Best Time to Go to Italy on Holiday

We know that, for some, flexibility when it comes to booking a vacation is not an option due to the timing of school holidays or work constraints. However, for those that are able to enjoy a vacation at different times of the year, here is our guide to the best times to visit Italy on holiday so that you can makes the most of your time and your budget.


Peak Season


While the peak holiday season in the UK is July and August, in Italy it is May and June, and September and October. The reason for this is that the weather is still beautifully sunny and warm during these months, but not so stiflingly hot and humid that you feel uncomfortable and lethargic. It is also when the smaller towns come to life as many local stores and restaurants close over the summer months (July and August).

The peak season in Italy is the most expensive time to visit but, if budget is not the most important factor for you or you don’t mind paying a little more for beautiful weather and a bustling atmosphere, then it is a really lovely time to visit the main cities, such as Rome, Florence and Venice. It is also a particularly lovely time to visit Sicily, which can get very hot in July and August, reaching temperatures close to 40 °C, whereas in May and June it hovers around the mid-20s.

Note, also, that the Venice International Film Festival takes place in late August and early September, making this a particularly expensive and busy time to visit the city. That said, it is also one of the most magical times, with the added bonus that you may spot a few celebrities!


Best on a Budget


If you want to make the most of your budget but still enjoy pleasant weather, we highly recommend visiting Italy in November. At this time, you can still enjoy sunny weather, with temperatures around 20 °C, but the major cities are less busy, meaning you can see the main attractions at a more relaxed pace. What’s more, airlines and hotels tend to offer better deals during November, meaning you can make the most of your budget.

December through to March, with the exception of the Christmas and New Year periods, are also economical times to visit Italy. However, these months tend to be colder and so we wouldn’t recommend this time of year if you’re looking for sunshine. Instead, this is a great time to visit North Italy and the Dolomites, where you can enjoy skiing, comfort food and the winter atmosphere.


Best for Sunshine and Relaxation


If you want a summer holiday with a healthy dose of rest and relaxation, then we recommend visiting Italy in early July. During this time, you can avoid the crowds as it is outside of the school holidays and you can also stretch your budget as airlines tend to offer better prices at this time of year.

As well as the main cities of Rome, Florence and Venice, it is a great time to visit the coastal resorts, such as Sorrento, the Cinque Terre or the Amalfi Coast, as well as the beaches in Sicily and Sardinia.


Best for Venice (but not your wallet!)


Although February is the most expensive month to visit Venice, if you want to experience the unique culture and magic of Venice, then you can’t beat visiting the city during the Carnival (Carnevale di Venezia), which takes place annually in February. During this time, you can enjoy masked balls, decadent food, live theatre, music shows and multimedia exhibitions that are simply incredible.

The Carnival has been running since the 1970s and, today, around 30,000 visitors flock to the Floating City for the 11-day spectacular in February. If you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Venice, then you can’t beat the Carnival season!


If you’re thinking about a vacation in Italy, then why not let one of our travel experts put together a tailored holiday itinerary for you. We personalise all of our Italy holidays to suit your needs, including your budget, and we can offer the best deals if you have flexibility in when to travel. To browse our most popular Italy holidays, visit the dedicated Italy Multi-centre Holidays page on our website or contact us and chat to one of our friendly advisers.

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