Welcome to this guide that looks at the best things to do in Venice in June, the weather and how to prepare yourself for a trip to Venice during summer.
June is the first month of summer that in Italy marks the end of the school term and the start of the warm season. Venice in June is temperature wise the best time of the year to spend time exploring the city on foot and enjoy the long warm days.
You can wager that, from this month, the city and its people start to see a steady increase of tourist arrivals as now is the time to be ready to welcome all those visitors spending their holidays in one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
Venice in June
Venice can satisfy any type of tourist with its attractions and unique things to do, and even more around this time of the year when you can enjoy the outdoors.
Keep reading this guide to get a real world insight into how Venice in June really is, some of the very best things to do, the weather and what to pack for your visit.
But first… since you’re thinking of picking June out of all the months of the year…
Why visit Venice in June?
If you’re not sure that visiting Venice in June is a good idea, here’s a few reasons that will (most) certainly convince you to book that flight to the Lagoon city in June.
Now that you know that Venice in June is a great time to visit the city, despite the increase of the number of visitors, find out what the weather is like and what to pack in your luggage and bag and finally, the best things to do during this month.
The Weather in Venice in June
In June, Venice temperatures fluctuate between 16° (night time) and 26°C (maximum temperature during day time). The rate of 9 hours of sunshine per day is almost the highest of the year with an average of 8 rainy days.
The ideal weather conditions allow you to spend a prolonged time outdoors, walking around Venice’s streets and campi. Compared to July and August when temperatures reach 30°C if not more, June’s temperatures are lower and for this reason, much more enjoyable.
For example, from between May and June you can quite comfortably go sunbathing and swim at the beaches near Venice and stay there after sunset.
The water temperature is on average 23°C so you can relax nicely in the water. I recommend visitors who have more than 3 days in Venice visit the beach here.
Then, if you’re at all unsure of what to pack for a specific day trip from Venice, or, just wondering what you should carry with you to visit Venice in June, see below.
Here’s my shortlist of items that I suggest packing for Venice:
Pro tip: I suggest you take a look at my guide on what to wear in Venice for more ideas on how to dress appropriately in Venice according to the seasons.
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Things to do in Venice in June
Now that you have enough insight into what you can expect from visiting Venice in June, let’s take a closer look at the best city events and unique things to do.
Explore Venice neighbourhoods on foot
There are six sestieri in Venice, which are the neighbourhoods that divide the city. In fact, it is the sestieri that define the structure of the historic centre and they can be easily explored on foot (by far the best way to uncover their hidden gems).
Each neighbourhood has its own character and history as well as unique things to do and see that you won’t find anywhere else. Below I will note some of the things you can expect to find in each neighbourhood in Venice and the best places to stay.
The sestiere of San Marco is the busiest one because it’s where St. Mark’s Square, the St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace are based.
If you’re looking to have aperitivo like a real Venetian then head over Dorsoduro and Cannaregio. Just want to escape the crowds? Castello is the place to be!
I won’t play it down, there really is a lot to explore within each district and June with its pleasant temperatures is the perfect month to do it as much as you can.
Visit other islands in the Venetian lagoon
If you didn’t already know, there are many islands in the Venetian lagoon to explore that also make perfect day trips from Venice and even more so on a pleasant day.
Spending your holiday or vacation in Venice in June means you can get on a private boat or hop on a vaporetto and discover what else the lagoon offers.
In less than one hour you can throw yourself in a completely new setting, escape the crowds of St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge and enjoy the typical chilled vibes of islands like the famous Burano and Murano and lesser frequented Giudecca, Pellestrina and Sant’Erasmo. These are all must-see islands near Venice.
Depending on your mood, you can either join boat tours and spend half day or a full day island-hopping or get the water bus to be able to do it on your own terms.
I’ve tried both options and I prefer the freedom to explore without having to rush back to the boat. But if you have a very limited time to spend in Venice, then I suggest visiting Murano, Burano and Torcello as a way to get a feel of the islands.
If you’re spending more than 1.5 days in Venice or you’re a returning visitor, then you can be more adventurous and see what some of other islands hold for you.
Spend a day at the beach
June is the first month of summer which means long hours to spend at the beach! If you’re in Venice in June you certainly cannot miss the opportunity to spend a day on the beach at the Lido of Venice (referred to as normally as ‘the Lido’).
You can reach Lido by water bus from different locations around Venice (check this vaporetto map) such as Piazzale Roma or Venezia Santa Lucia train station.
You can get the water bus ticket in advance or buy it from the ACTV water bus stops or one of the many tobacco shops in Venice (tabaccheria in Italian).
Once you reach the Lido of Venice, you’ll only have to walk 15 minutes to reach one of the most popular beaches of Lido: the Spiaggia Blue Moon.
By getting a bus you can also get to lesser frequented beaches in Lido like Murazzi and Alberoni. Then you have other some other popular beaches near Venice that you can get to which are known as Lido di Jesolo, Caorle and Eraclea.
Attend the most awaited Vogalonga
The Vogalonga is the famous rowing festival very felt by Venetians and a celebration of the ancient Venetian rowing style. It takes place on the first Sunday of June in Venice’s historic centre and in the Venetian lagoon.
Different rowing associations and amateurs take part in the non-competitive rowing race that come from all over Italy and also from different parts of the world.
The route is approximately 30 kilometres long and starts from the St. Mark’s basin, then continues through a couple of islands of the lagoon and returns to Venice crossing the Grand Canal to then finally end at Punta della Dogana.
If you’re in Venice the first weekend of June, then make sure to look at the Grand Canal when the rowing boats arrive in all their splendour and vibrant colours! It’s a show that provides great entertainment for adults and children alike who enjoy it.
Celebrate Italy Republic Day
The 2nd of June is Republic Day in Italy. On this occasion, there are various public ceremonies that take place in the historic centre.
For example, in St. Mark’s Square, members of the State Armed Forces and Venetian politics like the mayor and councillors gather here.
The ceremony includes reading the Message from the President of the Republic and other celebratory messages of the day. At the end, there is the raising of the Italian flag and honours rendered by the military departments.
In addition to the official celebrations, there are other small gatherings and events organised in the most famous squares in Venice that you can quite easily attend.
Since this day is a public holiday in Italy, get ready to see more tourists in Venice than usual that are taking advantage of the highly anticipated holiday break.
Immerse yourself in the local folklore of the Venetian festivals
At the end of June there are two local festivals that take place in Venice. They are very much loved by the locals who always look forward to them with excitement.
These small festivals offer time to gather with friends and family in a relaxed and unpretentious environment and to enjoy the long summer days. Even those who are passing through as tourists are welcome to join and party with Venetians.
If you join a ‘sagra’ in Venice but also all around Italy, you can get a real taste of local culture, get to know customs and traditions while eating good food.
The two festivals you can join if you’re in Venice in June:
Al fresco dining with canal view
I like Italian summers because I can eat outside, whether it’s at home or at the restaurant. You can do the same during your holiday in Venice! Have you booked an apartment in Venice or planning to dine in with your partner, family or friends?
Then why don’t you have your meal from the apartment’s terrace where you can enjoy the lovely canal views and the city from above? I recommend that you check out Terrazza Momon known for it’s beautiful terrace overlooking the Grand Canal.
If you’re heading out for dinner, then Venice is packed with amazing restaurants that either have some tables placed just outside, or in the middle of the public squares, in Venice called ‘campi’ or even on terraces built on the water!
The restaurant Algiubagiò, is one of those restaurants that is perfect for al fresco dining. The terrace offers splendid views of the lagoon and San Michele island.
The chef at this unique restaurant is known for coming up with colourful eye-catching dishes capable of elevating traditional flavours and ingredients.
Venice in June
As you can see, visiting Venice in June is a great time to enjoy the wonderful temperatures and walk around the city, exploring all corners of its neighbourhoods.
This surefire month offers a calendar full of events worth attending that contribute to making the atmosphere more magical and absolutely enjoyable!
Since you’ll be enjoying the pleasant weather, why not read my guide on the best things to do in Venice at night for ideas what to do in Venice on a summer evening?
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