Best Time to Visit Italy

A gondola floats down the Grand Canal in Venice.

A gondola floats down the Grand Canal in Venice.

As global travel continues to evolve, the best time to visit Italy has as well. Traditional advice would be to visit in the summer, but at Zicasso, we all agree that there is no wrong time to visit Italy. Depending on the goals of your trip, who you are traveling with and what you would like to see and do, there might be a best time.

Best Time to Visit by Season

Aerial view of the town of Varenna on Lake Como.

Aerial view of the town of Varenna on Lake Como.

Summer: August

August is the best time to visit in summer, which can be great for visiting parts of Northern Italy and various beach destinations. Summer in Southern and Central Italy has hotter temperatures and larger crowds, but the experience is still fantastic.

Spring: April | May

April and May are the best months in spring to visit Italy. Typically, great weather in the beginning of May reflects the transition between the crisp winter and a sweltering summer, leading into the early days of beach season.

Autumn: October | November

Late October and November are the best time to visit Italy in fall. Fall has chillier weather and more rainfall, but also has smaller crowds than popular summer travel months. The cooler weather also brings festivals across the country with celebrations focused on delicacies like wine, chocolate, and truffles.

Winter: December | February

The best time to visit Italy in winter is in December or February. Winter traditionally offers the lowest rates and smallest crowds unless you are visiting the mountain ski resorts. Christmas markets brighten the cities and towns in December, while February erupts with Carnival.

Best Time for Sightseeing

The sun rises on the historic town of Assisi in Umbria.

The sun rises on the historic town of Assisi in Umbria.

Best Months: April | May | September | October

Mid-April to May and mid-September to October offer the best time for sightseeing in Italy. The late spring and early autumn have pleasant weather, smaller crowds, and great access to authentic culture, which is captured in the daily lives of locals. The better opportunity for experiences will give you access to Italy’s countless museums, ancient ruins, churches, and vineyards.

Outside of the cities, Umbria’s landscape with blossoming flowers in spring or find farmers harvesting grapes in Lombardy in fall. From plump olives to ripe apples, the changing seasons will showcase the landscape and ingredients for which Italy is known.

Best Time for Wine

Vineyards of Serralunga-d-Alba in Piemonte.

Vineyards of Serralunga-d-Alba in Piemonte.

Best Time for Wine Tasting & Tours: March | April | May

March to May will give you the best time for wine tasting and tours in Italy. The variations in the spring weather across Italy keeps the different wine-growing regions distinctive in flavor and image. In spring, the crowds haven’t yet taken to the country roads in search of hidden wine cellars or famous villas, and the vintners have returned to their fields to tend to the new, growing season.

Best Time for Grape Harvesting: September | October

September to October is the best time to experience the grape harvest in Italy. Wine has been an important part of Italian culture since the Roman Republic over two millennia ago with towns, villages, and cities celebrating their heritage of fruitful harvests with exciting festivals. The countryside shimmers with the harvest colors of gold and auburn while each new celebration brings tastings and delicious cuisine that attract locals throughout each region.

Best Time for Meeting the Winemakers: January | February

January and February are the best time to visit winemakers in Italy. During the harvest, winemakers are busy tending their vines or focusing on the process of winemaking. Once the harvest ends, winemakers have more time to visit, share, and help you discover the variety of varietals on their property. Winter often brings slower hours and little to no crowds to reveal a new perspective on the orchards, hilltops, and vines.

Best Time for Family Travel

A mother and daughter overlooking the rooftops of Rome.

A mother and daughter overlooking the rooftops of Rome.

Best Months: May | June | December

Late-May to mid-June is the best time to visit Italy with your family. The mild weather at the start of the season is the perfect chance for you to relax in famous cities like Rome, Venice, and Florence or to visit popular seaside destinations like the Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre before the budding crowds.

December is also a great month to visit Italy with family because of the festive holiday ambiance across the country. Holiday markets keep the streets glowing with light and brimming with mouthwatering aromas; many northern cities also exude charm with snow-dusted streets. Winter is the low season for tourism in Italy, which often means smaller crowds.

Best Time for Couples

A young couple shares an embrace at a vineyard in Italy.

A young couple shares an embrace at a vineyard in Italy.

Best Months: April | June | September | October

April and June or mid-September to October are the best months for couples to visit Italy. You can bask in the beauty of romantic coastal resorts or secluded alpine getaways for intimate encounters with Italy’s uncompromising scenery. You can relax with great weather and activities that range from sightseeing to hiking, sunbathing to couple’s spas. The endless opportunities for a luxury cooking class or unforgettable truffle hunt can satisfy the desires of any couple.

Best Time for Beaches​

The beachside town of Peschici in Puglia.

The beachside town of Peschici in Puglia.

Best Months: May | September

The end of May or mid-September is the best time to visit beaches in Italy. The weather in Italy warms along the entire coastline by mid-spring, especially along the southern shores. The waters reach their hottest point by July and August, with crowds peaking on the sands of the Tyrrhenian, Ionian, and Adriatic seas.

The majority of resort towns open for the season in May and close late September. In mid-September, the waters along the shoreline in Central and Southern Italy remain warm, and the sands remain hot as the season winds down, providing the same luxurious seclusion as visiting at the opening of the beach season in May.

Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities

Outdoor geothermal baths of Saturnia in Tuscany.

Outdoor geothermal baths of Saturnia in Tuscany.

Best Months: April | May | June

April to June is the best time to visit Italy for spring and summer activities. While visiting museums or ancient ruins are year-round activities, a number of excursions in Italy require certain weather to enjoy them fully. The warmer days and cool nights of April, May, and June offer the following exciting excursions:

  • Open-air thermal baths
  • Hiking
  • Cycling the countryside
  • Wine tasting tours
  • Cliff diving adventures
  • Flower art festivals

Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities

Downhill skiing at the Cortina d'Ampezzo ski resort in the Dolomites.

Downhill skiing at the Cortina d'Ampezzo ski resort in the Dolomites.

Best Months: October | January

October and January are the best times to visit Italy for fall and winter activities. The autumn temperatures provide the perfect elements for delighting in the harvest, while the cold in winter brings festive atmosphere. While museums and other historical sites are open year-round, the cooler weather gives way to the following unique excursions:

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Truffle hunting
  • Holiday markets
  • Meeting winemaker