Since the climate across Italy can tend to be highly diverse, depending on the location, it’s advisable for you to acquaint yourself with the various climatic conditions of the different regions in order to be able to plan your trip smartly and get the most out of it. In general, keep in mind that, traveling in Italy is most enjoyable in two seasons — early spring and autumn.
Let’s take a quick look at the various regions and the weather conditions that prevail there:
While summers in the northern Alpine region are guaranteed to be pleasant, winters are said to be severe. Again here, make a note of the fact that summer in the northern part of Italy is far more to one’s liking than the harsh summer conditions prevalent in the southern parts. The northern Italian plain is the best with its continental weather conditions.
Cities like Milan, Venice, Verona and Bologna are all located in Northern Italy and are best visited during spring season when lush greenery transforms the landscape creating breathtaking scenes. Winter weather in Italy is known to be mild with occasional foggy conditions while the climate in summer is dry and humid though moderated by soothing sea breezes. Winters in Venice are characterized by hovering mists that lend the city an aura of mystery and romance that few travelers can resist.
The month of September in the southern parts of Italy brings with it a Mediterranean type of climate consisting of warm and dry conditions with a tad more sunshine than is comfortable. These parts, as a result, see relatively fewer tourists during this time of year. July and August are also very hot and humid in these parts making them less popular with tourists from cooler climes. However, this is a great time to visit the coastal areas, mountains and forests of Italy, which experience much better climatic conditions.
If you’re planning on visiting popular cities like Rome, Venice, Milan, Florence, Verona, Naples, Bologna and the Amalfi coast in Southern Italy, try to do so in the months of November or March. April (during Easter), May, June, October and December (during Christmas) are times when these cities are crowded with tourists. So, if you want to avoid the crowds, you can also make use of July and August though it’ll mean putting up with uncomfortably hot weather.
The Apennines and Alps experience short and cool summers and long and cold winters. So, the ski season might start in December and last right up to April. If a skiing holiday is what you’re looking for, plan your trip for these months. If, however, you’re looking to escape the below zero effects of winter, then head to southern Italy which stays much warmer than the rest of Italy.
Summer is when business peaks in Italy making it a busy time. August on the other hand is the slowest month with many businesses choosing to shut down for a short time while owners enjoy vacations. Easter, Christmas and other prominent religious holidays are also peak seasons so expect prices in large towns and cities to rise.
Time your visit for late spring or early autumn and you’re bound to get the most out of your holiday in this magnificent country. The weather will be mild and it’ll be least crowded.