(Closed) Italy? Best time of year to visit?

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I went to Italy for 13 days the summer before my senior year of high school.  I think it was late June.  It was hot.  So, so, so hot. We spent a day at the Vatican, and had to wear dresses/skirts that covered our knees and I remember being miserable.  The boys were miserable too, as they had to wear pants.

The evenings cooled off considerably, but during the day it was at least 100 degrees, every day.

I had a blast though, and the weather definitely didn’t deter that.  It was super crowded though.

You’re welcome to PM me if you have any other questions! It was definitely the trip of a lifetime.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I’ve been there in May and early November. In May it was extraordinarily hot in Rome but beautiful in Sorrento. In November in Rome it was light jacket weather  but freezing in Florence. The November trip was more difficult to pack for as we needed heavier clothing.

It was pretty crowded in May wherever we went, and less so in November. Also the airfare/hotels rates dropped the end of October so it was more affordable. I think it will also depend on where you go and what you’re looking to do. On our second trip we wanted to relax and people watch and eat some great food!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We went years ago in October and I thought it was perfect.  We were in Rome, Florence and Venice. The crowds were managable.  Rome and Florence was failry nice.  i cuold wear a t-shirt/sweater during the day and light jacket at night.  Venice was a bit colder, needing a jacket during the day. But the good thing is that I hear Venice stinks during the summer.  We only caught a few whiffs of unpleasentness around the water but other wise it was not stinky at all.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

NOT August. That’s when the Italians are all travelling so a lot will be closed, or manned by the temporary people.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I went in the beginning of November of last year. It rained just about every day, but we still were able to sight see and walk around with umbrellas.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just got back from my September Italian honeymoon. It was very crowded in Rome, Florence, and Venice. Next time we will go in April or October and go to Cinque Terre.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I lived in Italy for a year- it really depends on what part of Italy you want to visit.  Summer’s can be killer hot in southern, but then certain festivals can be swamped with people in Feb.

My Fiance and I went in December to celebrate our birthdays & NYE (and where he proposed!)- and I wore short dresses with a cute rain coat and it was fine.  But of course, it was no where near beach weather…

Pick what part of Italy you want to visit first- and from there you’ll be able to determine time of year.  Let me know if I can help at all. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was there for 5 weeks from the end of May to July 1st. I was mainly in Venice and it rained a good number of days and wore rain jackets when we were first there. I do remember it being warm, but not overly hot. Our last weekend was Sorrento which was hot, but we were at the pool the entire time so we didn’t mind. I’m planning a Greece honeymoon and if Fiance and both hadn’t already been the Italy, that would be a big contender. But hot weather doesn’t really bother me.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

October was Perfect when I went. Not too hot/humid…not not too cool. Just right/pleasant…could be a little warm. It was so nice. I went to Pompei, Tuscany, Rome, and Florence.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This summer I went to Venice, Rome and Florence. Venice was so hot and humid that everyone was just sweating standing listening to our tour guide in the Dodges Palace. I live in Florida so I’m used to the heat but i felt like I was dying in the heat in Venice. At night Venice was nice it got cooler and way less crowded. Rome was also very hot during the day and was not comfortable walking all around the city.  I would not go there in the summer although this summer was extra hot compared to usual heatwave in Europe is what they said. I bet it is nice there in the fall.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I was there in June and July several years ago and it was incredibly hot. There was also a mosquito issue that wasn’t so fun. Like Ellabee said above, avoid August because that’s when Italians traditionally take their vacations. Also, I wish that I had spent more time in Florence and less in Rome. Definitely go to the Cinque Terre. I didn’t think the crowds were that bad, except at the Vatican.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

i studied there may and june.  it was hot and it was crowded.  you would be best to visit in the fall when it cools down a bit, like September.  however, even with all the crowds, you are certain to love it and enjoy your trip no matter what. it’s a beautiful country. 

While there, I lived in Florence.  So I am a bit partial to that city, but I really do think if you enjoy touristy things, it’s the best place to go. not to mention the food and culture there was better than most other places i visited.  Rome is nice for maybe 3 days.  Venice maybe 3-5 days.  I loved my trip to Capri… it was very relaxing.  And as McVerde said… definitely go to the cinque terre (but only if you like to hike).  It’s absolutely gorgeous. I only went for a day trip/hike and fully enjoyed it.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Shoppingdixie: LOL many places stink there in the summer… I absolutely hated going within about a block of the train station in Florence… the stench of urine was god awful.  Something about the trains and the bums living around the termini i guess.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

if you can go to Italy and have never been, GO TO ITALY! 

I have been very fortunate that I have spent a significant amount of time in Italy, about a year total, and though Italy is amazing no matter when you go, I would avoid going in the summer if possible.  Summers are so crowded and crazy and hot and tourist filled that sometimes you don’t even feel like you are in a foreign country.  While winter can be a bit cold, it’s still sunny and the italian la dolce vita is present year round.

As far as where to go, all of the above recommendations are awesome and it really just depends on your interests.  My most favorite places in Italy are Rome, Positano (or anywhere in the Amalfi Coast), Taormina (in Sicily so a little bit of a trek but SO SO worth it), Lake Como, and Cinque Terre.   Let me know if I can help at all 🙂

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