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Best Season To Visit Italy

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Thanks to its southern Europe location and a long Mediterranean coastline, Italy is actually a round-the-year travel destination. Most places you would want to cover during your trip to Italy would be quite pleasant in most seasons. 

If you love everything to do with art, culture and history, you are sure to fall in love with enchanting Italy’s amazing architecture, heritage buildings and vibrant cultural scene of design, music, fashion and art. Italy is a country where the romance of old world charm is very much alive and coexists beautifully with modern living.  

Whichever season you choose to visit Italy will also depend on peak or low season, tourist crowds, flight and accommodation cost and your activity preference. Let us give you a rundown of Italy’s climate and seasons so you can decide which season works best for you to visit this fascinating European country.

Seasons in Italy

Most of Italy is blessed with a moderate Mediterranean climate with dry and sunny days and not much of rain. The mild dependable weather makes it fairly simple to pick a time of year that you would like to visit various places in Italy. The exception would be the northern alpine region which is seasonally and geographically quite diverse from the south as it has more of a cool temperate climate.

Spring (April – June): This is the best season to visit Italy when you get to enjoy the major sights and attractions in Rome, Vatican City and other places without too many tourists around. The weather is pleasant and if you leave the cities behind and head out to the rural countryside you will be richly rewarded with scenic lush greenery and colourful spring flowers that make for a pretty sight.

Things to Do:

Spring is a perfect season to spend time in beautiful Tuscany in central Italy. Book an agriturismo farm stay to experience what it is like to stay on a real working Italian farm and eat wholesome traditional meals made with farm grown fresh produce. Agriturismo gives you an authentic taste of local life in a picturesque rural setting and is a fun thing to do if you are on a family vacation to Italy.  

While in Tuscany you should definitely visit the capital Florence, home of the world famous marble statue of Michelangelo’s David and the majestic Duomo or the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its massive terracotta tiled Dome. Florence is at its best during spring months or else in September.

Summer (mid May – August): Summers in southern Italy along the Mediterranean coast can be quite hot with soaring temperatures. So keep that in mind if you plan to do a road trip along the Amalfi coast and spend lazy days on the golden beaches on the Italian Riviera.

The summer heat does not seem to deter the visitor crowd though as most of Italy is packed with tourists during these months, which means that peak season hotel rates will apply. And there will be thronging crowds at the Roman Colosseum and Sistine Chapel in Rome and other key attractions if you chose to go to Italy in summer.

Autumn (September – October): Along with spring, autumn is the other best season to visit Italy. The days are cool and pleasant in central and south Italy and skies remain clear. There is lesser action on the tourist front during this season so you can take advantage of great deals and cheap prices on flights and hotels. Autumn is a good season for budget travellers to visit Italy. 

Due to its easily accessible location, dependable infrastructure, historical and cultural hotspots and safe reputation, Italy is also an ideal country for a solo trip. While it goes without saying that one should always be cautious, stay alert and take care of one’s belongings when travelling overseas it is best not to leave anything to chance. Getting international travel insurance should be an essential part of your planning and preparing for your trip to Italy. This is because your travel insurance policy can act as an important safeguard in case of any mishap or unforeseen emergency such as a theft, an accident or loss of luggage or even your trip getting cancelled. Buying travel insurance for Italy is essential to secure your trip to Italy financially so make sure you don’t leave home without it.

Make the most of your Italian holiday and don’t miss out on savouring traditional specialities. While in Florence, enjoy lip-smacking authentic Italian food at its many cafes and restaurants, as the city is also known for its culinary expertise, along with gorgeous heritage architecture.

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