Italy in July- The Best Things to See and Do
Italy Weather in July
Italy in July is hot no matter where you go. Sometimes, the high temps can be pretty uncomfortable, especially in the south. For less humidity and slightly cooler temperatures, northern Italy is a good option in July. Sticking close to the beaches is a great strategy to beat the July heat, and perusing the museums is often a great way to stay out of the sun while still experiencing the best of Italy’s culture.
Temperatures, on average, are:
Northern Italy: (18-30°C)
Central Italy: (18-32°C)
Southern Italy: (24-32°C)
Holidays & Festivals in Italy During July
What To See / Do in Italy in July
Check Out Cinque Terre
July in Italy is a great time for a summer road trip around one of the country’s most scenic areas, Cinque Terre. Stop off at the various towns to explore the cobblestone streets and find the best viewpoints to see the coast. Take breaks to eat gelato, people watch from a cafe, or grab an ice cold beer to drink while watching the sunset. Wander around the Cinque Terre National Park, one of the smallest but most beautiful in Italy, or do some trekking on the Footpath Monterosso. Visit the Church of San Francesco, take a boat tour, or just hang out near the cliffs and enjoy the view. You can stay overnight in the various towns if you want to take a more leisurely approach to exploring the coast.
Explore The Museums In Florence
Florence is an epicenter of art and culture in Italy, as it’s full of intriguing museums. Beat the July heat by popping into one of Florence’s many noteworthy museums. Spend some time exploring the Uffizi Gallery where you can see famous artworks by Michelangelo. Then, head to the Museo Galileo, Palazzo Publico, Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, and Bargello, all of which are popular in Florence. Don’t forget to check out Accademia Gallery, where you can see Michelangelo’s David statue.
Explore The Vatican Museums
If you’re visiting Rome and want to stay out of the sun, head to the Vatican to wander around the museums all day. There are over 20,000 pieces of artwork and artifacts that the various Popes have collected throughout the years. Highlights at the Vatican include the Sistine Chapel, Gallery of Maps, the various sculpture museums, and the artwork of Raphael. Also make time for the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the Vatican Historical Museum, and the Pinacoteca Vaticana art gallery.
Enjoy the slight breeze off the Venice canals while you explore the narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets. Getting lost in Venice is part of the fun so put away your map and spend some time wandering without a care. Stop off for gelato to keep cool or pop into a cafe to people watch while getting your caffeine fix. A gondola ride is a nice way to experience the canals when you aren’t museum hopping or getting in some shopping.
Visit Lake Como
Soak up the summer sun by the stunning Lake Como. This Italian city is known for its beauty and luxury; frequented often by the rich and famous. Don’t let the dollar signs deter you from visiting because even a few hours by this lake is worth a visit. Find a spot at a restaurant with a view of the lake and order yourself a nice glass of wine while you look out at the pristine view.
Visit The Beaches of Lecce
Often referred to as the ‘Florence of the south,’ Lecce is full of culture and beauty. It’s surrounded by stunning beaches so make sure to bring your bathing costume so you can cool off in the azure waves. It’s a top spot for snorkeling, swimming, and lounging on the coastline. Bring your appetite because the food scene here is certainly worth filling up on.
Road Trip The Amalfi Coast
There’s no denying that summertime and road trips go hand-in-hand. The Amalfi Coast is full of thrilling twists, turns, and out-of-this-world views. Hire a car and hit the road to see some of Italy’s most postcard perfect scenes. Look out over villages, lemon groves, opulent villas, and mountain retreats. There are seaside towns up and down the coast, each offering its own unique lineup of sightseeing opportunities and culture.
This island is at its peak in the summer months. It’s small but stunning, and is full of rustic towns, beaches, and mountain peaks. Stroll along the waterfront, eat fresh seafood, and take photos of the colorful boats and houses along the water.
See The Sunflowers in Tuscany
Blooming in late June through August, the sunflowers are everywhere in Tuscany. July is the perfect time to see them in bloom, especially around the rolling hills of the countryside. If you’re traveling by car, spend some time looking for fields of sunflowers along the roads. You may be able to find them near the highway but your best bet is taking backroads. Make sure to get out and snap a few photos, preferably with you in them.
Visit Cala Granara Beach
Located in Sardinia, this white-sand beach is a thing of dreams. It’s the picture-perfect Italian beach, so you’ll definitely want to spend some time here. There are tropical plants, shallow blue water, and soft sand for sunbathing. Swimming conditions are usually pretty favorable so don’t hesitate to take a dip if you get too hot.
Why not take a look at our other monthly guides for Italy created to help you get the most from your next vacation:
- The best things to see and do in Italy in January
- The best things to see and do in Italy in March
- The best things to see and do in Italy in June
- The best things to see and do in Italy in August
- The best things to see and do in Italy in September
- The best things to see and do in Italy in October
- The best things to see and do in Italy in November
- The best things to see and do in Italy in December
Italy in July is hot, but the weather is perfect for hitting the beaches or taking summer road trips. Between the festive holidays, natural scenery, and cultural sites, there is a lot to see and do in Italy. Make sure to pack your sunscreen, stay hydrated, and explore the best of what Italy has to offer.