Italy: Weather, Best time to go, Where to go?

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When is the best time to go to Italy?

Italy is among the countries that have much to offer to its visitors: beaches, discoveries and relaxation. While the resorts are crowded during the summer, certain historical cities of art, like Rome or Venice, can be visited throughout any seasons.

Passionate beach and seaside vacationers often choose to travel to Italy during the summer. True, the weather is absolutely beautiful but the sheer volume of visitors and crowds may cause for a less intimate stay. In addition, this period observers a fairly dramatic increase in air transport fares and it is difficult to find accommodation without having made prior reservations in hotels.

Place an emphasis on the spring and autumn if you want to spend a good time, enjoying the mild climate while away from the hordes of vacationers. This time of year allows for the opportunity of travelling to Italy at low cost.

From the months of November to March, the tourist season is much less busy. On the contrast, during the holidays, such as Christmas time and New Year, Italy has a peak attendance of vacationers.

So, when is the best time to go to Italy? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • In Italy, the weather is good everywhere in August and September
  • The best months to go to Rome are April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
  • On average, the warmest months in Rome are July and August, and the coldest month of the year is February
  • The rainiest months in this city are January, November and December
  • The cities with the best climate are Rome, Sardinia, Sicily, Bari, Capri, Lecce, Amalfi, Brindisi, Naples, Pescara, Pompeii, Puglia, Vatican, Andria, Anzio, Barletta, Caserta, Catanzaro, Cirò Marina, Civitavecchia, Crotone, Ercolano, Foggia, Follonica, Forio, Gaeta, Gallipoli, Gioia Tauro, Lido di Ostia, Matera, Paola, Piombino, Policoro, Pozzuoli, Reggio Calabria, Salerno, Scalea, Taranto and Termoli, with good weather at least 8 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Rome are June, July, August, September and October

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Italy for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month Our opinion View Details
very bad to tolerable* Italy in january
very bad to tolerable* Italy in february
very bad to tolerable* Italy in march
very bad to good* Italy in april
tolerable to perfect* Italy in may
tolerable to perfect* Italy in june
tolerable to perfect* Italy in july
good to perfect* Italy in august
good to perfect* Italy in september
very bad to perfect* Italy in october
very bad to good* Italy in november
very bad to tolerable* Italy in december

When to go to Italy by city

Rome

Best time to go to Rome

The best months to go to Rome are april, may, june, july, august, september, october and november.

Florence

Best time to go to Florence

The best months to go to Florence are may, june, july, august, september and october.

Milan

Best time to go to Milan

The best months to go to Milan are april, may, june, july, august, september and october.

Sardinia

Best time to go to Sardinia

The best months to go to Sardinia are april, may, june, july, august, september, october and november.

Sicily

Best time to go to Sicily

The best months to go to Sicily are april, may, june, july, august, september, october and november.


Climate and Weather in Italy

Throughout it's entire length, Italy lies in junction with France, Switzerland and Austria and furthermore, has two main types of climates: a continental climate inland, with warmer summers and colder winters than its French neighbor and a Mediterranean climate on the coast with very hot and very dry summers. The climate in Italy is rather favorable throughout the year due to the fact that it elongates the coast. Thanks to the regulation of the sea and the mountainous Alps, a barrier is provided against the cold.

Italy : Rome

Northern Climate of Italy

Northern Italy, including the Alps as well as the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano,

has a very hard winter, resembling that of Chambery or Savoy. Winters are particularly cold due the country's latitude and height, but the summers are very hot, offsetting and compromising for the harsh winter temperatures. Furthermore, this part of Italy also faces a very high increase in humidity when the summer arrives.

Central Climate of Italy

Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio … names of Italian regions that make you dream of cultural wealth and very warm weather! In this part of Italy, the climate is more temperate than in the north and the different temperatures are less drastic than in the rest of the country. In the center, in cities like Florence and Assisi, the cold period is shorter than in the north, less intense and with lower temperatures. Summers in turn are much longer and it is difficult to endure the sweltering heat of the more northern cities, such as Rome, the capital of Italy. On the Mediterranean coasts, Italy's climate experiences more enjoyable and bearable temperatures, similar to the city of Nice, in France.

Southern Climate of Italy and the Islands

Heat and sun are on the program in the southern part of Italy, on the islands such as Sicily and Sardinia. In the extreme south, such as in Puglia, one can even describe a Mediterranean-African climate. Winters are never frigide or difficult and in general, this part of Italy as well as cities like Naples and Pompeii have autumn and spring seasons with the same summer temperatures as the rest of the area. In the islands, cities such as Palermo enjoy warm and fairly wet winters, while summers are very dry and very hot. On the coast however, the sea allows for more bearable temperatures.


Temperatures and rainfall in Italy

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Italy and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Rome, Florence, Milan, Sardinia and Sicily, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities..


Map of Italy

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cities in Italy (Hover over the icons for more information on the weather)

About Italy

What can I do in Italy?

Beaches / swimming

Nature and countryside

Culture and heritage

Sports

Family travel

Crafts / shopping

Gastronomy

Nightlife

Is this weather information for Italy reliable?

Climate data for Italy has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Italy allows us to determine the average for each month in Rome, Florence, Milan, Sardinia, Sicily, Venice, Bari, Bologna, and 89 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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