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The best time to visit Italy is during spring (March-May) and fall (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 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"
Pompeii 54°F 4" 54°F 3" 57°F 3" 64°F 2" 72°F 2" 79°F 1" 84°F 1" 84°F 2" 79°F 3" 70°F 4" 61°F 5" 55°F 4"
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"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Italy

Il Palio, Siena

Visiting Italy in July - August

The busy school break months of July and August see increased summer temperatures and high visitor numbers as the hot, dry days draw in the crowds. The cities can by particularly stifling at this time of year and many locals depart en masse for the beaches or countryside. The most expensive time to visit Italy, travel during these months needs to be planned well in advance.

Events & Festivals

  • Venice International Film Festival starts at the end of August and continues into September.
  • The Palio horse race occurs in Siena’s Piazza del Campo on 2nd July and 16th August and is a historic battle between the city’s ‘contrade’ (or districts), as they compete for glory.
  • Open-air performances and concerts take place in areas like Ravello, on the Amalfi Coast, and in Sicily’s Greek theatres in Syracuse and Taormina.

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