When thinking about the best time to visit Italy, you have to consider what you’re looking for from your vacation. The country has a distinctly Mediterranean climate, meaning it’s hot in the summer and cooler and wetter in the winter. But the winter has its own charms, with snow-covered mountains, hiking and skiing opportunities as well as quieter city breaks. Our range of Italian hotels across the country means whenever you visit, you’ll be guaranteed to be supremely comfortable so be sure to check them out.
Spring in an Italian City
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Italy. The temperatures March – May are temperate; up to 61-75 degrees (16-24 Celsius) in Rome and Naples, and warmer if you venture further south. Rainfall is minimal and sunshine days are frequent. There are some Spring festivals not to miss. On Easter Sunday in Florence, there is the Scoppio del Carro – or ‘exploding cart’. A huge cart full of fireworks and pyrotechnics is set alight right in front of the Duomo church. A spectacular sight indeed. Spring is also a great time to visit Rome – check out our 2 day Rome itinerary – thanks to the quieter streets and comfortable climate.
A Relaxing Italian Summer
The Italians take sunbathing very seriously, On August 15th, Italian’s summer vacation officially begins so this is the best time to visit the coast. You could spend a week in Sicily with its beautiful beaches, great food and charming hilltop villages. Or you could visit Cinque Terre, five stunning coastal villages close to Pisa in Tuscany. Another option could be to head to the Tuscan countryside, where rolling hills, quaint old villages and food and wine awaits. Temperatures in Italy hit up to 88 degrees (31 Celsius) so this is the season to take things slow, chill out and unwind.
Fall in the Cities and the Vineyards
Wine is seriously important to the Italians, both culturally and economically. And Fall is the best time to visit vineyards and wineries thanks to it being harvest season (September-October). Fall runs roughly from September – November in Italy and temperatures all around the country are very pleasant at this time of year; between 63 and 81 degrees (17-27 Celsius) is not uncommon. And city breaks at this time of year are very pleasant thanks to the mild temperatures and fewer visitors. You could kill two birds with one stone; visit Rome and throw in a Frascati wine tasting and vineyard tour at the same time. Many towns also have harvest festivals where copious amounts of wine is drunk and sometimes thrown at each other!
Winter in the North
Winter is a perfect time to visit the north of Italy, thanks to its mix of picturesque snow-capped mountains and quieter city breaks. Temperatures in December – February can still be pleasant; you can see temperatures as high as 57 degrees (14 Celsius). Winter is a great time to visit Venice. It’s quiet but can still be warm and much is still open (apart from the first 2 weeks after 6th January where many venues shut for vacation). And just imagine Christmas in an Italian winter wonderland such as Milan or Verona. Christmas is a big deal in Italy so you’ll be sure to find plenty to see and do in these cities during this time.
Visiting Italy Whatever the Season
Italy is one of those countries that takes your breath away, whatever season you decide to visit. Although many people choose to visit in the pleasant Spring and Fall months, Summer and Winter certainly have their charms too. And to make the most out of your time in Italy, we have a huge range of tours in many of the major cities like Milan, Verona, Venice, Sicily, Rome and more. From wine tasting to sightseeing, you’re sure to find something that suits you, whatever you like, whenever you visit.