Why You Should Visit Italy in Winter

The topic of this blog post is as simple as it sounds. I’ll give you one reason why you should visit Italy in Winter (hint: airfare) and that alone might be the deal breaker for you! But first I must ask you….Do you love Winter in general?? Do you prefer being in the outdoor and also love sitting occasionally in a cozy Bar?? Do you love to be spontaneous even under the pile of winter clothing?? Then Italy in Winter might be the thing for you!

However, 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.

Why You Should Visit Italy in Winter
Why You Should Visit Italy in Winter
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, 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…And yes….

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 and spend more time??

Talking from experience…..

I visited Italy in January and my return ticket from Delhi to Rome costed around EUR550 whereas I usually pay at least 100-150 more than this in the summer! Sometimes even more if I want a direct flight.
In Rome, the average temperature in January was around 8°C (46°F) whereas the lowest hovered around 2-3°C (37°F) on the day I landed. My coldest day was in Turin in the beginning of February when it started snowing and temperatures dropped to below 0°C. It was icy and freezing but in the evening the snow stopped and I went to the city centre for coffee.

Related Reading: 5 Things to do during Winter in Rome

Later in the month, many parts of Italy that rarely receive snowfall (Rome, Venice and Florence for instance) fell under a surreal blanket of snow. Italy was a Winter Wonderland and I almost regret not being there 😉

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Winter in Italy is unique and beautiful and there are many other reasons for you to visit Italy in Winter….

MORE BREATHING SPACE:

People usually prefer to visit Italy in the Summer or Spring and hence Winter comparatively has fewer crowds= more breathing space=less pushing and shoving. This reason is a BIG WIN in my opinion.
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Why You Should Visit Italy in Winter
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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.

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WARM WINTER FOOD & HOT CHOCOLATE:

I don’t know if hot chocolate tops on your list for Winter in Italy but it certainly does on mine. And Italy does this delicious thick gooey hot chocolate like no other! The rest of the food as usual is mind blowing and you’ll see a lot of fried goodies to keep you warm in the season.
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SEASON OF SKIING:

One of the major reasons why Winter in Italy is a unique experience is skiing. Especially if you know how to ski, Italy has amazing ski resorts. There are some very popular ones too 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
Why Should You Visit Italy in Winter
Why You Should Visit Italy in Winter

HAVE YOU SEEN A WINTER IN ITALY?? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

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Ishita is an Indian Blogger who is in love with all things Italian. Every year, Ishita seek’s new experiences and destinations in Italy; from the southernmost tip of Sicilia to the Northern most parts of Piemonte.

Ishita works and lives in Delhi.

41 thoughts on “Why You Should Visit Italy in Winter

  1. True, winter is a beautiful season in Italy. I would recommend the 2 weeks between December 8 (Immaculate conception) and December 25 (Xmas). That’s the top of Xmas atmosphere, perfect moment to enjoy Xmas markets, nativity scenes and warmly decorated streets.

  2. I have only been to Italy in the summer time and I have loved it. I like the idea of cheaper flights and less crowds though, definitely something I am going to look into for this winter.

  3. I go to Italy every year in winter. I love it! Imagine being almost alone on the Ponte Vecchio early in the morning. The downside is that it rains quite a lot in winter, but there are stretches of gorgeous blue sky days to enjoy as well. The museums have no queues, the winter food is great…what’s. It to love?

  4. You do have the power of making Italy very appealing, no matter which season, Ishita! 😄
    I would also recommend traveling during the first decade on November. I know it’s not winter, but probably airfares are still lower than spring and summer. There’s this beautiful fall atmosphere, weather is cool but not super cold, and at the beginning of the month we usually have a final bout of warmer temperatures. This is so typical that we have a name for it: “l’estate di San Martino”, because it usually happens around November 11, which is the day of San Martino. You can check it out on Wikipedia Italy, there’s a page on it!

    1. Haha Thanks Valentina 🙂 I haven’t yet been in November but it sounds nice and pleasant. Thanks for the information on San Martino, I love such quirky things associated with Italy 😉

  5. I like the idea of cheaper airfare but the thought of being weighed down by winter wear everywhere is a little bothersome. I’d like my first visit to Italy to be around fall. How is the weather in October?

  6. So few people have travel photos of Italy at any other time than when the sun is shining…it’s a refreshing change. I have to agree, aside from the inexpensive prices, Italy in winter is a great time to vegetate in a small town, really get to know the locals and what they’re like.

  7. Hi Ishita, I have been to Italy twice in the winter (and once in the fall). One time my best friend and I arrived the day after Christmas and stayed until after the New Year. Our hotel manager recommended a nearby small restaurant for our New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration. We made our reservation and to our surprised delight discovered we were the only tourists in the restaurant; everyone else was family and locals. The meal was a set dinner and served in several courses over 4 hours. Shortly before midnight more family and friends arrived and it was so much fun to ring the new year in; by the time 4 hours were up everyone was like family anyway. We both agreed it was one of the best New Year celebrations either of us had in a long time!

    I love going in winter because I like the cold more than I do the heat. And I love seeing the holiday decorations and experiencing holidays in different countries (I’ve been to both London and Vienna Austria for New Year celebrations as well). It absolutely poured rain several days, and I didn’t bring an umbrella; however not to worry because the street vendors magically produce them at the first drop of rain, and sell them cheaply. I still have my umbrella “souvenir” from several years ago and am happily reminded whenever I use it. The crowds definitely seemed smaller, restaurants weren’t packed with people. Regardless, I think Italy is a good time to visit any time of year. My bff still talks about wanting to go back and visit more places. Of course I’m never going to say no, after all I’ve been to Rome 3 times and if you asked me today I know what my answer would be!

    1. Thanks Melanie. Italy is crazy all year but winter is a lot better ..I think if someone has already been to Italy once, they can safely travel the next time in winter or autumn.

  8. I completely agree. Save money and eat that hot chocolate with a spoon! I would just caution the borderline seasons and make sure you don’t land in a period where that inexpensive B&B can’t legally turn the heat on yet. I’ve frozen in rented rooms in early November in Rome, just as I’ve wilted in June…

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