Although summer is beautiful in Venice, it can get extremely overcrowded, which is why traveling to this city can be easier and better to explore during the colder season. And since it’s foggy and one of the lowest tourist months, you can expect cheaper accommodations than what’s offered in the summer. So if you’re planning a getaway to Venice in January, here are our top things to do and see to make your trip memorable outside of the tourist hotspots.

Carnevale

One of the biggest events in Venice begins on the 23rd of January and runs through the 9th of February called Carnevale. Every year, this festival makes the city come alive, featuring tonnes of dancing, parades, live music, masquerade balls and a costume competition. The event is famous for its elaborate masks and exquisite costumes. If you’re in Venice at the end of January, Carnevale is absolutely a must.

Teatro La Fenice

Get away from the outside chill by watching a performance at Teatro La Fenice, one of the most famous opera houses in the world and an important one to Italy’s history. In January 2020, the Theatre welcomes the anticipated performance of La Traviata, which was first performed in the mid-1800s and tells the tragic tale of Marguerite Gautier, a Parisian courtesan, who knows she’s going to die soon but meets Alfredo who has been in love with her for quite some time. If you have yet to see an opera performance, this is one of the best ones showing in Venice in January. Click here for ticket information.

Venice Through the Centuries

The best way to experience Venice is with a local guide who knows the city’s hidden gems, Venician life and all the local favorites when it comes to food and drinks. Venice through the Centuries is a guided walking tour available every day (Monday through Sunday) at 11am and is completely free (tips at the end of the tour are recommended). You’ll learn about historical facts, fun facts and practical tips about Venice that you won’t be able to find in any book.

Co-creation Live Factory

Another event taking place in Venice in January is the Co-creation Live Factory, which offers attendees an array of performing arts including live performances by international artists, Study Movie Room and Special Event Film Screenings. The event is open to the public from the 15th to the 18th of January at the Palazzo Mora. It’s a true showcase of how art is transformed into a visual movement that will leave you in awe.

Don’t let the January weather in Venice dissuade you from visiting this magical, ancient city. From performing arts to outdoor festivities, the first month of the new year can be just as exciting as the summer, and we hope this guide will allow you uncover more of the city than you ever thought possible.

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