Venice: June Weather AveragesDaily averages for June
|Sunshine Hours||13 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||41 %|
|Rainfall days||11 days|
|Chance of Rain||33 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||6 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||4 %|
Daily averages for June
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Averages for Venice in June
In June the tourist season is in full swing, with warm temperatures, hot and sunny days, and throngs of people soaking up the sun in one of the most romantic cities in Europe.
The average temperature gets up to a high of 25°C (that's about 77°F), and only ever cools to a low of 16°C (about 61°F). Pack typical summer wear, such as t-shirts, shorts or khakis, and be sure to bring your swimsuit. The average sea temperature is up to 22°C (about 72°F) so June is a perfect time to try your hand at some watersports or just go for a dip on one of the Venetian islands.
There are about 15.5 hours of average daily sunshine. The length of the day is essentially constant with little variation. The shortest day of the month is June 1 with 15:27 hours of sunlight, and the longest day is June 20 with 15:42 hours of sunlight.
You can expect rain on an average of 12 days in this month. The average monthly rain is around 76mm. Each day there is about 39-43% chance of precipitation, and when it occurs it mostly happens as thunderstorms and occasionally as moderate rate. In June, Venice skies are typically clear or mostly clear, with occasional clouds, with a 8% decrease in median cloud cover by the end of the month.
Humidity ranges from mild (52%) to very humid (93%), and is most humid around mid-June and driest around the end of the month. Daily wind speed averages vary from 0 mph to 12 mph, rarely exceeding 19 mph. Wind typically blows from the northeast or the north.
June sees a steady rise in temperatures as the month progresses. At the beginning, averages start at 66°F, with highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F. By mid-month, averages rise up to 70°F, highs of 77°F and lows of 63°F. By the end of the month, averages are around 73°F, highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F.
THINGS TO DO
If you want to see Venice at its purest, visit the Pescheria or fish market. There has been a fish market along the Grand Canal ever since the 11th century. Fish has always been highly regulated in Venice. In the 19th century, thousands of fishermen were in the lagoon but only 160 were licensed to sell their catches in Venice--and of these, most were elderly to provide steady income for their families. Today, most locals buy their fish at or before 9am. You can purchase any fish and ask the chefs in a trattoria if they will fry it up for you.
While you're visiting Saint Mark's basilica and piazza, don't forget to peek your head into Saint Mark's bell tower, or the Campanile di San Marco. The bell tower was completed in 1514, collapsed in 1902 while trying to install a lift, and reconstructed in 1912. This simple brick structure stands at 98.5 metres high. You can climb to the top of the belfry for its breathtaking panorama. A little known fact is that this tower, and many others in Venice, served also as a lighthouse for ships. It's certainly a beauty; legend even has it that the Doge who commissioned the tower originally gouged the eyes out of the builders, so they could never construct a tower that might surpass it.
Saint Marks Bell Tower, Venice. Photo by Lee Cannon.
The Accademia (Via Bettino Ricasoli 60) is to Venice what the Uffizi is to Florence--the heart of the Venetian art. It is situated in the Scuola della Carita within Dorsoduro, and houses famous works from pre-19th century art in Europe. The building used to house the art school Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, but this was recently moved to the Ospedale degli Incurabili. The museum showcases a rich collection from the Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance traditions, including Bellini, Titian, Giorgione, Carpaccio, Veronese, Longhi and more.
Keep your eyes on the lookout for those uniquely Venetian embellishments. Family crests, lions, and adornments of saints or historical figures on palazzos give clues to familial history. For example, if you see two houses linked by an arch, this means that the same family owned them both. The famed Hunchback of Rialto Bridge used to be a standing point from which important news was delivered to the citizens. It also served as the finishing point for a historical race. Criminals were allowed to run from San Marco to the statue, being hit by various sticks and whips by locals on the way, and if they reached the hunchback they would be released.
Another fantastic monument is the Torre dell'Orologio. Built at the end of the 15th century, the tower links the Piazza San Marco with the Rialto. At the top are two bronze figures, a youth and elder, which strike the hours on a bell. Below the bell is the winged lion of Venice, the Virgin and Child, and the great clock face in blue and gold engraved in Roman numerals.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is one of the most important contemporary institutions in Europe. Devoted solely to modern art, the pieces are various works of Cubism, Surrealism, Futurism, ad Abstract Expressionism. Among the artists are Picasso, Duchamp, Dali, Ernst, Mondrian, Rothko, Pollock and Kandinsky. The museum was originally the private collection of American Peggy Guggenheim, who purchased the building--the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni--and showcased the artworks to the public seasonally in 1951. In 1976 she donated the palazzo and collection to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and it was opened year-round to the public in 1980. It is one of the most popular highlights of a trip to Venice, attracting more than 400,000 visitors per year.
Summer festivities in June are plentiful. The first Saturday sees Venice host the Serenissima, which is a Grand Prix motorboat race. The Marciliana near the end of the month is a medieval pageant to commemorate the siege of Chioggia in 1380. Events include rowing and archery competitions. And the Sagra di Sant'Antonio (Feast of St. Anthony) on 13th June is celebrated in Prato della Valle with a busy fair.
The Sagra di San Pietro in Castello takes place on the last weekend in June at the church that was Venice's one time Cathedral with music, food and drink. In odd-number years, the Biennale showcases a huge exhibition of contemporary art; in event-number years, the Venezia Biennale is an exhibition of audio arts.
HIT THE BEACH
There is not much in the way of beaches in Venice, but there are a smattering here and there if you know where to look. Head over to Bibione, a small town with a spa resort and fairly clean waters. The beach is quite large at 8 kilometres long and up to 400 metres wide in some places. It is easily reached by train and bus from Venice.
There are 8 service zones with beach huts and showers, and beach-goers can snack at any of the numerous cafes or ice cream stands. Bring your family--there's everything from dance lessons to water aerobics or children's clubs. Dogs are also welcome at the specially designed Pluto's Beach.
EATING & DRINKING
In Venice, many a fine summer afternoon is spent in the shade of an umbrella of a bacaro. Bacari are small, local bars where the spritzes come quickly and the food are light sandwiches or tapas-style.
The spritz is a Venetian institution--consisting of prosecco, soda water, campari or aperol and a slice of lemon to top it. The origins of the Spritz is said to have derived from the Austrian occupation. Soldiers diluted the alcohol content of the local wines by adding sparkling water.
Cantina Vecia Carbonera (Canneregio 2329) is a local favourite among university students, and the place to soak in the relaxed Venetian vibe away from the main tourist drag. The bacaro is famous for its homemade meatballs, local wines and a decor wrapped up in old memorabilia.
Antico Forno (Ruga Rialto 973) is one of the few pizzerias in Venice. They specialise in massive deep-dish slices with fresh ingredients--and you can even order it as take-away. The portions are huge and they won't break your wallet.
El Refolo (1580 Via Garibaldi) may be difficult to find, but its a jewel that's definitely worth looking for. Here you can sample amazing Veneto vino, and nibble on a variety of sandwiches and small pasta dishes.
Fritto Frutta (220 Fondamenta dei Tolentini) serves up tasty fried foods and fresh fruit smoothies. Everything from battered meats, fish, cheese and vegetables are cooked to order, and served in paper cones. A great place to bring kids or those who just need a pick-me-up.
Al Timon (Sestiere Cannaregio 2754) is a bacaro famed for its cicheti, the Venetian tapa. Down a spritz here and munch on rucola salad with lardo and sundried tomato, or zucchini complemented with mortadella and pecorino. Or head over to Alla Ciurma, a centuries-old storeroom recently converted into a bar. Locals often line up on the street for a taste of this popular star--tuna meatballs, fish risotto, musetto sausage with mustard.
Alla Rampa (Piazza Mignanelli 18) has been a classic Venetian institution for over a century. The bar is below street level, and during the Acqua Alta high water it tends to flood, a fact that doesn't seem to deter faithful regulars. It's located just ouside the Giardini of the Biennale of Art, on the vivacious Via Garibaldi.
If you're craving seafood, you can't go wrong at All' Arco (San Polo 436). The best cicheti here are all fruits of the sea--langoustines, calamari, prawns and liver. Try the butterfish crudo with mint-olive oil marinade and red-clay salt.
Cantine Gia Schiavi, Venice. Photo by Mark Longair
Wine bars are plentiful in Venice, and wherever there is cichetti or panini there's a glass of the famous Veneto vino. Combination wine bar and enoteca, the family-run Cantinone Gia Schiavi (San Trovaso 992). Don't leave without trying their Tocai or Torgolino. Nave de Oro (San Marco 5786) is just steps away from the basilica. Visitors will find this bar reassuring with its fair prices and large selection of pinot nero and chardonnay.
WHERE TO STAY
In Venice for a romantic getaway? Book a room at the Boscolo Venezia (Fondamenta Madonna dell'Orto). This palace is complete with a inner garden, full-serve spa and intimate rooms. Its modern amenities are complemented by Oriental carpets, 18th-century wardrobes and Murano chandeliers. For a truly unforgettable view, reserve the Presidential Suite, where full-length windows allow for gorgeous vistas of the sunrise over the lagoon.
Another exceptional accommodation is Ca' Nigra (S. Croce 927), a restored 18th-centur palazzo complete with marble friezes and mosaics. The rose garden and jasmine garden with palm trees are a special touch in this water-bound city.
Located on Lido Beach, the Hotel Excelsior (Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi 41) is a grand property with waterfront dining and beautiful views of the lagoon or sea. It offers guestrooms, junior suites and suites that can accommodate couples or families. All rooms are furnished in Moorish style and feature plasma TVs, large bathrooms and free wifi.
Another hotel far from the summer crowds is Hotel Terme Due Torri (Via Pietro d'Abano 18). This is a hotel-cum-thermal-spa, that offers personalized treatment programmes for couples. On-site there are three swimming pools, three restaurants and two bars. Who knows, you might never leave the hotel!
For a more casual vibe, you can rent a room at any of the numerous B&Bs that dot the city. La Rosa dei Venti (Riva di Biasio 2143) has rooms that overlook the island of San Giorgio. Each room comes with A/C, TV LCD, safe, minibar and wifi.
Or Al Saor B&B (Cannaregio 3904 A), located near the Rialto Bridge. The rooms are rather small, but all offer free wifi, satellite TV, A/C, and a small terrace where breakfast is served. Some also have a private kitchen equipped for self-catering.