Of course, any time is a good time to go to Italy!
…but everyone’s different.
So, how’s the weather? This is the number one question on everyone’s mind. No one wants to go on the vacation of a lifetime only to get rained out every day or for it to be unbearably hot or cold. Fortunately, Italy enjoys a comparatively steady climate throughout the year thanks to the Italian Alps. These mountains, which are the highest in Europe rising 10,000 feet above sea level, offer protection from most of the storms and cold fronts from the North. Of course, it does get cold during the winter and can be very hot in the summer so from a weather perspective, it’s really a matter of individual preference.
January and February are obviously cold but if skiing or snowboarding is your thing, this is the time! From the Alps to the Dolomites to the Apennines on down to Mt. Etna in Sicily, there are plenty of good times to be had. If you’re not into winter sports, these months are cold and damp at the lower altitudes with temperatures ranging from the 30’s to the 50’s and you’ll be spending most of your time indoors but there are far fewer tourists, shorter lines and much lower prices than during the high season so it could be something to consider.
March and April tend to be rainy especially in the northern region but the rain is not constant and there are still fewer tourists around. People are generally in a good mood having just emerged from their winter doldrums. Average temperatures range from the high 50’s to the low 60’s. If you happen to be in Verona in early April, check out Vinitaly, the largest wine expo in the world.
Mid to late May is one of my favorite times to go to Italy. Temperatures are in the low to mid 70s and it’s not too crowded. Spring is in the air and the landscape is beautiful. There is more sunshine and temps are in the high 60’s to low 70’s during the day. It gets a little cooler at night but you should be fine with a light jacket. If you’re in Venice, this is the month of the Festa della Sensa when Venice “marries” the sea.
Summer arrives in June bringing with it much warmer temperatures and July and August aren’t far behind. They say: “Some Like it Hot,” if that’s you, then this is your time to come to Italy. The beaches are, of course, crowded during these months but if you get there early and stake your claim, you’ll enjoy beautiful days of fun-in-the-sun along the Tyrrhenian or Adriatic coastlines.
As September rolls around it’s still quite warm but starts to cool off as the month progresses. You’ll see temperatures range from around 80° during the day to 60° at night. This is a great time to be in Tuscany as it is time for the grape harvest and many towns and hamlets sponsor wine and food festivals.
In October, autumn arrives and along with it, especially pleasant days ranging from 69° during the daytime to 55° at night. October is the month of the Castagna or, Chestnut Festival in Italy. Chestnuts are everywhere and visitors can enjoy everything from chestnut pasta to chestnut gelato to just plan ol’ chestnuts roasted to perfection from a street vendor. Awesome!
November is the wettest month of the year with an average rainfall of 4 inches. Temps will dip down into the low 40’s but may actually get as high as 50°. December is about the same although there will probably be slightly less rain; like January, the tradeoff is that there will be far fewer tourists and lower prices for accommodations but it’s also a great time to go if you want to ski.