paintings and Murano chandeliers.
The third weekend in July is the Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer) and is celebrated with a regatta on the Grand Canal, complete with fireworks. Every July, a pontoon bridge is built across the canal that separates a lone church and the rest of Venice proper, so people can make their respects.
Regatta on the Gran Canal for Festa del Redentore. Photo by Nadia D'Agaro.
Theatre lovers will enjoy the Shakespeare Festival with many performances of the Bard's plays. And culture vultures will enjoy the Opera Festival which begins this month, with a range of performances of theatre, poetry, dance and opera.
HIT THE BEACH
Venice is not well-renowned for its beaches, but you may find a few if you're on the lookout. Rosolina Beach is 8 kilometres long and 100 metres. On weekends in July it can get rather crowded, but the size makes up for that. Spend the afternoon swimming, sunbathing, bicycling or any number of water activities. Rosolina is 60 kilometres from Venice, easily reached by bus.
EATING & DRINKING OUT
Osteria al Squero is a wonderful cichetti bar with most dishes under 10 euros and strong spritzes under 3 euros. It's located opposite the gondola boatyard in the Doroduro district. Cantine Aziende Agricole (Centro Storico Rio Tera Farsetti 1847) is a charming, down-to-earth bar that attracts more locals than tourists. Round out a glass of wine or spritz with a crostini col lardo.
The gondola boatyard opposite Osteria al Squero. Photo by Mark.
While you're on Murano Island touring the glass-making factories, stop by the Busa alla Torre (3 Campo San Stefan). This seafood restaurant serves impressive takes on soft-shell crabs, shrimp, and calamari.
On a hot summer day nothing beats the heat like gelato. Venice has a handful of delicious gelateria worth checking out. Try Gelato Fantasy (Calle dei Fabbri 929) for their amazing textures. Their pistachio and Venetian creme come highly recommended. Another good bet is Suso Gelatoteca (San Marco 5453), with flavours like hazelnut, fig and Napoleone.
Cafe Filermo (Cannareggio 2208) is an excellent coffee shop with a cosy and friendly atmosphere. Just note that their menu is mostly coffee and wines, no food--not a place to grab a lunch, but rather an afternoon tea.
Want to impress a date? Take them out to L'Osteria di Santa Marina (Campo SM 5911), a rustic restaurant complemented by a candlelit garden. The wine list is extensive and the food is innovative--from duck with chicken liver sauce to tuna carpaccio with white truffle. The items are pricey, but not more than usual for Venice, and the meal is worth it.
L'Osteria di Santa Marina.
WHERE TO STAY
Corte di Gabriela (Calle Avvocati) is located in the San Marco district near the Rialto and La Fenice theatre. Each room is unique, blending modern furnishings with traditional Venetian decadence. Amenities include A/C, heating, satellite TV, safe, minibar, hair dryer, and three types of pillows. Their signature touch is the internal courtyard, a 19th century well and 50-year-old Wisteria.
For visitors looking for a casual accommodation, book one of the many bed and breakfasts in the city. Locanda Ca' Le Vele (Calle de le Vele Cannaregio 3969) is a small family-run guesthouse set in a 1600 building. Rooms are all equipped with free wifi, A/C, safe and minibar. The hotel is located not far from the D'Oro Museum and the Rialto Bridge.
Palazzo Soderini (Campo Bandiera e Moro 3611) is a charming bed and breakfast that overlooks the Campo Bandiera e Moro. The decor light, airy, and minimalist, with large double rooms, some of which overlook teh garden.
There's no place like the Abbazia Hotel (Cannaregio 68), an old Carmelite abbey converted into an enchanting and romantic hotel. The recently renovated rooms include private baths, A/C, heating, hairdryers, safe, minibar and satellite TV. The hotel is complete with a private inner garden and an 18th century chapel.
Another unique hotel is Hotel Ca' Pozzo (Cannaregio 1279)--minimalist, sleek, and fresh modernity. This elegant boutique hotel is located in the north part Venice, near the Saint Lucia station and the Jewish Ghetto.
Hotel Ca' Pozzo exterior.