Spring Travel in Italy

Why Visit Italy in Spring

trulli in the countryside near Alberobello
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Spring is a nice time to travel in Italy. Temperatures warm up, flowers are in bloom, and there are fewer tourists than in summer. Here's a look at what Italy has to offer in spring.

Why Travel to Italy in Spring?

  • Beat the heat and tourist crowds of summer
  • Find reasonable airfares and hotel prices (except in holiday season)
  • Attend Holy Week processions and spring festivals
  • Have more hours of daylight for traveling
  • See wildflowers, tree blossoms, and gardens in bloom

Spring Weather and Climate in Italy

Spring is generally pleasant in most parts of Italy although rain, and even snow in early spring is possible. Most parts of Italy get less rainfall in spring than in fall. Toward the end of spring, temperatures can get quite warm and you can enjoy outdoor dining and swim in the sea or hotel pool. Find historic weather and climate information for major Italian cities on Italy Travel Weather.

Spring Festivals in Italy

Highlights of spring are spring and flower festivals, Holy Week, and outdoor concerts starting in May or June. National holidays are Easter Monday (la pasquetta), April 25 (Liberation Day), May 1 (Labor Day), and June 2 (Festa della Repubblica). On these days, most shops and services will be closed but many major tourist attractions are usually open. Festivals, concerts, and processions are common, too.

Here's more about these spring holidays and festivals:

Visiting Italy's Cities in Spring

Spring is a good time to visit most Italian cities.

The heat and tourist crowds of summer have not arrived and more daylight hours give more time for touring and visiting outdoor sites which sometimes close at dusk. Although you'll still find hotel and accommodation bargains in spring, Holy Week and May 1 may be considered the high season in many cities.

Spring Outside the Tourist Areas

If you're away from major tourist areas, you'll find museums and attractions have shorter hours than in summer. Some things may only be open on weekends. Seaside resorts and camping areas are just opening and hotel swimming pools may still be closed in early spring. Beaches will be less crowded and swim in the sea may be possible in late spring. Spring is a good time for hiking and viewing wildflowers. You'll find many small fairs and festivals, especially food festivals or sagre, and outdoor performances start in late spring.

Italian Food in Spring

Top spring foods include artichokes (carciofi), asparagus (asparagi), and spring lamb (agnello). Look for posters announcing a sagra or local fair for carciofi, asparagi, or pesce (fish) in spring - see what's a sagra?.

Ready to Travel - Packing for Spring

Take a sweater, a lightweight jacket (heavy jacket for mountains or early spring), sturdy shoes that can be worn in rain, a scarf, and an umbrella although when it rains it's easy to buy a cheap umbrella on the streets in most cities.

In later spring, you might want to pack your bathing suit and sandals, too.