By Megan Millisky
Venice has so much to see and do year-round. Even in November, Italians have plenty to celebrate! Honor the Festa Della Salute or experience the once-in-a-lifetime show “Four Seasons,” a famous four-part orchestral show. Events are spread throughout the month, so no matter when you visit, you’re guaranteed a special trip. Below are 10 ways to make the most of your November Venice excursion.
1. Biennale Arte 2019
"May You Live In Interesting Times" is an art festival you won’t want to miss. Through November 24, discover the 58th Biennale Arte Festival. Explore the art and take a tour through the venue’s gardens.
2. “Luogo e Segni” Art Exhibit
This exhibition gathers the works of over 100 pieces of art. There will also be events, performances, and talks about art. "Luogo e Segni," the Carol Rama painting which the exhibit is named after, is also part of this stellar collection. It’s all held at Punta Della Dogana through November.
3. Visit Burano
Burano is a nearby island that makes a perfect day trip when in Venice. Burano is known for its fishing community and boutique shopping. And it’s only a short distance from Venice - you can get there quickly and inexpensively by ferry. Enjoy a fish dinner and explore this hidden gem of Venice this November.
4. The Feast of Our Lady of Good Health
If you’re in Venice on November 21, be sure to celebrate this important feast! Each year at Madonna Della Salute Church, there is a festival to celebrate Venice’s deliverance from the Bubonic plague of 1621. Thousands cross over the Grand Canal; join in the march and celebrate with Venetians.
5. Barbara Strozzi's 400th Birthday Celebration
November 17, celebrate the 400th birthday of legendary seventeenth century composer and soprano Barbara Strozzi. There will be a contralto performance as well as a performance by the Venice Music Project Ensemble. All tickets include one drink.
6. "Four Seasons in Venice"
If you’re visiting Venice on November 6, celebrate the changing of the seasons! Attend Antonio Vivaldi’s famous “Four Seasons in Venice.” Four violin and string concerts represent each season of the year.
7. All Saints Day
Every section of Italy celebrates All Saints Day differently. Many Italians remember their deceased loved ones with a visit to cemeteries. Many churches hold services for the holiday on November 6. Local Venitian stores and restaurants usually close for this holiday.
8. From Titian to Rubens: Flemish Masterpieces at Doge’s Palace
Through November, explore the 10 thematic sections of this Italian masterpiece. There are 80 paintings, drawings, glass sculptures, and statues from Venice and Antwerp. It's not just art, though: there’s also music by composers Adrian Willaert, Giovanni Gabrieli, and Claudio Monteverdi.
9. Festa di San Martino
November 11, Venice will be rowdy! Each year, kids dress up in costumes, then bang pots and pans in the streets. They’re given sweet treats or sometimes money in exchange for being noisy elsewhere. Sumptuous San Martino cookies are a popular treat as well.
10. San Marco
This area of Venice is a very popular tourist destination, usually teeming with crowds. Making a trip to San Marco during the November quiet season is a smart move. There are iconic Italian sights, like St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and Doge’s Palace. You’ll find international food here as well as casual dining. And if you love to shop, there are many boutiques and jewelry stores as well.