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Wildflowers start blanketing Italy’s rolling countryside and beautiful parks in April, while its mountain trails reopen for the first hiking trips of the year. Italy in April also heralds the beginning of the festive season in the country, which is why many travelers consider it one of the best months to visit Italy!
The arrival of spring sees the weather across Italy in April take a giant leap forward, although heavy showers are still known to occur in central regions including Rome. Ski slopes remain open until the second half of the month but are now far from their best with snow and ice starting to melt. Temperatures of 16 to 18°C even in northern Italy make it a pleasant time of year to absorb the street life, while 20 to 25°C is not uncommon in the far south and Sicily. Coastal areas, however, are a couple of degrees cooler.
For a seasonal over, take a look at our guide on the best time to visit Italy.
Spring flowers, warmer temperatures, and festivities combine with the tail end of the low season to make Italy in April a good all-round choice for visitors looking to explore everything the country can offer, from museums to vistas. Below are just some reasons to consider spending April in Italy.
- Reopening of hiking trails: The end of the ski season marks the start of the hiking period, with high passes in the Apennines and the Alps joining the trails along the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre as places to spend a couple of days hiking in.
- Better rates: Accommodation rates in Italy in April, barring those on festival days, remain lower than in the months that follow. Budgets of around USD 120 per person, per day, will provide all the basics while splashing out occasionally will up this to around USD 150 per day.
- Celebrations and festivities: In addition to Easter, April is also the month of the Design Week in Milan, Saint Mark’s Day in Venice, and the Founding of Rome Day in the capital. Each of these offers its own unique insights into Italian culture.
Liguria’s Cinque Terre wakes up from its winter slumber in April, with its historic cliffside villages and turquoise waters providing ample opportunity for walking and sailing. Rome puts on its party gear on April 21 to celebrate its founding by Romulus in 753 BC. Venice follows on shortly after to commemorate its patron, Saint Mark, on April 25. Other fine places to visit in Italy in April include Florence, where Easter is celebrated with a huge cart of fireworks being ignited on the piazza in front of the Duomo.
Some other things to do in Italy during this month include touring the ancient Greek sites of Sicily before sampling the produce of Mount Etna’s vineyards and relaxing on the shores of the Italian Lake District. How long will you need to do all this? Check out our travel guide to how long to spend in Italy.
Italy’s natural and cultural treasures return to their full glory in April. Festivals take place in every town and city from north to south, and you can still get some excellent deals on flights and accommodation. April is a great time to explore Italy’s stunning mountains and landscapes. Contact our travel experts in Italy to help you with a tailor-made trip to Italy in April.
You can also browse through our list of available Italy tours in April.