SPRING – March, April, May:
Spring is a fantastic time in Italy – flowers are blooming, temperatures and weather are mild, and most of the winter’s chill has gone. You’re not safe from precipitation in this season, though – you will see some rain in most parts of the country, and you’ll need to pack accordingly.
Bring an umbrella and rain jacket, plus good walking shoes that can get wet.
Bonus tip: brightly-colored umbrellas are often carried by tour guides as beacons for their tour groups to follow, so try to choose one for yourself that’s not ostentatious, unless you feel like being mistakenly followed by a gaggle of tourists on St. Mark’s Square! Temperatures average between 60°F and 75°F (16°C and 24°C).
SUMMER – June, July, August:
Most of Italy gets pretty warm during the summer, but not stifling. Breezes near the coasts are refreshing. Southern Italy can get quite warm, though, and humidity certainly adds to the effect. This is high season for tourism, so be prepared for crowds! Also prepare for summer rains – they do happen with fair frequency.
Plan to bring a swim suit if you plan to spend any time near water – this is the season for beach activities, after all. If you have the opportunity for a dip in any of the seas that border Italy, you won’t want to miss it!
A sun hat, sunscreen, and light layers are very necessary regardless of where you are. Cute linen pants are ideal, as are comfortable and cute walking sandals. Temperatures average between 77°F and 86°F (25°C and 30°C).
FALL – September, October, November:
Autumn in Italy is an easy-to-love shoulder season. Vines hang heavy with ripe grapes, foliage is thick, the air is sweet, and the heat abates and gives way to soft breezes in most parts of the country. Nights are cooler, so you’ll want to bring layers and a shawl to ward off any chills.
Later autumn brings lower temps, so if you’re planning to visit around that time you’ll need to bring a light jacket and maybe even some gloves and a hat.
Nice pants, cute and comfortable walking shoes, and scarves are always in season! Temperatures average between 65°F and 75°F (18°C and 24°C).
WINTER – December, January, February:
This is, as you might expect, off-season in Italy. If you can handle the cold and are interested in the various winter goings-on, it’s a fun time to see the splendid country! Weather varies greatly, and higher elevations get much colder than lower ones and those nearer the equator.
You will absolutely need a fleece or a good jacket for warmth. Also plan to bring a hat, gloves, and scarves to keep you warm while you’re out and about. Good, warm boots and walking shoes are crucial! Temperatures average between 50°F and 55°F (10°C and 13°C).