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Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) in Italy are ideal times to visit, with comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds. Wildflowers in early April and rising temperatures through to the end of June are a real draw, while from October, the summer heat eases off, the grape harvest is in full swing and the cities are quieter for sightseeing. In the winter (December-February), temperatures in the south remain mild, and while it is the off-season and some attractions have limited opening hours, it is still an enjoyable time to explore many of the country’s historical sites. The summer months of July and August see higher temperatures and visitor numbers reach their peak.

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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

St Mark's Square, Venice

Visiting Italy in January

The milder Mediterranean winters make Italy’s cities an option for travel during January. Visitors are rewarded with quieter sights and far fewer tourists if they are willing to brave the cooler conditions. As it's very much the off-season (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) some attractions will be closed or offering limited visiting hours.

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Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Italy

Caroline in Verona

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