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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

Carnival Mask, Venice

Visiting Italy in February

Prices tend to be cheaper in February, outside of carnival dates. Like January, visitors should be prepared for reduced opening hours and limited access to attractions in some areas, but you’ll benefit from much smaller crowds.

Average temperatures:

  • 39-46℉ in the north
  • 39-55℉ in central Italy
  • 48-55℉ in the south

The amount of rain you can expect depends on the region you visit. There is less rainfall in north Italy in February but it increases in the south, although temperatures there are warmer. You may even be lucky enough to experience some sunny spells.

Events & Festivals

  • In the south, in Sicily, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento hosts an annual almond blossom festival with parades, shows and craft exhibits. The first of the almond blossom is celebrated as a welcome precursor to spring.
  • Even the cold weather in the north can’t dissuade Italians from a party. The highlight of the month is Carnevale, celebrated across the country at the beginning of Lent with vibrant pageants, masquerades and confetti. The most well-known celebration is the Venice Carnival, a two-week spectacle of masks, fancy dress and spirited parties that see throngs of costumed people pack the famous St Mark’s Square.

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