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Venice between Christmas and New Year

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Venice between Christmas and New Year

My husband and I would like to visit Venice again between the Christmas and New Year holidays and I wondered if anyone can tell us whether the shops, bars and restaurants will be open and do the vaporetti and also the Alilaguna boat from the airport run?

I'm a bit worried we might be visiting a ghost town as businesses maybe take a break between one holiday and another.

Any info from anyone would be greatly appreciated.


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1. Re: Venice between Christmas and New Year

I really do not think you will have a problem, Venice will be quiet as anywhere is at this time, but things will be up and running it is a living City,

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2. Re: Venice between Christmas and New Year

A few restaurants are closed from December 25 until 15 of Janaury da Fiore is one of them. Just check their hours of operation before you go..

For the most part it is business as usual.

have a great holiday.

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3. Re: Venice between Christmas and New Year

We were there ourselves exactly during this period a couple years ago, and everything was perfect. Business basically as usual, and far smaller crowds. The city has a kind of magic in winter that is lost in all other seasons. You see palaces and churches sort of arising out of the mist in the early morning, and you feel less guilty in popping in and out of bacari and cafès because ultimately one has to fight off cold...

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4. Re: Venice between Christmas and New Year

You will find that after the 6th of January more places will close as they then take a bit of a break after the festive period.

Venice never closes down completely however so you will never be stuck for something to do or somewhere to eat.

Being such a tourist hot spot they know when the cash is coming in and Xmas/New Year period is one.

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