Before setting off on your European getaway it is wise to learn about the weather in Italy in order to pack suitable things and be prepared. Generally, the weather in Italy all year round is favorable for travel with hot summers, warm spring and autumn, and mildly cold winters. Of course, the temperature differs depending on the location of the city, you can learn more below.
Weather in Northern Italy
On the whole, Italy weather and climate are pretty predictable and mild. If we take Northern Italy weather which tends to be colder than that of Southern Italy and the islands, the hottest thermometer marks are in July and August, November is the rainiest month, and January is the coldest.
For instance, the weather in Florence Italy is usually warm with average summer temperatures of around 25°C (about 77°F) and winter temperatures of about 7°C (45°F). The same pretty much applies to other Tuscany towns as well as Bologna.
The lovely city of canals has similar averages too, Venice weather in months like July is approximately 23°C (73°F) and about 3°C (37°F) in winter months such as January.
Cities that are located further north in Lombardy and Piedmont, like Milan and mountainous Turin, are normally a bit colder, with quite hot summers, rainy weather in May and November, and cold and foggy winters.
What’s for the capital which is technically in the central part of the country, Rome weather in the summer is 25-33°C (77-91°F) and in the winter the thermometer marks drop to around 8-10°C (46-50°F). July and August are considered to be not the best months for visiting Rome as the cobblestone streets are very hot and swarming with tourists.
Southern Italy Weather
If you’re wondering what is Italy weather like when you go to its south, it is customarily warmer than in the north.
Regardless of the coast, west or east, temperatures are quite high, e.g. when reviewing summer Italy weather, Naples has temperatures of about 25-30°C (77-86°F) and average December temperatures of 10°C (50°F).
Overviewing the island of Sardinia and its weather, there are sunny and hot summer months (with temperatures of about 29°C (83°F) and very little rainfall) and winters that are medium rainy and cold, about 12°C (53°F).
The southern Adriatic coast of Italy has very alike weather as well.
Bari, for instance, has an average August temperature of 25°C (76°F) and about 9°C (47°F) in January.
The largest Italian island has a modern Mediterranean climate thus there are dry and hot summers as well as rainy but quite warm winters.
The temperature in Sicily, for example in Palermo, in the winter months are around 12°C (53°F) and about 26-29°C (79-84°F) in the summer months.
Forecasts for Southern Sicily cities like Catania don’t differ much either.
The region around Etna though experiences the most rainfall throughout the year.
What to pack for a trip to Italy
Summing up, based on which month you decide to travel to Italy, pack your suitcase according to the expected weather. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes and some headwear. Also, it is advisable not to go to Italy in the burning hot months from mid-June to mid-August to avoid unpleasantly boiling outside temperatures and large crowds of tourists. In any case, if you’re going in the warmer months of the year, take some sunscreen with you. If you’re going in the winter time, take an umbrella and warmer clothes.