(Closed) Italy in the winter?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve been to Venice in January – one day was gorgeous, probably mid-40s and sunny, just beautiful!  We wore our winter coats and light scarves but no hats or gloves; a couple of my friends wore vests (not like a tank top – a sleeveless coat vest!) and sweaters and they were fine.   

The second day, it was miserable – temps hovering right around freezing with a combo of freezing rain/snow, also quite windy.  We all bought hats and heavy scarves that day and spent most of our day indoors with large mugs of coffee and hot chocolate.

In other words, it’s a total crapshoot – but Venice is at the very north of the country so further south, it should be fine.  We went to Rome at the end of March and it was actually hot – to the point where I was wearing jeans and tank tops.  

FWIW, I am a Chicago born girl and most of the people I travelled with were upper Midwesterners as well so our idea of cold and yours may be somewhat different. 

Bottom line is to bring layers – you’ll need to rug up in Venice and progressively lose the layers the further south you go.  

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I think Florence and Rome in winter would  be lovely.

Also, I think its very annoying when I travel to cities in the height of tourist season…so you would definitely avoid that!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@chasesgirl:  Lol, it would seriously have to be a freak weather occurrence for the weather to get seriously below freezing or negative temps!  I could be wrong there but I really don’t think it gets that cold there….  You will be fine, and as Evie said, travelling to a place outside of peak tourist season is so worth any other minor inconveniences! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been to Italy in April, and some areas were very nice, and some areas it snowed.  I think you need to be prepared for any weather, mostly cold probably, but I expect each day would be different.  As well as each area. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

We were in Italy for two weeks beginning the first of November, and while it was much warmer and nicer in Rome (days where we needed just light jackets), it was MUCH colder in Florence. We took a variety of clothing with us, but still had to buy gloves and hats and heavy scarves as we were out all day, every day.

My best advice is to make sure you have a good 3/4 or full length coat to wear, really comfy shoes/boots, and lots of things you can layer.

http://www.venice.world-guides.com/weather.html

You can always look up all the cities you plan to visit and get an idea of the historic temps.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I studied a semester in Rome and arrived January 10–it was COLD. Yes, Rome is further south, but that’s the faulty reasoning that I had. Just because it probably won’t snow there doesn’t mean it doesn’t get in the low 30’s and rain! I had to buy a warm winter coat and I wore it until mid-March. Scarves and gloves are a must. Capri and Sorrento areas are south, but WILL be windy and probably very chilly. Venice, as the PP said, is windy and scarves or something to cover your ears is best–especially if you plan to take the vaporetti (boats).

That being said, Italy is best without tons of tourists to fight with, so just make sure you are plenty prepared to keep warm and you should have a blast! Have fun =)

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I was in a Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome and Milan) a few years ago from mid December to early January.  If I remember correctly, the weather hovered anywhere from 5C- 15C.  I wore jeans and a lighter spring Jacket in Venice and was fine,  but also had a wool winter coat which I did wear a few times.  It never snowed, but rained a bit and was mostly overcast.  The weather was perfect for Fiance since he hates the heat.  There were no crowds to deal with anywhere and definitely worth the tradeoff of cooler weather.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I went to Italy (Rome and Florence) in February back in 2001. I think it was in the 50s, I wore pants, sweaters and light jackets. Though I am from Connecticut so it was a marked temperature increase for me. 

It was a great time to go, though, because there were very few tourists. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

cold and windy in Italian winter= misery.  Bundle up and bring layers.  Wool is your friend.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have been to Rome, Florence, and Capri in february. It was cold enough that I would definately advise wearing a warm wool coat, but its not too bad. I REALLY recommend Capri, it was so beautiful, and at that time of year its not filled with tourists!

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