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14th November 2023

Why These 3 Cities Are My Favorite Destinations In Italy During The Winter  

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Italy had a record-breaking summer. Extra guests than ever headed to the land of pizza, pasta and piazzas up to now this 12 months.  

However if you happen to suppose that the holiday season in Italy is over, you then’re mistaken.  

There’s by no means a nasty time of 12 months to go to in Italy, however it’s a notably nice vacation spot to go to in the course of the winter months.  

Woman in venice in the winter

While you go to Italy in the course of the winter months you’ll really feel like a neighborhood. The primary points of interest aren’t overrun with vacationers, and there’s little or no queuing. Low customer numbers imply that costs are a lot decrease too. 

The climate is chilly and moist within the north however nonetheless comparatively gentle within the south. That means you could take pleasure in each snow sports activities and a glimpse of the Mediterranean winter solar on the identical journey.  

Right here’s why these 3 cities are my favourite locations in Italy in the course of the winter months:  


Rome is taken into account to be Italy’s cultural coronary heart in addition to its capital metropolis, and the entire metropolis looks like an open-air museum.  

A few of the high historic websites within the metropolis embody the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Discussion board. Whilst you can go to these points of interest it doesn’t matter what the time of 12 months, you will see that the climate is rather more comfy for exploring within the winter. 

The Forum in Rome in the snowThe Forum in Rome in the snow

Vacationer numbers are decrease anyway in the course of the winter months however you’ll discover that there are a lot fewer vacationers once more if you happen to go to early within the morning. Some days it feels such as you’ll have the entire place to your self.  

As a result of the points of interest are quieter within the winter, you’ll be able to see a lot extra of town, which is nice if you wish to cram as a lot as attainable into a comparatively brief journey! 

My favourite month to go to Rome is in December when town has a particular type of magic. Cool however not uncomfortable. Christmas is within the air all month, and it looks like everyone seems to be in an excellent temper.  

Colosseum in Rome at Christmas during sunset, ItalyColosseum in Rome at Christmas during sunset, Italy

The nativity scene and Christmas décor in entrance of Saint Peter’s Basilica are my favourite within the metropolis, and the Piazza Venezia can also be famed for its lovely Christmas decorations and festive environment. 

Go to the Roman Christmas market in Piazza Navona which looks like an immersive winter wonderland. You’ll discover conventional presents in wood huts, scrumptious conventional meals, and twinkling lights.  


Venice is among the most lovely locations in Italy: and also one of the most popular.  

Through the summer time months, visiting Venice will be very worrying. The canal paths are filled with individuals. Queues for Bato buses will be extremely lengthy. And the temperatures imply that a lot of town has a really disagreeable scent.  

Channel in venice with boatsChannel in venice with boats

Against this, the winter months in Venice are quieter, simpler, and really feel a lot extra romantic. The entire metropolis is commonly lined with a lingering fog and in the course of the coldest month of January it typically snows which makes town look particularly lovely.  

Winter in Venice will be very chilly, however that simply provides you a fantastic excuse to cease for espresso and pastries in one of many many cafes alongside abandoned alleyways as you watch the world go by.  

On December 8 town’s Christmas lights are formally lit. At the present time can also be the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the entire metropolis has an air of celebration. Even the well-known gondolas shall be embellished with lights for the festive season. 


Take the time to go to the Venice Christmas market and indulge within the conventional Italian meals stalls. 

Alternatively, go to after Christmas the place the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 is widely known with a ship race that’s distinctive to Venice. Members of town’s rowing membership with gown up as witches and race from San Toma to the Rialto Bridge.  

It’s a giant celebration and there are gala’s and festivals all through town. This distinctive expertise is properly price visiting Venice for.  


For those who’re visiting Italy in the course of the winter months for the snow sports activities scene, then Turin is a good place to go to. Turin acts as a gateway to Italy’s greatest ski resorts and is near the slopes of each Switzerland and France too.  

But when like me you’re extra fascinated with après ski than in hitting the slopes, then that is nonetheless an unimaginable metropolis to go to within the winter months.  

Italian AlpsItalian Alps

Turin is commonly overshadowed by the close by northern metropolis of Milan, and its lovely historic points of interest and high-fashion scene signifies that Milan is a good place for solo journey.  

However Turin deserves to be seen as a high vacation spot in its personal proper. The breathtakingly lovely Royal Palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage website in 1997 and appears notably lovely when dusted with snow.  

The historic 18th and Nineteenth-century cafes within the metropolis are an attraction in their very own proper, due to their flamboyant ornament and abundance of gold, marble, and chandeliers. They give the impression of being extra like museums (or Liberace’s front room) than cafes, however they’re a fantastic place to cease and heat up with an indulgent sizzling chocolate or wealthy espresso.  

church of Monte Cappuccini in Turin, Piedmont, Italy, surrounded by snowy Alps mountainschurch of Monte Cappuccini in Turin, Piedmont, Italy, surrounded by snowy Alps mountains

My favourite attraction in Turin is town’s Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio) which is taken into account to be the very best Egyptian museum outdoors of Cairo, and its sheer measurement is overwhelming.  

Add within the open-air ice skating within the metropolis middle in the course of the winter months, the gorgeous skyline, and a few of Italy’s greatest markets, and you’ve got probably the greatest Italian winter locations.  

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