Postcards from Italy

Christmas in July: What to Expect during a Winter Trip to Italy

The lion's share of visitors to Italy plan their trips during the high season summer months, but Italy in the winter has a singular charm as the cities empty of tourists and locals return to their daily routine, the biggest museums and attractions are delightfully quiet, and the cooler temperatures make it more pleasant to tour, despite the shorter days.

january-travel-italy-ciutravel-cr-brian-dore(Photo by Concierge in Umbria via Flickr)

What can you expect during a winter holiday trip to Italy? Here are some of the seasonal specialties and activities that can be the highlight of a vacation during the most wonderful time of the year:

december-pienza-tuscany-cr-brian-dore(Photo by Concierge in Umbria via Flickr)
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Christmas in July: Why Winter is the Time to Visit Rome, Florence, and Venice

The torrid heat wave in Italy has been all over the international news. Rome's ubiquitous public drinking fountains have been shut off for the first time in history, wildfires on Mount Vesuvius are darkening the skies over Naples, and Florence and most of surrounding Tuscany have been on red alert for high temperatures for weeks.

Maria in Portofino(Photo by Concierge in Umbria via Flickr)

Though Italy is beautiful on any day and in any season, when the mercury shoots sky-high, it can be a challenge to fully appreciate the charm of the Bel Paese. During these languid July afternoons spent digesting our pasta lunch in comfort of a powerful fan, we are reminded of why a winter visit to Italy can be so rewarding, and why now is the time to start planning.

christmas-gubbio-italy-cr-brian-dore(Photo by Concierge in Umbria via Flickr)

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So, You Want to Go to the Beach in Italy...

When the temperatures soar in Italy each summer, a cool break from the sweltering cities of Rome and Florence suddenly seems like a great idea. Luckily, there are very few towns in Italy that are more than a couple of hours from either the Tyrrhenian on the west coast or the Adriatic on the east coast, so you can easily hit pause for a day and relax on the clear waters of the Mediterranean to recharge your travel battery.

(Photo by Concierge in Umbria via Flickr)

Unfortunately, you will find that you aren't the only person who has had that bright idea, as Italians love the seaside in the summer and Italy's beaches are usually very crowded, especially on the weekend. But follow these tips and you can still have a relaxing beach break, even on the hottest and most crowded time of year.

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