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How To Stay Cool In Venice

August 16th, 2020 by Roberta Bianchi

You will not be surprised to learn that Venice is an extremely sultry city. Its whereabouts, in the middle of a lagoon, make it a very humid city and with the heat, it is not always pleasant to hang around and browse around it.

For this reason, it is useful to have a Prontopia assistant available to carry out the errands for you: go to the grocery store, to the pharmacy, walk the dog and much more!

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On extremely hot days it's always best to know where to go to stay cool; so here are 5 tips that can help you get through the hottest moments.

Go Out In The Cooler Hours

Going out in the cooler hours means being out early in the morning, able to enjoy plenty of time to discover and explore the wonderful routes of the city.

Our advice is to leave between 7:00 and 8:00 and return before lunchtime. In fact, in those hours,  the coolness of the evening still lingers on the city, it will be possible to see the city getting read;  in those hours, the transporters, fishermen and street sweepers are the real masters of the city, while the shops are still closed and the corns are still shrouded in morning sleepiness.

Take A Ferry Ride

There are at least three reasons to take advantage of the vaporetto on particularly hot days:

  1. It saves time and energy, avoiding us to walk under the scorching sun;

  2. It takes a breath of air with the breeze it creates in its pleasant gait. To be able to appreciate it you have to find a fairly free vaporetto and stay in the open areas;

  3. It offers a better and more authentic from the "streets" of the city on the water.

Check prices and routes to get the most out of a single ticket.

Visit A Museum

Venice is packed with places to hide out and lose whole afternoons, first of all the museums. They are very air-con-cool places that allow you to spend the entire afternoon without melting completely. We recommend a handful of our favorites:

  • Palazzo Ducale

  • Ca' Rezzonico

  • Palazzo Fortuny

  • Ca' D'Oro

  • Collezione Peggy Guggenheim

  • Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana

  • Casa dei Tre Oci

  • Scuola di San Rocco

  • Scuola di San Giovanni e Paolo

Each one has collections of marvelous pieces of art in unique locations inside a city that enclosed its greatness in an incredibly limited city space.

Swim At Lido

The Lido of Venice is unquestionably Venetians’ favorite escape during summer heatwaves typical of the lagoon.

With 12 km of extension, the strip of land that composes it is just right between the Adriatic Sea and the Lagoon and bordered by the ports of Malamocco and San Nicolò. Between the two ports, one can move freely to find the best position to lie in the sun.

Accessible only by vaporetto or other means of water, the Lido beach offers a wide choice of bathing establishments and free beaches. Once on the island, you can move on foot, by bus, and even ride public bicycles.

Order An Iced Aperitif

It’s unavoidable; in Venice, you have to drink spritz, and so aperitif becomes an excellent time to cool off. Venice is well-known for the spritz, which originated here and has a decidedly lower average price per glass than the rest of Italy (approx. € 3).

We suggest not to limit yourself to Aperol spritz only. In fact, the city offers numerous combinations to choose from: Campari, Select, Hugo, Cynar. Ask the waiters to mix the options to obtain more delicate and complex flavors! Otherwise, you could also try sipping on a white spritz - wine, soda and ice. *** Too hot to go out? Have a Prontopia assistant available to carry out the errands for you: go to the grocery store, to the pharmacy, to walk the dog and much more! ***

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Roberta Bianchi

Roman living in Venice. Plant lover, avid reader and seasonal yogi


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