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Best time to visit Italy

Italy's topography and unique shape mean that the weather can vary greatly from region to region. The Alps and the Dolomites in the north have a major influence on the climate. Because of the length of the country, there is much difference between the climate in the north and south of the country.

For most travelers looking for sunshine, warm days and few crowds, the best time to visit Italy is spring or early fall. This period is cooler and less crowded than the hot summer months in between. You can then explore the north and south, the cities, the coast and the mountains in comfort.

Scorching heat in summer

The heat in July and August can be debilitating, especially in the south, where temperatures easily go over 80°F every day. From October onwards, the summer heat subsides, the grape harvest is in full swing, and the cities are quieter for sightseeing.

Going between November and April can be quite more affordable, but the weather during this time is likely to be wet and cold, especially in the north. Although it is low season and some attractions have limited opening hours, it is still a good time to explore many of the country's historic sites.

Italy is such an incredibly beautiful country to visit that it doesn't matter when you visit. You'll always have great memories there and plan your return to see even more.

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In the table below you can quickly find the average weather per month in Italy, the monthly temperatures or the most rainfall. Our average monthly climate data is based on data from the past 30 years.

Climate North Italy by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°F) 43 47 57 65 72 79 84 84 75 64 53 45
Precipitation (inch) 13 20 21 31 36 39 36 38 30 33 41 15

Weather data from: Milan

Climate Southeast Italy by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°F) 53 54 58 64 71 79 84 85 78 69 63 55
Water temperature (°F) 57 57 58 60 68 77 81 85 80 71 64 60
Precipitation (inch) 18 16 18 15 10 8 6 6 13 18 14 10

Weather data from: Bari

Climate Central Italy by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°F) 53 54 60 65 71 80 86 87 79 72 63 55
Precipitation (inch) 20 22 17 12 12 7 6 4 15 26 33 18

Weather data from: Rome




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Italy weather

The weather for Italy over the next 14 days will be 70°F till 79° with a couple of days chance of light rain showers or even quite a bit of rain.

The weather forecast for Italy is based on the weather in Rome.

5-day weather forecast Italy

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Tuesday
4 october
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79°F
63°F
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4 m/s
Wednesday
5 october
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79°F
63°F
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3 m/s
Thursday
6 october
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79°F
64°F
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3 m/s
Friday
7 october
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79°F
63°F
0 in
4 m/s
Saturday
8 october
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79°F
63°F
0 in
4 m/s

View the 14 day weather forecast for Italy


Climate Italy

Click on a region of Italy to view the climate:

North Italy (Milan)

North Italy has a mediterranean climate. The summers are hot and dry, and the temperature is mild in the winter. The average annual temperature for North Italy is 35° degrees and there is about 353 inch of rain in a year. It is dry for 162 days a year with an average humidity of 75% and an UV-index of 4.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°F) 43 47 57 65 72 79 84 84 75 64 53 45
Night temp. (°F) 34 35 42 48 53 60 63 64 58 51 43 35
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (inch) 13 20 21 31 36 39 36 38 30 33 41 15
Days with rain 9 10 13 17 18 18 19 17 13 12 13 9
Days with snow 1 2 - - - - - - - - - 2
Dry days 21 16 18 13 13 12 12 14 17 19 17 20
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 6 6 8 10 11 12 12 12 10 6 5 6
Wind force (Bft) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2
UV-index 2 2 4 4 5 6 6 6 5 3 2 2

Weather data from: Milan

Southeast Italy (Bari)

Southeast Italy has a mediterranean climate. The summers are hot and dry, and the temperature is mild in the winter. The average annual temperature for Southeast Italy is 38° degrees and there is about 152 inch of rain in a year. It is dry for 200 days a year with an average humidity of 69% and an UV-index of 5.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°F) 53 54 58 64 71 79 84 85 78 69 63 55
Night temp. (°F) 45 45 48 52 59 67 73 74 68 61 55 48
Water temp. (°F) 57 57 58 60 68 77 81 85 80 71 64 60
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (inch) 18 16 18 15 10 8 6 6 13 18 14 10
Days with rain 15 14 14 14 12 7 7 8 12 13 11 12
Dry days 16 14 17 16 19 23 24 23 18 18 19 19
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 5 6 8 11 12 12 12 12 11 7 6 6
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
UV-index 3 3 4 5 6 6 7 7 5 5 4 3

Weather data from: Bari

Central Italy (Rome)

Central Italy has a mediterranean climate. The summers are hot and dry, and the temperature is mild in the winter. The average annual temperature for Central Italy is 39° degrees and there is about 191 inch of rain in a year. It is dry for 206 days a year with an average humidity of 69% and an UV-index of 5.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°F) 53 54 60 65 71 80 86 87 79 72 63 55
Night temp. (°F) 43 43 46 50 56 63 68 70 65 59 52 45
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (inch) 20 22 17 12 12 7 6 4 15 26 33 18
Days with rain 13 13 13 12 11 7 6 4 11 12 13 12
Dry days 18 15 18 18 20 23 25 27 19 19 17 19
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 6 6 9 11 12 12 12 12 11 7 6 6
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3
UV-index 3 3 4 5 5 6 7 6 6 5 4 3

Weather data from: Rome

Italy weather by month

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Frequently asked questions

Where is Italy?

Italy lies in a straight line about 4,285 miles from United States (New York → Rome). By car the distance is 1,158 miles. The total travel time is 19 hours and 10 minutes.

How long is the flight to Italy?

The flight time from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Italy is approximately 12 h. 50 min.

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What are the largest airports in Italy?

These are the largest airports in Italy:

  • Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA) in Rome
  • Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome
  • Malpensa International Airport (MXP) in Milan
  • Milano Linate Airport (LIN) in Milan
  • Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI) in Bari
  • Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) in Bologna
  • Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN) in Verona
  • Pescara International Airport (PSR) in Pescara
  • Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) in Venice
  • Trieste–Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS) in Trieste

Airports on the well-known islands of Italy:

  • Sicily
    Falcone–Borsellino Airport (PMO) in Palermo
  • Sicily
    Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) in Catania
  • Sardinia
    Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) in Cagliari
  • Sardinia
    Alghero-Fertilia Airport (AHO) in Alghero
  • Sardinia
    Tortolì Airport (TTB) in Àrbatax

How many inhabitants does Italy have?

Italy has 60,483,973 inhabitants.

How big is Italy?

The surface area of Italy is 187,184 mi². It is slightly smaller than United States.

What is the capital of Italy?

The capital of Italy is Rome.

What is the currency of Italy?

In Italy, the Euro (EUR) is used for payment.

Exchange rates on 4 October 2022

  • 1 US dollar = 0.84 Euro
  • 1 Euro = 1.19 US dollar
  • 100 US dollar = 84.21 Euro
  • 100 Euro = 118.75 US dollar

What is the area code of Italy?

The area code to call Italy is +39.