One of my best kept secrets is to visit popular tourist destinations JUST outside of peek season. I realise I’m shooting myself in the foot here by giving away my secret, but after such a successful second visit to Italy in Spring I can’t help but to share this with you.
I first visited Italy back in September 2008, when the tourist crowds were slowly beginning to fade away after the peak summer season. I had really enjoyed my first ‘introduction’ to Italy where I visited the popular tourist cities of Rome, Florence, and Pisa. It was a whirlwind five day itinerary with my father, so we had both promised ourselves we would always return when we got the chance. Just last year in 2013 I did just that and returned to Italy, however decided to only visit Milan on a visit to the Four Seasons Milan and the Hotel Principe Di Savoia. Whilst Milan did not blow me away nearly as much as Rome and Florence, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed my time there. Perhaps more to do with the fact that I was staying at two of the cities most renowned luxury hotels, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.
This year I pledged to return again to Italy, this time visiting the next most popular tourist location after Rome… Venice. Ahh, Venice. I knew I’d love you before I even arrived. It was on this occassion that I visited Italy in the Spring and had the most pleasant encounter of the country yet. Here’s a few reasons why you should consider a spring visit for your vacation to Italy…
The Crowds Have not (quite) yet Arrived
Visiting Italy in Spring is the perfect opportunity to get in and soak up Italy’s best cities right before he hoards of tourists arrive. Sure, the streets won’t be empty in the likes of Rome and Venice, but you will certainly be able to move with greater ease if you choose to visit during shoulder season instead of the popular months of May, June, July and August.
The locals are buzzing with the euphoria of Spring
Having previously visited both before (Spring) and after (Autumn) summer, I can say with complete certainty that the former will bring you greater joy. Once the tourists arrive in the masses for the year, it’s all down hill from there for the Italians. They pack up shop and go holiday for themselves, but in the Spring time you will find business as usual and the added bonus of good spirits before the high season hits.
Italy is in full bloom
Flowers….. and lots of them. Italy comes to life with pops of colour – evident everywhere from the side streets, stalls, markets, and shop windows.
The major tourist cities have not yet been bombarded with tourism
The attitude is also in greater spirits before the massive onslaught of tourism hits for the year. Visiting prior to the Summer rush will ensure you encounter the locals while the days are getting hotter and brighter, rather than after an exhausting summer.
The weather is JUST right
Sure, Italy is beautiful in the Summer…. but it can also get very, very hot. Particularly if you’re not used to the heat. In the city of Venice, hot weather also means a bad stench – it is instead much more enjoyable to make a visit to Venice in Spring.
You can still visit Italy on a Budget
Visiting Italy in shoulder season means not only cheaper airfares, but also much cheaper hotel rates. It’s the old trick of supply and demand…. and sadly in the summer you will find much more demand than there is supply. In Spring, you can be sure to not only score a good deal, but also have your pick of places to stay.