Few countries come close to being as picturesque as Italy in the summers. Sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast, fresh rolling meadows growing in the Alps, and the green and serene countryside landscapes all capture the attention of tourists from around the world. But planning a trip to Italy in summer can be a daunting task as there are too many things to do; you need some insider help to plan the perfect getaway. Here are some tips for you to know about Italy in summer, from the weather to must-visit destinations. You can reach us to help you plan a luxury holiday for the family, as a couple or as friends.
What to expect
While June, July and August are the best months to travel to Italy, that also means that tourists from around the world tend to plan around the same months. Expect a rush in hotels, restaurants and queues in the hot spots, but overall the vibe is vibrant. This only means that you need to plan ahead and ensure that you don’t have to worry about things while you are on the trip.
The weather is warm and sunny, bordering a bit humid and hot temperatures. For some, this is a boon vis-à-vis feeling really cold in a European country. August is a time known as Ferragosto, which basically translates to ‘holiday time’. This is the month that every Italian flocks to the mountains or the sea for a summer getaway. If you are travelling to remote places, you should know that it’s holiday time even for the Italians, so you may find establishments closed for some part of the day.
August brings a lot of local festivals and is a great time to understand the local culture and join in the festivities. Since this is peak time, an Italian holiday can be slightly more expensive than other times, but this can be managed if you plan well.
Top 3 things to do in Italy during the summer
1. Enjoy the island life: Sicily and Sardinia are the two largest islands in the Mediterranean. The wide availability of flights makes these islands super easy to visit and they have gorgeous hotels and resorts for you to have a luxury-packed holiday. You can also try Elba, Eolie and Lampedusa islands t tick off some offbeat spots.
2. The Dolomites: have a [preference for mountains over the sea? Then the best summer getaway for you is in the Dolomites. This is a mountain range in northern Italy that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From trekking to cycling to camping, a trip to the Dolomites is perfect for families and outdoor adventurers. Summer is a great time to visit the Dolomites, as the air is cool as opposed to the beaches of the coast. The meadows are a picturesque green and waking up early to see lake reflections is quite doable.
3. Cinque Terre: The Cinque Terre, meaning 5 towns, is part of the Italian Riviera in the region of Liguria. These colourful, cliffside villages are world-famous for their unique geography. Cinque Terre is perfect to visit for those who want to do a bit of exploring in the local villages, hike and relax at the beach.
The other places to keep in mind are the region of Puglia, Amalfi Coast and Lake Garda. Italy is universally beautiful and has so much to see that any part is worth the trip. But you ought to hit some of the essentials to have a memorable trip.