What can you do in Venice in December?

A quieter city, here are a few suggestions for things to do that are protected from the cold weather.

It’s true that anyone who decides to visit Venice in December is probably looking for a quieter city, less packed with tourists, and will find a different vibe to the chaos of peak season, but instead of the hot summer sun, could come up against a few days of mist surrounding the city, enveloping it in a magical, almost fairytale atmosphere.

You’ll have already put a list of museums to visit and places to try the specialities of Venetian cuisine in your suitcase.
One of the great places to see, and not just for architecture enthusiasts, is the Olivetti showroom designed and created in the late 1950s, which I think even now remains a marvellous example of the new harmonising with an older context, just like St Mark’s Square where it can be found.

Until 6th January, there are two exhibitions open that are worth a visit, even just to see the exhibition venue itself.

One is at the Doge’s Palace and is the Tintoretto exhibition; the other is dedicated to famous photographer Willy Ronis, with an exhibition of over 100 photos from 1934 to 1998, on Giudecca Island at Casa dei Tre Oci; a fascinating place that is worth a visit in itself and offers a view of St Mark’s from a different perspective…

And after your visit, depending on the time, don’t miss out on an aperitif in one of the many bars along the waterfront or, if it’s nearly lunch or dinner time, enjoy visiting one of the many little restaurants in the area.

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