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When to Travel to Italy: the Best Recommendations to Know When to Visit

July 01, 2024 10 min read.

Once we undertake a trip to Italy several questions arise: when is it convenient to visit this beautiful country? Is it better to travel to Italy in summer or winter? Is it convenient to undertake this adventure in May, July, or September? Of course, these are some of the typical concerns we have when planning a trip to Italy. Knowing when is the best month to travel there could change your travel itinerary. The thing is, if you like to surround yourself with a lot of people, heat and so on, you can choose to visit Italy in the high season - from June to September - but you should keep in mind that you will encounter a large number of tourists and travelers. In addition, the cost of products and services is high during almost the entire season. On the other hand, if you are a lover of the peace and tranquility of Italy - with its more relaxed activities and you prefer to avoid the crowds -, travel from October, - a time in which the high season begins to decline, and you can Visiting the best places more easily and at better prices is a convenient option. Also, for the winter months like December or January, you can go to the tourist places in the north to practice snow sports. In short, in our opinion, the best months to visit Italy are April/May, and October/November, since the temperatures in those months are not extreme, the weather remains stable and there are not many people in tourist places. However, these months are not ideal for winter sports (the season is between December and March) or for the beach (the season is from June to September).

Traveling to Italy in January: What Clothes Should You Bring?

If your idea is to arrive in Italy during January, you should bring typical winter clothing, including hats, scarves, gloves, winter coats, winter shoes, and pants. The first days of January, there, usually begin the discount season, so you can take advantage of buying many clothes and winter items at prices with significant discounts.

Travel to Italy in February

February, like January, is a cold month and it usually snows even in southern Italy. It is an interesting month to visit the most famous carnivals in the country, including the Carnival of Venice. The recommendations are the same as for January: wear winter clothing, and take care of the cold in the best way possible. Generally, it is a month with few tourists with cold and short days.

Travel to Italy in March

The month of March is still a winter month, but it is slightly less cold than January and February. Therefore, it remains cold, wet, and rainy. As the days go by, almost mid-March, the days begin to get better and the sun will rise much more often. As for the previous months, it is best to wear winter clothing. Although hats and scarves may not be necessary. Women's Day is celebrated on March 8, while at the end of March, the schedule usually changes.

Travel to Italy in April

In April, in Italy, the weather is practically warm. The days are generally sunny in most parts of the country; but in other regions, such as the south, temperatures are usually high and the climate very hot. It is usually a low-season month, so hotel and plane prices are lower. Likewise, the days are starting to get longer and the temperature is pleasant. In the south, it can even reach 24 degrees.

Travel to Italy in May

In our opinion, the month of May is one of the best months to travel in Italy since it belongs to the country's spring season. In addition, the flowers begin to grow and tourists go out to walk the streets without hesitation. On the other hand, the northern areas of Italy continue to experience cold climates compared to central and southern Italy. About 20 degrees in the north and about 24 degrees in the south, approximately. The days are long and the best thing is that there are few tourists, mostly from northern Europe. Prices are usually low and can be moved easily because there is less traffic.

Travel to Italy in June

During June, Italy has quite pleasant and warm weather, which attracts tourists from all over the world. However, not all of the country has the same climate; in some regions, temperatures increase and it is possible to feel quite hot and sometimes even unbearable.
June, in Italy, is a hot month. Temperatures usually reach 30 degrees in some areas of southern Italy. Domestic tourism begins in mid-June because schools in Italy close in the middle of the month. Most Italians look for beach, sea, and southern city destinations. There is a lot of traffic during the last two weekends of the month, although not at the level of July or August. Prices in June are usually higher, there are many more tourists although you can still visit the cities with some peace of mind. June is usually a good month to visit Italy if you want to enjoy the southern beaches. In the north, the water can still be cold (depending on taste). What to wear in June? Mainly summer, although we recommend bringing a spring jacket or coat in case the temperature drops during the night. Bringing sunglasses, comfortable and light shoes, such as sandals, a swimsuit and everything you need for the beach would be advisable.

Travel to Italy in July

The month of July is one of the hottest months in Italy. Temperatures usually exceed 30 degrees, with peaks of 40 in some cities, especially in southern Italy. It is a month with many tourists and some chaos in the most important cities. Prices are usually high in all regions and locations. On the other hand, during the night, temperatures drop and provide a pleasant climate. Important: you must remember to bring sun protection and summer clothing. Likewise, if your idea is to visit cities related to art and far from the beach, it is best to book tickets online, bring water, stay hydrated a lot, and avoid mid-day hours. The notable thing about July, too, is that the days are very long so you can go as much as you want.

Travel to Italy in August

In August, in Italy, temperatures are generally very warm. However, they usually vary depending on the region you are in. In the north of Italy, the climate is very hot, in the center the temperatures can reach from 19ºC to 28ºC, and in the south the climate is also warm and the temperature can reach up to 29ºC. It is a very touristy month, especially domestic tourism because most Italian factories and companies close the central two weeks of August. A large number of people are on vacation and the beach towns are usually crowded. Also, important cities such as Rome, Venice, Florence, and Amalfi Coast have a large flow of tourists. It is the most expensive season to travel in Italy.

Travel to Italy in September

As we said, the month of September is one of the best to visit Italy. The weather is beginning to improve as temperatures across the country begin to drop. During this month, the country's climate is temperate since the temperatures are neither very hot nor very cold, therefore it is one of the ideal months to visit Italy. The thing is that most of the tourists have already left - since internal tourism lasts up to the first 10 days - and the schools open on September 15. The climate is almost summer, even more pleasant because the temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees. There may be rainy days, but they usually last a little. Although Greca Viajes has the best prices, starting this month you will find very good offers on hotels and tourist packages.

Travel to Italy in October

Starting this month, temperatures begin to drop noticeably. October in Italy is autumn, which is why during this month the cold begins to be felt (especially at night). But, during the day the weather is pleasant, and the sun continues to rise and that is why we believe that October can be considered a very good option to visit Italy. In general, temperatures are between 10 and 18 degrees depending on the area. Always considering that the north is colder. Likewise, it is a month rich in festivals, especially in small towns. Therefore, at that time there was a great variety of gastronomic festivals, especially those related to chestnuts, chocolates, mushrooms, and truffles. Among all of them, the famous Vendimia and the Slow Food Great International Food Event stand out, as well as World Pasta Day, every fourth Sunday of October. We recommend, therefore, wearing light clothing and a jacket to cover yourself at night or early in the morning. In Italy they usually say “dressing a cipolla” (that is, dressing like an onion: in layers).

Travel to Italy in November

During November the cold is usually felt. However, it is not as unbearable as in the winter. In fact, in November it usually rains very often and the days are shorter, which means that there are not many tourists. In short, the month of November in Italy is the beginning of the cold season so the days have already become short and there is usually fog and the chill invades the entire country. It is a good month if you want to find fewer tourists and pay less, of course. You should also know that most museums change their hours in November and close much earlier. November, in turn, is a month to drink hot chocolate, walk warmly, and enjoy the pre-Christmas atmosphere.

Travel to Italy in December

December along with January are the coldest months in Italy. During the nights, the cold can be felt more, as they are accompanied by rain, icy winds, and snow. On the other hand, in some regions of the country, the climate is humid so the cold tends to have a greater impact. Likewise, according to Italians, the month of December throughout Italy is also magical. The cities are filled with lights, events, and decorations, and there is an air of happiness everywhere. It is, then, an excellent month to taste typical sweets and of course, the 24th, 25th, and 26th are days of celebration and joy. On December 31, there are parties in the squares, concerts, fireworks, and exquisite dinners. It is worth adding that from 1 to 20 the prices are usually good (even in low/mid season). From the 20th to the 31st is considered high season, so prices rise quite a bit. Likewise, it is worth spending Christmas in Italy.

Visit Italy

Now yes, with all the information about Italy month by month it is possible to book a trip to Italy according to tastes and possibilities. Italy has a lot to offer!

When is the best time to enjoy festivals and special events in Italy?

Italy is known for its cultural festivals and special events celebrating everything from harvest to Renaissance art. To experience these events to their fullest, it is advisable to visit in months such as October and November, when food festivals such as Vendimia and international food events are held, providing a unique cultural immersion.

What outdoor activities are ideal during the cooler months in Italy?

During cooler months like October and November, Italy offers unique opportunities to enjoy the outdoors without the summer crowds. Activities such as hiking in the Apennines, visiting vineyards in Tuscany, or exploring the Dolomites to admire the autumn foliage are popular and highly recommended for nature and adventure lovers.

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