Out of all seasons, visiting Italy in spring might be my favorite one. Of course, all the others have their charm, especially winter and fall are perfect as well when you want to skip the crowds, but spring is simply charming.
Perfect temperatures for exploration, fewer people, colorful flowers, and some of the most charming colors. And if you’re lucky, you can even go to the beach in certain areas.
If you’re considering planning a trip to Italy during March, April, or May, let’s see all the reasons why you should do that, and where to go!
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Why should you visit Italy in spring?
Book your escape for March or April and you will get away with lower prices, especially when it comes to accommodation.
However, since the weather in Italy (especially Southern Italy) gets warmer relatively fast, May might be a bit more crowded, thus you will also see the price increases.
No matter if you are visiting the South or the North of Italy, the weather will be perfect for exploration. Morning and evening might get a bit chilly, but during the day you will have the perfect temperatures.
Use my packing guide for Italy in spring and you will be all set for your escape.
How is the weather in Italy in spring?
MARCH – weather can be moody, cold, and wet especially in Northern Italy. As you travel more to the South temperatures could rise slightly. While in Milan or Rome you could expect a maximum of 13 degrees C (56 degrees F), in Palermo or Cagliari you would get 15 degrees C (58 degrees F) or above.
When you choose March as your travel month, bring on an umbrella, a jacket, and some good rain shoes. Although, I’ve spent 2 perfect days in Bologna in February and got no rain, and some sun.
APRIL – I love traveling to Italy in April. The sun is up, without melting you. Many places are not as crowded as they might get later on in June or July. And, even though, the full season has not started yet in some places, you still have plenty to do and see.
April can be, together with October, one of the best months to travel to Italy. But you will still need denim or light leather jacket, some good shoes to walk in (sports shoes, or flats), and a scarf to wear when night falls.
MAY – With constant over 20 degrees C temperatures (64 degrees F), May can sometimes get hot enough for you to head to the beach. The best thing you could do for this time of the year is come prepared with many layers, so you can lose some of them at noon, and bring them up again as the night starts to fall.
There’s always something going on, especially when you are visiting Rome, Milan, or other major cities in Italy.
The most important spring celebration in Italy is Easter. Taste all the delicious sweets and bring some home as souvenirs and gifts for loved ones (especially panettone!).
We cannot speak about Italy in spring without thinking of the many lush gardens filled with colorful flowers.
Miramare castle outside of Trieste, the villas at Lake Como, Portofino, or Peschiera del Garda – there are so many places to visit when you are looking for flowers.
20 of the best places to visit in Italy in spring
By Claudia Tavani, Strictly Rome
Rome is a fabulous city year-round, but ask locals when the best time to visit Rome is and they’ll have no doubt: it’s spring! But what’s special about visiting Rome in spring? First of all, the weather is pleasant: days are warm but lack the terrible heat and humidity of the summer days, so it makes walking around and exploring the many attractions much more enjoyable.
Days are much longer in spring, too: as soon as daylight savings starts at the end of March, there is plenty of sunlight to continue exploring. Add to this the fact that attractions change their schedule to the summer one, and have longer opening hours, and you’ll see that you’ll get so much more out of your trip!
Rome in spring is in full bloom. Its parks and gardens are as green as ever, and they are perfect places for a walk and a picnic, whether you are visiting the city solo, with a partner, or with your family.
Finally, as kids are still in school in Italy and most of Europe and the northern hemisphere, visiting Rome in spring also means avoiding the largest crowds of tourists that are typically seen in the peak summer months.
by Claudia Tavani, Strictly Sardinia
While Sardinia is known as a prime summer holiday destination, if you really want to see it at its best, you should plan to visit in the spring months. While the weather in Sardinia may be unstable between March and May, temperatures are mild, which means you can enjoy the many hiking trails around the island without the terrible heat of the summer – and if you are lucky with a very warm day, you may even be able to take a dip in Sardinia’s notoriously clear waters.
If you think hiking is all there is to do in Sardinia during the spring months, however, think again! The island is packed with unique archeological sites – Su Nuraxi, in Barumini, is the most famous nuraghe; but you should also visit stratified Nora and Tharros, for examples of multiple civilizations that lived in Sardinia in subsequent eras.
Spring is all about festivals too! Wine is celebrated in various villages around the island – first and foremost Serdiana, in the vicinity of Cagliari, the island’s capital.
Finally, visiting Sardinia in spring also means the prices are much more convenient – flights are much cheaper compared to those you may find in the summer; hotels offer great deals, and even renting a car – which is a must to explore the island – is not nearly as expensive.
Read also: One week Sardinia itinerary!
By Corina at Another Milestone
Puglia region is not so popular when compared to other destinations in Italy, but it is enough to visit it once to fall in love with it. Being the southern part of Italy it can be extremely hot during summer, so a perfect moment to explore it in the Spring.
Bari is one of the largest cities in Puglia and it is perfect to stay in it and do some day trips in the area. But besides being a good base to explore Puglia, Bari has its charm. When you start to wander around you will discover that Bari has a beautiful castle to visit (Normanno-Svevo castle), an impressive cathedral, an old town, and a large promenade on the seashore. Read more about other places to visit in Bari.
During spring Bari doesn’t have so many tourists, so it is great to get lost on its narrow streets from Barivechhia (the old town) or to take a long walk on the Lungomare, the seaside street, and breath the salty air.
Bari is a charming city because it is so Italian. It smells like basil, garlic, and sea and it tastes heavenly. If you want to have an authentic Italian experience, Bari is the place for that.
Read also: The perfect weekend in Puglia
By Haley of Haley Blackall Travels
Siena, a small medieval town, surrounded by a 1,000-year-old wall with a perfect Spring destination in Italy. Located in the enchanting region of Tuscany, Siena boasts a UNESCO world heritage town center, romantic gothic architecture, and exceptional cuisine and wine. What makes Siena perfect for visiting in Spring especially is the fresh and vibrant greens of the surrounding countryside coming to life, fewer crowds, and exceptional wine tasting.
Among the more popular activities to do in Siena in Spring is hiking. The Via Francigena trail, which runs from Rome to the Western Alps, is an important hike that connected Romans to Northern Europe in Medieval times. It was walked by pilgrims and knights alike. Today, it will show beautiful views of the surrounding Tuscan landscape.
If hiking isn’t your thing, try a day tour to the famous Brunello di Montalcino vineyard where you can taste exceptional red wine and speak with the winemakers. Or dine al fresco in the crisp yet warm spring air in the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, Siena’s picturesque main square. Next, climb to the top of the Mangia Tower for unparalleled views of the historic town and beyond.
Top off your trip to Siena with a visit to the staggeringly beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta where the gothic exterior and interior are a sight to behold.
By Ania at Traveling Twins
If you’re looking for the perfect destination to visit during springtime in Italy, look no further! Puglia is the place to be. There are many beautiful places and towns to visit in Puglia. Our favorite was Gallipoli, a small town located by the Ionian sea.
Gallipoli is divided into two parts. The charming old one is located on a small island connected with the new part located on the mainland by a bridge built in the 16th century.
Gallipoli has something for everyone; great food (our favorite restaurant was Amu Fish Restaurant), beautiful beaches (watch out for sea urchins!), ancient churches, friendly locals, and more. Plus, Gallipoli is perfect for exploring Puglia.
All these things make it the perfect destination for your next vacation. The following are some suggestions of activities to do during your stay in Gallipoli: visit the 13th-century castle Angevine-Aragonese Castle or many of the baroque churches.
Why should you visit Gallipoli in the springtime? South of Italy during the summer is packed with tourists, but in spring, it feels almost deserted, while at the same time, the weather is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, or kayaking. On warmer days, you can even sunbathe or go for a swim.
So if you want an authentic Italian experience, great food, and not too many people, Gallipoli should be your next spring holiday spot! And if you are not convinced yet to visit Gallipoli, let me tell you that its name from Ancient Greek means Beautiful City.
The Aeolian Islands
By Emily from Wander-Lush
If you’re searching for the perfect Italian island escape during shoulder season, look no further than the Aeolian Archipelago. Located off Sicily’s north-west coast and accessible throughout the year by hydrofoil from the mainland (Milazzo and Messina), the Aeolians are an island paradise at any time of year, but especially in spring.
There are seven volcanic islands in the chain, each with its own character and attractions. Salina, the ‘green island’, is an ideal base for exploring the rest of the area by boat. Known for its rich soil and temperate climate, Salina has incredible local food and wine scene. Spring is the perfect time to do a Malvasia wine tasting and sample the island’s favorite produce, capers, which are the star of the show at the annual Caper Festival in May.
If it’s warm enough to swim in the ocean, it’s not hard to find a secluded cove all to yourself in spring. Stromboli, famous for its active volcano, has beautiful black sand beaches, the perfect place to wind down after trekking to the crater summit. If it’s a chilly spring day, head to the thermal mud baths on Vulcano instead. Spring brings brilliant yellow and red wildflowers to some of the islands – a gorgeous contrast to the inky blue Tyrrhenian Sea.
While the Aeolians are all about sun, sea, and hiking, there are plenty of indoor activities on offer as well in case of inclement spring weather. The Archaeological Museum on Lipari can’t be missed, and you’ll find cute ceramics workshops, boutiques, and churches in every village.
By Elena at Passion for hospitality
Italy is blessed with countless magical destinations and those who wish to delve deeper into the beauty of South Italy should definitely visit the smaller charming towns of Puglia such as Ginosa. Located a little over an hour’s drive from Bari, this charming town is set between Taranto and Matera.
It is characterized by its unique shoe-shaped grapevine (canyon) which was formed by natural erosion over the millennia. Despite its small size, it has quite a fascinating history that dates back to several centuries before. One of the fascinating landmarks that you can find here in Ginosa are the cave houses or the casa Grotta that were inhabited until the 1950s. There is a total of 66 caves that are evident to this day.
Other highlights to admire in Ginosa are the clock tower which is located in the heart of Piazza Orologio surrounded by impressive abandoned 19th-century buildings with remarkable mosaic paintings, the Chiesa Madre, a remarkable 16th-century church that honors Madonna del Rosario, and the Norman Castle which dominates the most strategic point of the historical center overlooking the ravine.
Apart from the historical sites, Ginosa is home to several artisans such as the famous shirt maker Angelo Inglese who’s known for his famous clientele among whom is Prince William.
Spring is a wonderful time of year to visit this quaint town and to embrace its relaxed atmosphere, enjoy delicious cuisine and spend relaxing evenings lingering over fine Primitivo wine.
By Daniel at Urban Abroad
When looking for the best destinations to visit in Italy for spring Tropea in Calabria offers a traditional town setting from which you can sit back relax and not worry about the weather.
Tropea and its charming historical center don’t receive as much international tourism as other places in the south of Italy such as Sardinia, Sicily, or Puglia. However, Tropea and any other Calabria itinerary you read should list many gems that can offer you various types of activities all depending on what you’d like to do.
You can even mix a typical beach holiday with some action and adventure. No matter whether you prefer to be snorkeling in the Mediterranean sea, hiking one the nearby mountains, or sampling some of Italy’s best seafood dishes, there is something for you.
The greatest thing about visiting in Spring is that you avoid many of the ever-growing local tourist crowds that are usually at their peak during the month of August.
With tranquil sunbathing spots such as Zambrone beach (located 10KM from Tropea town), you can rent a car or even jump on the train to visit the different beaches and vantage points along the journey. All in all, a trip to this part of Italy known as the coast of the gods will give you more than what you could have ever imagined.
By Elena at The Carry-On Chronicles
Sanremo sits along the Italian Riviera on Liguria’s western coast. It’s nicknamed the “City of Flowers,” a title it truly lives up to, particularly in spring! In March, for instance, travelers can attend the Carnevale dei Fiori, Sanremo’s annual flower carnival. Here, spectators will be wowed as vibrant, flower-adorned floats make their way down the Sanremo seafront.
However, even if the carnival isn’t on the itinerary, visitors can enjoy Sanremo’s numerous plant species all season long. The city’s incredible fauna ranges from classic roses to unique tropical flowers that can be found throughout the public parks and gardens. In particular, Villa Ormond Park, the city’s largest public garden, is a wonderful place to enjoy in spring. Giardini Regina Elena is another popular option, offering visitors beautiful spring vegetation and incredible views of Old Sanremo.
Springtime is also the perfect occasion to visit one of the area’s many impressive villas, including Villa Nobel and Villa Ormond. Here, travelers will get a glimpse into the past lives of Sanremo’s wealthy elite.
In addition, those who fancy a refreshing dip will love visiting the city’s many beaches, such as Spaggia Italo Calvino. Alternatively, if the weather isn’t cooperating, travelers can pay a visit to the iconic Casinò Municipale di Sanremo – or at least admire the gorgeous display of flowers out front!
By Nadine at Le Long Weekend
The Italian Riviera is a sublime stretch of coast that encompasses many charming villages. But perhaps the most striking of them all is Portofino. With an upmarket feel and a fairytale backdrop, it’s the kind of Italian town that looks like it’s straight from the cinema – and for good reason, as many Hollywood movies have been filmed there.
Spring is the ideal time to visit Portofino to enjoy the warm weather, flowering terraces, and nearby beaches before the summer crowds descend.
Take leisurely walks along the seafront promenade, stopping for gelato along the way, wander up to the Museo del Parco to take in the sculpture park, take the ferry around the coast to the secluded San Fruttuoso Abbey, and step inside the San Martino church to view the beautiful frescoes within.
Spring is also the ideal time to hit the hiking trails in the regional park that encompasses this area of the coast before it gets too hot to hike. While there isn’t a myriad of attractions to keep you busy in Portofino itself, the beauty of this seaside Italian town is in relaxing into a slower pace of life, sitting in a cafe terrace and watching the fishing boats and superyachts in the bay. If you do feel like doing more, there’s always the larger town of Santa Margherita Ligure just a scenic walk away.
By Lori Sorrentino at Travlinmad
You’ll never run out of fabulous scenic places to visit in Italy, and one of the best destinations in South Tyrol in northern Italy. This province borders Italy and Austria and is a popular winter playground, but spring is no less beautiful and there’s plenty to do.
After the snows have disappeared and temperatures begin to rise, the landscape of South Tyrol turns a lush new green and blooms in a riot of wildflowers that blanket the meadows. And the slight tinkling of cowbells is ever-present, and a wonderful welcome to the new season.
With mild temperatures and sunny skies, spring is a perfect time of year for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking on trails up to high elevations reward you with incredible panoramic views. The ancient mountainside pathways known as waalwegs make for good hiking as well. These are South Tyrol’s antiquated irrigation canals, and you can follow them as they wind through miles of meadows, orchards, and mountain forests.
Cycling the narrow winding roads is also back in high gear and the mountain huts have reopened so you can stop for lunch along the way.
If you want to cover more ground, spring is the best time of year for a northern Italy road trip through quaint mountain towns, like the scenic Val di Funes and the iconic Church of St. Magdalena. The lush green mountain backdrop still has a touch of snow on the peaks, so you’ll be surrounded by endless photo ops as you drive.
By Zoe at Together In Transit
For a perfect destination in Italy for Spring, find yourself exploring the beautiful city of Florence. This Tuscany region location is a great place, easy to get to from Europe, and perfect for a weekend destination. Florence is home to beautiful terracotta-tiled buildings such as the Duomo and many of the museums that you can visit.
Florence has something special all year round, but Spring is the best season to visit due for the following reasons; It is warm enough to explore and enjoy the restaurants outside, it’s not as busy as summer, and it is totally gorgeous with all the local nature and city flowers blooming.
For top things to see, find yourself wandering and exploring the many museums available, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Gallery of the Academy of Florence – which is famously known for Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. These are great to combine with a tour to learn the full history and talent. These tours often also take you to the best spots for a bite to eat, such as the Dei Neri Ice Cream store. Before the end of the day, climb the steps of the Duomo Tower for the gorgeous spring views from above.
Last but not least, Spring is perfect for an evening walk around the city. Take a walk over the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and along the river’s edge. Then to head up to the viewpoint Piazzale Michelangelo for sunset to relax and enjoy. The perfect location to end an evening in Florence.
By Paula at Truly Expat
Most people visit Lake Como in Summer, where life revolves around the most famous lake in Italy. However, most people do not realize that this beautiful part of Italy is best visited in Spring. Why? Because it isn’t crowded with people, everything is open, and the sun makes this part of the world come alive.
There are so many things to do at this time of year, visit one of the smaller towns along the lake by hopping on a ferry or grabbing a Vespa. This is Italy at its best, quaint little lakeside towns full of locals and fantastic food; who could ask for anything more?
Hike the mountains where you will find breathtaking uninterrupted views that you wouldn’t believe could be found in this part of the world. I love that you can stumble across a little cafe, bar, or shop in the middle of nowhere.
If you would love a view but without the exhaustion, then take a trip up the funicular where you can find views to die for, enjoy a relaxed long lunch and explore the surrounding streets. A day well spent in a more pleasant temperature.
By Diana, The Globetrotting Detective
Stromboli Island is one of the Aeolian islands located off the coast of Sicily in Italy.
It is a perfect place to be in spring as it is not too cold and not too hot. During the day, the average temperature hovers around 16 °C / 61°F degrees. However, it feels much more.
It is not only one of the three active volcanoes in Italy and one of the most active volcanos in the world. Stromboli has been erupting for nearly 2,000 years and it will not stop erupting anytime soon.
The most popular and spectacular activity on the island is hiking Stromboli starting just before sunset. Trekking as close as possible to the craters of Stromboli to see the magical sunset over the island and witness Stromboli’s raging explosions is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
As of today, you can hike up to 400 meters above sea level if you join a guided tour. In case you want to hike Stromboli independently, you are only allowed to do so up to 300 meters above sea level.
Stromboli erupts every 20 – 30 minutes. A single eruption lasts generally one or two minutes and it is about a few hundred meters high.
The second most popular activity is hanging around on Stromboli’s black sandy beaches and swimming in the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea that surrounds Stromboli. The temperature of the water around the volcano in spring is approximately 18 C° / 64°F. This feels also more than this.
Another exciting thing to do there is to hire a boat or kayak. From your boat or kayak in the middle of the sea, you can admire Stromboli spitting ballistic ejecta. Definitely not to be missed.
By Linn Haglund at Brainy Backpackers
San Gimignano in Tuscany is a wonderful place to visit in spring when the flowers start to bloom and the tourist crowds still haven’t hit the roof. Temperatures are just perfect, and the days are usually nice and sunny. But it is spring, so make sure you bring warm clothes for the evenings and a rain jacket in case you get rain.
Also known as the Manhattan of Tuscany, due to the many towers still standing, San Gimignano is perfectly situated on top of a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside of rolling hills and never-ending vineyards.
Back in the days, there were 72 towers in San Gimignano and even though they have been reduced to only 14, it is the town in Tuscany with the most remaining towers today. You can climb Torre Grossa, the tallest of them, towering 54 meters above the ground you are up for some pretty spectacular views. There are also spectacular frescoes in the Duomo di San Gimignano and Palazzo del Popolo that you should not miss.
For being such a tiny town, there are enough things to do in San Gimignano for a day and if you want to extend your stay you can visit one of the many vineyards for excellent, Tuscan wine tasting or quality olive oil tasting. And since it is spring, it is also opening season for gelato!
One of the most beautiful regions in Italy in spring is definitely the enchanting Val d’Orcia in Tuscany. Italy connoisseurs count this area among the most beautiful landscapes in the country, making it a highlight of any trip to Tuscany.
In spring, everything here turns green, life awakens and the landscape shows its most beautiful side! Here you can expect unique romance: endless green hilly fields, breathtaking viewpoints on the panoramic roads, the typical cypress avenues of Tuscany, and as a highlight the charming small towns in Renaissance style. Yes, if you travel to Val d’Orcia in spring, you will experience a Tuscany like in a travel magazine!
The entire Val d’Orcia with its many medieval towns and unique landscape has even been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004. A real insider tip is the small town of Pienza, which is considered the cradle of the Renaissance. During a walk through the center of the town, you will see numerous historic squares and beautiful buildings, but also picturesque viewpoints of the green spring landscape.
Fantastic are also the many good restaurants that invite you to take a break from sightseeing.
The most beautiful moment in Val d’Orcia can be experienced in spring in the very morning when the sun rises and the mist hangs over the fields. But also the sunsets in the evening, when the sky turns pink, are spectacular!
By Coni from Experiencing the Globe
Venice is an iconic destination. Everyone wants to visit the city, and rightfully so. But its popularity has taken a toll on it. During peak season it becomes unbearable. The good news is that it’s the perfect destination for springtime. The even better news is that you’ll be able to visit Venice sustainably.
The warmer days of spring are ideal for long strolls around the city. The beauty of it is better discovered getting lost in the little alleyways, crossing cute bridges, and marveling at the architecture. Another must-see angle is from the canals, in a boat. You’re bound to have lovely weather, so you’ll be able to fully enjoy the views, whether you take a ride on a classical gondola or a communal vaporetto (the Venetian public waterbus).
Take your time exploring the main sights, especially St. Mark’s Cathedral and square, and the area around the Rialto bridge –you’ll be able to take in the views without the summer crowds! Make sure you visit the Gallerie dell’Accademia for stunning pre-19th-century art. And have a drink or a meal in a bacaro (typical Venetian bar) or and osteria (Italian eatery) with an outdoor terrace and enjoy some cicheti (Venetian-style tapas) and an ombra (a small glass of house wine).
Read also: How many days in Venice?
By Helen at Helen on her holidays
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Sorrento in southern Italy. The town sits on the Bay of Naples, its parks full of spring flowers and its port lapped by the glittering waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The sea may be a little cold for swimming just yet, but the bathing platforms are open, and locals and visitors alike are enjoying the first long, warm days.
Springtime is also fantastic for taking advantage of the many amazing day trips you can take from Sorrento. History buffs will love how close Sorrento is to the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and how easy it is to climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius, the volcano which destroyed them. Pompeii is a huge archaeological site, without much shade, so visiting in spring, when the days are long but not quite as hot as peak summer, is a smart idea.
Another must-see day trip from Sorrento in springtime is Capri, the famous island just across the water. While you can visit Capri year-round, in spring the ferries begin their summer schedule with more frequent crossings. The island’s restaurants, hotels, and attractions are all open, ready for the summer, but without the crowds of the high season.
Avoiding peak-season crowds on the Amalfi Coast is another reason to visit Sorrento in spring. Towns like Amalfi and Positano can be much more pleasant in April and May, and the roads and public transport are less busy, making it easier to get around.
By Alice at Adventures of Alice
Verona is a beautiful Italian place located close to Lake Garda – The largest mass of water in Italy. It’s most commonly known for being the setting of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare.
There are loads of things to do in Verona, and it is filled with some amazing history and stunning architecture. The public transport is also extremely good, and loads of destinations you can walk to. Making it a great place to visit in spring.
One of the best things to do in spring is to visit the Verona Arena, which is located in the middle of Verona’s busiest piazzas. It was used in the past for plays and even now it’s sometimes still used as a concert venue. The entrance cost is 10 euros. It’s all outdoors so it’s the perfect activity for spring.
Some other popular outdoor activities for spring include:
- Piazza Bra – The busiest and biggest Piazza in Verona. There are loads of restaurants and high street shops if you want
- Juliet’s house – The courtyard is free but the house costs 6 euros and there’s a museum inside.
- Torre Dei Lamberti – This will give you a fantastic view of the city. The stairs will cost you 8 euros but the elevator won’t be much more than this.
Read also: One day in Verona itinerary
While the charming villages on the Ligurian coastline should be on any bucket list, no matter the season, visiting during spring comes with a lot of advantages.
Skip the crowds in one of the most popular attractions in Italy, do plenty of hiking in the National Park of Cinque Terre and take advantage of the perfect weather, and don’t forget about the most photogenic spots.
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