Anytime is a great time to go to Italy. There is no right or wrong month to visit the Italian boot. Italy is filled with tourists between June and September. So if you’re traveling during this period, expect to have plenty of company. You want to make sure that you’re either on an escorted tour or that you have booked all of your Italy travel plans ahead of time. Don’t leave anything to chance. Expect warm, even hot weather.
August can be a great time to visit large Italian cities. Most of the natives are at the beach on vacation. Although some stores and restaurants will be closed, you’ll find the cities to be emptier. Consider traveling to Italy in the shoulder months of April, May and October. You’ll still have warm weather but fewer crowds. September has become a bit of high season because so many people decide to go right after August – but it isn’t quite high season for air fares so that’s great news.
I personally love Italy in the winter! Some of my best trips to Italy have been in November, February and around the Christmas and New Year’s periods. Each time I had surprisingly good weather (knock on wood). It was so refreshing to feel like I had many of the major attractions to myself without fighting off other tourists. It was easier to get into the restaurants where I wanted to eat. Plus best of all, my air travel and hotels were much cheaper in the off-season, leaving me more money for shopping!
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