Best time to visit Italy

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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.

38 THINGS TO DO IN ITALY (MAY 28 - JUNE 06)

Infiorata Flower Carpet Festivals

Infiorata Flower Carpet Festivals

canceledlate May–early June • event

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

Napoli Pizza Village Festival

Napoli Pizza Village Festival

May 26–30, 2021 • event

The festival of the most known Italian dish

Flea Markets

Flea Markets

all year round • activity

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

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

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!

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

Bougainvillea Bloom

Bougainvillea Bloom

June–September • nature

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

Carnival (Carnevale)

Carnival (Carnevale)

unconfirmedMay 23–June 20, 2021 • event

The whole Italy dresses up in incredible costumes and masks

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

Ravello Music Festival

Ravello Music Festival

May 12–October 9, 2021 • event

A classical music festival with breathtaking views over Amalfi Coast

Trulli of Alberobello

Trulli of Alberobello

all year round • activity

One of Italy's best-kept tourist secrets

Zucchini Blossom

Zucchini Blossom

May–June • food

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

Lake Garda Holidays

Lake Garda Holidays

May–September • activity

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

Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), Capri

Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), Capri

mid-March–October • nature

This sea cave amazes with its mysterious blue waters

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

Grand Italian Trail (Sentiero Italia)

Grand Italian Trail (Sentiero Italia)

March–November • activity

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

Red Bull Cliff Diving

Red Bull Cliff Diving

unconfirmedJune 2021 • event

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

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!

Ragusano Cheese

Ragusano Cheese

November–May  • food

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

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

Stelvio Pass (Passo dello Stelvio)

Stelvio Pass (Passo dello Stelvio)

June–October • activity

A popular cycling destination in the Ortler Alps

Great St Bernard Pass

Great St Bernard Pass

June–September • activity

A scenic mountain pass that gdot famous thanks to its dogs

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

March–October • activity

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

Timmelsjoch

Timmelsjoch

June–October • activity

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

Santuario Basilica
Madonna della Corona

Santuario Basilica Madonna della Corona

all year round • activity

Have you seen a church, suspended halfway between Heaven and Earth?

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

April–May | December–February • nature

Numerous birds choose Tuscany as their temporary winter home

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

Rose Gardens

Rose Gardens

May–mid-June • nature

The iconic symbol of passion and love blooms all around 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

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

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

Scala dei Turchi

Scala dei Turchi

May–September • activity

The large chalk cliff lures tourists and photographers to the azure coast

Panzanella

Panzanella

June–August • food

This is the summer taste of rural Tuscany

Aubergine Season

Aubergine Season

May–September • food

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

Italian Black Summer Truffles

Italian Black Summer Truffles

May–August • food

Try typical fresh Italian black truffles while visiting Italy

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

all year round • activity

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

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

March–October • activity

Ride strong thermal winds in the paradise of Mediterranean

69 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Calcio Storico (Calcio Fiorentino)

Calcio Storico (Calcio Fiorentino)

canceledJune 24 • event

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

Regata Storica

Regata Storica

out of rangeSeptember 5, 2021 • event

A great chance to see a historic pageant and race

La Sciuta di San Sebastiano

La Sciuta di San Sebastiano

out of rangeAugust 10 • event

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

EuroChocolate Festival Perugia

EuroChocolate Festival Perugia

out of rangeOctober 16–25, 2020 • event

Visit one of the most significant Chocolate events in Europe

Saint Agata Festival

Saint Agata Festival

out of rangeFebruary 3–February 5 • event

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

Carnevale Venezia

Carnevale Venezia

out of rangeFebruary 6–7, 2021 | February 11–16, 2021 (virtual) • event

A party that simply can't be missed

Easter Explosion of the Cart (Lo Scoppio del Carro)

Easter Explosion of the Cart (Lo Scoppio del Carro)

out of rangeApril 4, 2021 • event

Easter in Florence is memorable for splendid fireworks display

Stelvio Bike Day (Scalata Cima Coppi)

Stelvio Bike Day (Scalata Cima Coppi)

out of rangeAugust 28, 2021 • 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

Winter Sunsets

Winter Sunsets

out of rangeDecember–February • activity

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

Palio di Siena

Palio di Siena

out of rangeAugust 22 | September 26 (canceled in 2020) • event

A picturesque horse race in the heart of historical Siena

Acireale Carnival

Acireale Carnival

canceledFebruary 11–16, 2021 • event

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

The Feast of Archangel Michael

The Feast of Archangel Michael

out of rangeSeptember 28–September 29 • event

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

Sicilian Blood Oranges

Sicilian Blood Oranges

out of rangeJanuary–April  • food

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

Ivrea Battle of the Oranges

Ivrea Battle of the Oranges

out of rangeFebruary 13–16, 2021 • 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

Luminara of San Ranieri Pisa

Luminara of San Ranieri Pisa

canceledJune 16 • event

One of the most beautiful nights in the ancient Italian city

Wild Poppy Bloom

Wild Poppy Bloom

out of rangelate April–early May • nature

Poppy fields attract many photographers trying to capture the beauty of spring flowers

Gubbio Festa dei Ceri and Corsa dei Ceri (Race of the Candles)

Gubbio Festa dei Ceri and Corsa dei Ceri (Race of the Candles)

canceledMay 15 • event

One of the oldest folklore events in Italy takes over the streets of Gubbio in May

Milan Women's Fashion Week

Milan Women's Fashion Week

out of rangeSeptember 22–28, 2020 • event

To stay stylish explore latest vogue collection in Milan

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

unconfirmedearly November–early January • event

A mix of Mediterranean food and culture with Alpine traditions

Castagnaccio

Castagnaccio

out of rangeSeptember–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)

out of rangeSeptember 19, 2021 • event

Rome hosts one of world's most scenic marathons

White Truffle Season & Fairs

White Truffle Season & Fairs

out of rangemid-September–December • food

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

Sunflower Fields

Sunflower Fields

out of rangelate June–early August • nature

These large yellow flowers will please your eye throughout the summer

Fiera del Cacio

Fiera del Cacio

out of rangeAugust 28–September 1 • event

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

Umbria Jazz

Umbria Jazz

out of rangeJuly 9–18, 2021 • event

The largest and most famous jazz festival in Italy

Olive Harvest

Olive Harvest

out of rangelate September–late December • food

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

Cavalcata Sarda

Cavalcata Sarda

unconfirmedMay 23, 2021 • 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)

unconfirmedOctober 2021 • event

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

Arena di Verona Opera Festival

Arena di Verona Opera Festival

out of rangeJune 19–September 4, 2021 • event

Watch an opera at a majestic Roman amphitheatre

Festa dei Serpari di Cocullo (Cocullo Snake Festival)

Festa dei Serpari di Cocullo (Cocullo Snake Festival)

out of rangeMay 1 • event

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

Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)

Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)

out of rangeJune 27, 2021 • event

This most spectacular tradition in Pisa celebrates the great medieval history

Stramilano

Stramilano

out of rangeSeptember 12, 2021 • event

Join this highly popular run when you are visiting Milan

Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi

Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi

out of rangeJune 25–July 11, 2021 • event

A festival connecting two worlds and celebrating all forms of art

Medieval Festival Monteriggioni

Medieval Festival Monteriggioni

unconfirmedJuly 9–18, 2021 • event

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

Vendemmia or Grape Harvest

Vendemmia or Grape Harvest

out of rangelate August–early October • activity

Vendemmia is one of the most important seasons in Tuscany

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

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

out of rangeNovember 7, 2020 • event

Delicious handmade spaghetti is a real treat for the real foodies

La Partita a Scacchi di Marostica

La Partita a Scacchi di Marostica

out of rangeSeptember 10–12, 2021 • event

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

Cartoomics

Cartoomics

out of rangeNovember 26–29, 2020 (virtual event) • event

A large fair and cosplay area for comics enthusiasts

Biker Fest International

Biker Fest International

out of rangeMay 13–16, 2021 • event

One huge roaring party by the warm Adriatic Sea

Easter Food

Easter Food

out of rangeApril 17, 2022 • food

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

Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week & Easter

out of rangeApril 2–5, 2021 (virtual) • event

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

Sea Urchins

Sea Urchins

out of rangemid-November–late April • food

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

Easter Holidays in Tuscany

Easter Holidays in Tuscany

out of rangeMarch 28–April 4, 2021 • event

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

Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracens)

Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracens)

unconfirmedmid-June 2021 | early September 2021 • event

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

Palio della Balestra

Palio della Balestra

unconfirmedlate May 2021 • event

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

Chestnut Season

Chestnut Season

out of rangeOctober–early November • food

One of the most awaited street foods in Tuscany

Cesena International Street Food Festival

Cesena International Street Food Festival

unconfirmedearly October 2021 • event

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

Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona

Giostra Cavalleresca di Sulmona

unconfirmedlate July–early Augst 2021 • event

A spectacular Medieval-style jousting tournament

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing & Snowboarding

out of rangelate November–late April • activity

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

VinItaly Verona

VinItaly Verona

out of rangeJune 20–23, 2021 • event

Explore the Italian wine industry and its best-qualified wine

Bravio delle Botti

Bravio delle Botti

out of rangeAugust 29, 2021 • event

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

Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione)

Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione)

out of rangeApril 25 • event

The holiday marked with anti-fascist rallies and speeches

Milano Marathon

Milano Marathon

out of rangeApril 11, 2021 • event

One of the largest athletic events in Milan

Rome Film Fest

Rome Film Fest

out of rangeOctober 15–25, 2020 • event

One of the most prestigeous film festivals in the world

MiVEG

MiVEG

out of rangeMarch 13–14, 2021 • event

Premier vegan festival in Milan

Cuneo National Chestnut Fair (Fiera Nazionale del Marrone)

Cuneo National Chestnut Fair (Fiera Nazionale del Marrone)

unconfirmedmid-October 2021 • event

One of the largest food festivals in Italy

Festa di San Marco

Festa di San Marco

out of rangeApril 25 • event

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

Festival della Mente

Festival della Mente

out of rangeSeptember 4–6, 2020 • event

The first European festival dedicated to human creativity in Sarzana

Christmas Food

Christmas Food

out of rangeearly December–late December • food

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

Marino Wine Festival (Sagra dell’Uva di Marino)

Marino Wine Festival (Sagra dell’Uva di Marino)

out of rangeOctober 1–5, 2020 • event

An exceptional festival with local wine flowing from a fountain!

Marmeeting Mediterranean Cup

Marmeeting Mediterranean Cup

overSeptember 2, 2018 • event

A spectacular high diving competition in a scenic place

Festa del Torrone Cremona

Festa del Torrone Cremona

out of rangeOctober 16–18, 2020 • event

The sweetest Christmas-time festival in the Lombardy region

Griglie Roventi

Griglie Roventi

unconfirmedmid-July 2021 • event

The Barbecue World Championship for amateur cooks

Ypsigrock Festival

Ypsigrock Festival

out of rangeAugust 5–8, 2021 • event

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

Bababoom Festival

Bababoom Festival

out of rangeJuly 17–24, 2021 • event

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

Giffoni Film Festival

Giffoni Film Festival

out of rangeJuly 21–31, 2021 • 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)

unconfirmedlate August 2021 • event

A summer medieval festival of historical reenactments

Manualmente Fiera

Manualmente Fiera

canceledSeptember 17-20, 2020 (Torino Lingotto Fiere) • event

A creativity fair for all kinds of crafts in Turin

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangelate October–early November • event

Italians love holidays, and Halloween is no exception

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