Why don't Americans visit Italy in autumn/winter rather than in summer ?
If you want to visit the beaches then yes summer is the right time but if you are looking for a "cultural experience" in Rome, Florence, Venice or anywhere you want to go summer is definitely not the best time. Most of Italy has the same climate as France 9 months out of 12, but summer is really warm and Mediterranean.
Italian cities are deserts in summer, Italians are closed at home with air conditioning, lots of shops are closed for summer holidays and you will be forced to drink liters of water and sweat like a camel if you're out on the streets.
Many English, French and Germans visit Italy for Christmas holidays, why don't Americans do the same ? You'll enjoy Italy a lot more when it's fresh, rainy and even snowy, eveything is open, colorful and people will be on the streets and you could enjoys cinema, concerts etc like Italians do and live a true cultural experience.
- Weasel McWeaselLv 75 months ago
Because most people go in the summer, for the beaches, and nice weather.
Areas of Italy can be brutal in Winter.
on the other hand, the skiers come in the winter.....so we have tourists all the time.
- TorukoLv 65 months ago
I had a visit from somebody who had visited Italy. He said it was like designated victims
with frightened eyes. Hordes of the poor are walking by and Italy is just their first stop.
The USA understands the Italian problems. What with South and Central America poor
- conley39Lv 75 months ago
People visit in all seasons but for Americans summer is more convenient because that's when kids are out of school.
- GypsyfishLv 75 months ago
I agree with you, which is why I went in April. However, most Americans are used to getting their vacation time in the summer, and college kids and younger children are out of school at that time. Northern Italy can be fine in the summer, but you're right that Rome is too hot to be enjoyable in the summer months.
BTW, it used to be possible to get much cheaper flights in the "shoulder" seasons of fall and spring, but that's no longer true, largely due to the number of retired people who DO travel to Europe at those times.
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- Anonymous5 months ago
Because we won't take our kids out of school for a vacation, regardless of how cultural it might be.
As retirees whose kids are grown, we do travel in autumn and early spring.
- American AtheistLv 65 months ago
because that is when kids are off of school