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This isn’t just a tip from a random trip or forum, we lived in Italy for years and dealing with tourists is just another fact of life most of the time. However the month when the streets were deserted and it felt like everything was most accessible and enjoyable is certainly November.
So if Italy is on your list for 2018 you should really consider November over the crowded and sweltering months of July/August or the typical Christmastime rush. November is fantastic because unlike in August (when the Italians go on vacation) everything is open, but there are no lines into the Milan Duomo or St. Peters or Via Condotti, Rome’s famous shopping street.
The weather at this time of year varies. Sometimes it can be rainy and a little chilly and some years you can have cool sunny days the whole month long. In every case however the Mediterranean climate never really gets too cold and a light jacket allows everything to be enjoyable. Here are some of the most recommended places to enjoy in November:
The Eternal City is just spellbinding. It is really a must for anyone who loves history, beauty and culture. November is ideal because it can be just inundated with tourists any time of the year. Because it is touristy hotels are always expensive no matter what though.
This rural paradise is the home of wheat fields, vineyards, castles and towns. It deserves exploration all on its own. It depends where you stay and what you do, but overall it is not too overcrowded and the best way to see it is to have an itinerary, but let the countryside sweep your plans away too sometimes.
The coast and towns are some of the most scenic in the entire country. Some are more touristy and prepackaged than others. We found the best way is to select some of the really great hotels and stick to three or four maximum places to see.
It is an entirely different experience than the mainland and it has some of the most beautiful nature and its own specific culture. It can be a little overrun by Americans all looking to find their ‘relatives’ which gets annoying quick.
The proximity of this fashionable city and these coastal towns make them often done together and it can be a real treat for those who love beauty, both natural and man made. The culture in the Northern Italian cities tends to be more driven and less laid back than that of the Southern cities.
Italy’s most touristed city still boasts a wealth and fame unlike any other. It is well worth seeing but it alone can be a little disappointing after just a day or two. The best way to really enjoy this part of the country is to plan on including the Dolomites, the most scenic mountains and hikes the country has to offer.