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Best Time to Visit Italy

Considering fewer crowds of tourists, reduced prices of hotels and flights as well as the weather and climatic conditions at the time of the year, the best time to pay Italy a visit is surely March through October, save July and August. The prime reason for excluding the ‘peak tourist season’ of July and August is that the heat levels reaches astonishing heights, becoming almost cruel to your skin. To make matters worse, most locals take vacations in August, resulting in closing down of a number of shops and restaurants as well as crowded beaches.

It’s a wise idea to avoid Italy during the high season of July and August, also including Christmas and Easter time. The reasons for such a condition are the obvious culprits of escalated prices, uncomfortable weather, dearth of available accommodation and a slew of incoming tourists.

The summer season (June to August) is scorching and dry while the winter season is known to be mild and foggy. If you are visiting Northern Italy such as cities of Bologna, Verona, Venice and Milan- spring season (April and May) is the perfect time for arriving at these destinations. You also get to be a part of Settimana della Cultura, which takes place annually in April. Southern Italy, on the other hand, experiences Mediterranean climate, which makes the region intolerable during summers. If you are looking for respite, it’s best to visit the mountains, forests and coastal areas of Italy.

Winters in Alps and Apennies are lengthy and cold, with the Ski Season opening in December and lasting till April. The summers in these regions are cool and short, but it’s better to visit these places in winters than in summers. Naples, too must be visited in winters when the locals come back in town, giving you a glimpse into their daily lives. But if you are looking to visit the beaches of Amalfi Coast, make sure to avoid November through March as the beaches remain closed during this time.

Therefore, before planning a trip, make it a point to know what you want to achieve from your travels to Italy or else it’ll result in a perfect mismatch.

Climate

With 7600 kilometres of coastline, the Italian climate is predominantly Mediterranean. July and August are hot and humid, and marked by thunderstorms that strike in the afternoons. Inland areas in the north are the most susceptible to this phenomenon. Both summers and winters are warmer and drier in the south than in the northern and central parts of Italy. The mountainous areas near the Alps experience heavy snowfall in the harsh winters.


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