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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.

25 THINGS TO DO IN ITALY (JUNE 25 - JULY 04)

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

All year • 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!

Bougainvillea Bloom

June–September • nature

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

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

May–June • food

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

Napoli Pizza Village Festival

June 22–30, 2019 • event

The festival of the most known Italian dish

Trulli of Alberobello

all year round • activity

One of Italy's best-kept tourist secrets

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

Palio di Siena

July 02 | August 16 • event

A picturesque horse race in the heart of historical Siena

Lake Garda Holidays

May–September • activity

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

Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), Capri

mid-March–October • nature

This sea cave amazes with its mysterious blue waters

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!

Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)

June 29, 2019 • event

This most spectacular tradition in Pisa celebrates the great medieval history

Flea Markets

all year round • activity

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

Rock Climbing

March–October • activity

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

Sunflower Fields

late June–early August • nature

These large yellow flowers will please your eye throughout the summer

Beach Season

May–September • activity

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

Panzanella

June–August • food

This is the summer taste of rural Tuscany

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

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

Italian Black Summer Truffles

May–August • food

Try typical fresh Italian black truffles while visiting Italy

Wild Mushroom Season

April–early November • food

Italy is lucky to have plenty of fresh wild mushrooms

Strawberry Season

May–June • activity

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

Aubergine Season

May–September • food

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

43 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Regata Storica

September 02, 2018 • event

A great chance to see a historic pageant and race

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

February 03–February 05 • event

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

Easter Explosion of the Cart

April 21, 2019 • event

Easter in Florence is memorable for splendid fireworks display

Winter Sunsets

December–February • activity

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

Calcio Storico

June 24 (annual) | June 2018 (TBA) • event

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

Carnevale Venezia

February 16–March 05, 2019 • event

A party that simply can't be missed

The Feast of Archangel Michael

September 28–September 29 • event

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

Sicilian Blood Oranges

January–April  • food

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

Ivrea Battle of the Oranges

March 02–05, 2019 • 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

Castagnaccio

September–November • food

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

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

Stelvio Bike Day (Scalata Cima Coppi)

September 01, 2018 • 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

Ragusano Cheese

November–May  • food

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

Milan Women's Fashion Week

September 19–25, 2018 • event

To stay stylish explore latest vogue collection in Milan

Cavalcata Sarda

May 20, 2018 • event

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

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

Fiera del Cacio

September 01–02, 2018 • event

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

Milano Film Festival (MFF)

September 29–October 07, 2018 • event

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

Maratona di Roma (Rome Marathon)

April 07, 2019 • event

Rome hosts one of world's most scenic marathons

Gubbio Festa dei Ceri (Race of the Candles)

May 15 • event

One of the oldest folklore events in Italy

Stramilano

March 24, 2019 • event

Join this highly popular run when you are visiting Milan

Arena di Verona Opera Festival

June 22–September 01, 2018 • event

Watch an opera at a majestic Roman amphitheatre

Sea Urchins

mid-November–late April • food

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

Easter Food

April 21, 2019 • food

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

Luminara of San Ranieri Pisa

June 16 • event

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

EuroChocolate Festival Perugia

October 19–28, 2018 • event

Visit one of the most significant Chocolate events in Europe

Olive Harvest

late September–late December • food

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

Chestnut Season

October–early November • food

One of the most awaited street foods in Tuscany

Birdwatching

April–May | December–February • nature

Numerous birds choose Tuscany as their temporary winter home

Vendemmia or Grape Harvest

late 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)

November 10, 2018 • event

Delicious handmade spaghetti is a real treat for the real foodies

Easter Holidays in Tuscany

April 21, 2019 • event

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

Skiing & Snowboarding

late November–late April • activity

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

Wild Poppy Bloom

late April–early May • nature

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

Frasassi Caves (Grotte di Frasassi), Genga

September–May (all year round) • activity

Visit the largest underground cave in Europe during your Italian vacation

Bravio delle Botti

August 26, 2018 • event

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

Rose Gardens

May–mid-June • nature

The iconic symbol of passion and love blooms all around Italy

VinItaly Verona

April 07–10, 2019 • event

Explore the Italian wine industry and its best-qualified wine

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

Christmas Food

early December–late December • food

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

Palio della Balestra

September 09, 2018 | May 26, 2019 • event

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

Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracens)

September 02, 2018 | June 15, 2019 • event

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