There’s never really a bad time to visit Italy. The pasta is always there, and it’s hard to find a time when Italy isn’t both beautiful and fascinating. Whether you’re visiting for sun and sand, skiing and slopes, or siestas and spaghetti will make a difference on what’s the best time for you to set foot into Italian heaven.
Italy has quite a variable climate depending on where you visit. If you’re heading up North towards the Alps then you can expect cold winters and hot, humid summers with extremes in weather. Southern Italy is much more Mediterranean and milder – you can rarely expect the temperatures to drop below 5 degrees or above 30, for instance.
So, depending on what you want to get out of your Mediterranean holiday, here’s when you should be booking those Rome-bound flights.
The Amalfi coast, Sicily, Ischia, and Puglia are all home to some to some of Italy’s most gorgeous beaches and swimming waters. It goes without saying that if you want to swim and sunbathe, you want warm weather. To get the best out of the soft sandy beaches, ice cream, and clear waters it’s best to head to Italy in June, July, and August. You might have to hunt around for a smaller town or village as the beaches can get quite crowded during peak tourist months. These are also European school holidays so many locals go elsewhere – but it is a beautiful time to visit nonetheless.
Rome and Venice in particular are a sightseer’s paradise and luckily, the climate is fairly forgiving for tourists. To see the Spanish steps and Trevi Fountain in relative comfort, the best months are during Spring and Autumn; so April-May and September-October.
Not only are there fewer crowds and cheaper prices, but you get weather that’s not too hot and not too cold, plus enough sunshine to make walking around for a day fun instead of miserable.
Spring, spring, spring. Italy is gorgeous during spring when flowers open and vegetable gardens burst into bloom. Leeks, artichokes, asparagus, grapes, and strawberries are only a handful of the delights you can expect to find featured in traditional Italian spring fare. Food markets and street stalls are in full swing, and you can expect to find pops of colour around every town and city you set foot in.
In one word, spring in Italy is vibrant. You won’t be sorry if you’re a food-lover!
Skiing means snow, and snow means winter – so if you want to hit the slopes then you’ll need to go over the winter months. Despite the incredible Dolomites and the famous Monte Bianco (more commonly known as Mont Blanc outside of Italy), skiing in Italy is generally more affordable and quitter than its French and Swiss neighbours.
December and January are obviously good choices. December is crowded but magical, and can be easily combined with some beautiful Christmas markets which are always a hit with families and couples. January through to February is often a great choice too. Go after the first week or two of January when the crowds have thinned but the temperatures are still cold enough for fresh snow.