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Italy Weather And Best Time To Visit Italy
Italy is a wondrous city of ample Mediterranean sunshine and chains of snow-capped Alps, a seat of rich Florentine art coupled with the science that flourished here during renaissance. The country that gave us painters, sculptors, artists and some of the world’s most marvellous wonders in the form of monuments. Italy, from Sardinia to Sicily, Naples to Tuscany, is all rugged sea-side beauty and vividly painted houses, canals with gondolas and seas and lakes that are so charming. The weather in Italy is at its best in summers, while spring and autumn are shoulder seasons. Read on to find out more about the best time to visit Italy.
Spring (March to May)
Late spring makes for a beautiful time to visit Italy. The temperature is just perfectly maintained, pleasant at 15-20°C, with no hint of rain. The fruits bloom, tangerines are ripe, olive trees bear fat fruits, and figs, pomegranates and juicy berries all ripen. Hazelnuts are abound, chocolate is pouring, while the Alps are buzzing with animals like deer, bears, chamois and grouse. Tourists start to multiply at this time and go on increasing until summer. You will enjoy the spring season here, in almost all places - from coastal towns and islands to the hinterland of Rome.
Summer (June to September)
The peak of tourist season in Italy is summer, just like all of Western Europe. This time is extremely crowded, and long cues ensue at almost all places of interest (Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Duomo, The Uffizi). But the weather is excellent; warm and lightly rainy. The average temperature is 31°C and the coasts are amazing to swim and enjoy at the sea-side. Summer is also the traditional baking season in Italy. The islands of Sicily are at their best in summer, all painted in bright sun and sparkling sea, with the fresh fragrance of olive trees and basil bushes in the air.
Autumn (October to November)
Autumn in Italy is not cold but neither warm. It is somewhere in between, with a temperature range that drops from 27°C to 17°C by the end of the season. November however, is Italy’s most heavily rained month, making a trip difficult if you want to be outdoors and explore. Hence the best time to visit Italy in Autumn is October, with so many harvest festivals celebrated too. Food festivals are also at their peak and everything from chocolate to wines to truffles and cheeses are built into community contests.
Winter (December to February)
Winter in Italy sees a geographical gradient and a marked difference between the north and the south. Milan goes as low as −2°C and heavy snowing, while Rome doesn’t tip below 8°C. Palermo in Sicilian Islands sees a winter of a modest 20°C, making a holiday very much bright and sunny there. Ski resorts are your best bet for a winter holiday in Italy, while some tourists prefer a shopping expedition to Milan as the prices reduce drastically. Rome can also be enjoyed with a good winter temperature and no crowds at this time. And the Christmas markets in Bolzano and Trento are to die for.