Autumn can be a wonderful time to visit Venice: the crowds of the summer have gone and Venice shows its more authentic version, the Venetians’ everyday city, still plenty of things to see and do.
In October, the first Sunday celebrates Festa del Mosto – the must from the harvesting of wine grapes – in Sant’Erasmo. Visitors can join the locals to taste the island’s best produce and specialities.
6-8 October is Garden festival a special occasion for walking in colourful fall red-gold-orange gardens, often closed to the public.
Thousands of running entusiasts will run the Venicemarathon on 22nd October starting from Stra along the Riviera del Brenta, finish line at Riva Sette Martiri in Venice.
Do not miss the Biennale Arte (until November 26), the new exbitions and the theatrical season (Check our Calendar of events).
On 21st November the Feast of Madonna della Salute is celebrated, with a temporary bridge over the Grand Canal to the Salute Church and special masses.
It is a very Venetian feast. Even today, thousands of people make the pilgrimage to pay homage to the Virgin and to light a candle asking her to keep them in good health. The procession of believers passes stalls selling sweets, coloured balloons and toys. Special foods are prepared just for this day.