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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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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 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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Italy Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Florence 50°F 2" 54°F 2" 59°F 2" 64°F 3" 73°F 3" 81°F 2" 88°F 1" 88°F 2" 79°F 3" 68°F 4" 57°F 4" 52°F 3"
Lake Como 37°F 3" 41°F 2" 48°F 3" 55°F 5" 63°F 6" 70°F 6" 75°F 5" 72°F 6" 66°F 5" 57°F 5" 46°F 4" 41°F 2"
Milan 41°F 2" 46°F 2" 55°F 3" 64°F 4" 73°F 4" 81°F 4" 84°F 3" 82°F 4" 75°F 3" 64°F 5" 52°F 4" 43°F 3"
Naples 54°F 4" 55°F 3" 59°F 3" 64°F 3" 73°F 2" 79°F 1" 84°F 1" 84°F 1" 79°F 3" 72°F 5" 63°F 6" 55°F 4"
Palermo 55°F 3" 55°F 3" 59°F 2" 64°F 2" 70°F 1" 77°F 0" 82°F 0" 82°F 1" 79°F 1" 72°F 3" 64°F 3" 57°F 3"
Rome 54°F 3" 55°F 3" 61°F 3" 66°F 2" 73°F 2" 81°F 1" 88°F 1" 86°F 1" 81°F 3" 72°F 4" 63°F 4" 55°F 4"
Venice 43°F 2" 46°F 2" 54°F 2" 63°F 3" 70°F 3" 77°F 3" 81°F 2" 81°F 3" 75°F 3" 66°F 3" 54°F 4" 45°F 3"
Verona 43°F 2" 48°F 2" 55°F 2" 64°F 3" 72°F 3" 79°F 3" 84°F 2" 82°F 3" 75°F 3" 64°F 3" 54°F 3" 45°F 2"

Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Italy

Alley in old town San Gimignano, Tuscany
Tuscany
Caroline in Positano, Amalfi Coast

My favorite time to visit Italy is 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 really heat up, casting an ethereal morning sunlight across the Tuscan hills as you drive along the winding roads lined with cyprus and pine trees. Plan your trip early and you can even witness the most famous bare back horse race in Italy at the Palio in Siena, held at the beginning of July.

Caroline, Italy Specialist