Why Italy? And When?
Italy in The Summer...
Remedies to the heat are escaping to the beaches like many locals and other tourists will do, hiking in the mountains, or waiting until days-end to relax, enjoy the sunset and replenish at one of the thousands of cafes or restaurants who take advantage of summer nights and serve outside. If putting up with a lot of people and higher prices simply is not ok, then go a different time! Otherwise, a summer trip to Italy can be just as magical as any other time of year.
Events and To-Do's
If you find yourself in the southern portion of Italy and unable to make it to Il Palio, head over to Matera and experience the Madonna della Bruna. This festival takes place throughout the entire city, in which a Madonna float is paraded around and burned at the end of the festival. The night finishes with fireworks and more festivities, plus food...lots of food.
Obviously Rome will cross your bucket list and if you wish to see the city, plan on at least 3 days. Realistically, you'll spend a half day at the Colosseum alone, and at least a full day in the Vatican, and there truly is so much more to see, but those are the basics. If this isn't for you, then start heading south and make your way through Tuscany Valley, where you will be privileged to try Montepulciano d'Abruzzo red wine, specific and customary to this region. After that, make your way to Umbria and enjoy Orvieto Classico white wine. These two different styles are specific to these regions and rarely make their way to the US market, so do indulge. Umbria, where you'll find Orvieto Classico, is magical and majestic, with hidden cathedrals, open wine cellars with aging oak barrels, and some of the best wondering paths in the world. Get lost in the valley, and you'll find parts of your soul.
As you continue south, it would be tragic to miss the Amalfi coast line. No lie, it is one of the most incredible sceneries in all of Italy. The Isle of Capri stands just across the Mediterranean and stacked homes line the coastal rock. On this coast, you'll stare blissfully for hours in complete content at a magnificent cost line, its one-of-a-kind architecture, and natural beauty. Not to mention Pompeii is roughly 30 minutes away by train.
You can find many more events/attractions throughout the summer months in Italy through Life-In-Italy.
So, When do You Go? And When do You Plan?
Thank for reading!