(Closed) Italy in January

posted 9 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’ve been to all three in both December and January and you’re in luck: it will be offseason and blissfully empty of tourists. Rome and Florence will both be pleasant if chilly, but Venice will be *quite* cold. With the proximity of water too, it is very easy to catch a cold. Rome is a huge city, prepare to spend time transversing it. Florence is a tiny city, it’s about 15 minutes walk across. Venice is small, but very confusing and you will get lost. PM me if you have more specific questions. I’ve been traveling to Italy every year for many years now.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I’ve been to Rome in January and it was quite mild for winter (think business suit without a coat). I’ve been to all three on a previous trip in May and it was HOT! I would plan the most time for Rome and the least for Venice. There’S so much to do in Rome and I just found Venice to be overly touristy but there are some nice sites. We had planned 3 nights in Venice but a friend in Florence suggested we could do it in 2 so we added an extra night to Florence and took a day trip to Pisa and we were really happy we did that. You can take a train to Pisa for something like 12 EUR each way and it’s a cute city, of course there is the tower but there is also some shopping and cute restaurants. We didn’t do any of the wine tours, from what I’ve heard froma colleague that did they are great but outdoors so I’m not sure how they would be in January. I highly recommend pizza and red wine and if you order fish, be prepared for it to come bone in. On my first trip we randomly went for a walk late at night (blame the jet lag) by Vatican City and it was georgeous and so empty. You will enjoy whatever you do, those are all great cities.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I lived in Venice while in college, so I agree that the place can get down right bone chilling in January-March.  The wind off the water is horrid sometimes.  If you go inland there are a lot of wineries, but it’s not something that you’re going to want to trek back to the city at night from. 

 

Rome is just a big city in the winter.  Just like NYC, Paris, London.  You’re going to find that some of the areas are warmer b/c they are protected by the hills, and others are cold.  It will rain. 

 

Have fun, pack an umbrella and a wool coat.  Don’t forget gloves.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

We’re honeymooning in Italy, but will be there in early to mid-September.  I imagine it’ll be lovely in the winter, though — have an amazing time, and plan on visiting some museums to help stay warm!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We were there in September and Rome was hot hot! Pisa was more comfortable.  We took the train from Rome to Pompeii one day.  Then spent 2 days looking around at all the sites in Rome.  Keep in mind you can’t have bare shoulders or feet when going in some of the chapels. So read up on that.  We took a train to Pisa and had intended to spend only the afternoon and head to Florence.  But there was a train strike and we got stuck in Pisa for the night.  Turned out to be one of the best nights.  A very cute and quaint town.  Since our trip got messed up we didn’t make Florence or Venice.  We had to go on to Milan.  We took the train along the coast line.  It was Beautiful.  There are the 5 fishing villages along that part of the coastline.  If I go back we are going there!  Milan was really awesome to see, but we only had one day there.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Thanks so much!  A honeymoon recap (or, um, five or six) will definitely be in the works as I wait for our pro pics starting in mid-September!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I went to Italy in February a few years ago.  Be prepared that some areas (Venice, Florence) will be cold.  I would spend your time split between museums/sight-seeing and in cafes nursing deliciously warm cappucinos.  You mention “day trips” – I think that the amount of time you have planned in each city is enough for just that city.  Don’t pack too much in and miss really enjoying yourself.  Italy will still be there next time you want to go back Smile

Post # 11
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Helper bee

oh!  DEfinitely do Venice during that time!  It might be cold, but their costume celebrations are, from what I was told when I went, on!  You know those awesome venetian masks? The lady at the shop told me when I come back, I should come back in the winter months to check out the Carnival of Venice.

As for overall temps?  Not sure.. but Florence should be the #1 place to see!  Rome you can just breeze past, imho.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I went to Florence and Rome last January, but because I was there with an experienced professor for school, we didn’t have any guided tours.  January is a great time to visit – I’ve heard that it’s nearly impossible to get through the crowds on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence during the summer.  I’d recommend going to the Boboli Gardens in Florence, right behind the Pitti Palace.  It’s not something that you even need a tour guide for; you can just wander aimlessly for hours and take in the scenery.  Right outside big tourist destinations, there will always be guides offering their services for a fee.  Again, I never used one, so I’m not sure about prices, but I saw them at the Collisseum and the Forum Romanum, among other places that I can’t think of right now.  Also, when you visit galleries, you can pay for a set of headphones that will guide you through the exhibits.  You’ll have a great time no matter what you do! 

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