Best Times to Visit Italy

The Best Time to Visit Italy

Best time to visit Italy: Spring in TuscanyWhen is the best time to visit Italy? From my experience of holidaying in Italy many times and now from living here, without hesitation I can say that it is during the Spring and Autumn months.

The why...

Beaches to yourselves

During the spring and autumn, and particularly during the weekdays, it is possible to have one of all to yourselves. And, if not entirely yours, with only a few passing joggers or galloping Maremmano horses... heaven.

As the summer approaches, the beaches fill up, until, at its peak - in August when almost every Italian is on holiday, together with holidaymakers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland - it is very nearly impossible to find a piece of sand sufficient to sit on. An altogether different experience and one that I tend to avoid.

Marina di Alberese beach in MaremmaQuiet town versus packed seaside resort

I have yet to meet an Italian whose idea of a weekend break or summer vacation isn't being on the beach. This together with the fact that Italian schools are closed from July and most businesses in Italy shut down from mid-July to the 1st of September (some smaller family businesses, such a "panifico" - bread bakers - or bars in a small town, doing so in rotation) means that you will find most of Italy along its coast during the summer.

My local seaside town, which is quiet during the winter, swells in number at the weekends from Easter onwards with visitors from Florence, Siena and Rome who have second homes here, to a fifteen-fold increase in July and August! Driving into town takes forever, parking spaces are non-existent, and if you want to do your supermarket food shopping in under three hours, it becomes necessary to do so at immediately after lunch, when everybody else is taking a siesta!

Tuscany spring: a Tuscany poppy field in MaremmaHowever, in the major Italian cities such as Rome, Firenze, Pisa and Siena, apart from some restaurants closed for the "ferie" (holidays) that would otherwise have been open, the cities continue to cater well for tourists.

The Weather

In spring...

Once the spring starts in Italy it gathers pace quickly and before you know it you are out of the layers of your warm clothes and into T-shirts and shorts in no time. But the temperatures aren't the overpowering and exhausting ones of the summer to come.

But don't worry if you are dreaming of returning home with a tan. One of my girlfriends comes to stay for a few days at the beginning of May of every year and she always leaves a golden bronze colour.

The best time to visit Italy to see landscapes full of wild flowers is in the spring

In summer...

The summers in Italy can be very hot and the phrase "mad dogs and Englishmen out in the midday sun" comes to mind when I see tourists walking around Florence, Siena and Pisa suffering badly in the heat of the day. Even though I did just the same thing on my first two visits!

If you don't want to find yourself carrying litres and litres of water with you and regularly crossing streets to stay within the shade as you explore a new place, it really is best to avoid the months of July and August.

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