Why Italy? And When?
Summer means travel. Back up the necessities, round up the family and go somewhere! This is an international standard. This is when we find time to take the "big" trips and experience the world. And though not everyone will find the time or resources to fly across the pond, Europe is and will remain at the top of the summer destination list for most adventurer seekers, families, and couples, in especially, Italy. But, when should you go and when should you begin planning?
Italy in The Summer...
June through August...We'll go ahead and get this part over with. It's hot, it's expensive, and it's crowded! Temperatures average 80-95 degrees fahrenheit daily, plus humidity, and are even more intense in the south. Furthering this reality, tourists are not the only ones enjoying summer break on Italy's beaches and hiking the Dolomites. Everyone is out and about, which means crowds and raised prices. But this is to be expected, right? It is after all a summer vacation! If you and or your family simply can't find any other time to go than June through August that's fine, just know the weather is not "ideal," there are more people, and it's a bit pricey.
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
Summer in Italy is full of events and special holidays. One of the biggest being the horse race iL Palio in Piazza del Campo of Siena, Tuscany, Italy. This race kick starts the month of July on the 2nd of every year and is celebrated all summer long until August 16th. It's a short, thrilling and incredibly dangerous race gives reason to celebrate all summer.
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.
Travel by train. There is not a suggestion. Over 98% of vehicular fatalities are caused by tourist drivers. Just take the train. You'll see more and stay safe while doing so.
So, When do You Go? And When do You Plan?
As stated earlier, if it's not plausible to go any other time than June through August, that's fine. But, if is plausible go between late April and the end of May or during the month September, this is when you want to go to Italy! In late April and May everything is blooming, the temperature is perfect, and prices are down. After the summer months, fall comes, the leaves change, the temperature and prices drop, and everyone leaves. That being said, the time to plan is NOW! European vacations (most international vacations for that matter) should be planned and booked at least 11 months in advance. Otherwise, you risk paying high prices and even getting a seat on a flight. So, start planning now, call your agent, double check your vacation time, make sure your passports are current, and start getting ready. Italy is calling.
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