The Right Time to Visit Italy

April through June; mid-September through October are the best periods to visit Italy and its incredible cities. This is because temperature during these months are comfortable, crowds are less intense than the July and August (with the exception of the Easter period) and the rural colors are rich. July through September is when Italy’s holiday spots teem with visitors. Hotel prices are usually very high in Florence and Rome around May and June also.

Venice in summer
Venice in summer *

In many cities, August appears to be the worst month. Why is that? Aside the fact that August is muggy and hot, many Italians go on vacation for a minimum of 2 weeks in August. So many of the restaurants, shops, and hotels that are run family-owned will be closed while they are on vacation. Many Italians head for the beaches, spas, and islands, so these places are absolutely packed. If you visit Italy in August, you should have many urban places to yourself. Cities like Milan and Turin experience a heavy drop in population during August, so hotels in these cities are priced with great discounts. However, many fashionable nightspots and restaurants are closed during that time.
Many touristic places and attractions operate on shorter winter hours from late October through Easter. Even some hotels will shut down for redecoration or renovation. Inconveniences may be reduced if you will be visiting the city during these months though. However, kindly note that between November and February, many restaurants that are family-run could close down to take 2 weeks off. Also, beaches and spas may become ghost towns during this period as many of them are seasonal and only open during the warmer months.

Pisa leaning tower, Tuscany, Italy
Pisa leaning Tower, Tuscany, Italy *

The summer period in Italy is warm – the southern part can be very hot and anywhere inland as well. Landlocked cities in Umbria and Tuscany, also on the plains of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna may become stifling with the July or August heat. Higher temperatures are recorded in Italy around May and could last until October. In the north of Italy, winter is cold and marked with rain and snow. Wind may whistle over the mountains to Turin, Milan, and Venice. The southern part and Rome experiences warm weather almost throughout the year, with an average of 10°C (50°F) during winter. Extra chilly stints are possible though. Freezing temperatures and even heavy snows were experienced in 2017.

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