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Winter weather in Italy can be quite cold and snow is common. Warm temperatures during this time of year are in the 50's, so even the southern part of the country has cold weather. Skiing is at its prime during the winter and, although ski resorts are expensive, this is a relatively inexpensive time to travel to Italy. Christmas and New Years brings in crowds and higher prices, but the increase in people and expenses does not last. Most Italian attractions operate within winter hours or are closed. If you are traveling to Italy simply to experience the culture and not visit attractions, this is a lovely time to go.
Similar to the fall, the spring is a great time to travel to Italy. Temperatures remain in the low to high 70's and spring has ideal weather for exploring Italy. Unless you are specifically visiting Italy for Easter, it would be smart to avoid the country during this time. The holiday brings in large crowds of people. It is not unusual for larger towns to take advantage of this influx of travelers and raise the prices.
Italy is bombarded with visitors during the summer months. Many people from around the world plan their Italian vacations to take place in the months of July to September because of scheduled breaks from school or work. Crowds begin to increase in mid-June, but things definitely pick up in July. August is not the best time to experience Italy. Many Italians take their holidays during this months and shops and restaurants are commonly closed. If you want to visit spas, beaches, or islands in August be prepared for very large crowds. Vacationing Italians flock to these areas for their holiday. With summer being the high season in Italy, the rates of flights and hotels are at their most expensive. Also, be sure to make reservations in advance.
The weather this time of year can be uncomfortably warm across the country. Temperatures remain in the 90's during the days and can drop to the 80's at night. If you plan on visiting many religious attractions and churches on your trip, you won't be able to dress for the warm weather. Most of these attractions expect visitors to wear outfits with sleeves and long pants. Try not to wear heavy fabrics or too many layers of clothing. Planning activities for the evening is a wonderful way to beat the heat and popular attractions even have extended night hours to accommodate the large flow of guests.
Late September through October is one of the best times to visit Italy. Crowds aren't overwhelming and the weather is cool enough to explore Italian cities comfortably. Although traveling to Italy during this time has its perks, there are some slight disadvantages. Attractions start their shorter winter hours in October. This just means they close several hours before their summer closing times. Also, some restaurants, hotels, and spas close down for renovations starting in November and lasting through February.
October 29, 2009 new by samanthalp