The art cities are often visited during the mid seasons, but there is never a low season in Venice. In July we are in the middle of the summer; it means hot, long days and open air. Apart from the classic expositions, museums and palaces, July can entertain the inhabitants and the tourists with a lot of opportunities for everyone.
Things to do in Venice in July
July is one of the favourite months of venetian people, that are looking forward to celebrate the Festa del Redentore with their family. but also because is the period when the vacations start both for workers and for students.
Weather in Venice in July
As we know, July in Italy cuold be really hot; in Venice the temperatures can exceed 30 degrees. What makes the situation more difficoult it is not the high temperatures, but the humidity. This is more marked in a peculiar city like Venice.
If you do not suffer the heat, July allows you to spend long days walking throug the streets of Venice, without umbrellas or boots for the acqua alta. So, the first thing to do is enjoy the calli on foot!
Temperature in Venice in July
Peculiarity: the narrowest calli of Venice
f you want to spend your holiday walking outdoor, we suggest you to find out the narrowest calli of Venice.
There are more than 3000 calli in Venice, that are surrounded by buildings, and they are different dimensions long, short, wide, narrow, stifling, dark, lit, there are really all kinds of them.
But we would like to suggest you to visit the narrowests of the city.
You can’t miss a visit in these 3 streets, the narrowests and most peculiar of Venice:
- Calle Varisco is the narrowest street of Venice, it is only 53 cm wide and it can pass in it barely a person. It is halfway between Rialto bridge and Fondamenta Nove. It is not so simple to find it because a lot of maps hidden it, we suggest you to ask someone where you are in Campo San Canciano.
- Calesela dell’Occhio Grosso this calle is only 5 more cm wid than Calle Varisco, that is 58 cm. It is close to Arsenale and Church of San Martino.
- Calle Stretta this street is only 65 cm wide, we can consider it large compared to the other two. It is located in San Polo and links Campiello Albrizzi to the Sottoportico della Furatola.
Visiting these streets, you can have a different view of Venice, the authentic and less touristic one, you can see where the real venetian people live. but, if you are claustrophobic we suggest to take only some photo.
Things to do in July in Venice
As an alternative, you can have a unique and unrepeatable moment: a Gondola ride. If you want to have a low cost vacation, you could prefer the typical boat: ferry boats of Venice public transport service.
Another things that you have to do in July is a dive into the sea and Venice can fill this need. The city has free beaches and beach resorts on the island of Venice Lido, that separate the Adriatic see from the lagoon. Wy you don’t take a break to cool off? To know more about, read beaches of Venice and surroundings.
Another trip out of town that you can do during the beautiful season it the tour of the islands of Venice to discover other places and traditions of the venetian territory.
And in the evening…
July brings with it the will of have fun with friends all night long. In Venice there are no disco, but there are a lot of pub and bar. Actually, the real venetian nightlife takes place during the hours of the aperitif in the “bacari” (typical venetian bar). A tour of bacari is a must for who visit this city, like drink the original spritz. For the most greedies, with your spritz can’t miss some cicheti, the typical venetian finger food.
Venice events in July
There are a lot of appointments in July: there are temporary art expositions, events dedicated to sportsmen, outdoor concerts in the fields, festivals in the islands and nights in the museums. The complete calendar of the events can be consulted on the official website of Comune di Venezia.
Moreover, the city of Venice is the house in July of one of the most important events of the year, Festa del Redentore.
Festa del Redentore
The Festa del Redentore is one of the most important fest of Venice, and also the most frequented by tourists, commuters and not.
It is held every year on the third Sunday of the month and celebrates the healing of the city from the plague in 1577. It was built a huge building, the Chiesa del Redentore, that every year is linked to Piazza San Marco with a bridge made by boats.
But the most important attraction of the event are the fireworks of saturday evening.The show is very evocative, because the coloured explosions create wonderful reflections on San Marco Basin, that has full of people and boats.
To know more about this important occasion and discover some useful tips to participate, read our post on the Festa del Redentore in Venice.
Festivals and concerts
Every months there are numerous eno-gastronomic events, venetian people loves food, good wine and good company!!! July is the best month for local festivals and the hot evenings allows to party until late night, here you can find a complete list:
- Festa di San Piero de Casteo, it takes place between June and July, in the unic field with grass in Venice in front of the Church San Piero. The gastronomic stand offers typical venetian food like bigoi in salsa, mixed fried fish, pasta e fasioi (pasta with beans) and other specialities. During the festival there is also good music, singed by cover bands.
- During the months of June and July there is also the fest of San Piero in Volta, in the island Pellestrina, famous for being the island of fishermen, in the gastronomic stand you can tast typical fish dishes.
- In the same island, in the first days of July there is another fest, the Festival of Sant’Antonio
- Festa della Madonna di Marina di Malamocco, it takes place in the half of July, in Piazza Maggiore and Piazzale Malamocco (Venice Lido) are set up street markets, handicrafts exhibitions, music, dance, theater, fireworks and the final bingo. Moreover, you can se the Regata Malamocco.
- Charity Fest in San Giacomo da l’Orio. It takes place in the same name field (Sestiere Santa Croce), at the end of the months, a stage is set up, where the best bands of the area show off, and a gastronomic stand to offer grilled meat and good wine.
Tips for Venice
For you visit of Venice in July, the only problem could be the sticky days. We suggest you to avoid queuing in museums and monuments during the hottest hours of the day, and spend this period walking throug calli which are always in semidarkness, thenks to the height of the palaces.
Alterntively, you can also visit the less famous Churches or palaces (without line at the entry) to repair from the hot.
Some names that we suggest you are:
- Basilica di San Marco
- Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo
- Chiesa di San Zaccaria
- Basilica del Santissimo Redentore
- Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
- Santa Maria dei Miracoli
- Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore
In the city there are a lot of drinking fountains, but you must not get wet too much or walking without your t-shirt. If you wan’t to dive into the water of the canals, we advise you not to do it in the most absolute way, essentially for a hygienic reason.
Other tips could be:
- book early the hotel or b&b and the dinner in the restaurants;
- use only comfortable shoes, because in Venice you have to walk a lot;
- buy the skip the queue tickets to have a quick entry in museums and monuments;
- bring with you a comfortable bag or backpack to put a bottle of fresh water, because of the warm and the high price of the bottles in some areas.