I’ve been to Venice in September, October, May, and now twice in December, and winter is my favorite time to go. It’s less expensive, for one, and quieter, and much less crowded with no lines to get into places and no cruise ships dumping thousands of people out. It’s cold but not THAT cold and really, if I’m going to be walking for hours each day, I’d rather it be cold than hot. There are a few downsides too, like shorter days, no dueling orchestras in Piazza San Marco, and eating dinner inside (while it was warm enough to eat lunch outside a couple of times, it was much too cold to dine alfresco at night). But overall, the positives outweigh the negatives for me.
One of the things I like most is seeing all the holiday lights and decorations. I love this little blue tree I found in a corte in Castello. Here are a few more photos.
The glass tree in Piazza San Marco by day
And at night...
Babbo Natale drinking wine in a garden in Cannaregio
The "Angels of Peace" sculpture in the Christmas market in campo Santo Stefano
And another shot of the little blue tree in Castello with a Babbo Natale alongside
Happy Holidays to all!