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 on the coast or escape the rain in a beautiful gallery 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 vacation that’s truly bespoke. From a relaxing break in Rome before the summer heat sets in, to an exciting adventure vacation in Northern Italy’s impressive mountain ranges, we’ll craft a memorable trip just for you.
Best Times of Year to Visit Italy
The best time to travel to Italy depends on what type of experience you seek. From admiring Renaissance masterpieces in the spring to sampling some heartwarming Italian cuisine in the fall, there are endless things to do in Italy, no matter the time of year. Below are some of our travel experts’ favorite 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 of year to visit Italy. Temperatures typically range from 65 to 85℉, ideal for a range of activities.
In the spring, you can explore the cities before the summer tourists arrive or take a trip to the beautiful Puglian countryside as the wildflowers begin to bloom. March and April are the best months to visit Italy if you’re interested in the country’s rich heritage, with Easter celebrations taking place across the country.
Summer in Italy
With temperatures in the 90s, a summer vacation in Italy is all about the sunshine. The Amalfi Coast is a fantastic location to make the most of Italy's warm weather and unwind as you sip Aperol Spritz.
For something a little different, the Dolomites are a great place to visit during the summer, providing a scenic backdrop for a family road trip. Or, if you’re looking to escape the scorching temperatures, you can take in the charming Matera cave houses in the unique region of Basilicata.
Fall in Italy
Mild temperatures and reduced crowds make fall one of the best times to travel to Italy to avoid the tourists.
A trip to Sicily is a good way to make the most of Italy’s mild fall weather as you enjoy sea-front restaurants and vibrant markets without worrying about the queues. Some businesses and 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 a taste of Italy’s culture on their winter break, many local festivities also occur during these cooler months. In particular, the Carnival of Venice takes place in February and is a highlight not to be missed.
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Our Experts Say...
"As a born and raised Italian, I would say that Italy is beautiful all year round! Each season is so unique, not only for the weather and scenery but also for the local ingredients and foods that are carefully grown depending on the month.
"The winter is a great way to see another side of the country, as Italians are avid skiers and love to head up to the picturesque Dolomites. The ski season goes from December to March and it's the perfect way to enjoy the vacations surrounded by incredible mountains and amazing South-Tyrol gastronomic specialties.
"August 15 is a big National vacation in Italy and this is when all the locals take time off and head to their favorite vacation spots like Puglia or Sicily. This is also the hottest time of the year so if you are looking for a way to enjoy the gorgeous beaches of Southern Italy without the big crowds, then head over there in May or September (October even!) as temperatures remain mild and the towns are more enjoyable."
Livia Angelini, Europe Specialist
Climate guide for Italy
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