Europe (Italy/Malta) in January – is it worth it???

posted 2 years ago in Travel
  • poll: So, is it worth it?
    Yes, go in January/February : (1 votes)
    8 %
    No, go in April or later : (10 votes)
    83 %
    Doesn't matter, weather and attractions are consistant : (1 votes)
    8 %
    Other/Explain : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    450 posts
    Helper bee

    It is likely to be wet and pretty gloomy that time of year.  Tourist attractions will be closed as the season is really April to October.  I have been to Rome in April and it was gorgeous.

    Post # 3
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    297 posts
    Helper bee

    In late April you will probably have some first really warm days. I have been to Rome in February, we had bright sunshiny days and mild temperature in the mid 50s. In the day we had the chance to take our jackets of. It wasn’t packed with tourists but Rome is never empty of them 🙂 Attractions in Rome are open year a round as far as I know..

    As far as Malta I have never been but always wanted to. Everyone I know who has been comes back disapointed and saying it’s not worth it… Not sure what kind of attractions they have, probably a lot outdoorsy stuff. You might have to struggle with some serious cold wind because it’s an island in the middle of the ocean.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  Zimtstern.
    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We were in Italy in early January and had a blast. No million tourists and other than on Capri,  most tourist stuff was still open. And all the little towns were still decorated for Christmas. So was the Vatican.   It was gorgeous.  The only days we were cold was in Venice. But Rome, Florance, and Sorento were all lovely still. When we were on Capri it was actually about 60°F! And we didn’t wait hours to see stuff like the Vatican or the ancient Rome sites. 

    Post # 6
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    297 posts
    Helper bee

    I think January and February are actually the months with the least rainfall. Did you check a travel guide? They often have weather charts which tell you the average weather, temperature and rainfall…

    I am sure Malta will be great, it looks beautiful on pictures…

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  Zimtstern.
    Post # 7
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    2018 posts
    Buzzing bee

    anonybee0810:  I would kill to be able to go to Italy in January because of the aforementioned lack of crowds; I often go to northern Italy in November and have a fantastic time (it’s usually 35-45F there and about 10-12 degrees warmer further south; I imagine the temps in January would be a little warmer with a similar pattern).  Some cool restaurants will be closed and there might be a few rooms closed off or pieces out for restoration in the museums, but as far as I know, there’s nothing completely closed up in Rome for the coming winter.  However, if there is something that you’re really desperate to see, I’d email museum staff (they won’t think it’s weird) just to check. 

    Rome will be gorgeous in April and some of her classic produce (artichokes!) will be in season, but prices and crowds will have started to creep up by then as well. 

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Prices will be 30-50% higher for air and hotel in April as opposed to January.

    Post # 9
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    153 posts
    Blushing bee

    I went to Malta in mid April and it was lovely. It is hit or miss before then…. but soooo amazing. Definitely one of my fav places.

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