What’s winter in Italy like?? Where can you spend winter in Italy?? Is December in Italy worthwhile?? These are some great questions for a travel to Italy in the winter. You’ll love Italy in winter because it means less crowds and better experience. I must emphasize that is exactly why you should visit Italy in winter!!
Why You Should Visit Italy in Winter
If you want to know Italy beyond the obvious, I suggest you to experiment a little and visit Italy in Winter. Just once!! Yes for sure you’ll encounter less business activity, a more laid back lifestyle and even fewer people on the street, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be pretty…. IT WILL STILL BE ITALY!! What it means instead is that you will have majority of towns, museums and art galleries to yourself!
1. CHEAPER AIRFARE:
This one’s a no brainer but won’t it be amazing if you could visit Italy for a lesser price than usual?? Talking from experience….. I visited Italy in January and my return ticket from Delhi to Rome costed around €550 whereas I usually pay at least €700-800 in the summer (Sometimes more if I want a direct flight).
2. MORE BREATHING SPACE:
3. FESTIVITIES AND SALES
Winter in Italy is a party especially if you are there from around Christmas till the New Year. The streets are decorated with Xmas lights and there are official sales from Jan 6 until the end of March.
People throng the stores like crazy because amazing deals are available!! Stores such as La Rinascente, which are present in most of the major cities of Italy, offer good bargains and even artisan and boutique shops are on discount.
4. WARM WINTER FOOD & HOT CHOCOLATE:
5. SEASON OF SKIING:
One of the major reasons why Winter in Italy is a unique experience is because of it’s amazing ski resorts. There are some very popular ones and most of them have skiing lessons for amateurs too! Such as these in the lesser known Aosta Valley.
THINGS TO NOTE:
- In Winter, there are fewer activities/tours than usual
- During train travel, it is advisable to keep ample time in hand for any unforeseen emergency such as fog, strikes or even snow!
- During Winter, ferries don’t operate so plan a trip to the seaside accordingly!
- Book an accommodation that provides heating else run a risk of being cold throughout the night! For ease, I’ve added links of hotels in Rome, Florence and Venice. (#affiliate)
- Carry extra scarves, gloves and boots during your travel. It doesn’t hurt to pack an umbrella either. #JustSaying
If you associate Italy with bright blue skies, endless stretches of clear sea and the idea of La Dolce Vita, then you might not like Winter in Italy.
Remember that Italy in winter is obviously cold. In Rome, for instance, the average temperature in January hovers from around 8°C (46°F) and can go as low as 2-3°C (37°F). In the beginning of February in Turin, the temperatures can be 0°C. It can be icy and freezing but still worth visiting the city centre for a hot chocolate! Many parts of Italy rarely receive snowfall but if you unexpectedly find yourself under a surreal blanket of snow, don’t complain. Italy in winter is a Wonderland and the experience is unique and beautiful!
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