Best time to visit Italy
Every month offers something beautiful or exciting somewhere in Italy.
The best time to visit Italy is early summer (June and July) and autumn (September and October), when the weather is comfortably sunny and dry. This weather is perfect for cycling and hiking everywhere from Tuscany to Sicily to the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. July and August are the hottest months and popular cities and parts of the coast get very busy. Avoid the crowds in Italy in summer by making for less-known trails and towns. Winter is fantastic for snow activities in the Alps and Dolomites, while colder months such as November and February also tend to be the cheapest time to visit Italy.
When to go to Italy, month by month guide
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Etien Veeman from our walking supplier 46 Degrees explains why she believes spring and autumn are the best time to visit Italy: “In spring and autumn nature offers different faces every day! Skies can be deep blue and it’s not too warm for a good hike. Spring mountain hikes are like walking through the seasons: in lower areas, especially lakeside, summer seems to have arrived with flowering camellia and bougainvillea next to palms. Heading upwards, primula colours the path yellow, while on shady mountain ridges crocuses still peek through snow - all on the same day! In autumn, mushrooms pop out, leaves colour and migrating birds can be spotted. Plus there's much more chance of encountering wild animals like deer, wild boar or chamois.”
Festivals & events in Italy
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Ferragosto (August 15)
Now the Feast of the Assumption, this sprang from the pre-Christian Roman festival Feriae Augusti, offering a fun break after harvest exertions – hence the continuing decoration and parade of work animals like ox and mule. Each region parties differently: outdoor dancing (Rome), effigies and fireworks (Liguria and Abruzzo), historic pageants (Tuscany), climbing poles (Campania) and giant candles (Sardinia)!
More about Italy
Explore our Italy travel guide like a wild boar snuffling for truffles in a sun dappled oak orchard deep within the eternally undulating Etruscan countryside.
If you’re searching for where to go in Italy and how to make the most of your time, then check out our map that will take you all the way from the Dolomites to Sicily.
The Amalfi Coast is a crowd-pleaser, but the lemon grove footpaths, island vineyards and backstreet museums are a balm.
The sheer mountains of the Dolomites aren’t just for winter. Read our Dolomites travel guide to find out more.
Travel to Puglia to dive into Italy’s deep south. You can stay in a trulli and spend days cycling from farm to vineyard.
Sicily is a Russian doll of an island. The closer you look at the cities and coast, the more intriguing the puzzle.
Most feel that they know Tuscany before they’ve seen it, but that's a misstep. Our Tuscany travel guide explains why.
Here's what we recommend if you’re travelling in Italy with kids, from active volcanoes to pizzas every day of the week.
Is this your first time in Italy? Here’s what you need to know, from the culture that you might not expect to how long you need for your adventure.
Our top activities in Italy revolve around the history, cycling routes, walking trails and food that surround some of Europe's most iconic cities.
Our Italy travel advice page is for those who love to learn from local experts who have imparted their pearls of wisdom. Read our health and safety advice, too.
From slow food and sea life to preserving rural communities and ancient traditions: read our responsible tourism in Italy page.
Find all our Italy guides in one place: Italy holidays in places such as Tuscany or Sicily, or different types of Italy holidays such as walking or cycling.