What makes Italy so special is the the variety of attractions it offers. Cities of art, beach destinations, villages, countrysides, mountains makes it appealing all year around.
But if you are planning on visiting Italy make sure you have an idea about the weather conditions, traditions and other factors that could impact your travel in the Bel Paese.
April, May September and October are definitely the best time to explore cities like Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan. Warm and sunny days without the humidity and the high temperatures that hit the country in summer, make spring and autumn the perfect seasons to enjoy your visit. Having a pleasant stroll or an aperitivo in a beautiful square or courtyard during this time of the year, let you feel the real Italian vibe and atmosphere.
One more reason, besides the heat, to avoid August is called Ferragosto. The main Italian holiday, when Catholic tradition celebrates the Assumption of Virgin Mary becomes a very special and particular period. The name and the origin of this festivity, actually dates back to the 18 BC when the Emperor Augustus introduced Feriae Augusti as the rest after long and hard agricultural work. The tradition has been respected through the ages in different ways and nowadays you don’t want to happen in any major city on 08/15 when everything, from the restaurants to offices, is Chiuso per ferie (closed for holidays) and desolated.
However if art and history are your priorities, a skip the line ticket for any museum or attractions is definitely not needed in that time of the year. If you are looking for a throw back to the Middle Age and an authentic experience, make sure you spend mid August in a Medieval town of central part of Italy. Siena is the most popular one in that occasion. It is visited by thousands of people to attend the famous horse race, il Palio, that happens twice a year, on 2nd of July and 16th of August.
On the other hand side, keep in mind that islands and coastlines have their touristic peak between July and August, when the sea temperatures are warm and the Italians try to escape the city’s heat. So don’t be surprise by the crowd and the high prices that characterise destinations like the Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Sardinia, Apulia, Cinque Terre.
If your dream getaway is Tuscany, September and October when the harvest occurs, are most interesting months for wine lovers who want to enjoy the charm of breathtaking landscapes sipping some great Montepulciano.
Winter time, from November to the end to March, is perfect for traveling on budget and looking for great deals. With a bit of luck, you can still have a very nice experience, since Italian coldest temperatures are not so harsh and sunny days not that rare.
The Alps are definitely the destination you can enjoy at its best all year around, having fun skiing with the snow or enjoying fascinating views hiking during warmer seasons.
Depending on what you are looking for Italy after all finds always a way to become your first choice and dream holiday.