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Sunflowers in Tuscany

When is the best time to visit Italy?

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 & 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
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

Fresh truffles, Italy

Visiting Italy in November - December

Similar to January, the milder Mediterranean winters make much of Italy still an option for travel during the colder winter months. You're rewarded with quieter cities and sights, though you might have to brave cooler conditions. As it is very much the off-season, you’ll find many hotels outside the major cities are closed and hiking trails in areas like the Cinque Terre don’t open until Easter. 

Events & Festivals

  • November is truffle season, complete with fairs, markets and gastronomic treats across northern Italy.

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