Weather in Italy

When you look at a globe, you’ll notice that Italy is not an enormous country. It does, however, have a diversity of terrain that lends itself to varied weather conditions – not to mention the fact that it goes from coastline to mountain peaks and back to coastline in a relatively narrow bit of land. In other words, the weather in Italy can fluctuate quite a bit from tip to toe and even from one minute to the next.

Satellite image of Italy || creative commons photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Satellite image of Italy || creative commons photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

There are, of course, generalizations you can make when you begin planning an Italy trip – summer in Italy will be hot, and winter will be cold. When you get closer to your deprature date, however, it’s a good idea to look up current forecasts for the individual cities on your itinerary. That way you’ll know if any part of the country is experiencing an unseasonably warm or cold season, or if you should pack sunglasses or an umbrella (or both).

I think the meteo.it site breakdown of weather by region (in Italian) is good, since you can get more specific information for just the places you’ll be going. Click on each region for details. The descriptions are in Italian, but scroll down to see temperatures (remember, they’re in Celsius!), wind (vento), humidity (umidità), etc. for individual cities in that region.

To at least get you started on some weather information for trip planning, here are the seasonal averages for three Italian cities in different parts of the country. Temperatures are listed in both Fahrenheit and Celsius below.

Don’t forget to consult my calendar of Italian festivals and holidays in conjunction with this weather chart, so you know what will be going on when you’re in Italy!

Here are some seasonal overview articles, too, for reference:

Milan – Northern Italy


Month High (F) Low (F) High (C) Low (C) Wet Days
January 44 25 7 -4 8
February 47 27 8 -3 9
March 56 34 13 1 8
April 62 40 17 4 6
May 70 49 21 9 5
June 77 55 25 13 4
July 83 60 28 16 1
August 82 60 28 16 2
September 75 54 24 12 5
October 64 44 18 7 8
November 52 33 11 1 11
December 45 26 7 -3 10

Rome – Central Italy


Month High (F) Low (F) High (C) Low (C) Wet Days
January 55 39 13 4 6
February 56 40 13 4 7
March 59 43 15 6 7
April 63 47 17 8 8
May 71 54 22 12 8
June 77 61 25 16 9
July 83 66 28 19 6
August 83 67 28 19 7
September 79 62 26 17 5
October 71 56 22 13 8
November 62 46 17 8 10
December 57 42 14 6 7

Palermo – Southern Italy


Month High (F) Low (F) High (C) Low (C) Wet Days
January 59 51 15 11 12
February 59 51 15 11 8
March 61 52 16 11 8
April 64 55 18 13 6
May 70 61 21 16 3
June 77 68 25 20 2
July 83 74 28 23 0
August 84 75 29 24 2
September 80 72 27 22 4
October 74 66 23 19 8
November 66 58 19 14 8
December 61 54 16 12 10


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