Planning on visiting Italy? With so much to explore its hard to know where to begin! But don't worry - our guide is here to help you get inspired and prepared for your upcoming trip. One thing is for certain Italy is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. If you already know how you want to travel around Italy, then you can go straight to our trains, buses, and flights pages to start booking your journey today.
High season in Italy is from June to August. You’ll enjoy the height of summer with the lovely Italian sun and lots of gelato. Don't forget that seasonal prices in Italy will be inflated and expect swarms of travelers at all of the main attractions. If you’re set on traveling during high season, consider visiting less popular Italian destinations that still provide you with a unique experience while traveling Italy. Off-the-beaten-path destinations include areas outside of capital cities such as Bergamo, Como, and Parma, which are all located in Lombardy, just outside of Milan.
"One of my favorite things about summer is the pace of life. Everything slows down to make time to enjoy life's simple pleasures like long lunches, perfectly ripe peaches marinated in white wine, striped umbrellas on white sand beaches and long evening aperitivi (pre-dinner drinks) along the water. However, the downside is that all Italians take part in the fun as well so many shops and restaurants shut down in August so the staff can take their annual holidays. Be prepared for closures, but embrace that it means more time to embrace the dolce far niente– the pleasure of doing nothing."
Low season in Italy is from November to April with the exception of the Alps and Dolomites that boast high season from late December to March. For budget travelers, low season in Italy is ideal with prices up to 30 percent less than high season. Low season is a great time to attend cultural events and do some sightseeing without the crowds. Be sure to count on several hotels and resorts near the coast to be closed.
"My favorite thing about Italy during off season is that I can experience the real Italy and how unique an average day is! In February you can find me at carnival in Venice scouting out local shops and talking to designers who make costumes to rent out to people! I gather inspiration for my own designs and make friends in the process! The pros of traveling in off season is drinking really good wine (due to November being the harvest period for grapes), eating roasted chestnuts like they sing about, and enjoying Christmas markets all throughout the country. Some of the cons of visiting Italy from November to April are that tourist places have shorter operating hours. The weather in Italy can be foggy in Milan, snowing in Rome, and sunny in Sicily that you almost don't know how to pack your clothes for a trip!"
Some of the best months to travel in Italy are from April to June when spring is in full swing and the onslaught of seasonal travelers haven’t arrived yet. It is also great to travel between September to November when the weather is cooling a little, along with the number of tourists at the most popular Italian attractions.
"Arguably the best time to travel in Italy, due to the weather which is warm but not yet stifling like it can be in July and August. Trust me, the cooler temperatures make all the difference when you’re standing in line to see the Colosseo. This is also when most of the food and wine festivals get up and running so enthusiasm is high and you’ll still find plenty of Italians in the cities to keep the experience authentic (in August there is a mass exodus of locals due to the Ferragosto holiday). Spring and early summer are also synonymous with fresh fruits and vegetables, notably strawberries and artichokes, which means it’s the perfect time to have a frothy Rossini aperitivo (prosecco with freshly blended strawberries) and carciofi alla romana (Roman-style artichokes) in– you guessed it, the Eternal City of course!"
La bella vita comes at a cost, but you don’t need to break the bank for your trip to Italy! Like in most European destinations, Italy offers a wide range of prices for attractions, food, accommodation, and travel. How much you spend on your trip to Italy depends largely on what time of year you go and your travel preferences. Booking your tickets in advance with Omio can help you offset many of the travel costs.
North Americans traveling to Italy are sure to enjoy the art and culture, ranging from the food and wine, beaches and skiing, to fashion and opera. Exploring the wonders of Ancient Rome and the Renaissance, the cities of Rome, Florence, Perugia, and Pisa, are a must for all travelers visiting Italy. Tastes of Italy can be discovered with seafood in Sicily, pizza in Naples, and pasta in Bologna, along with the wine regions of Chianti and the Piedmont. Opera and fashion come together in Milan, while Rome and Florence are full of world-class art and Renaissance buildings. Visit popular Italian destinations with Omio!
Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence features master pieces by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci at the Uffizi and dell’Accademia galleries as well as the iconic Duomo Cathedral which dominates city's skyline. Stroll along Florence’s the historic city center, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Be sure to check out the Arno river that cuts through the old city, and continue your walk along the Ponte Vecchio bridge before shopping for some of Florence's world-famous leather goods.
Milan is the home of Armani, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana design houses- making it a must-visit for all fashionistas traveling in Italy. Those who aren't interested in haute couture will be glad to know that the city has a lot more to offer and is the headquarters of the Italy’s Stock Exchange and largest international companies. Milan is chalked full of beautiful architecture, delicious Italian cuisine, historical museums, and artistic experiences. From the Castello Sforzesco art gallery to the Piazza Duomo, Milan is full of breathtaking sights that will delight the senses. Be sure to live like a local and sample an espresso in the Piazza after a long day of exploring the city!
The home of the pizza has a special place in everyone’s heart. Naples’ historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which attracts lots for visitors to see and explore one of the largest collections of historical monuments and churches in the world. Movie buffs also have a great appreciation for the city that has served as a backdrop from many famous films in Italian cinema. The Naples dialect, often referred to as the "Neapolitan language" to describe the language of all of the region, further distinguishes the city apart from the rest of Italy.
Rome, the Eternal City, is a world-famous center of history, fashion, art, and cuisine even three millennia after its mythical creation. From the Colosseum to the Villa Borghese to the Spanish Steps, Rome's timeless splendor will be sure to captivate travelers from around the world. No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to Vatican City, which is located entirely within the city of Rome.
Venice is a must for any Europe trip! Situated in the Northeastern Region of Veneto Italy, Venice was founded in 5th century AD. Spread over 118 small islands, the city and its lagoon is officially a UNESCO World Heritage protected Site. Don’t expect to be the only tourist there though. Tourism makes up a major sector of the Venetian economy with over 50,000 estimated tourists a day.