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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"
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

City skyline and the Alps, Turin

Visiting Italy in December

Similar to January, the milder Mediterranean winters make much of Italy still an option for travel during the colder winter months. You’re rewarded with quieter cities and sights, though you’ll have to brave cooler conditions.

As it is very much the off-season, you’ll find many hotels outside the major cities are closed and hiking trails in the main areas like the Cinque Terre don’t open until Easter.

The exception is in Italy’s ski resorts, where skiing season is in full swing in the Alps and the Dolomites. Snow is expected in these areas, but it may even fall in places that sit close to sea level.

Average temperatures:

  • 26-45℉ in the north
  • 42-57℉ in central Italy
  • 54-61℉ in the south

Events & Festivals

  • The city of Paternò celebrates Saint Barbara Day with a parade on the slopes of Mount Etna, thanking the patron saint for protecting the fire brigade and preventing the volcano from erupting.

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