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The best time to visit Italy is during spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November), when the temperatures are comfortable and there are fewer crowds. Wildflowers in early April and rising temperatures through to the end of June are a real draw. From October, the summer heat eases off, the grape harvest is in full swing, and the cities are quieter for sightseeing. Temperatures in the south remain mild in winter. While it is the off-season and some attractions have limited opening hours, it’s still an enjoyable time to explore many of the country’s historical sites. Winters in northern Italy, however, are normally wet and cold. The summer months of July and August see higher temperatures and visitor numbers reach their peak. Prices are also higher.

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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 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
Rome 12°C 79mm 13°C 70mm 16°C 69mm 19°C 62mm 23°C 46mm 27°C 35mm 31°C 18mm 30°C 33mm 27°C 73mm 22°C 102mm 17°C 114mm 13°C 96mm
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 travelling in Italy

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Visiting Italy in April

April is a wonderful time to visit Italy. Temperatures are pleasant and comfortable, with wildflowers blooming across the countryside. There can be the odd shower, and temperatures are likely to be cooler and more changeable in the north, however this shouldn’t dissuade you. Everything is now open for business after the winter months, and the regular ferries and hiking trails along the Cinque Terre and Ligurian Coast start to pick up business. You can enjoy events celebrating springtime, from tulip extravaganzas to artichoke festivals and, depending on when Easter falls, various Pasqua celebrations take place across the country. In Venice, romance is in the air during the Festa di San Marco.

Events & Festivals

  • Depending on when Easter falls, Easter week in Rome is marked with a number of events led by the Pope, including a Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square and the Settimana Santa procession of the stations of the cross at the Colosseum, both of which attract large numbers of visitors.
  • Most other towns and cities host their own Holy Week celebrations with various processions and services.
  • On 25th April Venice enjoys the Festa di San Marco. Men offer a single rosebud to the woman they love in celebration of the city’s patron saint.
  • Liberation Day, held on 25th April, commemorates the Allied overthrow of the Nazis and the end of Mussolini’s rule, and is a national holiday.

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