November Is the Best Time to Travel to Italy
Did you know that November is the best time to travel to Italy? It may be hard to convince someone whose heart is set on sunlit Tuscan hills that a trip to Italy in November really is a good idea, but anyone who’s on a strict budget will immediately see the appeal.
But Italy, much like gelato, is something to be enjoyed year-round, and one of the best times to go is November.
November is a time when museum lines are shorter, restaurants are less crowded, and even airfare dips.
Weather in November in Italy
Your best bet for finding the last warmth of autumn is to head south. Even if you do concentrate your trip in southern Italy, it’s not a bad idea to carry a small umbrella around anyway – and if you’re in the north, an umbrella (not to mention a warm coat) is basically a necessity.
Temperatures in November vary depending on where you are in Italy, but as a general rule of thumb these are the ranges:
- Northern Italy: 35-50°F (2-10°C)
- Central Italy: 45-60°F (7-16°C)
- Southern Italy: 55-65°F (13-18°C)
Average roundtrip airfares to Rome, Milan, Venice, and Bologna were all in the $500 range for November, according to Google Flights. One roundtrip deal to Rome from New York City was as low as $450.
Hotels are often cheaper as well, as managers look to fill empty rooms.
Late autumn is truffle season in Italy, and any fan of this seasonal mushroom is familiar with how delicious it can taste in risotto, pasta, and other local dishes. Truffle fairs are even held throughout the Piedmont region, where visitors can purchase these gems to take home.
Holidays in November in Italy
While Halloween is only starting to catch on more recently in Italy as a day for costume parties, November 1st has long been a standing holiday on the Italian calendar – it’s All Saints Day (in Italian it’s Ognissanti or Tutti i Santi). This is a day when families honor their dead relatives visiting cemeteries to leave flowers and clean up graves. Don’t be suprised if more tha a few shops and attractions are closed for the day due to All Saints Day ( it is a national holiday in Italy)
There are more food festivals in November, some of them continuing on from October – like the many truffle festivals in northern and central Italy. November is typically when the vendors who sell roasted chestnuts are out in force in many Italian towns, and some places even have chestnut festivals.
It’s always a good idea to check the local calendar of events for the places you’ll be visiting during your trip to see what’s going on when you’re there – in particular, be on the lookout for any saint’s days.
Source: Travel and Leisure