Should I go to Italy in mid Sept, Oct,or Nov?

trying to plan Italian vacation for next year. Should we go in mid Sept, Oct or early Nov? Planning on starting in Sicily and finishing in Venice over 2 week period. Any wine festivals/special event that we might want to plan around? I have only been in late April to early May. Found that there were some steamy days (a lot of rain the year I went) in Rome and Venice and cool in Tuscany. Is it still pretty hot early Sept?

Posted by Ruth
270 posts

September can still be hot, hot, hot, but if you're from Thibodaux, that might not bother you.

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
3399 posts

Go in October, when the grape harvest is in full swing. They may also be harvesting truffles the end of the month.
It's an interesting time to be there.

Posted by Gordon
Portland, Oregon, United States
345 posts

I have been in September. Hot but not unbearable, even on the Amalfi Coast. Sept/Oct best. Fewer tourists. Grape crush time would be excellent. Fall is a bit dustier than spring for picture taken, but still fine.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
6709 posts

September is generally still hot. Early October is generally warm, but daylight shorter and evenings, mornings, are cooler. Late Oct, early Nov. is statistically the wettest time of the year. Cooler too. Late Nov is generally cooler,but not yet freezing cold. in the high 50s during the day (at least in the major cities). When to go depends on what you want to visit. If it's mostly museums and churches, cold and rainy weather of late Oct and Nov also means fewer crowds, so That is is good. But if you plan to visit the outdoors (countryside, beaches etc.), then you might want to visit earlier.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
14114 posts

Oct is our preferred month for that area.

Posted by Charlie
Honolulu/Seattle, HI/WA, USA
2313 posts

Do you have a copy of RS Italy Guide book yet? If so, great. If not, you should consider getting one as it has lots of very useful information that we used in planning our trip to Italy in 2012, including weather.

Posted by Stephen
481 posts

I went on my honeymoon last November. We started in Venice on the 4th and encountered some aqua alta but it was actually really neat to see it all. We moved to Florence and then Rome and the weather was fairly nice. We live in SC and the weather was pretty similar to what we are used to.

Posted by Laurel
Rome, Italy
4069 posts

As the weather will be cooling, at least relatively from north to south, you should consider starting in Venice and working your way south. I do think October is optimal. September is still summer, November can be rainy.

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
8186 posts

October was great for us. The days were nice, evenings cool enough for a light sweater, and we only had a couple of small sprinkles. It can get too hot for comfortable travel in Italy. Even in October, I could see how people would swelter on a summer day in Rome. November is getting into prime aqua alta time in Venice. We saw some in the third week of October, but nothing drastic.

Posted by Kelly
St Petersburg Florida
951 posts

November: typically cheaper airfare, cheaper accomodations, slightly less crowds, not that cold but cool enough to get cozy in jeans, boots, sweater, scarf.

Posted by Bob
Gettysburg, PA
1515 posts

I agree with Kelly. Less is more, especially less crowds.

Posted by Gil
74 posts

I was there in mid-september and the weather was warm, Very enjoyable!!

Posted by Sean
New York
148 posts

Mid Sept is best. October and November tend to be chilly and rainy in Northern Italy. In Venice, this time coincides with the Acqua Alta. (high water) It's a great month for Rome, though.

Posted by jeff
naches, wa, usa
182 posts

i have only been in late february and october. great weather. not too hot. hardly even a jacket at night. i think go to italy whenever you can! have fun, be safe.

Posted by Michelle
Thibodaux, LA
20 posts

Thanks everyone for the advice. I love hearing from everyone. I think we have decided on early to mid October.