Post # 1
We have looked into Italy for honeymoon begining of December. We realize it is the “off season” so just wondering what sort of trip it would be at that time of year? Would it be better to wait until Spring?
If you have been in December, where did you go, what did you do and what was the vibe?
Post # 3
I havnt been but DH and I are currently planning a trip for the beginning of December to Italy. I think it depends on where you plan to go. Apparently Italy is seasonably warm in December. We only plan on going a couple days tho so we are jamming a lot in. Do lots of research!! If you wait until spring prices surely will be higher. Hotel rates are pretty great right now. We found spots in the trevi/tourist area for under 150/night. Im not sure what international prices look like that time of year tho as airfare isnt an issue for us. I wish I could be more helpful in that department.
Post # 4
Italy will be beautiful in December. I have been there in both November and January so I don’t think the weather is too far off – depending how far south you are depends how cold it will be. Tuscany/Central Italy will be a bit chilly, probably rainy. Enough to see your breath in the morning but crisp and lovely. It warms up witht the sunshine as the day goes on. I’d pack for a cool fall day. The only thing I’d worry about is that alot of buildings are stone with not the greatest heating, so pack warm pjs! Plus you’ll have you man so you can keep warm ;). I lost my luggage and the first night tried to sleep in my underwear and I have never been so cold in my life. There’s coffee and wine for that though too 🙂 You can always stop in a shop or a cafe to warm up, if you’re used to a really warm climate it might be chilly for you. If you’re going to spend time in museums and driving its no biggie. Where are you planning to go? For how long?
You will get lucky in that there will be far less crowds and tourists, a nicer experience in any big city. Some things may be closed for the season. The food will be good!
Post # 5
I was in Italy last December (over New Year’s) and it was great! We didn’t encounter many issues with closures and toured all the sites, visited most of the major museums, and had some INCREDIBLE food.
The weather in Rome was particularly pleasant (although the Italians were bundled up like it was freezing!) and we wore light jackets most of the time. In Florence it was colder and we switched to heavier jackets.
Post # 6
@amanda2: I’d love to go to Northern Italy and/or Rome duing the holidays some day. Not because I’m religious but because their displays are so pretty and ambient.
But for my honeymoon I’m going to Italy in September.
This site might be helpful http://www.traveldepartment.ie/about-us/christmas-markets-breaks.aspx
Post # 7
DH is currently in Italy (Vicenza) and the weather is really going to depend where you are.
If you’re planning on northern Italy, expect it to be COLD. DH is freezing his little Floridian tush off already and it’s only early November.