Venice: September Weather AveragesDaily averages for September
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||34 %|
|Rainfall days||9 days|
|Chance of Rain||29 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||9 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||4 %|
Daily averages for September
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Averages for Venice in September
September sees temperatures begin to decline slightly, however it is still very warm and there is still a lot to do.
The average temperature still reaches a high of 24°C (that's about 75°F), and only gets as cool as lows of 14°C (about 57°F) at night. Shirts and pants or shorts should be adequate, but do bring a cardigan in case of a breeze.
There are about 12.5 hours of average daily sunshine. Over the course of the month, the length of day is decreasing daily by 3 minutes. The longest day is September 1 with 13:16 hours of sunlight; the shortest day of the month is September 30 with 11:44 hours of sunlight;
You can expect to experience rain on an average of 9 days in this month. The average monthly rain is around 66mm. Each day there is about 35% chance of precipitation, a percent that remains fairly consistent over the course of the month. When rain does fall, it will most likely occur in the form of thunderstorms, followed by moderate or light rain.
September skies range from mostly clear (31%) to partly cloudy (42%), with the sky becoming cloudier as the month progresses. Humidity ranges from 54% (mildly humid) to 93% (very humid), rarely dropping below 40% (comfortable). The air is driest around September 1 at an average of 62%, and driest around the end of September, rising above 90%.
Daily wind speed averages vary from no wind to 12 mph (gentle breeze), rarely exceeding 19 mph. Winds typically blow from the northeast or the north.
Over the course of September, the temperature drops dramatically. At the beginning of the month, averages are around 70°F, with highs of 78°F and lows of 62°F. By mid-September, averages are around 66°F, with highs of 74°F and lows of 59°F. By September 30, averages taper off to 64°F, with highs of 70°F and lows of 56°F.
THINGS TO DO
In September, Venice begins to quiet down as the tourist crowds slip away for the season. You'll have better luck touring San Marco without the lines evident in July and August. There's more to see in the city besides museums and the basilica--galleries where the architecture is just as striking as the exhibits, and specialty shops of handcrafted glass, hats, shoes, toys, and much more.
San Marco Square.
Peek into the Fondazione Scientifica Querini Stampalia (Santa Maria Formosa Castello 5252). This institution was established in 1869 by Count Giovanni Querini, and it supports cultural events promoting an exchange of knowledge. In 1960s, the modernist architect Carlo Scarpa transformed the garden and ground floor, and the blend of antique building and contemporary furnishings is quite striking. The property houses a library, a museum, and an area dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
The Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art (Santa Croce 2076) showcases 40 works in steel, glass and stone by Tony Cragg, a sculptor from Liverpool. On the second floor, Cragg is exhibited alongside pieces from Rodin. You can also enjoy works by Klimt, Chagall and Kadinsky. The gallery is housed in a 17th century palazzo, owned by the wealthy Pesaro family until the end of the 19th century. Keep an eye out for original fresco and oil ceiling decorations, hand-painted by various artists such as Bambini, Crosato, and Trevisani.
Visitors on the lookout for window shopping will want to head out to Campo Santa Stefano. The small streets here are lined with small boutiques and unique galleries. Galleria Marina Barovier (San Marco 3216) carries vintage glass pieces, and Chiarastella Cattana ( San Marco 3357) crafts tablecloths and duvets of her own design. Cristina Linassi (San Marco 3537) has silk lingerie and gossamer nighties.
September is just the tail end of outdoor season. If the weather is fair, head to the Lido beaches on vaporetto line 1. There you can bask in the sun on the beach, or swim in the hotel pools for a fee. The Excelsior Hotel and the Hotel des Bains both have excellent facilities. Indoor pools are also open to the general public at Saint’Alvise, just be sure to check the swimming schedules before you arrive.
If you have a few extra days, take a vaporetto out to one of the outlying islands on the lagoon. Mazzorbo is a lovely island dotted in vineyards and orchards, linked to Burano by a small wooden bridge known as Ponte Longo (long bridge). Only about 350 people live on the island. Take a stroll through acres of artichoke fields out to the 14th century Church of Santa Caterina. Have a bite at the small inn, housed in a 10th century walled vineyard. The native grape Dorona or Golden Grape once flourished here; these days it is almost extinct. Their restaurant serves tasty local dishes such as figs and snapper, paired with Veneto wines.
September is the month of public races in and around Venice. The Palio dei Dieci Comuni is a horse race that celebrates the liberation of the town of Montagnana. The Regatta Storica takes place on the first Sunday of the month and is a regatta race first started in 1274. This is Venice's most exciting gondola race, where teams of gondoliers--some in costume--race along the Grand Canal.
Other holidays include the Festival of the Triumph of the Cross on September 14. This holy day is marked with a procession at the church and grand school (Scuola Grande) of San Giovanni Evangelista in the Sestiere di San Polo. And the Partita a Scacchi is a human chess game played in full medieval costume at Maròstica!
There are also a lot of cultural events during September. The Vivaldi Festival takes place during this month and is a lively festival of contemporary music. The Venice Film Festival is an annual internationally known film festival which sees a bevy of stars and starlets grace the gondolas and red carpets of the Canal City. The prize given for the winning film is the Leon d'Oro - the Golden Lion - and past recipients have included Akira Kurosawa, Gillo Pontecorvo, Robert Altman, Ang Lee, and Sofia Coppola.
All month during odd-numbered years is La Biennale. The months-long contemporary arts extravaganza that is the Venice Biennale begins in June every other year during odd-numbered years and runs through November. Read more about the Venice Biennale.
EATING & DRINKING OUT
Venetian fare is similar restaurant to restaurant—seafood, fried cicchetti or tapas, pasta and the ever-popular drinks of spritz and Prosecco. You’ll find locals crowding the neighbourhood bacaro by three or four in the afternoon, sampling their aperitivo before dinner. Supper is earlier than the rest of Italy—usually starting around 19 or 20.
Alle Testiere (Calle del Mondo Novo 5801) is a nine-table restaurant that serves seasonal and local seafood like gnocchi with calamaretti and grilled sea bass.
Deep fried soft shell crab at Alle Testiere. Photo by Gourmet gourmand.
Osteria al Pugni (Fondamenta Gherardini 30100) is a friendly student joint with great cicchetti at affordable prices. Sit back and admire the view of the Ponte Dei Pugni (Bridge of Fists) while sampling aubergine or arancini rice balls rolled in breadcrumbs.
The PG is a classy restaurant and bar at the recently opened 5-star Palazzina Grassi hotel (San Marco 3247). You can customise many of the dishes with a word to the chef.
Craving a snack? Join locals at Pasticceria Tonolo (Dorsoduro 3764) for these cream-filled doughnuts known as krapfen for one euro. Get there early and be prepared to stand in line--these Venetian treats sell out by noon.
Vegetarians can usually find a few vegetable cichetti while in Venice, but why not stop by Algiubagio instead? This restaurant is not cost effective but there are some veggie pasta dishes, and a variety of salads, cheese plates and vegetarian small plates.
For travellers on a budget, try Brek (124 Lista di Spagna), an Italian chain of self-service restaurants. You can fill up on a plate of pasta and glass of wine on tap, service is full self-service canteen style restaurant. It's a place for people on the go, with no waiting for service and no extras to pay.
While you’re strolling through Mazzorbo, stop at the Trattoria Alla Maddalena (Mazzorbo 7/B), where the chef serves fish, game and fresh fruits. Their specialty is Mazzorbo’s Castraura, the bitter artichoke fruit.
Outdoor seating at Trattoria Alla Maddalena.
WHERE TO STAY
Corte di Villa Colloredo (Via Brusaura 24, Sanbruson di Dolo) is a collection of rooms and apartments situated 20 minutes from Venice along the Brenta Riviera. Padua, Verona and the beaches of Lido are just 1 hour or less away. Built in 1782, the villa was completely renovated in 2005. Double rooms are equipped with private bathroom and modern amenities. All of the studio apartments also have kitchenettes and a dining table. Weekly rates are available. On-site facilities include a large garden, free parking, pool table and a common hall with a library.
Palazzo Barbarigo (San Polo 2765) is a sophisticated hotel located on the Grand Canal. It is one of the more noteworthy palazzi on the canal, with an interior lavishly decorated in Murano glass mosaic. In the 1920s, it was even the headquarters of the Pauly & C glass company. On-site is a showroom and shop of Murano glass.
Palazzo Barbarigo, Venice. Photo by John Lord
For a splurge stay at the Luna Hotel Baglioni (San Marco 1243). This exclusive 5-star hotel is situated just a few yards from Piazza San Marco. The hotel structure dates back to the 12th century, with elegant furniture and historic frescoes. Other facilities include a concierge desk, conference room, front-desk safe and A/C. Rooms and suites are equipped with plasma TVs, desk, safe, minibar, turndown service, marble bathrooms. For families, infant bedding and in-room childcare are available.
The Hotel Continental (Cannaregio 166) offers single, double and triple rooms in the heart of the residential district. This bright and charming hotel offers A/C, minibar, satellite TV and safe in each of its rooms.
Ca Maria Adele (Dorsoduro 111) is located within an old palazzo with a Moroccan-inspired theme. The hotel is decorated with moresch lamps, Swaroski crystals, African wood furniture, marble fireplaces, and damschi fabrics. Each of the 14 rooms are uniquely decorated; the "Doge's Room" is reds and golds, the "Fireside Room" in white marble, the "La Sala Noir" in hues of pepper, cocoa and clover.
Hotel Colombina (Calle del Remedio 4416) offers 32 rooms with views of the Bridge of Sighs and San Marco Basilica. You can charter a boat directly from the Saint Lucia train station up to the hotel’s private water landing. The hotel is accessible by boat via the hotel’s private water landing. Each of the rooms and suites are equipped with bathroom, minibar, A/C, LCD satellite TV. On-site facilities include breakfast room, American bar, reading room, meeting room and terrace. There are also city maps, 24-hour room service, babysitting, concierge available, as well as free entrance to the gambling Casino and excursion with the hotel’s private boat to Murano Island. Families take note: the maximum number of extra beds in a room is one.
If you’re on the small island of Mazzorbo and a fancy a tranquil escape from the Venetian crowds, stay at the Venissa Hostel. This old manor house has been restored to a bed and breakfast, located just 100 meters from the vaporetto stop. Six rooms are available for rent, with vintage décor, exposed beams, flat screen TV, desk and private bathroom. Breakfast is served in the dining room, and dinner at the nearby Venissa restaurant.