Post # 1
My husband and I intend to spend 2 weeks in Europe next spring, and have the option of going in either January (any time), February (any time) or late April. We will be flying in to Rome, spending three days there, flying to Malta, spending a week there, then flying back to Rome to spend a final 2-3 days there. The main purpose of the trip is mingled: my husband wants to reconnect with his roots (entire extended family is from the area) and to spend time with his aging family members.
We have both been to Europe before, though not this area. I lived in the UK from August-December a couple years ago, he visited Italy for a couple weeks as a child in the summer. The cold in the UK never really bothered me since I don’t care to swim and it wasn’t as bad as here in Canada.
So my questions is, is it worth it to do this trip in the winter? Will it be too cold for anything to be truly enjoyable? What temperatures/weather can we expect? It is better just to wait? Thoughts? Experiences?
Post # 2
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
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.
Post # 4
Koalaclark: Ah, yeah, this is what I was afraid of, sigh.
Zimtstern: Mild weather and fewer tourists (not to mention cheaper prices) is really what I was hoping for, by going earlier. But if I’m risking a lot of wet days, maybe it isn’t worth it? I’ve always wanted to do Italy but Malta is really the non-negotiable, since it’s where the majority of my husband’s older relatives live. The trip is really to visit them, Italy is just the bonus 😀 I wouldn’t care for that cold wind, though.
Post # 5
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
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…
Post # 7
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
Prices will be 30-50% higher for air and hotel in April as opposed to January.
Post # 9
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.