Italy

Did you know Italy should be at the top of your travel bucket list? Here’s why! This is the ultimate guide to visiting Italy.

This beautiful country is filled with endless history, stunning landscapes, and mouth-watering cuisine you just can’t resist. Iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Vatican City are waiting to be explored – an experience that mesmerizes millions of tourists every year. And let’s not forget about Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast, or Tuscany – breathtaking scenery that encapsulates Italy’s picturesque charm.

Italy is known for its unmatched history and culture along with incredible cuisine and landscapes of every kind. If mountains are your thing, then head to the north of the country to visit the Dolomite region. If arid climates and desert conditions are more to your liking, then consider visiting the south. Surrounded on every side of the country is the most incredible water and coastline you have ever seen.

Italy is also home to some of the most influential artists and inventors of all time. Luxury brands call this home for their fashion houses such as Versace, Gucci, and Valentino.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and book a trip to this enchanting land today!

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Cities of Interest

There are so many amazing places to explore in Italy. To see more about individual cities, click here.

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Best Time to Visit Italy

Best Time to Visit Italy

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT travel to Italy during the summer. I mean it. It is unbearably hot, so crowded you want to scream, and everything is much more expensive. Take my word for it, I spent over 30 days in Italy in June, and it was… awesome but miserable. June through August are the most oppressive months with temperatures reaching well over 100°. I know it is hard to whine about spending time in another country, but I am telling you, summer is not when you want to go.

Now, that that is out of the way let me inform you of the best time to visit this incredible place. Choosing the months of April-May and September-October are the best times to visit Italy. The weather is temperate and depending on where you go in the country you will either encounter slightly cooler or warmer temperatures. The south will always be warmer than the north so keep this in mind when you are deciding where to go.

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The Best Time to Visit Italy: A Seasonal Guide

As I stated earlier, depending on where you visit in the country the weather will be a bit different. The north will be cooler, especially in the Dolomite region, with the southern section of Italy being much warmer. These are general temperatures in Italy for each month to hopefully give you an idea of what kind of weather you will encounter.

Visiting Italy in the Spring

I love traveling to Italy during this time. You will find snow in the mountainous regions but flowers beginning to bloom in other areas. The crowds are fewer, and the prices are generally lower for both flights and hotels.

            March average temps: high 17 °C (62 °F); low 2 °C (40 °F)

            April average temps: high 19 °C (66 °F); low 7 °C (44 °F)

            May average temps: high 24 °C (75 °F); low 11 °C (51 °F)

Visiting Italy in the Summer

This is peak tourist season! Keep this in mind! Temperatures are very hot and humid. Prices are higher for hotels and flights and the points of interest, especially in the larger cities, are extremely crowded.

            June average temps: high 28 °C (83 °F); low 11 °C (58 °F)

            July average temps: high 32 °C (89 °F); low 17 °C (63 °F)

            August average temps: high 32 °C (89 °F); low 17 °C (63 °F)

Visiting Italy in the Fall

Another time I love visiting Italy is in the fall! Leaves start changing colors and the weather begins getting cooler. November can bring a bit more rainfall but there are still precipitation-free days.

September average temps: high 28 °C (82 °F); low 14 °C (58 °F)

            October average temps: high 22 °C (72 °F); low 11 °C (51 °F)

            November average temps: high 17 °C (62 °F); low 6 °C (42 °F)

Visiting Italy in the Winter

If you are wanting no crowds, lower travel prices, and plenty of festivals and events to keep you busy, including Venice’s Carnival, then go during this time. The snow up north brings in the skiers and snowboarders and the coastlines are open and people free.

December average temps: high 13 °C (56 °F); low 3 °C (38 °F)

            January average temps: high 13 °C (55 °F); low 2 °C (36 °F)

            February average temps: high 14 °C (57 °F); low 3 °C (37 °F)

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Exploring Italy: My Personal Travel Map

Here is a map of some of the places I visited during my time in this amazing country. For downloadable itineraries for each city, head over to Downloadable Guides.

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Flag / Time Zone / Currency

Italy - Flag / Time Zone / Currency

Flag:

Green, white, and red represent the regions of Italy. Green for the plains and hills, white for the snowy alps and mountains, and red for the blood that was spilled during the wars of Italian independence.


Time Zone:

CET (Central European Standard Time) is six hours ahead of the NY time zone


Currency:

Euro €

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What to Eat in Italy

The food, what can I say that hasn’t already been said? The cuisine is so diverse depending on where you are in the country and is always amazing. Then you have wine, which at times, is less expensive than a bottle of water. Don’t feel bad if you decide to order a glass or two with lunch. Day drinking is a thing here. Then you must get an aperitif such as an Aperol spritz around 5 p.m. before having more wine with dinner at 8 p.m. Yes, they eat later than Americans. Get used to it, you are in their country.

Satisfy your taste buds by indulging in authentic Italian dishes like pasta, pizza, tiramisu, and gelato at local eateries. Trust me, it will change your life!

If you want to find the cuisine broken down by region, check out my blog post on the subject.

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Fun Facts About Italy

Fun Facts About Italy

  • Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world. Surprised? It follows other countries like Switzerland, France, the United States, Spain, and China.
  • The Romans were almost wiped out, mostly by wars and sickness.
  • Italy is home to Europe’s oldest university. The University of Bologna was founded in 1088 and has been in continuous operation ever since. Of the top 10 oldest universities in the world, 4 are in Italy. More than any other country.
  • Cats have rights in Italy. The Romans adored their feline companions so much that they are considered to have a “bio-cultural heritage”. Anyone convicted of killing a cat (why would you do that anyway) could face a €10,000 fine and up to 3 years in prison. It is estimated that Rome is home to around 300,000 cats – the only residents who are permitted to explore all the ruins whenever they want.
  • Police cars are Lamborghinis…there are also a few other officers that have to drive smart cars…  
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I hope you have found this information helpful and are excited to explore this incredible country! For printable itineraries for each city, head over to Downloadable Guides.

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