It’s spring in Italy, and we couldn’t be happier about it!
Why? These are six reasons why you should visit Italy in March, April, or May.
Roman artichokes and other delicious foods are the season for spring.
Italian food should be considered a speciality. Seasonal: Some types of produce only grow at certain times of the year. Restaurants that are mindful of the seasons and local food culture will only serve these ingredients.
If you are looking for carciofi Romaneschi in August then you will not be able to find it. Good news! The best news? (For more information, please see our video about Roman Artichokes . ).
What other Italian produce is available in spring? There are many delicious produce available: tomatoes, apricots and cherries, strawberries, lemons and lemons (starting in late spring), beans, chards, chickpeas fava beans fresh garlic, green beans mushrooms, new potatoes puntarelle, spinach truffles watercress, zucchini… the list goes on! Are you hungry yet? Are you hungry yet?
The “passeggelato”, a style icon, is back
Our friends at Young In Rome are to be credited for this stunning new Italian word. It is a combination of passeggiata (a walk) and gelato (if you don’t know what gelato is, you should go to Italy immediately! You can have a passeggiata or a gelato at any time of the year, but the best time to do it is during spring when everyone is so excited about the beautiful weather that they take to the streets. The gelato shops. (Don’t forget our post about where to find the best gelato from Italy! ).
Springtime is considered a “shoulder season”: Fewer people, lower prices
Particularly in spring, i.e. Book your flight now! –You’ll see a lot more people in Italy’s most popular cities and sights than you would in the height of summer.
This means that you will be able to spend less on airfare and hotels, and you can speak before Florence’s “David”, or the Vatican’s” Laocoon. You can also watch Italians when you are people-watching at local cafes. It also means you can spend less time waiting on tickets and more time in Italy. Even the Colosseum line is very short right now. ).
Of course, high season does arrive in the springtime–technically come Easter. Even May can be more peaceful than June and July.
Italian museums host new exhibitions in full swing
It is common for museums in Italy to host two major temporary exhibitions each year. One in the fall runs from September or October through December or January and the other in spring from February or March through May or June.
We’re very excited about the following exhibitions: a major show on Tintoretto (closes June 10) and Rome’s exhibit Guggenheim Collection : The American Avant-Garde 1945-1980 (ends may 6), as well as an exhibit of Salvador Dali at Vittoriano Rome (until July).
(Here are some links to information about temporary exhibits in Italy.
It is beautiful to see the spring weather in Italy
Italy receives its fair share of springtime rainfall, especially in March and April. Sunny days, and there are many, bring with them wonderfully balmy weather: Temperatures in Rome and Florence in April tend to reach the 50s and 60s F. May heats up in major cities with temperatures of 70-75 F and little rain. It’s warm enough to wear sandals and dresses, but cool enough to stay comfortable while you’re outside exploring (or in museums that don’t have air conditioning).
Flowers! Flowers! More flowers!
Who doesn’t love flowers? Spring is a time when you will not only see the beautiful fiori of Italy blossoming in the countryside, but also in the cities. The trees are budding along the streets of Milan, Florence, Rome, and Naples.
Some gardens in Italy’s largest cities are only open in spring. Florence’s Iris Garden is only open from April 25 to May 20. The International Iris Competition in Florence is held here. Or Rome’s rose garden. This garden is located near Circus Maximus and is open only May and June.