Best time to visit
I've been to Venice several times including once in October. One thing I can promise is it's a place like no other at any time of year.
October is a little quieter and it should be possible to find accommodation on arrival. My recollection is that a number of international travellers had found their way there via Munich and the Octoberfest. The weather is likely to be better in October but having been there on another occasion during a quite spectacular electric storm I really wouldn't worry about the weather too much.
One point, If your budget stretches to it and you arrive from the airport, Get a water taxi into the City, Its quite spectacular day or night. Not cheap but much better value than an overpriced Gondola ride.
come during CARNIVAL TIME!!!!
The ENTIRE world knows that Venice is very famous for (among other things) its carnival which takes place in February every year. And both YOU and I have seen images of these mysterious Venetian masks and resplendent costumes with goldolas floating in the background. Ah, and knowing you -- you probably never even bother to consider coming to the Carnivale di Venezia because you think it's pointless to jostle with the overflowing crowd. Yes?? Neither would you wish to pay 3 times more for your hotel accommodation. Am I right to guess that?? WRONG!!! Your presence wouldn't worsen the chaotic crowd but more importantly, you will be enriched by this new experience!!!!!!!!
Glass… glass… glass. Turn north or south, east or west, and you will see… glass. But look closer: where does imagination lead us to? What are the constraints of glass manufacturing? How do they manage to surprise you next time? Because they will! While they can!
Light a candle, make a wish, attend service
As already described, I am not a church-goer at home in my country, but here in Venezia it was different. Maybe in whole Italy, I will find out. The churches, very much elaborately decorated, have a special atmosphere inside. I found myself sitting on a bench and lighting a candle and make a wish.
Candles cost from 0,20 to 0,50 Euro, usually. But the most marvellous experience (apart from seeing glassblowers at work; oh, what a contrast, yes) was the Sunday service, I attended in Basilica San Marco. I was sneaking around the Basilica several times, as she did fascinate me in any way, and I was thinking back and forth if and how I will visit her. I simply could not stand the thought to see this masterpiece’s inside surrounded by shrieking Eurodisney visitors. Maybe it would not have been so, maybe the guards would have used discipline to keep them at least a bit silent. But I surely did not want to find out. So I finally decided to attend a service in the Basilica, to visit her as what she was built for and what is still her main purpose. The church service starts at 10:30, entry is through the door at Piazetta Leonici (northern entrance). Of course, the guards will only allow visitors without huge bags and with proper dresses.
Well, what can I say ? It was definitely the most moving service I ever attended. I felt extremely tiny in this majestic magnificent church, surrounded by these so old mosaics and often I was not even been able to follow the service. And as it was Sunday morning, the light fell onto the mosaics and let them look like god - just magic! It was held in Italian/Latin, but we could pick up leaflets with translations in most of the European languages. It had all the .. hm, yes, holy atmosphere I always thought, services should have (but the German ones of my past don’t). In this case, it is indeed “fondest memory”, as anytime after this, I only have to think of these mosaics and the ambience, and all worries or negative thoughts are vanished for a while :-)
Carnival Masks. Every...
Carnival Masks. Every February Venice becomes party central when Carnival season arrives. You can buy these masks all over Venice including on the islands of the lagoons. They are handcrafted and therefore quite expensive. I spent about a half hour watching a very welcoming and talented lady paint a mask while visiting Burano.