In Italy, we are incredibly lucky. Due to the country’s size, geography, and topography, there are incredible places to visit throughout the year. So to help you with your trip planning for 2020, we’ve narrowed it down.
Today, let’s look at Italy in each season and talk about a few places to focus on for each.
As winter fades to a distant memory and the blossoms start showing on the trees, spring gives us all a little jump in our step. The coast is an incredible place to spend spring in Italy, so that’s where we’ll head.
There’s nowhere quite like the Amalfi Coast—Ravello in particular, which enjoys an array of historic villas and their gardens as they burst into life after the long, cold winter. Think loads of bright green with splashes of color everywhere you look.
Sounds good, right? Stay in magical Sorrento, and escape to beautiful Ravello on this private tour of the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Florence, and Venice. Take in the beautiful villas, enjoy leisurely lunches and take advantage of traveling in the spring shoulder season.
Head to Sicily in spring before the almost oppressive heat of the summer kicks in. Explore the beautiful Greek and Roman ruins along with charming Baroque towns glittering with lights each night.
Sicily isn’t a small island, but the reduced traffic of spring makes getting around much easier. One great way to see all of Sicily is on this 7-day private tour. Take in a Palermo Food and Wine Tour, see the Cathedral of St John, the Norman Palace, and enjoy a cooking class and learn to cook Sicilian pastries.
If you head to Sicily late in spring, you might even be able to catch some time on the beach, so don’t forget your swimming costume!
It’s beautiful any time of the year, but in spring the grass turns the most vivid shade of green and there are baby animals everywhere. One great way to experience Tuscany is as a day trip from the capital of Rome.
This full-day tour from Rome treats you to the beautiful hill towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano, as well as food and wine tastings in a region well-known for its fresh, local produce, meat, and seasonal delights.
If you decide to spend a little more time in this beautiful region, pop into Val d’Orcia where the rolling green hills and upright avenues of trees will charm your heart forever. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to is Renaissance design that reflects the ideals of good governance while preserving beauty.
Ah, summer in Italy! It’s on so many bucket lists because it truly is incredible. But while many visitors flock to the main centers for their summer holiday, we suggest doing as the Italians do and heading to the coast, the mountains, or the lakes.
It’s perennially beautiful, but who wouldn’t want to spend the summer in the Cinque Terre? Manarola is a wonderful place to base yourself, and if you plan to explore the towns early in the morning and at dusk, it’s easy to escape the crowds.
This 10-day tour of the Cinque Terre, Rome and Florence allows you to experience the best of all three worlds. It also throws in a couple of walking tours, group tours, and some amazing highlights of each city and town.
Further north, the heat is slightly less oppressive than closer to the capital, and the Lakes region is a great place to escape to. Both Lake Maggiore and Lake Como have sweet little towns to explore, with red roofs and narrow, winding streets.
This pre- or post-cruise (or standalone) tour of Lake Como, Milan, and Venice is a wonderful way to take in the Northern part of Italy, especially in the busy summer months. Take a dip in the lake, and enjoy the lakes from the water on a boat trip.
This is one of Italians’ best-kept secrets: Sardinia in summer is amazing! This big island is hugely popular with Italians for their summer holidays although it’s relatively unknown to the rest of the world.
Known for its glorious white sandy beaches, it’s the perfect beach getaway. You can also hike in the Gennargentu Natural Park or explore one of the many caves on the island. There’s also a ton of history to immerse yourself in, including the ancient cities of Tharros and Nora.