The best times to visit Italy for ideal weather are

April 23rd to July 22nd

or

August 20th to November 4th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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Weather in Italy

Temperature

Average temperatures in Italy vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 49th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Italy, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 85.5°F (29.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 66.7°F (19.3°C) at night.

Italy Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Italy Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Italy Perceived Temperature (F)

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Italy Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Italy Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 50.1 44 35.6
Feb 51.9 44.5 35.2
Mar 57 49.2 38.7
Apr 63.9 55.5 44.6
May 70.9 63.1 52.9
Jun 78.4 70.4 60.9
Jul 83.7 75.1 65.4
Aug 83.8 75.1 65.7
Sep 75.5 67.4 57.9
Oct 67.6 60.2 50.9
Nov 58.1 51.2 42.9
Dec 50.6 43.9 36.4

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 10.1 6.7 2
Feb 11.1 6.9 1.8
Mar 13.9 9.6 3.7
Apr 17.7 13.1 7
May 21.6 17.3 11.6
Jun 25.8 21.3 16.1
Jul 28.7 23.9 18.6
Aug 28.8 23.9 18.7
Sep 24.2 19.7 14.4
Oct 19.8 15.7 10.5
Nov 14.5 10.7 6.1
Dec 10.3 6.6 2.4

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Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Italy are July, August, and then June. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid July. For example, on the week of July 16th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early March with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of March 5th.

When can you find snow in Italy? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to late March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Italy is often around around December 3rd when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Italy.

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Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Italy (in).

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Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 14% 7.5 2.3
Feb 15% 10.4 2
Mar 16% 11.8 2.5
Apr 14% 11.6 2
May 12% 7.3 1.9
Jun 11% 2.4 1.6
Jul 5% 2.4 0.9
Aug 6% 2.9 1
Sep 11% 5.3 1.9
Oct 12% 9.6 2.3
Nov 18% 6.9 3.2
Dec 14% 6.5 2.4

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 14 19.1 5.8
Feb 15 26.4 5.1
Mar 16 30 6.4
Apr 14 29.5 5.1
May 12 18.5 4.8
Jun 11 6.1 4.1
Jul 5 6.1 2.3
Aug 6 7.4 2.5
Sep 11 13.5 4.8
Oct 12 24.4 5.8
Nov 18 17.5 8.1
Dec 14 16.5 6.1

 

Humidity and Wind

Italy has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is July (54.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (71.6%).

Wind in Italy is usually calm. The windiest month is March, followed by February and April. March’s average wind speed of around 6.9 knots (7.9 MPH or 12.7 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid March where average top sustained speeds reach 13.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Italy.

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Avg. Relative Humidity

Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 5.9 Light breeze 11 Significant breeze
Feb 6.4 Light breeze 11.8 Significant breeze
Mar 6.9 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Apr 6.2 Light breeze 11.8 Significant breeze
May 5.8 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Jun 5.6 Light breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze
Jul 5.7 Light breeze 11 Significant breeze
Aug 5.4 Light breeze 10.5 Gentle breeze
Sep 5.5 Light breeze 10.6 Significant breeze
Oct 5.3 Light breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
Nov 6 Light breeze 11 Significant breeze
Dec 5.9 Light breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 71.6%
Feb 67.2%
Mar 63.5%
Apr 61.8%
May 61.1%
Jun 60.2%
Jul 54.4%
Aug 56.6%
Sep 61.3%
Oct 68.7%
Nov 70.5%
Dec 70.5%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Italy?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 18, 2018 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Italy; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Italy is June, followed by May and April. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Italy in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 50.7 in November means 50.7% of the tourists vs. June.


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Overall Italy Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 74°F (23.3°C) and 54.1°F (12.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 2 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Italy, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 79°F (26.1°C) and 54.2°F (12.3°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 5 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Italy to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 56.9°F (13.8°C) and 49.2°F (9.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: consistently 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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