Italy is a country that has a lot to offer travellers with its dynamic cities, pristine coastlines, world-class museums, and incredible cuisine, which is why it comes at no surprise that it’s a year-round tourist destination and one of the most visited countries in the world.

If you want to experience everything that it has to offer but you’re not one for crowds, then the best time to travel to Italy is during the low season.

Our team of Italy destination experts can take the stress out of planning your off-season trip, which is why your next trip to Italy should be with Savour Italy Tours.

When is the low season in Italy?

There’s no denying that Italy is a busy tourist destination and people vacation there all year-round. However, the country does experience a low season during which you’ll find significantly fewer tourists and cheaper rates on flights and accommodations.

The low season in Italy typically starts in November and runs through the month of March. However, if it’s a ski holiday you’re after, then consider April through May and September through November to be the low season.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

Why Travel to Italy in the Low Season?

Here are the top three reasons why the low season is the best time to travel to Italy:

Avoid the Crowds

Tourist crowds can get overwhelming, especially at popular destinations like the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the Grand Canal. So, one of the top advantages to travelling during Italy’s off season is the smaller crowds, which make for a more enjoyable sightseeing experience and less time standing in lines.

If you’re particularly crowd-adverse, check out the best places to go in Italy to avoid them.

Save Money

Flights to Italy are most expensive in June through to September, and tend to be least expensive from the beginning of November through March, excluding spikes during the holidays.

Hotel room rates also drop during the low season, making it the best time to travel to Italy if you’re working with a tight budget. Also keep in mind that hotel rates tend to be higher for weekend stays (Friday to Sunday) than stays during the week.

Another way you can save money during an off-season Italy trip is through discounted group tours and reduced rates for some popular attractions – all it takes is a little research!

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy.

Cooler Climate

Travelling to Italy in the off-season isn’t just a budget-friendly alternative, it’s also a great way to avoid the sweltering summer temperatures.

Italy’s warmest month is usually July, with high temperatures in Rome averaging around 32°C, while its coolest month on average is January with highs in Rome averaging around 13°C. One thing to be prepared for during an off-season trip to Italy is rain, especially in November, which is Italy’s wettest month.

The climate and temperature also depend on the part of Italy you’ll be visiting, and temperatures can vary considerably from north to south.

The Grand Canal, Venice, Italy.

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