October in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

October (Ottobre) is one of the best months to be in Italy. October is one of the months of Italy’s shoulder season, which means that there are usually fewer tourists and shorter lines at attractions. Look for lots of local food and wine festivals during this month. What is the Weather in Italy in October? … Read more

June in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

Glorious June begins straight away with a celebration. Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica) takes place on 2 June with patriotic parades, particularly in Rome. Then summer truly gets underway.

July in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

July is the time for music, and there are tons of festivals throughout Italy this month to keep all kinds of music lovers happy. Some of the best are highlighted below. What is the Weather in Italy in July? July in Italy is typically hot and dry from north to south. On average, July is … Read more

August in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

Faraglioni Rocks, Capri

In August, as Italians close shop and head to the beach or mountains, the tourist tide rolls in to cities like Rome, Milan, and Florence. There are still outdoor concerts, typically the continuation of festivals from July, and major sights are still open. But the pace of life in August is much hotter and slower … Read more

September in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

Festive street in Naples, Italy

September (Settembre) is when you will find food festivals (sagre) dedicated to the flavors of autumn: porcini mushrooms, cinghiale, and more. A number of cities also celebrate their medieval traditions during September. September 19, the feast day of San Gennaro, is a local holiday in Naples. What is the Weather in Italy in September? Late … Read more

February in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

A costumed Carnevale celebrants in Venice

February is frigid in most parts of Italy, but is not without its festivities. There’s Valentine’s Day and Carnevale, and many Italian schools observe a winter break called Settimana Bianca — White Week — a time for skiing and sledding. What is the Weather in Italy in February? February in Italy is just as cold … Read more

March in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

pine trees near house on vast land

Even though Easter can fall as early as March 22, March is typically the season of Lent. But this is Italy, so the austerity of the Lenten season is tempered with a variety of secular and religious activities as well as the beginning of spring and warmer, if rainier, weather. What is the Weather in … Read more

April in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

Inside the Colosseum Ruins and Stage

With spring in full swing, April starts to gets busy with outdoor events, parades, and festivals. Easter usually falls during this month and Liberation Day, on the 25th, is a national holiday. What is the Weather in Italy in April? Parts of Italy can still be blustery and rainy in April. But overall, the weather … Read more

January in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

bird's eye view of village during winter

Italians celebrate the Christmas season through January 6, the Epiphany. So January begins with much fanfare, including New Years Day and Epiphany events as well as the start of the winter sales season. What is the Weather in Italy in January? On average, January is the coldest month in Italy. It’s also the snowiest month … Read more

Rooted in Italy: The World’s First Botanical Gardens

Orto Botanico di Padova

It has been said (too many times) that all roads lead to Rome. But did you know that you could trace botanical medicine and even the environmental movement to 16th century Italy? It was here in the city of Pisa (1544) then Padua (1545) that the world’s first botanical gardens were set up. This month’s … Read more

Cortili Aperti: Italy’s Annual Open Courtyards Event

Cortili Aperti

For more than 20 years, ADSI (Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane), aka the Historic Home Association of Italy, has been working in conjunction with the owners of the country’s estates and villas to bring to the public a program called Cortili Aperti, or “Open Courtyards.” The annual open courtyard event, also called Giornate ADSI, usually takes … Read more

Naples 101: Brief Guide to Naples

Although Naples is the third-largest city in Italy, it is not as well known as its more popular neighbors to the north, like Rome, Florence, and Venice. That’s why we’ve brought in guest poster Gabriella Sannino to tell us the basics about her adopted hometown. Naples 101 As an Italian citizen, I love writing about … Read more

A Bribe-Free Holiday in Sicily

The brave work of the anti-mafia organization AddioPizzo.org was recently brought to my attention. “Addio Pizzo” means “Goodbye, Pizzo,” the latter word meaning the protection money that hundreds of businesses throughout Sicily have had to pay to the powerful, omnipresent mafia. AddioPizzo was formed in 2004 after a group of young Sicilian entrepreneurs, afraid that … Read more

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Tourism Boards

Below, in alphabetical order by region, are links to official regional and local tourism boards in Italy. These include 14 “città metropolitane,” which are larger cities and their metro areas. Tourism board sites are often fantastic resources for learning more about destinations to visit, where to stay, and how to get there and around. You … Read more