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When to Go to Italy

Italy ranks very high in the list of top tourist destinations of the world. Every year thousands of tourists visit Italy to soak into its rich culture, enjoy its lifestyle and shop at its many famous shops. However, before you decide about Italy as your next holiday destination you may find it useful to know when to go to Italy to make the most of your vacation.

Here is therefore a guide on when to go to Italy to help you plan your Italy vacation better.

Italy at different seasons
If you are planning your next vacation at Italy it is important for you to know the climate of the country at different seasons and also at different regions to choose the best time to visit.

Because of its closeness to the Mediterranean the climate of Italy remains pleasant throughout the year. The winter in Italy is mild and often foggy. During the winter many people choose to visit northern Italy and Alps for winter sports and skiing. Northern Italy looks absolutely stunning during spring when the summer here is humid with occasional breeze from the sea.

Southern Italy is however warmer due to its closeness to the sea. Summer is dry and the temperature stays higher than northern Italy. The climate of southern Italy is a typical Mediterranean climate which is always bright and sunny. The temperature index often reaches its peak during July and August when the weather gets very hot and humid. The spring is the most pleasant time in southern Italy with sporadic thunderstorms and rain. The winter in southern Italy is pleasant with average temperature rangeing between 50 and 60 degrees from December to April.

The weather remains pleasant in western Italy during the summer time. The average temperature remains between 79 and 87 degree Fahrenheit during the summer time, which drops to 40 to 42 degree Fahrenheit during the winter season.

When to go to Italy
The early spring and the autumn are the best seasons to visit any of the western European countries. Therefore, from April to June and from late September to October are the best times to travel to Italy. During these periods the weather remains mild and comfortable.

Starting from mid June to the end of September, this is the busiest tourist season in Italy. During this time most of the Italian cities teem with tourists. Hence, this is the most expensive time to visit Italy as well. You might have to book your hotels sufficient ahead to avoid last minute worries.

Since it is the busiest tourist season in Italy most airlines extend their routes to Italy for this time.

The month of august however may be avoided. This is the summer time and the thermometer often reaches to its peak during August. The summer in Italy is humid, hot, muggy as well as crowded. Also most of the shopkeepers and restaurant owners take their vacation during August and you may find most of the places closed. Also during the harsh winter season, which lasts from November to February, most of the hotels and restaurants take a month or two off and during this time most of the spas and beach destinations remain closed.

The winter in the Northern Italy can be severe and long but many tourists gather at the Alps to enjoy winter sports and skiing. The ski season lasts from December to April.

The tourist season in Italy therefore can be categorized as,

High season: From mid June to the end of September. This is the time that is most crowded and expensive.

Shoulder season: From April to May and between early September and October.

Low season: From 1st of November till 31st December. This is the time when most of the hotels and restaurants will remain closed.

The best time to visit the cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Verona, Bologna, Naples and the Amalfi Coast is during November and March. Between June and September to early October the tourist destinations become most crowded. Hence, if you want to avoid the crowed as well as want to get great deals on hotel rates the best time for you to visit is during late spring and early autumn. This time the weather is most favorable and the crowed remains at its minimum.

Holidays to avoid
It won’t be pleasant if you reach at a time and find all the tourist spots and shops closed and hence, before you visit Italy obtain a list of holidays there to avoid inconvenience. Following is the list of holidays in Italy.

National holidays
During national holidays all shops and tourist attractions will remain closed.

  • January 1st: New Year's Day
  • Easter Monday,
  • April 25th: Liberation Day
  • May 1st: Labor Day
  • August 15th: Assumption of the Virgin
  • November 1st: All Saints' Day
  • December 8th: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • December 25th: Christmas Day
  • December 26th: Santo Stefano

Feast day’s holidays
In addition to the national holidays there are local feast days observed to show respect to the local saints.

  • Venice, April 25 : To honor St. Mark
  • Florence, Genoa, and Turin, June 24: To honor St. John the Baptist
  • Rome, June 29: To honor Sts. Peter and Paul
  • Palermo, July 15: St. Rosalia
  • Naples, September 19: To honor St. Gennaro
  • Bologna, October 4: To honor St. Petroni
  • Cagliari, October 30: St. Saturnino
  • Trieste, November 3: To honor St. Giusto
  • Bari, December 6: To honor St. Nicola
  • Milan, December 7: To honor St. Ambrose

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