How to Escape the Crowds in Venice

October 3, 2016

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If you have seen the oodles of pictures, then you know that I have spent a couple of days in Venice. Venice always seems like the most magical and romantic place. It comes to no surprise that Venice is one of the most visited cities in Italy. However, the one thing that dims the magic are the crowds flocking through the city. So, here are some tips on how you can escape the crowds in Venice to fully enjoy this city.

Go to lesser known districts
San Marco is without a doubt the district that attracts the crowds due to the many sights that are located there. But the lesser known districts are just as beautiful and equally worth to visit. These districts include the Jewish ghetto in Cannaregio, the student district Dorsoduro or San Polo.

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Get on a boat
When in Venice, there is no better way to escape the crowds, then by exploring the city form the water. I participated in a boat tour and had the chance to see Venice from another perspective. We did not only cruise the Grand Canal, but also smaller canals to view some hidden gems. Exploring the city by boat should be on your Venice bucket list!

escape crowds venice


Visit in low season
Venice is tightly packed in the high season, which lasts from April to the end of October and during the Carnival period. The least visited months are January and December (except for Christmas time). Consider visiting Venice off-season to enjoy empty streets and short waiting times.

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Get up early 
The early birds catches the worm! The same is true for Venice. Wake up early and get out exploring until the crowds start flocking into the city. You will have parts of Venice to yourself like the Piazza San Marco. In addition, it is also nice to see how the city slowly comes to life.

escape crowds venice


Make a day trip
If you have enough time to spend in Venice, then a great way to escape the crowds is actually to leave  Venice. There are three little islands that surround Venice: Torcello, Burano and Murano. You can reach these islands by vaporetto. I have only visited the colorful island of Burano and would totally recommend a visit. You can read more about it here!

escape crowds venice

Thank you to Walks of Italy for the Venice Boat Tour. The opinions on the blog are as always my own.

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  • Reply Kelly | A Pair of Passports October 4, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Love that there’s not another soul in any of your pictures – definitely makes Venice look like the beautiful, romantic, peaceful place it should be. I think we are going to make a low season trip, so hopefully we have your luck!

    • Reply Girl x Departure October 4, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Yes, these are the moments that make Venice so special! 🙂 Enjoy your trip!

  • Reply Jess Munday October 9, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Very useful as Venice gets so crowded, I did a walking tour and we went to some quieter places which was nice to see 🙂

    • Reply Girl x Departure October 9, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Yes, I think tours are a great way to see some quiet and hidden places.

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