Well, not in the off-season...
"Venice is under dreary rain most of the autumn, winter and the beginning of spring. There is no sadder atmosphere in the world, especially when the wind turns south-east and the city smells vaguely of rotten cabbages and stagnant waters. Oscar Wilde, who was there on such a day, and rode in a black gondola, said dejectedly that he had felt as if he had 'travelled through sewers in a coffin'.
- Luigi Barzini in The Italians (1964)
Nor in the summer.
"The only problem with the Venice Film Festival, a relaxed, smoothly-run, and wide-ranging affair, which takes place on the Lido, in late August, is that it takes place on the Lido, in late August. No traveller in his or her right mind goes anywhere near Venice between the butt-end of May and mid-September, unless you want to see a pitched battle between tourists and mosquitoes to see how many of them can be crammed into a square inch, but then Venice has a wicked habit of nudging you out of your right mind into the wrong. "
Anthony Lane, in a New Yorker article on the Venice film festival.