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When is the best time to visit Italy?

The best time to visit Italy is during spring and fall, when the temperatures are comfortable and there are fewer crowds.

Spring

Temperatures start to warm up in spring, going from the late teens to mid-twenties, although it’s still advisable to wear layers in case of colder spells.

Summer

The summer months of July and August see higher temperatures and visitor numbers reach their peak. Temperatures are normally around 81 °F and often reach over 88 °F at the height of the day.

Fall

Temperatures cool down gradually, so September is still very pleasant, with an average of around 77℉. Expect crisp fall leaves and some sunnier days, but plan for wet weather too.

Winter

Temperatures in the south remain mild in winter. However, northern Italy is normally wet and cold, and it’s not unusual for snow to fall, especially in the mountains.

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I really like Italy in June, just before the summer revellers arrive and when the sun is more likely to make a prolonged appearance. Tuscany really comes to life in June, the olive trees, wildflowers and poppies are in full bloom and the air is thick with lavender. The weather is just starting to heat up properly, casting an ethereal morning sunlight across the Tuscan hills as you drive along the winding roads lined with cypress and pine trees. Plan your trip early and you can witness the most famous bareback horse race in Italy at the Palio in Siena, held in July and August.

Caroline, Italy & Croatia Specialist

Italy Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Florence 10°C 60mm 12°C 63mm 15°C 63mm 18°C 86mm 23°C 70mm 27°C 57mm 31°C 36mm 31°C 56mm 26°C 79mm 20°C 104mm 14°C 113mm 11°C 81mm
Lake Como 3°C 64mm 5°C 60mm 9°C 85mm 13°C 121mm 17°C 165mm 21°C 151mm 24°C 127mm 22°C 156mm 19°C 132mm 14°C 124mm 8°C 108mm 5°C 55mm
Milan 5°C 55mm 8°C 62mm 13°C 79mm 18°C 92mm 23°C 94mm 27°C 97mm 29°C 67mm 28°C 90mm 24°C 79mm 18°C 118mm 11°C 110mm 6°C 71mm
Naples 12°C 103mm 13°C 85mm 15°C 76mm 18°C 71mm 23°C 47mm 26°C 31mm 29°C 22mm 29°C 38mm 26°C 74mm 22°C 118mm 17°C 147mm 13°C 112mm
Palermo 13°C 83mm 13°C 67mm 15°C 57mm 18°C 47mm 21°C 22mm 25°C 11mm 28°C 5mm 28°C 17mm 26°C 37mm 22°C 84mm 18°C 82mm 14°C 88mm
Pompeii 12°C 92mm 12°C 76mm 14°C 69mm 18°C 60mm 22°C 42mm 26°C 27mm 29°C 24mm 29°C 39mm 26°C 64mm 21°C 100mm 16°C 133mm 13°C 107mm
Venice 6°C 50mm 8°C 53mm 12°C 62mm 17°C 74mm 21°C 73mm 25°C 78mm 27°C 63mm 27°C 77mm 24°C 69mm 19°C 77mm 12°C 93mm 7°C 64mm
Verona 6°C 41mm 9°C 42mm 13°C 48mm 18°C 72mm 22°C 79mm 26°C 85mm 29°C 60mm 28°C 78mm 24°C 67mm 18°C 80mm 12°C 80mm 7°C 56mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Italy

St Mark's Square, Venice

Visiting Italy in January

The milder Mediterranean winters make Italy’s cities an option for travel throughout January. Visitors are rewarded with quieter sights and far fewer tourists if they are willing to brave the cooler conditions.

Days can be cold and clear or wet and windy, with snow falling in mountain areas.

Average temperatures:

  • 25-45°F in the north
  • 40-55°F in central Italy
  • 50-60°F in the south

As it’s very much the off-season, some attractions will be closed or offer limited visiting hours, so it’s best to look this up in advance. Much of the Amalfi Coast, for instance, only gears up for visitors in the summer months, and most Tuscan properties are shut over the winter.

Events & Festivals

  • The main celebration is a holiday called Epiphany, on January 6. It is the end of the Christmas season when Italians give each other presents and children hope a witch called La Befana will leave gifts in their stockings.

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