It’s March in Italy: What you Need to Know

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March is the month that many northern hemisphere residents begin to shed their winter layers and start to dream of warm days ahead. It’s no different in Italy. It is no different.

It is, therefore, one of the most beautiful times to visit Italy.

Although it can be cold and damp in certain places, especially early in the month of March, a March trip could help you save money and avoid crowds. Here’s some information about the weather and holidays in Italy if you plan to visit it in March.

Weather in Italy, March

The weather in March’s early stages is usually similar to February, which is cold and wet. It’s not uncommon for the weather to become balmy by the end of March. March is a transitional month. The phrase ” in a lion’s den, out as a lamb” doesn’t go unnoticed. However, the weather can be unpredictable.

Visitors will need to bring an umbrella and water-resistant shoes. But don’t take the Italians’ advice. They dress according to the calendar, not the weather conditions. This means that you will still see Italian women wearing full-length fur coats, even though it is a sunny and dry March day. March to them still refers to a cold spring day, regardless of the outside temperature.

The following are the average temperatures for March in different regions of Italy:

  • Northern Italy: 35-55degF (2-13degC).
  • Central Italy: 45-60degF (7-16degC)
  • Southern Italy: 50-60°F (10-16°C)

As always, make sure to check the extended forecast for the place you are actually going before you leave. This will allow you to know in advance if it is unseasonably warm or cold.

Italy’s March Festivals and Holidays

There are two major holidays that fall in March, Easter and Carnival. Both holidays are moving targets that follow the liturgical calendar. However, sometimes both fall in March. Carnival (or Carnevale in Italian), can sometimes begin in February and continue into March. Easter, however, is often in March. To see which Italian holiday or festival is occurring in March, check my calendar. If you are planning a March trip, Carnevale as well as Easter can be considered mini-high season spikes for tourism in Italy.

Other March festivals include the International Women’s Day, (Festa della Donna), on March 8th, where people spray yellow mimosa flowers at the women in their lives. Saint Joseph’s Day, (Festa di San Giuseppe), on March 19th is the Italian Father’s Day.

Open Monuments Weekend is an event in which monuments, palaces, or gardens that are normally closed to the public, open their doors for free (many with no entry fees) for one weekend. It takes place in March. However, the exact weekend varies every year. Verona hosts the annual VinItaly wine conference, while Rome hosts its annual marathon in March.

Why travel to Italy in March?

The weather is unpredictable, as we’ve said before. This doesn’t sound like a selling point. March is not the best month to visit Italy if you want to relax on the beach and hike the Cinque Terre trails. If you have a limited budget and want to visit museums, churches, galleries or shopping, March might be the best month.

The majority of March is not in Italy’s high season. This means that prices for everything, from accommodation to airfare, are generally lower in March. It is also a more peaceful month, which can be a blessing for travelers. However, high-season holidays like Easter and Carnival are always busy, so be aware that prices will go up and there may be fewer hotel rooms available. Also, expect to see larger crowds than what you would experience in summer.

If you travel later in the month, I believe March is a great compromise point for those who are looking to save money while still being in Italy during the winter. This is a good option for those who have visited Italy before but don’t want to do it all.

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10 Responses to “Traveling To Italy In March: What You Should Know”

  • GEORGE ANAFI AGYEMANG says:

    Hello,

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  • Robert Curley says:

    This web site is a great resource. It was just recently discovered. After my wife saw a Travelzoo deal for round-trip airfare from NY to Milan, a car and five nights in a Tuscany hotel, we decided to go to Italy. We inquired if they would allow us to stay for an additional 4 weeks and keep the car. Then we could fly back at the same prices. We did so after they said yes. Right now, we are in Sicily (Acitrezza), where we rent an apartment for three weeks. After spending a day in Assisi and 4 days on the Amalfi Coast, (Conca dei Marini), we drove down to this place. It was a lot of white knuckle driving.

    • Jess has the following:

      Wow! Wow! What a great vacation! It was so nice of you to inquire about changing the details so that you could stay longer. Enjoy a wonderful rest of your vacation!

  • Barbara War says:

    Your Itinerary is fantastic. My sister, a 74-year-old sister, and I (62) are planning to spend a week in Italy in March 2017. I have a question about flying home. What airport is the best for flying home from the east coast of USA. We love riding trains.

    Would it be cheaper to travel in and out from Rome? Would you go from Rome to Venice to Florence to Rome back?

    Many thanks

    • Jessica says:

      It’s common for international travel to Italy to be cheaper in Rome or Milan than it is in Milan. However, this is not always true. These are the ones I check, along with Venice and any other airport closest to my destination to compare. Although I don’t compare shop for my return flight, I do plan my itinerary and fly home from the closest airport. These tips can help you find cheap airfare to Italy. Also, here is a list of Italy’s major airports.

  • John Mynard says:

    Jessica, this is our second trip to Italy in March 2019. By early April, we will be travelling from Venice to Tuscany and Amalfi, then Amalfi, Amalfi, Puglia, and finally back to Venice. I was wondering where we could find romantic, non-skiing snow this time of the year. We are from Australia and don’t see much snow so we would love to spend a few nights by the fire.

    Many thanks

    • Jessica says:

      That’s a great question. It is best to go up the mountains and head north, rather than south. At that time of the year, you’re more likely to find snow or cozy surroundings north of Venice in Dolomites.

  • kandarp says:

    Jessica,

    I’m planning to go on a honeymoon in March 2019, this will be my first time visiting Italy. Just wondering if it is worth visiting this season, or should I look at other months.

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