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Best time of year to visit Italy

Choose periods between April and May or September and October as the best time to visit Italy. Despite possible showers, the weather in spring stays mild most of the time with perfect conditions for sightseeing and chilling in Terme di Saturnia. Easter might be rather busy, so book in advance. Peak season from June to August can sting with high prices and temperatures. Well, Italians invented gelato for a reason. In August, lots of local eateries and small shops close down, and big cities see more tourists than locals. A period from September to November will introduce you to the grape harvest traditions and Italian cheeses like Casu Marzu and Raguzano. Crowds and lodging rates in autumn go down a little, and the weather in southern regions is still good for a beach vacation. The Dolomites from December to February is a pure heaven for addicted to winter sports. Winter is the time to enjoy Chrismas foods, gondola rides in Venice, sunsets at the Colosseum, and shorter queues to major attractions.

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Gelaterias

Gelaterias

April–September • food

Don't jump to say you dislike ice-cream until you've been to Roman gelateria—these recipes have lived through centuries

Bougainvillea Bloom

Bougainvillea Bloom

June–September • nature

Rome's streets become even more romantic when houses are covered by vibrant bougainvillea in bloom

Roman Pasta

Roman Pasta

all year round • food

Don't hesitate to try Rome's world-famous pasta. Bucatini all’amatriciana, spaghetti alla carbonara, tagliatelle cacio e pepe—these are a must!

Infiorata Flower Carpet Festivals

Infiorata Flower Carpet Festivals

late May–early June • event

Witness how towns and villages create incredible art that will only last for a few days

A Walk around Mount Etna

A Walk around Mount Etna

March–August • activity

For over half a million years mount Etna has been in a state of continuous eruption

Zucchini Blossom

Zucchini Blossom

May–June • food

Fried zucchini blossoms, stuffed with cheese, is a masterpiece of the Italian cuisine.

Flea Markets

Flea Markets

all year round • activity

Get ready to hunt and maybe you'll be lucky to find something precious

Trulli of Alberobello

Trulli of Alberobello

all year round • activity

One of Italy's best-kept tourist secrets

Lake Garda Holidays

Lake Garda Holidays

May–September • activity

Visit Italy's largest lake to enjoy its landscapes and different activities

Casu Marzu, Sardinian Maggot Cheese

Casu Marzu, Sardinian Maggot Cheese

mid-May–mid-November • food

This Sardinian delicacy has live maggots inside! Sounds disgusting? Just try it! The taste reminds of strong Parmesan

Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), Capri

Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), Capri

mid-March–October • nature

This sea cave amazes with its mysterious blue waters

Vespa Scooter Tours

Vespa Scooter Tours

June–August • activity

Ever dream of riding like the wind with an Italian beau or belle? The teenage dream can come true!

Arena di Verona Opera Festival

Arena di Verona Opera Festival

June 13–September 05, 2020 • event

Watch an opera at a majestic Roman amphitheatre

Grand Italian Trail (Sentiero Italia)

Grand Italian Trail (Sentiero Italia)

March–November • activity

A long path of 6,166 kilometres around Italy must be quite a challenge to thru-hike. The good news is you can choose the most scenic parts from its 368 sections

Luminara of San Ranieri Pisa

Luminara of San Ranieri Pisa

June 16 • event

One of the most beautiful nights in this ancient city of Pisa

Aperitivo Time in Milan

Aperitivo Time in Milan

all year round • food

Pre-dinner drinks are something special in Northern Italy. They usually involve cocktails, snacks, and good company

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

March–October • activity

Rock climbing can be the most exciting part of your holidays in Italy

Great St Bernard Pass

Great St Bernard Pass

June–September • activity

A scenic mountain pass that gdot famous thanks to its dogs

Timmelsjoch

Timmelsjoch

June–October • activity

A secret Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road in the Ötztal Alps attracts adrenaline-seekers

Stelvio Pass (Passo dello Stelvio)

Stelvio Pass (Passo dello Stelvio)

late May–early November • activity

A popular cycling destination in the Ortler Alps

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

Turquoise water and plenty of shade make Tuscan beaches a dream summer getaway

Panzanella

Panzanella

June–August • food

This is the summer taste of rural Tuscany

Rose Gardens

Rose Gardens

May–mid-June • nature

The iconic symbol of passion and love blooms all around Italy

Aubergine Season

Aubergine Season

May–September • food

Don't miss the chance to try fresh aubergines while in Italy

Wild Mushroom Season

Wild Mushroom Season

April–early November • food

Italy is lucky to have plenty of fresh wild mushrooms

Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season

May–June • activity

Don't miss the chance to try the best Italian wild strawberries

Scala dei Turchi

Scala dei Turchi

May–September • activity

The large chalk cliff is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

all year round • activity

The largest church in the world is a masterpiece of Renaissance art

Italian Black Summer Truffles

Italian Black Summer Truffles

May–August • food

Try typical fresh Italian black truffles while visiting Italy

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Regata Storica

Regata Storica

September 01, 2019 • event

A great chance to see a historic pageant and race

La Sciuta di San Sebastiano

La Sciuta di San Sebastiano

August 10 • event

The celebration of San Sebastiano in Sicily can easily top every patron saint festival in the whole Italy

Saint Agata Festival

Saint Agata Festival

February 03–February 05 • event

The celebration of the Catania ma​​rtyr is one of the central events in this region of Sicily

Calcio Storico

Calcio Storico

June 24 • event

54 footballers dressed in ancient costumes give themselves up to the game to glorify their historic distri​cts

Easter Explosion of the Cart

Easter Explosion of the Cart

April 12, 2020 • event

Easter in Florence is memorable for splendid fireworks display

Carnevale Venezia

Carnevale Venezia

February 08–25, 2020 • event

A party that simply can't be missed

Winter Sunsets

Winter Sunsets

December–February • activity

Heard a lot about Rome's beautiful architecture? This city's Baroque masterpieces look especially charming during winter sunsets

The Feast of Archangel Michael

The Feast of Archangel Michael

September 28–September 29 • event

The celebration in honour of St. Michael offers spectacular events and fireworks

Napoli Pizza Village Festival

Napoli Pizza Village Festival

September 13–22, 2019 • event

The festival of the most known Italian dish

Palio di Siena

Palio di Siena

July 02 | August 16 • event

A picturesque horse race in the heart of historical Siena

Sicilian Blood Oranges

Sicilian Blood Oranges

January–April  • food

The oranges with the red juice and sweet distinctive taste are the fruity pride of Sicily

Stelvio Bike Day (Scalata Cima Coppi)

Stelvio Bike Day (Scalata Cima Coppi)

August 31, 2019 • event

One day a year one of the highest drivable paths in the Alps is completely free of traffic, drivers leave it in favour of thousands of cyclists

Ivrea Battle of the Oranges

Ivrea Battle of the Oranges

February 22–25, 2020 • event

This celebration of the freedom costs 500,000 kilos of fruit and probably that many orange-sized bruises but locals know it's worth the price

Terme di Saturnia

Terme di Saturnia

March–May • activity

Ancient Romans enjoyed this relaxing spot and used to come here for treatment. You too can try its healing powers

Castagnaccio

Castagnaccio

September–November • food

When on the lookout for something sweet, help yourself to a slice of chestnut cake

Maratona di Roma (Rome Marathon)

Maratona di Roma (Rome Marathon)

March 29, 2020 • event

Rome hosts one of world's most scenic marathons

Milan Women's Fashion Week

Milan Women's Fashion Week

September 18–24, 2019 • event

To stay stylish explore latest vogue collection in Milan

Ragusano Cheese

Ragusano Cheese

November–May  • food

One of the most famous Sicilian cow milk cheeses, Ragusano is usually seven months aged

Gubbio Festa dei Ceri (Race of the Candles)

Gubbio Festa dei Ceri (Race of the Candles)

May 15 • event

One of the oldest folklore events in Italy

EuroChocolate Festival Perugia

EuroChocolate Festival Perugia

October 18–27, 2019 • event

Visit one of the most significant Chocolate events in Europe

Cavalcata Sarda

Cavalcata Sarda

May 19, 2019 • event

A great way to feel the real spirit of Sardinia and learn about its culture and traditions

Milano Film Festival (MFF)

Milano Film Festival (MFF)

October 04–10, 2019 • event

A movieholic can't miss this film event while visiting Milan

Acireale Carnival

Acireale Carnival

February 23–March 05, 2019 • event

Sicily is known for its celebrations of carnival, but the celebrations in Acireale are considered to be truly remarkable

Fiera del Cacio

Fiera del Cacio

August 28–September 01 • event

The cheese fair held in the birthplace of pecorino itself offers the best selection of world-famous Tuscan cheese

Stramilano

Stramilano

March 22, 2020 • event

Join this highly popular run when you are visiting Milan

Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)

Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)

June 27, 2020 • event

This most spectacular tradition in Pisa celebrates the great medieval history

Carnival (Carnevale)

Carnival (Carnevale)

February 25, 2020 • event

The whole Italy dresses up in incredible costumes and masks

Wild Poppy Bloom

Wild Poppy Bloom

late April–early May • nature

Poppy fields attract great nature photographers to capture the beauty of spring flowers

Umbria Jazz

Umbria Jazz

July 10–19, 2020 • event

The largest and most famous jazz festival in Italy

Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi

Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi

June 26–July 12, 2020 • event

A festival connecting two worlds and celebrating all forms of art

Medieval Festival Monteriggioni

Medieval Festival Monteriggioni

July 12–14, 2019 • event

One of the oldest medieval festivals in Italy with dances, music, and traditional crafts

Marmeeting Mediterranean Cup

Marmeeting Mediterranean Cup

September 02, 2018 • event

A spectacular high diving competition in a scenic place

La Partita a Scacchi di Marostica

La Partita a Scacchi di Marostica

September 11–13, 2020 • event

Watch an amazing living chess game dating back to the 15th century

Festa dei Serpari di Cocullo (Cocullo Snake Festival)

Festa dei Serpari di Cocullo (Cocullo Snake Festival)

May 01 • event

One of the most unusual festivals in Europe, where snakes wrap the statue of San Domenico

Red Bull Cliff Diving

Red Bull Cliff Diving

June 02, 2019 • event

Breathtaking competition in Polignano a Mare on the scenic Adriatic sea coast

Ravello Festival

Ravello Festival

April 17–October 12, 2019 • event

A classical music festival with breathtaking views over Amalfi Coast

Sunflower Fields

Sunflower Fields

late June–early August • nature

These large yellow flowers will please your eye throughout the summer

Sea Urchins

Sea Urchins

mid-November–late April • food

Sea urchins, also known as sea hedgehogs, are a cool weather delicacy

Olive Harvest

Olive Harvest

late September–late December • food

Live the life of a Tuscan farmer participating in traditional harvest activities

Easter Food

Easter Food

April 12, 2020 • food

You make know Easter bread and Italian panettone but how about trying dove cake or a rustic pizza?

Bringoli Feast of San Martino (Festa dei Bringoli di San Martino)

Bringoli Feast of San Martino (Festa dei Bringoli di San Martino)

November 09, 2019 • event

Delicious handmade spaghetti is a real treat for the real foodies

Easter Holidays in Tuscany

Easter Holidays in Tuscany

April 12, 2020 • event

Colourful religious processions are the main highlight of the Holy Week in Tuscany

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

April–May | December–February • nature

Numerous birds choose Tuscany as their temporary winter home

Vendemmia or Grape Harvest

Vendemmia or Grape Harvest

late August–early October • activity

Vendemmia is one of the most important seasons in Tuscany

White Truffle Season & Fairs

White Truffle Season & Fairs

mid-September–December • food

Enjoy the smell of fresh truffles in the air while visiting the best Italian white truffles markets

Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracens)

Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracens)

September 01, 2019 • event

Feel the medieval spirit during this ancient knight competition held twice a year in the city of Arezzo

Bravio delle Botti

Bravio delle Botti

August 25, 2019 • event

A fun wine barrel race in a picturesque old town of Montepulciano

Chestnut Season

Chestnut Season

October–early November • food

One of the most awaited street foods in Tuscany

Festa di San Marco

Festa di San Marco

April 25 • event

A rose for a loved one and, of course, a regatta

Frasassi Caves (Grotte di Frasassi), Genga

Frasassi Caves (Grotte di Frasassi), Genga

September–May (all year round) • activity

Visit the largest underground cave in Europe during your Italian vacation

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing & Snowboarding

late November–late April • activity

The Alps and Dolomites have some of the greatest resorts in Europe

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

late November–early January • event

A mix of Mediterranean food and culture with Alpine traditions

Christmas Food

Christmas Food

early December–late December • food

Try Tuscany Christmas dainties once – and you will want to spend another Christmas there

Palio della Balestra

Palio della Balestra

May 31, 2020 | September 13, 2020 • event

This medieval crossbow competition is a real celebration of the Renaissance era

VinItaly Verona

VinItaly Verona

April 19–22, 2020 • event

Explore the Italian wine industry and its best-qualified wine

Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week & Easter

April 10–13, 2020 • event

Take to the streets to see elaborate and dramatic processions and honour the most important week in the Christian calendar

Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione)

Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione)

April 25 • event

The holiday marked with anti-fascist rallies and speeches

Milano Marathon

Milano Marathon

April 05, 2020 • event

One of the largest athletic events in Milan

Rome Film Fest

Rome Film Fest

October 17–27, 2019 • event

One of the most prestigeous film festivals in the world

Festa del Torrone Cremona

Festa del Torrone Cremona

November 16–24, 2019 • event

The sweetest Christmas-time festival in the Lombardy region

MiVEG

MiVEG

October 19–20, 2019 • event

Premier vegan festival in Milan

Griglie Roventi

Griglie Roventi

July 20, 2019 • event

The Barbecue World Championship for amateur cooks

Cesena International Street Food Festival

Cesena International Street Food Festival

October 04–06, 2019 • event

One of the favorite gastronomic festivals in the Emilia-Romagna region

Cartoomics

Cartoomics

March 13–15, 2020 • event

A large fair and cosplay area for comics enthusiasts

Ypsigrock Festival

Ypsigrock Festival

August 08–11, 2019 • event

Sicily hosts one of the most well-known indie and alternative festivals in Italy

Biker Fest International

Biker Fest International

May 21–24, 2020 • event

One huge roaring party by the warm Adriatic Sea

Bababoom Festival

Bababoom Festival

July 13–20, 2019 • event

Relax to reggae music on the beautiful Italian beach on the east coast

Cuneo National Chestnut Fair (Fiera Nazionale del Marrone)

Cuneo National Chestnut Fair (Fiera Nazionale del Marrone)

October 18–20, 2019 • event

One of the largest food festivals in Italy

Giffoni Film Festival

Giffoni Film Festival

July 19–27, 2019 • event

A film festival dedicated to kids and teenagers

Journey into the Middle Ages (Viaggio nel Medioevo)

Journey into the Middle Ages (Viaggio nel Medioevo)

August 22–25, 2019 • event

A summer medieval festival of historical reenactments

Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona

Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona

August 03–04, 2019 • event

A spectacular Medieval-style jousting tournament

Festival della Mente

Festival della Mente

August 30–September 01, 2019 • event

The first European festival dedicated to human creativity in Sarzana

Manualmente Fiera

Manualmente Fiera

September 19–22, 2019 • event

A creativity fair for all kinds of crafts in Turin

Halloween

Halloween

late October • event

Italians love holidays, and Halloween is no exception