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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"
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

Vineyard, Tuscany

Visiting Italy in September

By September, summer temperatures have usually peaked and while the days remain hot, the nights tend to be cooler and more comfortable. Italians are now back at work or have returned to school, emptying the beaches to more comfortable levels. September is also the start of the harvest festival season with events celebrating all things foody, from truffles and prosciutto, to wine and olives, along with many other local delicacies. 

Events & Festivals

  • Venice International Film Festival starts at the end of August and continues into September.
  • The Regata Storica takes place in Venice on the first Sunday in September, with gondola races, gondoliers in traditional dress and plenty of vibrant waterborne pageantry.
  • La Vendemmia, the grape harvest, begins toward the end of September.

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