The Best Times to Visit Italy
Italy’s seasons vary as much as its landscape - whether you want to bask in the September sun as you dine alfresco in Tuscany or escape the rain in a rustic coffee ‘bar’ during a winter visit, there’s something to enjoy year-round.
At Scott Dunn, our travel experts can help you avoid the tourists and plan an Italian holiday that’s truly bespoke. From a relaxing break in the Italian Lakes before the summer visitors arrive to an active adventure holiday in Northern Italy’s impressive mountain ranges, we’ll craft a memorable trip just for you.
Best Times of Year to Visit Italy
If you’re asking yourself “When can I travel to Italy?”, it all depends on what type of experience you seek. From admiring Renaissance masterpieces in the spring to sampling some heartwarming Italian cuisine in the winter, there are endless things to do in Italy, no matter the time of year. Below are some of our travel experts’ favourite ways to enjoy Italy’s vibrant seasons.
Spring in Italy
For a taste of all this country has to offer, spring is one of the best times to visit Italy. Temperatures typically range from 18 to 28℃, ideal for many activities.
In the spring, you can explore Rome’s magnificent museums and galleries before the summer heat sets in or take a trip to the beautiful Puglian countryside as the wildflowers begin to bloom. If you’re interested in Italy’s heritage, we recommend planning a springtime visit to the island of Sicily to take in preserved Greek temples while tourist numbers are still relatively low.
Summer in Italy
With temperatures in the 30s, a summer holiday in Italy is all about the sunshine. The Amalfi Coast is a fantastic location to make the most of the warm weather and unwind as you sip limoncello in the shade.
For something a little different, the Dolomites are a great place to visit during Italy’s warmer seasons, providing a scenic backdrop for summer drives and picnics. Or, if you’re looking to escape the scorching heat, you can take in the fascinating Matera cave houses in the lesser-known region of Basilicata.
Autumn in Italy
Mild temperatures and reduced crowds make autumn one of the best times to go to Italy to avoid the tourists.
A trip to Florence is a good way to make the most of the mild weather in Italy in October as you wander from gallery to gallery along the cobbled streets, without worrying about the queues. Some attractions begin implementing reduced opening times from September onwards, so be sure to check as you plan your activities. Alternatively, tell us what you like and allow our travel experts to put together your ideal itinerary.
Winter in Italy
As Italy’s weather starts to cool down, winter is the perfect time to experience Italy’s ski season.
From the renowned Cortina d'Ampezzo to the runs of La Thuile, the skiing opportunities are plentiful. We offer a wide range of luxury accommodation across the Dolomites so you can relax in style after a day out on the slopes.
For those who want to explore Italy’s rich culture, many local celebrations also occur during the winter months. The Carnival of Venice takes place in February and is a highlight not to be missed.
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Our Experts Say...
"The best time to visit Italy is late spring (April – May) or autumn (September – October) when the cities are less crowded than the peak months of July and August and it is not as hot. Venice in particular is very humid in July and August with lots of crowds. If you're visiting Southern Italy in March and November, the region can still offer mild weather but there will be a higher chance of rain. Visiting cities in the winter months can mean fewer visitors but the weather can be quite cold and rainy. In tourism-focused areas, such as Taormina in Sicily, keep in mind that hotels, restaurants and some shops may be closed during the winter months."
Becky Theriault, Europe Specialist
Climate guide for Italy
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