Spring in Italy: A trusted guide to 20 best places to visit and things to do

Spring is coming, and Italy calls us again, pushing you to consider the beautiful country a travel destination for the upcoming spring holidays. Italy has more travel options than you think with its historic cities, outdoor café life, relaxing sandy beaches, scenic gardens, and villas. Unlike North to South, this guide about spring in Italy will walk you through infinite possibilities of relaxation and mindfulness in the Southern European country. 

Spring is the perfect time to go. Here are a few suggestions of the best springtime destinations in Italy. Visit Naples and hike Mount Vesuvius, benefitting from the nice weather and warm temperatures, eat a gelato, take advantage of the ways in bloom, or check out at the picturesque Cinque Terre without crowds.

Italy in Spring is a country to discover, and it might be even less expensive than you think. Go through some traditional festivities and experience regional sagras like a local. 

All you should know about Italy in spring

Why Visit Italy in spring?

  • Longer Days
  • Incredible Festivals and Celebrations
  • High Temperatures in Europe
  • Friendly Locals
  • Time to taste the wine
  • Chase the sun in the South
  • Eat Gelato
  • Culture without crowds
  • Low rental prices
  • Cherry blossom walks
Tuscany spring vibes - Enjoy Spring in Italy and explore the beautiful city of Florence

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Longer Days

One of the main reasons travellers decide to spend spring in Italy is primarily because of the weather, associated with good food, balanced lifestyle and the position in Europe. Furthermore, being so close to the significant European Capitals, Italy is one of the favourite destinations for British, Germans, Danish, Swedish. 

The day is usually longer compared to other Mediterranean countries, with average daylight of 12 hours in March and 13,5h in April. If you like believing in the Italian saying – “Il mattino ha l’oro in bocca”, you like to wake up early to get the best of the first lights.

In Italy in spring the sunrise is from 6.20 am in March, 6.28 am in April, and 5.48 am in May. The sunset is also late in the evening, giving you the chance to enjoy dinner al fresco.

Incredible Festivals and Celebrations

Italy is well known for its festival and celebration taking place not only in spring. The beautiful country has it all for travellers that want to enjoy a little retreat and good food with a bit of craziness. While planning your trip to Italy in spring time away from well-known cities you should take advantage of local festivities.

The little towns often work together with neighbours organizing local festivals in small squares or spaces. Here, you can find the best of Italian traditions. Check out for local “Sagra” which means a typical traditional festival hosted by small communities, or continue to read to the dedicated paragraph.

The high temperatures of Spring in Italy tends to get hotter in May, allowing locals and tourists to enjoy the shoreline. This photo is Monopoli in Puglia at short distance from the world-known Polignano a mare.

High Temperatures in Europe

Italy is second only to Spain and Greece in terms of High temperatures in Spring. This is one of the main reasons Italy is always a good idea for every season. We also encourage people to travel to Italy, as the warmest temperatures in the colder months in Europe.

We will give you detailed information regarding each month of springtime in Italy in a breakdown below. However, it is worth knowing that the average temperatures might vary from Northern Italy to the South, passing by the central regions. The warmest area is Sicily, Puglia and Campania (Naples and Amalfi Coast). The Northern cities like Milan, Turin, Venice or the Dolomites area have variable weather for the whole period with minimal lowest of 5°C

Friendly Locals

Italians are among the most friendly people in the world. This is true for every part of Italy. We are Italian but often get in conversation with friends about our beautiful country, and this topic comes on at all times.

Italians are keen to learn from you and very interested in other cultures. Italians do indeed speak different languages. English is not largely spoken in tiny villages but is common in larger cities used by tourists. However, away from language barriers, Italians will welcome you anyway and try their best to talk to you and understand your needs.

You will always find a local helping you, and this is one of the reasons we are very proud to be Italian. Often the other topic is about if Italy is safe, and we describe it as one of the best places to live in.

Time to taste the wine

After the wet winter, it’s sunny, warm and mild. Locals love to walk around the wild paths if living in nature or city parks in a metropolis. After the long winter lethargy, locals want.

You should visit two places in Italy if you are a wine lover. The well-known Tuscany and the uncommon Marche. Spring is time to taste the wine of the latest harvest. This is called “Vino Novello” in Italy, meaning that it’s new. The best way to experience Spring in Italy on the wine path is going on a road trip through the valleys and hills of central Italy. Check our curious itineraries on the Road in Italy.

In March, all over Italy, wine, olive oil and fruit start appearing in shops, and there is a good chance of finding some unusual seasonal produce on menus: wild asparagus (traditionally served with sweet-and-sour veal), artichokes, chestnuts, strawberries, melons, apricots and figs are among the best buys of the season.

Eat Gelato

You can combine that walk on the promenade with a typical tasty Italian gelato. Spring is when gelato consumption starts to hit the sky in Italy. 

Grab a frozen treat, put on your most excellent shoes, and stroll along the main street for a truly Italian experience. This can be in Southern Italy or the Norther; it doesn’t matter, we can assure you that a stroll around the old town of Bologna with a gelato in hand is lovely.

The passeggiata (this walk on the promenade or old town)  is a tradition in many parts of Italy, especially southern Europe where people used to go out walking around lunchtime (usually between 1 pm – 2:30 pm), or even in the early evening (6:30 pm onwards).

This is a peaceful time where you enjoy the landscape, might pop into a shop or meet friendly locals. This is a time for yourself, family and friends, making your holiday time in Italy.

Rome itinerary in 2 days

Culture without crowds

In March, Italy’s museums, parks, and historical sites kick off their cultural programmes, allowing tourists to experience the incredible exhibitions and shows that summer visitors will enjoy — without the crowds.

Italy is a country of extraordinary beauty and culture, with unique cities, museums, and attractions around every corner, so it makes sense that Italy attracts about 94 million tourists per year.

The “Made in Italy” tourism sector has snowballed over the past two decades. Even though Italian towns have been hit hard by Covid-19, the first signs of recovery are recently becoming visible. Some of the most beautiful places in Europe are ready to welcome tourists once again.

The Uffizi Gallery, the Colosseum in Rome, and Cinque Terre are less crowded in spring. In this way, you will enjoy more of a city or a region in less time and without stress. Let’s be honest; having more people around you will stress you out, especially in the current time. However, also consider visiting Italy in winter will cut off half of the usual tourist mass and have the best time.

Chase the sun in the South

Southern Italy is the perfect location if you want to chase the sun in Italy in spring. Places like the Amalfi Coast or Puglia Region are likely to be less crowded compared to summertime.

The South is always warmer than northern and central Italy and has some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. These two reasons should direct you to book a trip to southern Italy in spring.

You will experience the blossoming almond tree in Sicily, pure magic in an already incredible landscape. Spending a vacation in Spring in Italy will take you to stroll around the seaside with nice weather, friendly locals and a chance to be on the spot until late evening sipping a typical spritz. Start earlier your holiday season with a retreat in Italy, in the south in April or May.

Terrazza Santo Stefano - Polignano a Mare things to do
Cheap hotel prices in Venice in Spring can make you book the trip there in april or later - This is the canal of Venice and cheap rates can take the adventure to the next level with memorable experiences

Lower Prices

In early spring, you’ll find significantly fewer people around the prominent landmarks in Italy. Also, this kind of shoulder season will help you save money on accommodation and airfare.

Even the queue to enter the Colosseum is short in spring, which is unusual. (Two tips for avoiding the Easter period and buying a skip-the-queue ticket to the arena.

If you decide to visit Italy in spring, take advantage of these reduced crowds to enjoy Rome’s best museums, monuments, and art galleries for less and spend more time taking photos rather than simply staring at them from afar as you did before. We could also get discount prices visiting Venice in the lower season. The lagoon city was “empty” like no other time, and we could walk through the canals at fast peace, seeing all the sightseeing on our itinerary. Discover our guide to Venice in two days.

Cherry blossom walks

Not only does Italy explode into a beautiful triumph of colour in the spring, but many of its major cities’ gardens also open their doors. For example, upon the photo spot hill of Piazzale Michelangelo overlooking the beautiful Florence, the Iris Garden unlocks the door to visitors. Also, Rome has got its piece of heaven, with the Rose Garden, near the Circo Massimo full in bloom.

In spring, you will see Italy in full blooming, with flowers and flourishing trees that lighten the atmosphere, creating an almost surreal landscape. 

Take in the colours and fragrances of spring in your neighbourhood garden, park, or flower market, from bluebells to crocuses, poppies to magnolia.

Some towns have spring festivals that celebrate these flowers. Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, is beautiful, with thousands of daffodils blooming from the 15th of April. Enjoy the beautiful squares around the Arena and the old town.

May in Sicily, in the Capital city, Palermo at La Favorita Park marks the first flowering of the almond trees. So head to Sicily on 12 May for this event. But there are many other events and celebrations worth spending spring in Italy.

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Spring Holidays in Italy

Spring Holidays in Italy are often associated with Easter time, this is when locals get vacation days from work, and most of the schools are closed.

However, considering average European travellers, the Spring holidays are all the period from March until May. Therefore, depending on the year, Carnevale is going through February and March, but the Spring holidays in Italy mostly means Easter and Liberation Day, which is on 25th April. All the shops are closed on this date, even if it is in the middle of the week.

The first of May is another big spring holiday in Italy, and we warn you to avoid this time. More than the April holiday, this sees people following it and getting mad. Significant cities host festivals and public concerts. The biggest is in Rome. This first May spring holiday is the “Labour Day”, in Italian “Festa Dei Lavoratori”, involving everyone celebrating the work.

May instead is recently becoming part of the summer season. The temperatures rise, and most people take advantage of the lower rates to enjoy the beaches and main cultural cities.

When is Spring in Italy?

March, April, and May are the spring months of Italy. Italian says “Marzo è pazzo”, meaning March is crazy (Check other amazing quotes about Italy.

The first part of the spring season in Italy is still uncertain until mid-April, when the temperatures get mild and the snow is melting up into the Dolomites. (By the way, this is the right time to visit some of the best lakes in the Dolomites.)

May is the right time to visit Italy in Spring. However, prices rise like the temperatures, and it is considered the lower part of the upcoming summer season.

April marks the beginning of spring, and the heavy winter coats are back in the wardrobe. The white snow melts in favour of the season’s blossoms and pleasant scents. In previous years, heatwaves have wrecked Italy in late May. Consequently, the weather will be warm and sunny, attracting tourists from Europe and North America in search of a taste of paradise.

Easter in Italy | Weather and more!

The Easter holiday season delivers a lot more consistent weather to Italy than other seasons of the year – but don’t get too excited just yet! In Italy, spring takes numerous states. Generally speaking, if Easter comes in March, you are more likely to have rain over the period than sunny days. However, if it comes in April, you will most likely get nice weather. 

This general consideration might vary from side to side of Italy. In the internal part during Easter, there is likely to be the chance to get the last snow of the year, especially in Trentino and the central Apennine. If you haven’t got the opportunity to hit the slopes this year, it is not over yet. Discover some of the best destinations in the Dolomites to get the last remnants of winter in Italy.

Spring temperatures in Italy

In the spring, the air temperature in Italy is +15-20 °C (59-68 °F). In addition, the first citrus, olive, fig, and pomegranate trees begin to blossom around this time.

Bears, ROE deer, deer, chamois, grouse, and hazel grouse live in the Alps, whereas grouse and hazel grouse live in the Highlands.

Spring weather in Italy

Italy in March

The shoulder season, particularly March and April, is undoubtedly the most beautiful time to visit Italy. However, with fall in Italy growing more popular, keep in mind that the peak season might occasionally extend into October, making March an appealing month for spring in Italy.

The weather in March varies greatly depending on where you are in Italy, but, except for the inland and mountains, where there is still snow, you can expect spring weather, which means moderate, variable, and perhaps wet in Italy.

In March, there are likely to have thunderstorms that are very heavy in Italy. Southern Italy especially suffers in Spring. Average temperatures in March in Italy are mild, about 15-18°C. With an average of about 8-10 days of rain.

Italy in April

April is a fantastic month to visit Italy. The weather is lovely and relaxing, and wildflowers bloom throughout the area. Generally, the temperatures are still low in the north and rising quickly in the south with less rainfall compared to March. In April, the average high temperature in central Italy is about 18-20°C. Southern Italy has a minimum temperature of about 10-14°C, rising in the second part of the month.

An Italian saying for April is “Aprile non ti scoprire”, meaning don’t get naked in April. (Discover more Italian sayings). This defines the weather in April, which might be warm at some point but is variable and can change quickly.

May in Italy

May is one of the most incredible months to visit Italy, with sunny days, pleasant temperatures, and the first hints of summer. Temperatures are mild, making your stay even more satisfying. In Southern Italy, this is the time to hit the beaches; locals do that already since after Easter. Pack your swimsuit because temperatures can go up to 20°C easily and from time to time hit 25°C.

Visiting central Italy is the right time to get your hiking boots and discover the highest peaks of the Dolomites. Alternatively, enjoy a long walk through the hills of Tuscany, stopping by local farms or “Agriturismo” for sipping a glass of Chianti or Sangiovese from the producers. May in Italy has the lowest rainfall rate, making it easier to plan your retreat in the bel paese.

Temperatures you can expect in Spring in Italy

North Italy (Incl. Milan, Venice, Turin)

March | High 13°C, Low 5°C

April | High 17°C, Low 9°C

May | High 22°C, Low 14°C

Central Italy (Incl. Florence, Bologna, Rome)

March | High 16°C, Low 6°C

April  | High 19°C, Low 12°C

May | High 24°C, Low 12°C

Southern Italy (Incl. Naples, Bari, Palermo)

March | High 16°C, Low 10°C

April | High 20°C, Low 13°C

May | High 24°C, Low 16°C

How to get around Italy in Spring?

If you only want to see places like Naples, Milan, Rome, Florence, and Venice, the easiest method to travel across Italy is by rail. Italy boasts an extensive network of high-speed intercity trains and regional services that connect smaller towns and cities. However, we have included a few tips on how to plan your road trip in Italy and seven incredible routes. Check it out!

Rent a Car |  Travelling to more remote places, you should consider renting a Car. Indeed, it is not easy to travel to Italy, but everyone can learn. Consider renting a car if you want to visit villages and small towns, where the link with trains and buses isn’t easy. Check the rates for renting a car.

Train | This is the suggested method to travel to Italy in spring. The train network is diffused fast and reliable, especially linking the major cities. We have also tried to travel through Puglia, using public transport, which was a blast, proving that you don’t need to rent a car to travel through remote little white villages. Check our itineraries in Puglia.

Flights | There are several airports in Italy, but Naples, Milan, and Rome are the biggest. Spring flights cost less than other seasons, and you might get deals for Milan and Rome. Pisa Airport, Bari, Brindisi or Bologna airport also has the lowest airfare with the low-cost companies.

Italy in Spring

Festivals and events | Spring season in Italy

We have already introduced you to some incredible festivals and events in Spring in Italy. However, other than major events, there are several small, more intimate and locals you can consider for the upcoming spring holidays.

Vinitaly | In April, the annual competition in Verona, celebrating the spring blossom season while sipping a glass of wine. Verona’s surrounding area is considered one of the most prestigious wine regions in the country.

Rome Marathon | If you are into athletics or just a fan, the Rome Marathon takes place in April. This is a 42 Kilometres run on the gladiator’s footsteps through the streets of ancient Rome.

Almond Blossom Festival | This ancient festival resisted since 1936, celebrating spring with traditional and folkloristic performances in Agrigento, Sicily. The scenario is unique, around the Valley of the Temples.

Frog Race | On Sunday after Easter in the small village of Fermignano, there is the “Palio della Rana”. Check out this quirky contest.

Liberation Day | 25th April and takes place all around Italy. In Piazza San Marco in Venice, there is also the Bloomin Rose Festival to celebrate love and romance.

Labour Day | 1st May takes place all around Italy with concerts and local festivals.

Republic Day | This is celebrated on June the 2nd for the birth of the Italian Republic.

In the last three events, the major attractions are open for tourism. However, we discourage you from spending spring in Italy during these dates only. You might be disappointed by the long queue. Check our tips on avoiding queueing for access to the Colosseum in Rome.

What to do in Italy in spring

Road trip in Tuscany an incredible way to enjoy spring in Italy - Here we can admire the beautiful Val D'Orcia with an incredible sunset. The colours are orange and a pinkie sky with the field looking the Tuscany region.

Go on a road trip to Tuscany

The endless landscapes offer dazzling sceneries, and the allure of large lawns, sunflowers, and golden cornfields will give you more than one reason to visit Tuscany in spring. The picturesque towns around Florence, Pisa and Siena are perfect for a unique Italian Road Trip.

 Its scenery has been depicted in numerous paintings and works of art. Out of all the towns in Italy, the scenery in this valley is the most magnificent. The Val d’Orcia, or as you want to call it, Orci Valley, is an area in central Italy’s beautiful Tuscany region.

The best season to visit this place is between April and May when you can see the area’s flowering nature and explore old towns on the hills. Places like Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia are unmissable and picture-perfect. Don’t also miss spending at least one day in Florence to enjoy the magnificent Villa Bardini and the Boboli Gardens, hiking the panoramic Michelangelo’s Square.

Also Read: Reasons why you should visit Florence

Spring drive on Amalfi Cost - Great way to enjoy the best Italian Spring break

Spring Dive on Amalfi Coast

With some of the most picturesque towns in Italy and a breathtaking landscape, it is easy to say that the Amalfi Coast is unmissable on an Italy spring guide.

The Amalfi Coast is protected by UNESCO for its endless precious landscape and distinctiveness. Located an hour away from Naples airport, the Amalfi Coast is easy to reach by renting a car or taking public transport from the Region Capital.

Write down towns like Amalfi, Arienzo, Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Salerno, Scala, Tramonti and Vietri Sul Mare. The blue turquoise water might be more than just a reason to visit Amalfi Coast in spring.

The entire coastline is well known for the high cliffs, the blue flag beaches and the traditional architecture. Springtime in southern Italy is perfect for enjoying the Amalfi Coast. Locals and tourists love this time to dive in the crystal water and take advantage of the low rates for hotels and “lido’s” fares. The sunshine in Spring, especially after Easter.

Enjoy the festive celebrations

We can’t mention enough how Easter is important for Italians. The celebrations for this time of the year are huge, with processions (mainly religious), parties and usually families stay together on the festive Sunday.

Another way to celebrate Easter in the Italian way is to book a local agriturismo and enjoy some food and wine in a rural place. Usually, families tend to stay outdoors thanks to the nice weather and visit places they are not going to on weekdays. Unfortunately, the Easter holidays also mean tourists are around. It is a time to avoid visiting museums and cultural places, but it is also one of the most pricey spring periods in Italy.

Follow the tradition by spending the following Easter Monday in Italy

You might not know, but Easter celebrations in Italy get longer. Locals celebrate the day after Monday in the same way as Sunday. People tend to go on the road and discover outdoor places, go on long walks or hikes and take lunch with them. On Easter-Monday, Italians go outside of their cities. As a result, roadways, in particular, can get quite clogged; if Easter Monday falls in March, it is an excellent day to remain home and explore the surrounding area.

Try the Italian Gelato

We can assure you that spending spring in Italy lets you abuse (in a good way) gelato consumption. At least you will eat gelato twice a day.

It’s a cheap pleasure, and it allows you to connect with Italians while also developing your language. There are quite a few flavours that go from typical chocolate to nuts, fruit and mixed. You can’t miss the Italian Gelato on your next trip to the bel paese.

Eat ice cream while walking around Polignano old town

Italy Spring Vacation

Extreme water sports in Trentino

Trentino is the place to be if you appreciate extreme sports! Climbing, paragliding flights, rafting, kayaking and exciting hikes among the beautiful Dolomites.

Not many know that Trentino is a wonderland for water sports addicts. We experienced this in Val di Sole and Val di Non, going on thrilling rafting on the river Noce. We assure you that you’ll have difficulty choosing between rapids, canyons, and consistent hikes with a dive on top of 2000 metres.

Set off on an exciting journey down the Noce river in an inflatable raft, taking in the rapids and harsh waves. If water is not your place, take an e-bike and go on the top of the Dolomites to feel the pure fresh air.

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Pasta making class in Puglia - Italy in spring experiences

Learn how to make orecchiette in Bari

Have you always seen videos of a grannie making fresh pasta in the streets of Southern Italy? You better know that that city is Bari. Check our extensive guide on things to do in Bari.

If you are looking for an authentic experience in Italy, getting in touch with locals should consider visiting Bari. The Capital of the Puglia Region is perfect for a spring retreat in Italy in the boot’s heel. A short gateway to southern Italy learning the traditional way of making fresh pasta by a local. Bari is the perfect location to start your trip in Puglia and visit the white towns of Valle d’Itria like Ostuni, Martina Franca, Locorotondo and Cisternino.

READ ALSO | Best Day trips from Bari and Puglia Guide

Naples Street Food - Cuoppo

Indulge in the traditional Neapolitan Food

No trip to Italy is complete without indulging in local food, and this in Naples means more than just the best pizza in the world. The food capital of Italy is definitely Naples, with a good mix of street food and old traditions. The southern Capital can test your taste buds.

As locals, we can assure you that you can spend an entire day trying Napolitan food, just going from bakery to bar, passing by small shops. Spring in Naples means other traditional food like grilled artichokes sold at the corner of the streets for about 1 euro each and sweet and sour cakes and dishes. Easter in Naples means two main things: pastiera and casatiello. The first is a lovely cake mostly made with rice and special cream; the second is a savoury bread-based stuffed with meat and cheese. For the full explanation of typical Neapolitan food, check our post.  

Riomaggiore, Italy - Cinque Terre most famous landmarks in Italy

Visit Cinque Terre without crowds

Write this down; Cinque Terre is best to visit in Spring. A 19th-century railway line carries passengers from village to village through a succession of seaside tunnels. Five beautiful little towns built on the rocks, with fishing communities nestled within some of the world’s most stunning coastline landscapes.

Visiting Italy in Spring can say one thing more than the other, Cinque Terre. This dramatic coastal scenery is among the travellers Italy Bucket list.

You can organise a simple trip through the five villages by train, or rent a car and enjoy the roads. The climate in Spring in Cinque Terre is mild and, if you are lucky enough, might be perfect for a dive. The cities in Cinque Terre are a triumph of colours with balconies adorned with blooming flowers. This time of the year is most likely to find beautiful towns full of residents or Italian travellers more than International tourists.

Best beaches in Naples Italy

Hike Mount Vesuvius in Spring

The top of one of the best known active volcanoes can be achieved while hiking in spring.

Not so far from Naples, Mount Vesuvius offers an incredible opportunity for adventurers looking for a lovely retreat in Italy in spring. As a result, climbing this mountain and esteeming Naples’ beautiful attractiveness from the summit is risk-free.

But the neighbourhood of Naples is not just Vesuvius. There is also one of Italy’s most underrated Roman ruins in the city where you can start the hike. Herculaneum, for many, is more beautiful than Pompeii but is less popular among tourists. Spring in Naples means fewer tourists around but better scenery. So organise your hike to Mount Vesuvius, spending an extra night and enjoying the ruins of Herculaneum.

Spring Break in Italy

Roam around the ancient ruins in Rome in Spring - Spend Spring in Italy in Rome will let you avoid the crowds and enjoy the Roman Forum, in the photo the Roman Forum view of Rome

Roam around the ancient Rome

Spring is an excellent season to visit Italy’s capital. Consider the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain less crowded than usual. Trastevere’s square and the Spanish steps are full of flowers. The Lungotevere with people jogging since early morning and the first lights over San Pietro and Vatican City. It’s a dream, isn’t it?

Enjoy the lovely smells coming from little stands at the side of the streets of the fresh-baked bread from a typical shop. We can’t include all the attractions and reasons why visit Rome in Spring, but when deciding on this city, you will never be wrong.

Step into Milan Cathedral

The Duomo di Milano is a Catholic church in Milan, Italy, and holds the second-largest cathedral in the world. The Milan Cathedral, built over the course of more than five centuries, started in 1386 by Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo and Lord of Milan Gian Galeazzo Visconti, showcases both Renaissance and Gothic styles. The Renaissance refers to the period between the 14th and 17th centuries.

The inside of this magnificent Cathedral is stunning, but what you should visit is the Cathedral Rooftop. The inexpensive ticket allows you to enjoy the view of Milan and one of the most important monuments in the world all in one. If you are willing to explore Milan in Spring, check out our guides about Milan.


Uffizi Gallery - Florence - Best photo spots in Florence

Meet the David of Michelangelo face to face (we know it is impossible). Visiting Florence in spring, remember to book your ticket for the Uffizi Gallery in advance. The beautiful gallery takes up the first and second floors of the central building planned by Giorgio Vasari and built between 1560 and 1580. It is well-known worldwide for its magnificent collections of antique sculptures and paintings (from the Middle Ages to the Modern period).

The name comes from its origins. Cosimo de Medici built the structure to allocate new offices to the magistrates of Florence in 1560. Uffizi means “Uffici”, translated as “Offices”

Today is the house of one of the most envied statues in the world, the sculpture of Michelangelo’s David. This is guarded in the Accademia Gallery, which also houses many other stunning and ancient art pieces. The entrance to the Uffizi Gallery costs only 10€, but book in advance, even in spring, to avoid queuing outside.

Julitet's Balcony a famous landmark of Italy

Visit Juliet’s Balcony in Verona

Made famous by Shakespeare’s novel, Juliet’s balcony welcomes tourists from everywhere. The love story inspires romance for couples and curious.

Verona is in northern Italy, and you can reach it by the local airport or by flying into Milan or Venice. You can also combine a trip to Italy in spring exploring Verona and Venice altogether.

Fun Facts about Juliet’s Balcony in Verona is that a crew of writers works all day answering letters lovers leave on Juliet’s wall. The team works just across the road of the famous Juliet’s Balcony. This scene was made famous by the popular movie Eat, pray and love.

Look for a local Sagra

We have introduced the local Sagra in Italy as a must-go place in spring, but what is it? This is something that makes the community stay together celebrating moments of life. Since Spring little communities, often remote villages organize festivals and celebrations. The Sagras celebrate everything from religious moments to field occasions handed down by generations.

From spring onward in Italy, you can find a sagra every weekend in different places, with the nonna serving the best products. The must-go places for sagra is Abruzzo, Marche, Umbria, Emilia Romagna and remote villages in Tuscany. Good food, nice wine, organic product and friendly locals are waiting for you.

Off the beaten path places to visit in Italy in spring

San Quirico d'Orcia - Best Italian Road Trip
This is San Quirico d’Orcia – A photo taken with the drone to show the magnificence of the landscape and view of Tuscany surrounding Florence

Explore Inland picturesque towns

There are authentic gems among the famous spots in Italy ready to be explored. Thanks to the nice weather, spring in Italy is the best time to go outdoors and explore some underrated places.

Even if you fly into the major airports, you can still enjoy that true Italian lifestyle in the small villages surrounding big cities. Think about flying into Pisa instead of Florence to explore the Tuscan Valleys. Explore Puglia, a unique place in southern Italy, only recently becoming popular among travellers.

Puglia is where your focus should be planning a trip to Italy in spring. Another region worth a visit is the Marche in central Italy, with some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and a similar landscape to the Tuscany Valleys. For a more rural taste, write down an unknown region, Molise, with cheap slopes through March and maybe April and close enough to the Adriatic coasts of Abruzzo.

 Some of the best tours highlighted for you in Italy in Spring

If you are looking to get a life time adventure in Italy, you should consider our suggestions

Spring in Italy: A trusted guide to 20 best places to visit and things to do 1

5-Day Puglia and Basilicata


5-Day in Southern Italy, starting from Bari, visiting Matera, Lecce, Alberobello and Ostuni.
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Sicily 8-Day Tour


Visit Taormina, hike the Etna Volcano, enjoy the beautiful Syracuse and Temples Valley
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Florence & Tuscany 4-Day


From Florence to Cinque terre, passing by Siena and little villages in Tuscany

What to book in advance for spending Spring in Italy

Spring can be the perfect time to avoid crowds and visit places otherwise packed. However, it is good practice to book the tickets for the main attractions in advance. Take this advice from experienced travellers. We don’t want to waste time exploring new places, as this can limit our time and so things to see.

Avoid surprises, booking in advance the below main sightseeing of Italy:

What to pack in Italy in spring

As you understood from our paragraph about the weather in Italy in Spring, this might vary, so your luggage should change. While exploring southern and central Italy, you should be fine packing just a lightweight coat. Instead, you should cleverly think about a heavy coat for northern Italy and more inland destinations, especially in March and Spring. Of course, always take an umbrella with you and a rainproof jacket if possible.

  • A lovely colourful dress or two
  • Scarf and hat if visiting in March
  • Waterproof jacket and shoes
  • Heavy coat in march for northern Italy
  • A Jumper for evening chill
  • Winter Jacket and gloves if in the mountains
  • An Umbrella is handy

Where to stay in Spring Italy

We usually book our holiday accommodations comparing some of the best services on the market. We suggest you to check these for your upcoming trip to Italy in spring.

Q&A Italy in Spring

Is Italy worth visiting in spring?

Yes. Spring is the best time to visit most Italian cities. Perfect to avoid summer crowds, with the classic italian touch and good weather, though. The longer daytime hours allow for more exploring, and visits to outdoor attractions close at dusk.

What is Italy like in March?

March is known for being chilly, rainy, windy, and foggy. Lows about 5-6°C and highs about 16-17°C on a clear sunny day in central Italy. The average temperatures are not substantially higher in southern Italy but can have 1-2°C more.  In March, Italy receives 5-10 days of rain.

Is Italy worth visiting in April?

Yes. April is one of the most excellent months to visit Italy, definitely better than March. The days are longer, and gardens are in full bloom. As locals say, ‘Aprile, dolce dormire’, which means that April in Italy is a month that makes you want to slow down and relax. Check other Italian sayings.

Is Italy affordable?

It depends on which part of Italy you visit, but the South and inland parts are more affordable than popular spots and northern Italy.  That is to say, and some regions are far less expensive than others. Italy is a very diversified country, with significant differences between the south and portions of central and northern Italy in terms of economy.

What is the spring temperature in Italy?

Italy’s spring weather is lovely. With an appropriate mix of nice weather and gloomy days, Italy in spring gives you all. In spring, temperatures in Rome and Florence are about 10-15°C degrees in April, going up to 21-25°C in May. Remember that Rome city is often hotter than other cities.

What does spring look like in Italy?

In most regions of Italy, spring is typically lovely; however, rain and even snow in the north are possible in early spring. There is generally less rainfall in spring than autumn in Italy, but avoid March if you don’t want to get caught in a storm. On the other hand, temperatures can get rather warm toward the end of spring, allowing you to enjoy outdoor alfresco lunches or dive into the blue turquoise water.

What do Italians do in Spring?

Locals love outdoor eating and exploring inland routes. Popular walks are in the Tuscany countryside, on the Amalfi Coast with the Cammino degli Dei or on the “Sentieri” path walks in the Marche, Umbria and Emilia Romagna Regions.

Is April Spring in Italy?

April marks the start of spring in Italy, and while temperatures may vary depending on where you are, you can expect mild to warm days and chilly but nice evenings.

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