Best Time to Visit Italy
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Best Time To Visit Italy
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
The best time for a trip to Italy is spring (April-May) and fall (September-October). Italy has a varied geography ranging from north to south. Summer is the best time to travel to Italy, especially the sun-soaked Mediterranean coast. On the other hand, the best time to visit Rome is the winter season when the tourists are fewer and hotel rates are lower. Due to its location along the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, southern Italy has a sunny and pleasant climate throughout the year. Up north, where the Alps are, snowfall is common. To find the best season to visit Italy, travelers should weigh considerations such as weather, budget, cultural events, seasonal atmosphere, and ambiance.
The Tuscan hills, Venice canals, and beaches of Naples are best visited in the summer season when the temperatures are higher. The best time to visit Italy for honeymoon is either in spring or autumn to explore the small towns and countryside. In the cities, the middle seasons the queues outside museums and landmarks are smaller.
The best months to go to Italy are April, May, September, and October, with ideal weather and moderate crowds. Keep on reading our season-wise travel guide to figure out the best time to Italy:
Climate in Italy
Summer Season in Italy
It’s usually warm all over Italy in summer. South of Florence, the weather in Italy is usually dry in summer. Inland and landlocked regions such as Tuscany and Veneto can be unpleasant to visit during a hot spell. The day temperatures in Italy begin to increase from May and lasting until mid-October. Italy in May is plenty busy with the tourist season just around the corner. It gets pretty crowded during June and July. So summer may not be the best time to visit Italy for holiday. August is the hottest month in the country, especially Naples and the Mediterranean coast. Not to mention, it is also very crowded as the locals are out on holidays throughout the month as well. Hotel prices and day temperatures also peak in the summer, especially July and August.
However, there is an upside to visit Italy in summer season, the days are longer so most of the attractions like museums and cathedrals remain open for longer hours than in winter. Also, the entire country seems to be celebrating holidays and so plenty of opportunities to mingle with the locals and get a taste of nightlife in Italy.
Monsoon Season in Italy
The rainiest months almost everywhere in Italy are usually October and November. While some areas in central Italy like Milan and Venice witness rainfall pretty much throughout the year, cities in southern Italy like Rome and Naples experience rainfall mostly during the winter season. Northern Italy, especially the higher Alps and Alpine foothills, witness snowfall from December to February. Winters in the north are cold with occasional rain and snow. In Rome, Tuscany, and Sicily the weather is warm almost all year.
Winter Season in Italy
Italy experiences fairly mild winters compared to other countries in Europe. All things considered, the ideal time to visit Italy is the winter season, from November through February. For those looking to come to Italy to celebrate Christmas or New Years’ Eve should make flights and hotel reservations as early as possible to avail discounts. The best time to visit Italy for honeymoon is winter as it is considered an off-season in Italy in terms of hotel prices and tourist crowds. The average temperatures in Central and Southern Italy in December hover between 10 to 15 degrees. A winter visit to Rome or Florence can tempt tourists to spend more time in a trattoria than in cafes and to top it all off, tourists in Florence may have the ‘David’ all to themselves.
November through March, many tourist attractions in Italy operate on shorter hours as the days are shorter too. Po and Adige valleys in Northern Italy and some lower regions in Central and Southern Italy witness moderately cold winters. Also, the precipitation is higher in winter months so is no specific dry season. The weather in peninsular coastal areas is different from upper and interior valleys, particularly in winter. When the higher altitudes witness snow and biting cold, coastal regions have milder temperatures and are generally dry. The average winter temperature in the Alps is around 0 degree Celsius whereas, the average temperature in Sicily hovers around 20 °C.
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Trip to ItalyIt was a wonderful experience, the management at the Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas were so kind , we fully enjoyed the entire stay at this property. Thank you for planning and taking care of our entire trip at such short notice. It was a great experience!
Trip to ItalyThe overall experience was really good.we had a great time in all the three cities.Things moved as per our planned iternary.However would like to share few experiences so as your team can keep this in mind for any other travelers.first experienxe-the driver who came to pick us up looked little irritated as he had to wait for quite sometime.Though our flight arrived on time but I guess he came there an hour before and thus had to wait long but with no fault of ours. Second I-I believe planning a visit to Venice itself makes Gondola ride inevitable.It is a kind of experience which every traveler looks forward to.I would suggest to keep it a private tour instead of a shared tour so that the experience goes at par with expectations.I would suggest to prediscuss this with each traveler and then take it forward accordingly and customize if need be.Rest all was really good,the services and responses from the agent were very prompt and supportive .Thanks for making it so beautiful..Will definitely like to take your services in future as well Visit to Vatican city, florence -tower of pisa and so many others
Trip to EuropeHi, We recently booked our Italy & Croatia trip of 17 days through Centaur Vacations & first of all i would like to mention that these guys were availble 24/7 from the planning till the end of d trip for all d queries & solutions. I was travelling with my 9 months old baby & i was really skeptical about things but everything was planned & executed well.There were few ups & downs & some lack of coordinations but “Rishabh” managed to help us with every situation.I initiated the trip with Kusum cz she was extremely sweet & friendly to understood my requirements & prepared d itinerary accordingly & keeping the baby in mind. Major Pros - -The distance from hotels to the stations & the sightseeing pick up points were perfect & well planned. -Local transfers were spot on. -Keeping d class up they gave Business class in Eurorail from one destination which was nice. Thanks a lot Rishabh & Kusum ... Looking forward fr more trips. keep up the good work
Trip to ItalyA big shout-out to Duniya Safari, who recently planned our 10 days Euro trip . What we really appreciate is the customisations they made to cater to our taste . Their proactiveness is worth mentioning .Keep up the good work and thanks a lot for making our trip so hassle free and memorable ..
Trip to EuropeWe had the most memorable trip to Italy and Switzerland for 10 days. The trip was very well customised by Duniya Safari and we could visit all the sight seeing places as planned. Based on our hotel preferences and places of visit, Ishita took care of all the hotel bookings, intercity travel, sight seeing passes, etc. Thanks to Arindam as well in helping us with the schedule everyday. In short, our tour was very well planned. Thanks to entire Duniya Safari team, especially Ishita and Arindam. :)
Trip to New ZealandWe would like here to take a moment and appreciate Mr. Rohit Thakur and his team for the efforts they have put in organising a trip for us that will be cherished forever. Our’s was a 12 day 11 night trip to Europe covering Paris and Italy. The trip was very well organised and planned. We had received all the vouchers and details well in advance. Hub holiday team was easily accessible when in need. Looking forward to future trips with traveltriangle.
Trip to ItalyEverything was managed well. Hotels could have been better. Communication gap at the time of finalisation needs to be improved.
Trip to EuropeMe and my friends had an excellent trip to Switzerland and Italy, Thanks to you and your Team! The entire tour was well planned and very much within our budget. We are especially appreciative of the 24/7 travel assistance that you and your team provided throughout our travel. The response time to all calls and messages (right from the initiation till the end of Journey) was excellent!! Overall we had an wonderful experience with this travel team!!!
Trip to ItalyA very well planned out trip Everything moved as per the program...good efforts by the travel agent made our entire trip memorable
Trip to ItalyThis was the first time I booked a trip through travel triangle (Travel mastezs) to Italy. Since this was a new travel company for me, I was a bit skeptical initially. Must say, Arpita and Amit Chandra from travel masterz made the entire process effortless for me. Starting with explaining what is best option for us in terms of best locations to cover, minimum duration required, hotel recommendations, sight seeing places, visa assistance (in terms of helping me put together all the necessary documents), keeping me up-to-date until the end of my travel. Checking constantly on whats app if everyone was going well. Arpita also helped with pre-poning a day tour as I wanted to accommodate another personal tour on the initial planned date which was not part of the itinerary which i could not have been able to visit, if not for Arpita changing the schedule in the last moment as per my request. Overall great experience in Italy. Many thanks to Arpita and team from travel triangle who are extremely professional and are well aware of the places without making false promises and being honest upfront in terms of what to expect.
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FAQ's of Italy
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The Eurail and bus services are the best bet for traveling to different cities within the country.
Since Italy is a part of the European Union, the Schengen Visa will cover your visit to Italy.
Spend at least 10 days in Italy if you want to explore it properly and fully.
Apart from the usual Italian cuisine of pizzas and pastas, Gelato, a form of frozen dessert, is a must have when here.
Italy is relatively safer, although caution should be exercised in the old city areas of Rome and Florence against pickpockets and purse snatchers.
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