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Lake Como, Italy

When is the best time to visit the Italian Lakes?

Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) are ideal times to visit the Italian Lakes with comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds. The fabulous gardens that line the shores are at their best between April and June and the rising temperatures are a real draw.

The summer months of July and August see the highest temperatures, making this a great time to relax by the water, but it’s also when visitor numbers reach their peak. In September the summer heat eases off and the lakeshores are quieter for sightseeing. From November to March, the temperature drops considerably and many hotels shut down for the winter.

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I suggest visiting in May, when all the gardens are in full bloom. The weather is mild enough to be comfortable cycling, kayaking or even swimming if it’s a warm spring, but it's still well before the summer crowds arrive.

Lindsay, Italy Specialist

Italian Lakes Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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
Lake Maggiore 5°C 64mm 7°C 70mm 11°C 91mm 15°C 117mm 19°C 148mm 23°C 132mm 26°C 105mm 25°C 129mm 22°C 111mm 16°C 121mm 10°C 109mm 6°C 60mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in the Italian Lakes

The Nesso Waterfall, Lake Como

Visiting the Italian Lakes in November - February

In the winter, low temperatures hover around freezing and, with the exception of Christmas and New Year (when some places open for the holidays), this isn’t the best time to visit the region as most hotels and restaurants will be closed.

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