Italy in detail

When to go and weather

High Season (Jul–Aug)

  • Queues at big sights and on the road, especially in August.
  • Prices also rocket for Christmas, New Year and Easter.
  • Late December to March is high season in the Alps and Dolomites.

Shoulder (Apr–Jun & Sep–Oct)

  • Good deals on accommodation, especially in the south.
  • Spring is best for festivals, flowers and local produce.
  • Autumn provides warm weather and the grape harvest.

Low Season (Nov–Mar)

  • Prices up to 30% lower than in high season.
  • Many sights and hotels closed in coastal and mountainous areas.
  • A good period for cultural events in large cities.