What is the best time to go to Italy?
Due to its shape and its position in the Mediterranean, the climate in Italy presents a wide variety of temperature conditions, ranging from the subtropical climate (characteristic of certain regions of the coast of the main islands and in the south of the country), to more typical climates of the continent. However, the predominant climate throughout the boot is of the Mediterranean type. But what is really the best time to go to Italy? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
We can say that it is possible to travel to Italy at any time of the year, just know exactly what you want to enjoy (hot or cold weather). In each season of the year the desire to travel never ends, but which is the ideal period to go on a trip to Italy? Here we will address this issue and help you to plan your trip and, if it is worthwhile, to hire a Specialized Travel Consultant in Italy!
1) What is the best time to go to Italy? LEARN THE ADVISABLE MONTHS
In general, the best time to visit the main Italian cities is from March to June and from September to October. These are advisable months, as temperatures are mild throughout most of the country – although in the southern region the winter is also pleasant. See also our posts: What is the best time to travel in Italy and What is the best month to travel to Italy.
The perfect time to visit Italy
However, we confirm that spring (from mid April to the end of May) is the perfect time to come to Italy. This is because in addition to the temperatures being pleasant, the days are longer and sunny, when nature wakes up and the trees are in bloom, adding more beauty to the landscape (which is already beautiful).
The freezing winter and darkness awaken to the light, with the revival of colors, green and flowers. Another important element that should not be underestimated is the ease of traveling in the less cold seasons. With “lighter” bags, we can walk around without much weight or hassle, as we wear cooler clothes. If you are thoughtful about how to pack, read our post: Stations in Italy how to pack?
If you want to spend less and don’t mind about the cold and rainy weather, I suggest you to travel during autumn or winter. Remember that, depending on the city you choose, there are several attractions in closed spaces such as historic buildings, museums, wineries, among others.
2) What is the best time to go to Italy? VISIT THE BEST DESTINATIONS
Perfect spring destinations in Italy: from art-cities to agritourism. Spring, as we have said before, is a beautiful time to travel to Italy: temperatures are higher, the fields have more flowers and there are also fewer tourists than in summer. Undoubtedly among the most popular destinations in the spring are art-cities, such as Florence, Venice, Rome and Milan.
Those who prefer to enjoy a day dedicated to history, wine and food can head to Naples, Amalfi Coast or Palermo. Also highly appreciated is agritourism in Umbria and Tuscany. Late spring is a great time for excursions and you can even pick flowers from the field, or visit fairs and festivals. If you are fascinated by the wine and food industry read also these Posts: Enogastronomy in Tuscany and Enogastronomy of Veneto.
3) What is the best time to go to Italy? IN THE SPRING…
Why travel to Italy in the spring? There are countless advantages in traveling to Italy during the spring. First of all: you avoid the heat and the tourist crowd that invades the cities in the summer. Then you will find more reasonably priced reservations, more hours in daylight and you can participate in Holy Week processions and spring festivals. These Holy Week rites are mainly cultivated in the beautiful villages (which Italy has a lot of), where traditions are the pride of each one of them.
Want to shop in Italy?
Enjoy the sales! The sales are excellent and most stores sell their products with up to 70% off! And when do these sales happen? the winter sales start right after the New Year, the first week of January; summer sales start in July and August! Yeah! In the middle of high season! It is worth it? IT DOES! Because the discounts are GREAT!
4) What is the best time to go to Italy? IN THE FALL…
Why travel to Italy in the fall? Another very good time to travel to Italy is during the months of September and October. During this period the days are pleasant and sunny – it can rain quite a bit in October, but the temperature is still pleasant.
In the fall some places are even more beautiful, the leaves of the trees take on a different color, with an endless palette of tones that vary from plant to plant. During this specific period of the year, tourists’ favorite destinations are villages, where nature, perfumes and flavors warm the heart.
The Christmas Fairs
The countless Christmas fairs, from the end of October to the beginning of December, delight the eyes and the palate with a fairytale atmosphere. The Christmas fairs are a romantic and secular tradition that surround us with their deep air. They are a true painting, framed by the most beautiful squares, churches, and city centers. The cities are transformed to receive the stalls of handicrafts, culinary products, Christmas ornaments and toys for children. Places where it is easy to get lost and be influenced by emotion, with serenity in your heart and joy in your soul, thanks to this climate of peace and light that every city is offering.
Thousands of travelers each year set out in search of these enchanted cities, to discover them (or “rediscover them”) through a veil of happiness and true joy. After all, Christmas is not only about decorated trees and colorful lights, but above all it is about sharing and love.
October and November is usually a gray and rainy month across Italy, although there is no shortage of sunshine in the South. Read our Special Posts Where to go for Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Italy? and What to do at Christmas in the main Italian cities?
Good to know…
- Some attractions have lines throughout all over the year. Among them we can mention, for example, the Coliseum. So, even with the skip-the-line ticket, at some attractions you may have a short line at any time of the year: be patient, as the line usually moves fast and is caused by the security checks carried out at the entry of attractions. See the post: How to buy tickets to the main monuments in Italy?
- If you are traveling during the high season, take into account that some services are more expensive, so organize your budget with a strategic ‘extra’ so you don’t get in trouble, ok?
5) What is the best time to go to Italy? IN SUMMER AND WINTER
Summer and winter in Italy? The summer from June to August is, in general, very sunny and warm, especially in the months of July and August. Either way, it is always packed with tourists in cities like Rome and Florence – naturally those who don’t like the heat are already warned. The Alpine regions can also be visited in the summer.
In winter, for skiing, snow is guaranteed between February and mid-March (and the days are longer, compared to December and January). Also read our posts: What to do in Italy in winter? and Skiing in Italy in winter.
6) What is the best time to go to Italy? VISITING THE BEACHES
To enjoy the beach, the best time is July and August in the Center-North, in the South it is also good between June and September.
In June, the weather is usually great, but the sea can be a little cold (not more than 25 ° degrees Celsius as in July and August). If you enjoy paradisiacal beaches be sure to read our Post With the 10 most visited cities in southern Italy.
Good to know…
I always advise my clients to make their reservations in advance, especially if they are traveling during some specific periods such as high season, the ‘white’ season (which is the season for winter sports lovers), and during festive periods such as Christmas, New Year and Easter.
Even if you don’t travel during these periods, it’s good to know that the sooner you make your reservations, the cheaper you’ll pay for! That’s why I always say: planning is everything! Get organized in advance, okay?
Another advantage? You can choose the room you want to stay or – in the restaurant – if available, that table with an incredible view – which doesn’t happen if you leave it to make a reservation at the last minute! The same goes for flights!
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What is the best time to go to Italy? Assuming that places to visit in Italy are many and of all types (sea, mountain, villages in the Apennines), choosing the season ends up being a matter of taste. In Italy there are very suitable places for spring, for example, when the sun comes out and the beaches are still clean and calm. There are also good places to visit in fall. Whatever the season, summer or winter, Italy offers its best at each time of the year.
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