The Best Way to Travel in Italy: Tips and Tricks from the Experts
High Season vs. Low Season
Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. While it’s always busy to some extent all year round, there’s a remarkable difference in visitor numbers between the high season and the low season.
High season runs from June to September, and you can expect prices to skyrocket and crowds to be enormous at iconic destinations such as Venice and Rome. The weather is bright and sunny, and it’s a great time for a beach holiday.
Low season runs from November through to March and this is when the weather starts to get cold and rainy. On the plus side, cities such as Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice will be devoid of tourists in comparison to the summer. Head south and you can even enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate well into winter.
There can be a big difference not only in the weather but in the experience you have, depending on the time of year you visit.
Our expert tip is to travel in the shoulder seasons. You’ll miss the worst crowds of the summer high season, but you won’t yet have to deal with the cold and rain of winter. The weather can be wonderful in spring and autumn.
Ultimately though, it’s down to personal choice which season you choose to travel in. If you want to have the most iconic sights to yourself, then you’re going to have to brave the unpredictable weather of low season. If you want scorching hot sunshine and the best beach weather imaginable, then you’ll need to brave the crowds and travel to Italy in summer.
Authentic vs. Tourist Traps
Italy is such a great travel destination because there’s so much to see everywhere you go. Many of Europe’s top tourist attractions are found here. For many travelers, it’s these iconic sights that are the reason the country is in their bucket list.
Many of these famous places have become tourist traps though. The thought of crowds and queues can put even the hardiest traveler off the prospect of visiting the Roman Colosseum or taking a gondola through the Venice canals.
Luckily though, while Italy is best known for the likes of the Leaning Tower of Pisa or colorful but crowded coastal towns such as Cinque Terra, there are many more destinations that have yet to be really discovered.
There are countless villages and medieval towns in the Tuscan Hills that are yet to be overrun, there is mile upon mile of coastline in the south and in Sicily and Sardinia that hasn’t yet been developed, and there is always a unique alternative to the Venice canals or the Roman ruins of Rome.
These authentic experiences are waiting to be found by those looking to escape the tourist trails, but you might need a little help from our experts to really uncover the best ones out there across Italy. After all, many remain hidden because the locals will only want a select few tourists to ever know about them.
If you want to put our expert travel tips and tricks to the test, then contact our Italy specialists at Italy4Real today to book your next adventure.
Rem is the owner of Italy4Real and the original Italy enthusiast! If you need inspiring or want to know about anything travel, he’s your man.