Venice in July or August can be hot and frustrating. So, last summer, to help find ways to maximize your enjoyment while saving you from hot and frustrating hours in long lines etc. my husband and I booked a stay at the Hotel Opera (what a really great discovery this was) and tried out some of the tours of Venice.
We wanted to see if they really did make life a little more pleasant. Some did, while others didn't. The ones below are the ones we've selected out of the many we tried.
So if you are looking for things to do in Venice in July or August, without the crowds ruining your stay, read on...
You arrive in St. Mark's Square on a summer's morning, ready to see the St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace and as you walk out into the piazza, you see the crowds are already shoulder to shoulder. At this point, your day is destined to be spent standing in line.
For that reason, if you are visiting Venice in the summer, then this skip-the-line tour really is the must-do tour of Venice. It takes in all the most fabulous spots of the city in a tour that combines a boat trip and a walking tour. You'll get to see all of the major attractions I include in my “six essential sites of Venice” list and a number of the less well-known ones too.
Of the most important, the tour includes: San Marco Square, the Rialto Bridge, the Doge's Palace, a boat ride down the Grand Canal, and St. Mark's Basilica, where you'll simply enter without paying (entrance is included in the tour price) and without having to spend literally hours in a long line.
ALL THE TOP-SIGHTS IN ONE TRIP
🚩 Stroll across the Rialto Bridge, take a ride on a traditional gondola along the Grand Canal, see St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and other magnificent places in just a day!Book herе
Escape the crowds of Venice and take to the water. Set sail on an early morning adventure to the captivating islands of Murano and Burano (read our guide here).
In Murano, prepare to be mesmerized as you witness the masterful art of glass-blowing. The skilled artisans shape molten glass into exquisite works of art, a spectacle that will leave an indelible impression on your senses. And if you're looking to take a piece of Murano's magic home, the local stores offer a wide array of stunning glass creations to choose from.
After the glassblowing marvels of Murano, set sail again, and this time your destination is the picturesque island of Burano. Here, a vibrant kaleidoscope of colorful fishermen's cottages awaits, their hues glimmering under the radiant July sun, mirrored by the shimmering canals. Burano is renowned for its delicate lace craftsmanship, and a visit to the lace museum is an absolute must. Delve into the rich history and intricate artistry of lace-making, and perhaps acquire a piece of this exquisite lacework as a cherished keepsake.
As you traverse the narrow streets adorned with flowers, with the sweet scent of local cuisine wafting through the air, you'll find yourself captivated by the idyllic charm of Burano. Don't miss the opportunity to savor delectable traditional dishes in cozy waterfront eateries, where the flavors of the lagoon come to life in every bite.
In this picturesque duo of Murano and Burano, the artistry of glass and lace intertwines with the vibrant hues of the islands, leaving you with memories of an enchanting day immersed in Venetian culture and beauty.
Our Tip: Take the earliest tour you possibly can. By 11 a.m. in July and August, the islands of Burano and Murano end up as crowded as Venice.
When the scorching sun and sultry humidity of Venice in July becomes too much to handle, escape to the cooling embrace of the Veneto's mountain towns, where a world of beauty and tranquility awaits. Embark on a captivating day trip that not only encompasses the alluring village of Asolo (read more here) but also introduces you to the enchanting vineyards that dot the picturesque landscape.
Asolo, renowned as one of Italy's most charming villages, will steal your heart with its timeless allure. Nestled amidst rolling hills and embraced by vineyards, this idyllic town offers a serene retreat from the summer heat. Explore its ancient cobblestone streets, adorned with colorful flowers, and soak up the artistic atmosphere that has inspired countless painters and writers throughout history.
But the allure of Asolo extends beyond its captivating streets. The surrounding countryside is a haven for wine enthusiasts, with vineyards that produce some of the finest wines in the Veneto region. Take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards, where rows of vines stretch as far as the eye can see. Immerse yourself in the winemaking process as you learn about the grape varieties that thrive in this terroir and the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into each bottle.
Next, the journey takes you to the charming town of Bassano del Grappa, where a sight that will leave you awestruck awaits. The wooden bridge that spans the river in Bassano del Grappa is a marvel of architectural ingenuity and a true testament to the craftsmanship of the region. It is the only major wooden bridge still to be seen in Italy. But that's not all—Bassano del Grappa has much more to offer, from its delightful streets lined with quaint shops and cafes to its rich history and cultural heritage.
And what would a trip to the Veneto be without a visit to one of the region's renowned Palladian villas? Fear not, as this tour includes a visit to one of the most exquisite Palladian villas in the Veneto. Step into the grandeur of the past, marvel at the elegant architecture, and immerse yourself in the refined splendor that defines this timeless masterpiece.
MUST-VISIT IN ASOLO
🍷 Take your time to visit a historic estate in the Alpine foothills and taste the famous wines of the regionBook the tour herе