Post # 1
We decided we wanted to honeymoon in Italy and started doing some research to find that August is the “worst” month to go do to the nationwide holiday of Ferragosto. Many places are closed and the beaches are crowded.
Is this a reason not to go to Italy? Will the trip be bad that time of year? Our wedding is August 21. So we would be in Italy from around 8/23 – 9/5. Would we be better avoiding the crowds at beaches in August and save that for the end of the trip? Or will so many places be closed that we should save the cities for the end of the trip?
Thanks for any advice! I’m just a bit nervous now.
Post # 3
We went to Italy mid August 07. The day we landed was a bank holiday and everything in Rome was closed, the streets were empty. After that actual day, very few things were closed. There was one restaurant we wanted to go to in Rome that was closed the whole time.
We went to the Amalfi coast for 5 days and that was all fine.
More things were closed in Naples, but I’d only say about 10% of places. Our whole reason for going to Naples was to eat pizza here but it was closed for the two week summer holiday.
http://www.damichele.net/ There website shows they are closed this year 5-26 August.
Post # 4
No, it’s definately not that bad. Hot, though! We went to Rome around the same time a couple of years ago and it wasn’t a problem. Italy’s fantastico – you’ll enjoy it!
Post # 5
Depends on where you are going. Venice in August can be unpleasant–really hot and muggy. I do remember the cities being very quiet. I think many Italians vacation in August because of the heat. That being said, I LOVE Italy. Italy any time of year is romantic and wonderful!
Post # 6
I went to August in Italy last year right around that same time. My overall take is that if it’s visit in August or not visit at all…visit in August!
I’m not sure where you are going to go, but we did Rome – Florence – Venice. Rome was oppressively hot. If you do anything that requires being outdoors, make sure you do it early (like, pick a tour of the Forum that starts at 9 am instead of 10 am), and make absolutely sure that your hotel has great a/c. That said, it was worth a little sweat to see all of what the city had to offer! Florence was actually kind of pleasant. Definitely hot, but I didn’t feel as uncomfortable & it was actually nice sitting outside and people watching or walking leisurely from one place to the next. In Venice, I was okay in the open spaces, but I literally almost hyperventilated walking in the very narrow and enclosed streets near San Marco b/c it was so hot and humid. Other parts of the city weren’t that bad.
In terms of things being opened, in all the places that we went SOME things (i.e. stores) were not open b/c owners were away on holiday. We were also in Florence on assumption day, which is a big catholic holiday so lots of stuff was closed then. However, museums and a few restaurants were still open, so we definitely had enough to do nonetheless.
Post # 7
Can Italy ever really be “bad?” Its Italy! I say go for it and enjoy your time there!
Post # 8
We went in August but I honestly cannot remember a darn thing other than Florence was really busy. So was the Amalfi coast, actually. But Tuscany was just fiiiiiiiiiiine.
Post # 9
We went to Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome) two years ago in July-August. There are some smaller mom & pop stores that do close around that time, but the majority of stores and restaurants remain open. In fact, it was still pretty crowded at all the popular museums! I suggest getting Rick Steve’s guide to Italy (or Europe)… he has some awesome tips for “cutting corners”, especially for museums so you don’t have to stand hours in line! Have fun!!
Oh, and be sure to stop by Giolitti’s in Rome for the BEST gelato!! 🙂
Post # 10
Rick Steves is great! He also has some free audio tours that you can download on his site and they are really helpful & interesting.
Definitely go, I think you will have a fabulous time no matter how hot or busy it is. Just keep those things in mind when you are planning your trip (like don’t go to the Vatican when it opens!! Go around noon or later….literally there was NOBODY in line.)
Definitely also check tripadvisor. There are great tips there for navigating crowds and getting the most out of your trip whenever you go. It was so helpful! I was addicted!
Post # 11
I’ve been lucky enough to have visited Italy numerous times as well as live there for a short while. I would say August is my LEAST favourite time of year there.
A) It’s so unbelievably hot. I didn’t know that some of the places I had sweat streaming from could actually sweat.
B) That’s when Italians go on vacation (because it’s so bloody hot), and so the majority of the country is quite literally shut down. You’ll find some places that are open, but not the really great ones not frequented by bus tours (IMHO).
If you go, you’ll still love it and enjoy yourself, but if I had to choose when I could go, I wouldn’t pick August. On the plus side there will be considerably less crowds!
Post # 12
I just went to Italy this past summer with a girlfriend at the end of July…and it was wonderful and beautiful and delicious…but SO SO HOT. I usually am a “cold” person, and don’t mind being hot, but walking around Florence was sweltering during the day. The nights were cool, and if you get out to Tuscany it is much much cooler out there with the wind and open spaces, but beware of heat. I could never bring my fiance there in the summer b/c he’d sweat himself through his clothes in less than 5 mins outside! He is just that type of guy and he’d be miserbale…so if your guy is like mine, keep all this in mind! Good Luck!
Post # 13
I LOVE that ice cream shop!
Post # 14
@ joeyemma – we are thinking of the amalfi coast! Any pointers?
Post # 15
We’re date twins! Yay! I’d wait until September. I lived in Rome for a few months and August is really just horrendously hot. Early September the weather is still hot but in a good way. If it was me, I would put it off for just a few weeks and maybe do a mini-moon right after if you really want to get away right after the wedding.
Post # 16
I would agree with the PP who said if it’s August or not then go because I love Italy but it’s going to be HOT. I’ve been to Italy in April, June and October (seperate years). I vividly remember temperatures in the high 80s in April in Rome and you can’t wear sleevless or shorts to go in the vatican so I remember rolling up the cap sleeves on my t-shirt to try and get a bit cooler. In June I was there for work but after our meeting we left the AC behind and even in a linen sundress I was sweating just walking down the street. October was much more comfortable. Still nice enough to stroll and eat gelato but you could also enjoy a pizza outside with a glass of red wine and be comfortable in a light cardigan at night. If you go in August, I would be sure to plan a few days by the ocean and/or in the country (I hear there are some amazing walking wine tours in the Tuscany region, just outside of Florence) to avoid the heat of the cities.