Italy’s three thousand year history often makes it difficult for travellers to choose among the nation’s endless cultural attractions.
Ancient monuments and archaeological sites are perfectly preserved, museums are bursting with the genius of Italy’s finest sons: Raffaello, Michelangelo, Tiziano, Leonardo Da Vinci, Canova; contemporary architects are still inspired by ancient buildings and squares. Italian cities are open air museums.
All of this can be fully experienced only in Italy – a country rich in breathtaking beautiful contrasts that fill your eyes and touch your soul.
Welcome to Italy, a country that has mastered the art of sharing its colours and emotions through the centuries.
When to travel
Italy has something for everyone year-round, but just like anywhere in Europe, there is a high and low season.
Summer, especially the month of August, can be an unpleasant time to visit Italy. It can be extremely hot with the average temperature in Rome being 30 degrees Celsius.
Many Italians take a few weeks off in August for their own holidays so smaller boutiques, restaurants, and hotels may be closed. #ferragosto
The best time to visit Italy is spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October).
The Gulf of Naples and Sorrento, the Aeolian Islands and the other islands in the south are filled with many different wonderful destinations to visit during these two periods of the year.
Autumn is particularly enjoyable in the Dolomites, in the spectacular lake districts of Lombardy and Veneto, or nearby Rome and Apulia
The temperature and weather is mild with sunny skies making it ideal for sightseeing.
Most of the popular attractions are less crowded and hotels are offering better room rates.
In winter, the Italian Alps are unequalled for scenery and skiing.
Northern Italy has some of the world’s most famous winter sports resorts that can be easily reached from Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region as well as from Milan and from Venice. Skiing is also a summer sport in the mountains of Piedmont and the Aosta Valley.