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When is the best time to visit Italy?

The best time to visit Italy is during spring and fall, when the temperatures are comfortable and there are fewer crowds.

Spring

Temperatures start to warm up in spring, going from the late teens to mid-twenties, although it’s still advisable to wear layers in case of colder spells.

Summer

The summer months of July and August see higher temperatures and visitor numbers reach their peak. Temperatures are normally around 81 °F and often reach over 88 °F at the height of the day.

Fall

Temperatures cool down gradually, so September is still very pleasant, with an average of around 77℉. Expect crisp fall leaves and some sunnier days, but plan for wet weather too.

Winter

Temperatures in the south remain mild in winter. However, northern Italy is normally wet and cold, and it’s not unusual for snow to fall, especially in the mountains.

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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 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"
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

St Mark's Square, Venice

Visiting Italy in January

The milder Mediterranean winters make Italy’s cities an option for travel throughout January. Visitors are rewarded with quieter sights and far fewer tourists if they are willing to brave the cooler conditions.

Days can be cold and clear or wet and windy, with snow falling in mountain areas.

Average temperatures:

  • 25-45°F in the north
  • 40-55°F in central Italy
  • 50-60°F in the south

As it’s very much the off-season, some attractions will be closed or offer limited visiting hours, so it’s best to look this up in advance. 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.

Events & Festivals

  • The main celebration is a holiday called Epiphany, on January 6. It is the end of the Christmas season when Italians give each other presents and children hope a witch called La Befana will leave gifts in their stockings.

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