Italy and switzerland in october?

Planning a 2 weeks trip to Italy and Switzerland in Sep last week or oct first week. Since, we wouldn't like to travel in cold, wanted to check, how would be the weather in October? Also, any two week Italy/Switzerland suggested trip itinerary would be great to have. Thanks
Ajay

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17792 posts

Ajay, There's no way to predict what the weather will be like in Sept./Oct. of this year, so your best bet would be to look at the historical trends for areas you're planning to visit. I've been in Switzerland in October, and have found that if it's sunny, conditions are quite pleasant in the daytime but it does tend to get a bit "chilly" in the evenings. Waking up in the morning in an unheated Chalet, I was really happy that the Pension had supplied a thick Duvet. It's difficult to suggest an Itinerary. Some further information would help. For example..... > what prompted this desire to visit Italy and Switzerland? > what are your interests - Museums, galleries, scenery, hiking or ? > have you ever been to Europe before? Of course, using open-jaw flights would be the most efficient travel method, so work out an approximate Itinerary before you book flights. Good luck with your planning!

Posted by Ajay
San Ramon, California, United States
2 posts

Thanks for your response Ken!! I plan to travel with my wife and 9 year old son. This will be our second trip to Europe but first to Switzerland and Italy. Historical sites, museum and natural beauty(Switzerland specially) are what we are thinking of exploring. We plan to travel in September/October.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17792 posts

Ajay, I'd suggest starting in Switzerland and moving south, perhaps ending in Rome. That way you should have warmer temperatures than if travelling in the opposite direction. Regarding destinations to visit, I'd have to give that some thought. I'm sure the others will also have some good ideas.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6735 posts

Late September and early October is when we usually travel. We've always had great weather. A couple of years ago, we went all around England for 3 weeks. Not a drop of rain on us during our trip - even in the Lakes district. Same with Barcelona and France two years ago. My wife and daughter are booked to go to Italy this year on Sept 22. They will be there until the 2nd week of October. You'll be fine.

Posted by Nicole P
Truro, NS, Canada
713 posts

In 2010 we did Switzerland the first few days of Oct (Spiez/Murren, Bern and Zurich). I made sure we had packed some thermal underwear...did not need it. Maybe we were lucky, but when we were in Murren (and NO ONE around at all the beginning of Oct) we had gorgeous blue skies and I wore my light summer coat. In Bern, gorgeous again...we did a hike and I had to stop at one point and take my boots off to cool my feet down...and wore only a tshirt and Zurich again was gorgeous. Maybe Mother Nature smiled on us, and it wouldn't hurt to layer, but we had fabulous, perfect weather.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3355 posts

Every time I've been in CH in October it was raining, constantly. Sometimes, as you cross the St. Gotthard tunnel into the Ticino (the Italian speaking side of CH) the weather would be sunny, as if the Alps had stopped all the clouds on the northern side. Early Autumn is somewhat unpredictable, so be ready for anything. I wouldn't expect really cold weather though, except for very high elevations. Italy is more likely to have warm and dry weather than CH. Evenings and early mornings are crisp, so take a jacket in Italy also. It is a good idea to start from the north and work you way south.

Posted by Marcus
Kansas City, United States
206 posts

Its hit and miss. Definitely start in Switzerland and head south. Like anywhere else, fall can be gorgeous with very clear blue skies and crisp mornings and maybe a dusting of snow on the higher peaks; it can also be rainy and wet. September you're probably safe, just be prepared for it being cold up in the mountains.

Posted by Sam
Green Bay
2281 posts

Meteorologically, September is one of the driest months in the Berner Oberland. We were in the mountains by the Dents Blanche last year on Sept 22 and 23 and the weather was delightful. But that is just a single data point.
Yes, start in Switzerland and head south.