Italy Weather Guide

With its varied moutainous and coastal regions, Italy’s climate is quite diverse. Winters in coastal areas are generally pretty mild, while temps on the Alps will hover around 0 degrees, and in Sicily, it’ll be around 12 degrees. Summers are lovely all over Italy with temperature ranges between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Summer in Italy is hot, so shoot for casual threads like singlets and shorts. It’s also the time of year where everyone wants a little taste of Italy, so you might find the room rates are higher. However, the fun in the sun makes it totally worth it. Some parts of Italy, like the Alps, aren’t as warm as the cities and coastal areas, and there’s even been freak snowfalls in June!

Autumn: September to November

Autunno, as this season is known locally, is a pretty sweet time to visit Italy. It’s not too hot, not too cold, but just right. Days are warm, but it cools down at night. It does rain a fair bit in autumn, so pack some clothes for layering and some wet weather gear. Another great reason to travel to Italy in autumn is the overload of food-related festivals. Your stomach will thank you!

Winter: December to February

Winter really does vary around the country. In the Alps and Po Valley, the winters can be quite severe and seemingly endless. Major tourist areas like Rome, Sicily and Venice experience pretty mild winters, although Venice can be quite unpleasant when the sea level rises during December. Winter is also low season, so it’s a great time to visit minus the crowds and high rates.

Spring: March to May

Some say spring is the best time to visit Italy. The temperatures are lovely and sunny, the countryside is blooming, and the summer tourists have left. So it’s lower room rates for you and fabulous weather. What else could you ask for? Festivals and excitement? Yep, you’ll get that too - especially over Easter. Temperature-wise, in the north, you may still need a coat while the south is a lot warmer.