15th August is Ferragosto in Italy, which is when Roman Catholics believe the Virgin Mary ascended to heaven. It’s a major Italian holiday, so if you happen to be visiting Venice around this time, you will need to know that things can be quieter in some places on this day (as well as before and after) as not everywhere will be open.
During this time many locals will head to the beach, but there will still be plenty of tourists around. The city may be a little quieter in residential areas with many residents on holiday, and as such the less touristy areas of the city will be more peaceful and some family-run restaurants and shops will be closed. Therefore if there is somewhere in particular you would like to eat, it’s a good idea to plan ahead or call first and make sure the place is open.
Many tourist attractions should still be open, and those areas are the places to head to if you’re looking for somewhere to eat. Alternatively, you could follow the locals to the beach and head to Lido. It will be very warm and very crowded, but a splash around in Lido’s shallow shores could be just what’s needed to take the edge off the heat. Take a look at the map below to see how to get there.
There will be some celebrations taking place for Ferragosto and there is usually a free concert in the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in the evening. This cathedral is in Torcello, which is an island just north of Burano. The cathedral offers an audio guide and a chance to climb the bell tower. Torcello is also home to the 11th century Church of Santa Fosca, Torcello Museum, several walking paths and the Devil’s Bridge, Ponte del Diavolo.
You can get to Torcello from Burano on vaporetto line 9, so you might like to spend the day visiting these two islands. Use line 12 to get to Burano from the main island of Venice.