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What to wear in Venice in November

What to wear in Venice in November

Are you wondering what to wear in Venice in November?  In this guide we cover what to pack for Venice in November for the weather, special events, dress codes and more.

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Weather in Venice in November

View of VEnice Bridge in NOvember
What to pack for Venice in November

Although November in Venice is classified as Fall, the temperatures are definitely starting to drop and feeling more Wintery.

As a general rule of thumb the weather in Venice in Early November tends to be better than that later in the month. But what about rain? Wind? And does it snow in Venice in November? Keep reading to find out how the weather in Venice in November will affect your Venice packing list.

How cold is Venice in November?

The average temperatures in Venice in November tend to range from a high of 12°C / 53°F to lows of around 5°C/41°F.

Therefore in answer to is it cold in Venice in November I would say it can be, especially early morning and in the evenings when the sun goes down. Especially when you are on a boat on the beautiful canals of Venice.

And if your visit covers two months be sure to check out our other Venice guides:

Is it rainy in Venice in November?

On average November in Venice typically sees around 6 days of rain.

Does Venice flood in November?

November is counted as flood season in Venice. This is known locally as acqua alta and usually runs from October to January. Although November is not the wettest of these months it is still a good idea to have some waterproof shoes with you just in case.

Note: if you are traveling to other cities and regions in Italy be sure to check out our other monthly guides:

How do local people dress in Venice in November?

If you don’t want to look like a tourist in Venice then you need to know how the local people in Venice dress. 

In November you will notice that local Venetians are transitioning into their winter wardrobe, and coats will start to be seen. All Venetians know that November, particularly late November can be cold, especially out by the water.

Also it is worth noting that smart casual tends to be the most commonly seen attire in restaurants in Venice. For more information on what to wear to dinner in Italy check out this post

Dress Codes in Venice

TOurists in San Marco Square in Venice in November
what to wear in Venice in November

Alongside potential flooding and changeable weather Venice also has some dress codes that will affect you packing list. For instance St Marks Basilica. This is a church and all Italian churches require modest outfits.

Therefore it is worth having a modest outfit with you that covers your shoulders and knees while in Venice for entering churches.

Alongside this we also recommend packing a Winter Travel Capsule Wardrobe for Venice in November. Most trips to Italy even in November will involve some travel, therefore you don’t want to have overpacked and have to travel with lots of luggage.

For help in packing a capsule wardrobe check out these posts:

What to wear in Venice in November

Tourists sitting near the venice train station in november
what to wear in Venice in November

So now you know what to expect from the weather, what should you wear in Venice in November?

What to wear in Venice in November for women

Winter Coat

In my opinion you won’t need thick thermal coats in Venice in November however a warm winter coat is a definite must. As Venetians tend to be a stylish bunch I tend to opt for a smarter Winter jacket as opposed to a parka jacket or a walking jacket.

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Woolen Hat or Beanie, scarves and gloves

Whether you are a man or woman visiting Venice a woolen hat or a beanie is an essential for visiting in Winter as the weather can feel cold especially if you are walking around the city. 

I would also recommend taking with you a matching scarf and gloves set that match your winter coat to finish off the look.

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Jeans are a staple of any Winter Capsule wardrobe for travel even in Italy. For some reason people seem to think that jeans are not on the what not to wear in Italy list. However this is definitely not the case in Winter.

We just recommend picking a smarter pair in a darker color to be more in keeping with local styles.

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T Shirts 

I would personally pack more long sleeve than short sleeve t shirts for Venice in Winter. 


Jumpers are the main staple of Italian wardrobe in Winter for both day and night wear. 

Something plainer is more suitable in the day but you can do something sparkly or glittery for a jumper at night. 

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A smart cardigan is a great top layer for dining in Italy. I usually pair a smart cardigan with a t shirt or blouse in Winter.

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Blouses are perfect for Venice in November as they work brilliantly for cooler nights paired with a statement cardigan.

They are also the perfect choice for visiting the duomo and churches where modest attire is required.

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Midi skirts and dresses

Short skirts and dresses are on my what not to wear in Venice list. That is because they are not appropriate in churches like St Marks.

However for November I don’t recommend maxi length skirts and dresses that could drag on the floor. Not only are these are a trip hazard, but they can also get damp during the flood season which can be uncomfortable to sightsee in.

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And remember to pack some thick tights to wear with dresses too in November.


Trousers are a great pick for Venice in November. We recommend thicker trousers such as wool and corduroy for trousers at this time of year.


A pashmina should be on your Venice packing list no matter the month you are visiting but are especially important for November.

Pashminas can act as a scarf or extra layer on cooler nights and can help make your outfit more modest for visits to churches in Italy. Click here to shop pashminas.

PJs or Nightie

As the weather cools you will want slightly heavier weight pyjamas and nighties.

Underwear and Socks

Goes without saying.

What to Wear in Venice in November Packing List for Men

Alongside our regular men’s travel essentials we recommend adding the following items to your men’s packing list for Venice in Winter:

  • Trousers – chinos and jeans are a perfect pick for Venice in November.
  • T Shirts -long sleeve are better than short in Venice in November
  • Shirts – long sleeves are recommend for November.
  • Blazer – A blazer is a great pick for dining in Italian restaurants.
  • Winter Coast
  • Layers – For November you will want lots of layers such as sweaters, jumpers and cardigans.
  • Sneakers
  • Smarter Pair of Shoes for dinner
  • Pjs
  • Underwear

Best Shoes for Venice in November

So now you know what to wear in November in Venice, we will turn our attention for to the best shoes for Venice.


Sneakers are a great shoe choice for Venice no matter the month. That is because any visit to Venice involves a lot of walking and sneakers are the best shoes to walk in Venice in.

For November we recommend sneakers with some waterproofing due to the chances of local flooding.

Ankle Boots

As the weather is changeable in Venice in November and flood season has started we recommend having a leather boot with some waterproofing as well as a sneaker. These are also better for going to restaurants too.

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What to Pack for Venice in November (Non Clothing)

Now that you know what to wear in Venice in November we will turn our attention to what to pack for Venice in November other than clothes.

  • Backpack – for storing items on your day trips.
  • Crossbody Bag – anti theft type as with any city it can have issues with pickpockets around main tourist attractions.
  • Lipbalm  
  • Reusable Water Bottle – There are water fountains all around the city where you can refill your water bottle. This will save you money and is better for the environment so be sure to pack one with you.
  • Camera
  • Charging Equipment
  •  Power pack / Battery Pack
  • Universal Travel Adapaters  for electronics – Italy uses standard European outputs and plugs.

FAQs about Venice November Packing list

Do you need a jacket in November in Venice? 

Yes a jacket is absolutely an essential for November in Venice. In fact I would go as far as to say a winter coat is an essential for November in the city of canal.

Can you wear jeans in Venice in November?

As Winter is coming in Venice in November, jeans are actually a really sensible choice for what to pack for Venice.

Should I pack swimwear for Venice in November?

Swimwear really isn’t necessary for Venice in November as it is too cold to really enjoy beaches or pools in the region.

Can you wear shorts in Venice in November?

Venice really is too cold to wear shorts in November so it is worth leaving these off your packing list.

Have you been to Venice in November? Tell us what you wore below!