The best times to visit Italy for ideal weather are
June 18th to September 9th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Italy Travel Guide
Weather in Italy
Average temperatures in Italy vary somewhat and are temperate most of the year. The area is in the top 23 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Italy, the hottest months are July, August, 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)
Italy Temperatures (Celsius)
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)
Italy Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Italy are November, February, and then March. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid-July. For example, on the week of July 16th there are only 0.5 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early March with an average of 2.4 days with significant precipitation the week of March 5th.
When can you find snow in Italy? Weather stations report far greater snow than most tourist destinations snow through the year likely to be deepest around February, especially close to late March. Powder (new snow) is most often falls around October 1st. 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.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Italy.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Italy (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Italy has slightly high to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is July (54.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (71.6%).
Wind in Italy is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by February and April. March’s average wind speed of around 6.9 knots (7.9 MPH or 12.8 KPH) is considered “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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Meaning (Beaufort)||Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind||Meaning (Beufort)|
|Jan||5.9||a light breeze||11||a moderate breeze|
|Feb||6.4||a light breeze||11.8||a moderate breeze|
|Mar||6.9||a light breeze||12.5||a moderate breeze|
|Apr||6.2||a light breeze||11.8||a moderate breeze|
|May||5.8||a light breeze||11.3||a moderate breeze|
|Jun||5.6||a light breeze||10.9||a gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.7||a light breeze||11||a moderate breeze|
|Aug||5.4||a light breeze||10.5||a gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.5||a light breeze||10.6||a moderate breeze|
|Oct||5.3||a light breeze||10.1||a gentle breeze|
|Nov||6||a light breeze||11||a moderate breeze|
|Dec||5.9||a light breeze||10.9||a gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Italy?
As of 6/16/2017 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
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 7 to 8 days of precipitation per month. Spring is busy 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 moderate precipitation with 3 to 6 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 fair amount: 5 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower 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 53.3°F (11.8°C) and 49.2°F (9.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a noticeable amount: 7 to 8 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.