Many people think that the best time to travel to Italy is during the warmer summer months, but I like to encourage people to consider visiting in the wintertime. In January, February and March (especially in the central region of Umbria) temperatures are relatively moderate (40-55°F/5-13°C) and there are plenty of bright sunny days to enjoy. Just put on a warm coat, hat, scarf, gloves, grab an umbrella and you’re good to go! There’s so many great reasons to spend winter in Italy - below are just a few:
Stroll through museums and hill towns at a leisurely pace - you’re more likely to meet locals and get to know the area better when you’re not competing with a rush of tourists during high season. Day trips to Rome and Florence are void of 3-hour queues to see David and the Vatican. In fact, you’re often able to walk right in without a reservation!
The Smaller Price Tag.
Off-season generally means better airfares and lower rates on accommodations. In slower periods you may find discounts on tours, rental cars, plus you’re more likely to secure seats on trains, ferries and flights within Europe.
In Umbria, where the slow food movement was born, people take great pride in serving seasonal local products. The winter menus feature dishes filled with ingredients you might not normally see in the summer months like artichokes, porcini mushrooms, truffles, chestnuts, savory dark greens, and... wait for it... Italian hot chocolate! This creamy, thick and rich beverage is one you drink with a spoon. Don’t forget to ask for panna (whipped cream) on the top!