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5 Reasons Why We Love Visiting Italy in Spring

Florence, Duomo And Giotto's Campanile.

With the changing of seasons upon us, the coming spring season is a much appreciated time for tourists and locals alike. In fact, there are many reasons that make spring an ideal time to visit Italy. While summer certainly has its fair share of festivities, the post-winter months are also something that can be appreciated for those looking to enjoy an authentic Italian vacation.

We’ve compiled the top five reasons why spring is the best time for your to visit Italy.

Great Weather

If you’re sick and tired of the cold weather, then spring should be a much needed reprieve from the winter season. While it is still common to see spring showers during the months of March and April, the weather can still be comfortably warm during these times. Temperatures ranging from 50 and 60 F are normally felt in the central areas of the country, such as in Rome and in Florence. Because of this, spring is the ideal time to take a nice, relaxing stroll and do some sightseeing without having to suffer from the cold of the previous months or the punishing heat of the upcoming summer season.

Fewer Crowds, Lower Prices

Friends - group of people on travel vacation having fun togetherEarly spring is the best time to get ahead of the crowds that tend to congest the famous tourist spots and cities. As people are still shaking off the sleepy cobwebs from the winter season, you won’t see a lot of people traveling during this time, so you might want to consider booking your trip before the summer tourists start appearing in droves. In addition, this “off peak” season usually means “Tour Italy Now’s Tips on Traveling in Italy On A Budget cheaper airfare and accommodations. You can expect the number of visitors to rise as Easter approaches, but it is still nowhere near as many during the summer months of June and July.

Spring Festivals

Easter is definitely the big highlight of the spring season festivals. The Monday following Easter (la pasquetta) is considered a national holiday, with days before Easter filled with solemn processions and masses. Various cities across the country hold processions on Good Friday, with participants dressed in traditional costumes while carrying special statues through the streets. The Easter mass is also a very notable event as the Pope presides over the celebration in one of the year’s biggest and most popular mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Other notable festivals and events include Liberation Day on April 25, which signifies the fall of the Italian Social Republic and the ousting of the Nazi occupation of Italy. The first of May is also considered a public holiday, as well as June 2, which celebrates the Festival of the Italian Republic (Festa della Repubblica Italiana).

Seasonal Spring Food

The changing of the seasons heralds the return of seasonal food like the Roman artichoke. Dishes like carciofi romaneschi are commonly served during this time as artichokes are in season from February to May. Spring fruits like cherries, lemons, strawberries and tomatoes are also commonly seen during these months. There are many local fairs that are held during spring that offer many of the seasonal produce. The warm weather is also a great time to enjoy gelato – nothing is as enjoyable as strolling down the streets with a gelato in hand while enjoying the sights.

Street show-window of flower shop in Italy

Flowers in Full Bloom

Of course, nothing says spring more than the advent of flowers coming into bloom after the winter season. The beauty of each city is enhanced with the new growth of flora across the many streets and parks. The best places to appreciate spring flowers include Rome’s famous rose garden and the Iris Garden in Florence. There are also numerous festivals that use floral decorations and make the each celebration come alive with the vibrant color that it lends.

Tour Italy Now can help you plan and book your ideal spring vacation to Italy. Visit our custom tours page and tell us how you want to spend your time this upcoming season.

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By Priscila Siano (266 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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