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Italy's climate

Italy's climate is generally temperate but it can vary greatly depending on your distance from the sea or mountains.  In summer the Northern parts of Italy are warm with occasional rainfall, while the central regions are quite humid and the south scorching!  In winter, Milan, Turin and Venice are cold and rainy, and in Tuscany the temperatures are close to freezing.  In the south temperatures are generally around 10-20ºC.

Summers in Rome are often uncomfortably hot – with temperatures climbing to 35°C while the winters are mild, at around 13°C.  For up to the minute weather information click here 

When to go
The best time to visit Italy is in Spring (April - May) or Autumn (September – October).  You’ll find the weather in Italy is easiest to handle during this time and also miss the bulk of the tourists.  If you’re going to be roaming the city streets checking out all the design and architecture then these cooler months are also ideal for you.

Peak season is between June and August.  A tip for August travellers though - be prepared for quite a few of the shops and restaurants to be closed as many Italians head off on their own vacation during this time.  The sea is warm enough to swim in between June and September but for those ski bunnies you’ll want to holiday in Italy during December and April.

*The small print
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