Venice is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from pretty much everywhere in Europe. You can get cheap flights to Venice from various low cost airlines. While Venice is not an ideal tropical country you may want to visit during frigid winter temperatures, there are still plenty of things to do around the area. Do note that the canals may freeze up during that time, and the days are short, but a good side is less people to jostle around with!
- Carnivale – Held on certain days during winter – check the official website for exact dates, this is one of the most iconic and notable festivals known all around the world. This is Italy’s version of the Mardi Gras, and they do it over the top as well. Pretty much everyone dons a mask, and there are multiple parades, parties, shows, and festivities throughout the city. Plan your trip accordingly as each day may have a different event. The best souvenir? A mask to take home! You can get one for every budget – some ranging from the lower end ones to the higher end, artisanal kind.
- Saint Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) – if you’ve seen photos about Venice, chances are, it’s one of this place. Crowning it is the campanile (bell tower) of Saint Mark’s Basilica. This is the touristy part of Venice, but its winter so you’re in luck (or not!) With the current climate changes, you’ll enjoy this place better if it’s not flooded. You can actually sit in one of the touristy cafes, sipping a cappuccino to cool down while watching other people pass by. See if you can find the icon of Venice – the winged lion.
- The Grand Canal – While it may still be frigid to hang around in the water for a gondola ride, you can still walk around and see the historic houses (see if you can find the Ca’ d’Oro, a palace) and churches that dot the city.
- San Giorgio Maggiore – a tiny island in Venice, it houses a church and a monastery in its grounds. You can get a vaporetto (a water bus) to the island from St Mark’s Square (San Marco). Go up the bell tower to see a view of St Mark’s square from the other side of the island.
- Murano – Known the world over for the glass produced from this island, you can actually watch artisans create these masterpieces with your own eyes. If that’s not enough for you, you can go and take classes yourself and get to bring home your creation.
You can do much more in Venice than the ones outlined above, you can get a more comprehensive list from US News.