Italy in April

by Jessica on March 5, 2009

by | March 5th, 2009  

There have been songs written about “April in Paris,” but it’s easy to argue that April in Italy is just as worthy of a musical tribute. This is a month that’s still firmly in Italy’s spring shoulder season, but it often also includes some of the last shoulder season perks travelers will see in Italy until the fall returns again.

Weather in April in Italy

There may be a saying about “April showers bringing May flowers,” but April in Italy is more often marked by sun than by rain. Like any shoulder season month, of course, April weather is more unpredictable overall than the summer or the winter – but you’re far more likely to exprience mild temperatures and sun instead of rain.

As is always the case in Italy, the temperatures rise as you head south. In April, this can mean that parts of northern Italy are still getting a bit of rain and cooler nights when it’s warm enough in southern Italy to have the locals worrying aloud about how hot the summer will get.

April weather, by and large, isn’t usually warm enough to warrant lots of beach time, but it’s usually sunny enough that you’ll be happy you packed your sunglasses and you’ll get plenty of use out of your walking shoes. Just don’t be surprised if a freak rainstorm requires an unexpected purchase of a little umbrella, or a moment taking refuge inside a bar for a quick espresso.

Temperatures in April vary depending on where you are in Italy, but as a general rule of thumb these are the ranges:

  • Northern Italy: 40-60°F (5-16°C)
  • Central Italy: 50-65°F (10-18°C)
  • Southern Italy: 55-65°F (13-18°C)

>> Be sure to check a current weather forecast for Italy before you leave home, as the weather can change. Check my Italy weather page for seasonal temperature and rainfall averages in a few Italian cities.

Holidays in April in Italy

Easter doesn’t fall on the same day each year, so it sometimes occurs in March – but it’s often in April, and since it’s one of the biggest holidays on the Italian calendar it’s important to know whether it’s happening during your planned visit. It can be a great deal of fun to see how Italy celebrates Easter, but if you’re trying to get from place to place during Easter weekend you may experience more than a little frustration.

April 25th is another major holiday on the Italian calendar – it’s Liberation Day, and there are often parades and demonstrations in cities and towns throughout the country. On the other end of the seriousness spectrum, April Fool’s Day in Italy may not be as big of a deal as it can be in some other countries, but it’s definitely recognized by some.

Even if your travel plans don’t coincide with Easter or Liberation Day, it’s a good idea to check the local calendar of events for the various places you’ll be visiting in April – you never know when a town’s patron saint’s special celebration will occur, or any number of other local festivals occur. For instance, April 25th is Saint Mark’s feast day, and since he’s Venice’s patron saint that’s a big celebration in Venice. Additionally, April 21st is considered to be the birthday of the founding of Rome, so there are often special concerts and exhibits in the capital on that day.

>> Check my Italian holidays page to find out some of the things going on this April in Italy.

Why go to Italy in April?

As mentioned, April is still very much in Italy’s spring shoulder season – and shoulder seasons are widely thought of by frequent travelers to be the best time to visit almost any destination. The combination of relatively good weather and relatively low prices makes them appealing, and April in Italy often delivers on both of those fronts.

Sure, you’ll pay less on a plane ticket to Italy if you visit in January or February, and your hotel in Italy may cost more in April than in March, but the prices are still lower in April than the highs they’ll reach during the summer. Not only that, if you’re paying attention far enough in advance you can often score winter-rate travel deals to Italy for dates in April simply by booking your trip a few months in advance.

Visiting Italy during the winter is appealing to anyone who likes avoiding peak crowd levels, but even though there are more tourists in Italy in April than in January the number of visitors is still smaller than it will be in the summer.

The unpredictable weather in Italy in April is one of the main drawbacks to an April trip, but travelers who are able to keep their plans flexible and switch from a day spent visiting the outdoor ruins of the Roman Forum and Colosseum to a day spent enjoying the indoor attractions of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica are well-suited to shoulder season trips in general.

Keep in mind that it’s important to find out when Easter is occuring, because traveling during Easter weekend can be troublesome with trains and buses running on a slower holiday schedule. Also note that in some places the Easter celebrations create a minor spike in the cost of hotel rooms – they don’t tend to be as high as the cost can be in the summer, but they’re often higher than the weekends directly before or after Easter weekend. Liberation Day also means closures at many attractions and shops.

photo by kmohman


{ 44 comments }

Rosaries February 15, 2008 at 2:34 pm
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Very encouraging. I have to check my miles to see if it would cover the air fair in April.

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Sandy April 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm
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HI I will be in Italy april 11-18 florence venice and rome…i am an independent travelor and looking for some nice local restaurants to visit…any thoughts?

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Jessica April 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm
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I don’t have many specific restaurant recommendations on the site, but you can read about Italian food in general here:
http://www.italylogue.com/food

In most cases, getting away from more touristy areas and avoiding places that have their menus translated into several languages will help you find the better (more authentic, local, & often cheaper) food in Italy.

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Miriam Kuntzmann February 20, 2008 at 1:28 pm
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I would like to know, how is the weather in the
places I’m going ro visit in the month of April/
Rome,13,Portofino14,Florence,15 Scicily(Messina)
16,Croatia 17, Venice 18,19 ,Naples/Capri 21,22
Thank you,
Miriam Kuntzmann

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giuliano jacuzzi August 27, 2009 at 2:03 am
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hi could you please let me know what part of italy to visit first( North or South). we are hoping to spend 4 months in italy. starting around april 2010. we would like to go south to sicily as well as north and into Austria and switzerland. We just wondering about what place to start at first depending on the climate
thank you giuliano

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Jessica August 27, 2009 at 11:01 am
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Wow, four months in Italy? Well, no matter what time of year you visit, it’s almost always going to be warmer the further south you go. So if you like the heat, start in the north and end up in the HOT south. If you prefer more temperate climates, start in the south and work your way north. You’ll find more general weather information for Italy on my weather page:

http://www.italylogue.com/weather/

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lorraine February 26, 2010 at 7:20 am
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please can you tell where in Italy is it the hottest from 2 April to 17 April?

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Jessica February 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm
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Hi, Lorraine:

It’s really not possible to pinpoint exactly what the weather will be for that specific a date range, but you can always check the weather averages for April to get a good idea.

http://www.italylogue.com/weather/

Ciao,
Jessica

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Kaitlin Walter April 1, 2010 at 8:45 am
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Jessica–
I am a journalism student and am doing a newspaper page layout about Italy in April. I was hoping you’d allow me to use your article as the feature story, with your permission. This is a class assignment only, so no profits/wide circulation will occur from its use (only 100ish journalism students will read/look at the page).

Thanks so much!

Kaitlin

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Jessica April 1, 2010 at 10:01 am
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Hi, Kaitlin:

Thanks for your question, and I appreciate you asking. I think it’s fine if you use the text of the article for your assignment, provided that you include my name on the byline (Jessica Spiegel) and the URL of the site it came from (http://www.italylogue.com/). I am curious, though – in a journalism class, they’re not requiring you to write your own article?

Ciao,
Jessica

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Kaitlin Walter April 7, 2010 at 7:43 am
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Jessica–

Thanks so much for letting me use your article–it is a journalism design class, so I am just making an InDesign mock-up of a page. She doesn’t want us to write, only to lay out pages. Thanks again,

Kaitlin

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Jessica April 7, 2010 at 8:17 am
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Ah, I see. Again, thanks for asking in advance, and good luck with your project. :)

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Poulami July 14, 2010 at 2:46 am
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Hi Jessica,

I have been through all you articles on the weather in Italy. I am planning for a trip next April 2011 for about 3 weeks. I am a little confused, would i need to carry some warm clothes around that time of the year, or is it not at all required? Could you suggest a month which might not be cold, though i don’t mind it being on the warmer side and which might not be the peak time?
Thanks,
Poulami

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Jessica July 14, 2010 at 12:52 pm
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Hi, Poulami:

Depending on where you go in Italy, April may have a few cooler days with some rain, but it also may be perfectly lovely. The worst case scenario is that you pack for warm weather and you need to buy an umbrella or a sweater when you’re there. But really, your best bet is to consult current weather forecasts the week before you leave, so you know exactly what the weather will be like when you’re there.

I hope that helps,
Jessica

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Poulami July 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm
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Thanks Jessica- In that case i would have to avoid going in April as am quite allergic to cold. The next best bet happens to be May I guess then. I want to feel the sun. Before anything else, i need to thank you for the wonderful effort you had put in in creating this repository. I am from India and this is going to be my first trip to Europe. In all possibilty i might have one of my friends accompanying me, else i am going to be on my own. Just 2 weeks back i had no clue where to start from as i did not want to avail any of the Travel aegents service for this.

I want to go on a backpack trip, where i would explore the other side of Italy along with the typical tourist destinations. I do understand that as a first timer i cannot commit the sin of not seeing the vaticans, basillicas, colloseums, forums, st.peters :) , but at the same time i want to explore the countryside as well. I want to spend tiem with the people out there and understand and appreciate thrie culture. With this regard your recommendation on ‘agritourism’ appeals to me a lot. I have read your article on 2 weeks itenerary for Italy, and that’s wonderful. Since i have no idea about anythign, i have decided to stick by your plan for the 2 weeks. But could you help me in sqeezing in my agritourism experience into this as well? Or i need a couple of more days in my itinerary?

Thanks a lot and once again kudos for your effort!!!!
-Poulami

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Jessica July 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm
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Hi, Poulami:

I’m glad you’ve found this site helpful in your trip planning! Agriturismo opportunities are wonderful, and because they’re most often out in the country they require a car to reach them – if you want to do that, you can just rent a car for your time in Tuscany and still avoid it in the cities. You might choose to spend a couple nights in Florence and then 2-3 nights at an agriturismo (with a car), making day trips into other towns nearby, and skip the Cinque Terre. If experiencing the countryside is more important to you, that might be your best option – especially considering the Cinque Terre is so popular and crowded these days.

I hope that helps,
Jessica

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Poulami July 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm
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Hi Jessica,

I have one problem here now. I don’t know driving :( so would i have public transport taxis or buses dropping me in one of those agriturismo sites, especially beacuse i might be on my own?? Keeping your suggestions in mind i would like to prepare my itenerary and would be glad if you have a look at it. I want to understand the feasibility of my itinerary before i go for it and you would be the ultimate guide for this.

One more question. Just like you, i have come across many who have devoured their stay in Venice, hence it’s on my itinerary as well. But as you said spending atleast a night or two is worth being in Venice. But is it a lil too expensive for a budget travel? Won’t i get decent hostels there?

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Jessica July 16, 2010 at 9:43 am
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Hi, Poulami:

My thoughts:

1. No, buses usually don’t get you all the way to agriturismo sites, and taxis usually don’t operate out that far, either. Without a car, I’m afraid you’re going to need to stick to places you can get to easily – some agriturismo places are closer to towns where you can get a bus (although you’d still need to get from the bus stop to the agriturismo, which may mean walking), but most aren’t.

2. If you’re mostly sticking with the itinerary I laid out in my 2-week itinerary post, you shouldn’t need to have me look at it – you already know I like that itinerary. :)

3. Venice has some hostels and budget hotels – here are some articles to help you find them:
http://www.italylogue.com/accommodation/hostels-ihttp://www.italylogue.com/accommodation/finding-h

Hope that helps,

Jessica

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Lynn Barth October 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm
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Is it true that the first 2 weeks of April are school holidays? Also,we’ve never gone outside the major cities (Rome, Florence and Venice) and have decided to be brave and, drive, exploring Lombatdy and the Veneto for 2 weeks next April. What’s so hard is how to figure how much time it will take us to enjoy this without feeling like everyday we’re rushing to our next destination. It’s probably something you can’t answer! All I can say is that we we tried to identify an area that wasn’t too big.

Thanks so much.

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Jessica November 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm
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Hi, Lynn:

School holidays will vary by region, but it looks like roughly April 20/21-27 are Easter holidays in at least the regions I just checked. Easter is one of Italy’s biggest holidays, so if you’re in the country over Easter be prepared for some things to be closed: http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/easter-in-italy.html

You’re right, I can’t really answer the “how much time should we spend” question – what I would suggest, however, is that you keep your plans flexible for each day. Prioritize the things you want to do each day so that you make sure you see your “must-see” stuff first, and then if you have time to add more you can – or if you find that there’s something else that grabs your attention, or that your “must-see” stuff takes longer than you anticipated, you’ll have the room in your schedule to go with the flow. It’ll make for a much more relaxed trip overall.

Enjoy!
Jessica

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Steve Fahey November 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm
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Great site Jessica, really helpful for our planning for a trip in 2011 (from Melbounre, Australia). Love your work.

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Jessica November 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm
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Thanks, Steve, I’m so glad the site is helpful to you!

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Victoria February 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm
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Hi Jessica

I am visiting Milan for an exhibition mid April. A few girlfriends are also going to be travelling out to Italy so that we can have long weekend together. Ideally, it wouldn’t be too far from Milan and maybe near a lake or coast…we are looking to do a little bit of shopping, long lunches/suppers and to relax. I would be very grateful if you could recommend somewhere.
Kind regards
Victoria

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Jessica February 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm
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I think the lakes would be an ideal spot for a girls getaway from Milan – Lake Como is an easy day trip from Milan, so it doesn’t take long to get there and then you’d have the whole long weekend to explore the lake towns, shop, eat, and relax.

http://www.italylogue.com/italian-lakes

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Roberta Newman February 13, 2011 at 1:54 am
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Hi Jessica,
I am going to Italy in April 8th with hubby I am 68 years old and just want to know apart from the tour which starts 10th April what we can do till then first timers .I think just a couple of jackets for the cool weather hey.we are going with trafalga tours .Should i take a lot of clothes or is there some washing facilities ? I have tried learning some words but a bit hard ,I though Ciao was ok .Well thank you for your help, and it is great help .
Bobbie

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Jessica February 14, 2011 at 10:15 am
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In answer to your questions…

*You have 1.5 days or so between when you arrive in Italy and when your tour starts, yes? You don’t say what city you’ll be in, so I can’t give you specific recommendations, but if I were you I’d find out what the Trafalgar Tour will cover in that city and then make sure you don’t do any of THOSE things.

* Yes, there are self-serve laundry facilities all over Italy. When you’re getting to the point when you’d like to do some laundry, talk to your tour leader – they’ll be able to tell you what day will offer the best opportunity to do it, as well as be able to help you find the closest laundromat to where you’re staying.

* Learning just a few words of Italian – the polite words – is a good idea. You don’t need to be fluent, just be comfortable with things like please and thank you. And here are some alternatives to ‘ciao,’ which isn’t always the best option:
http://www.italylogue.com/featured-articles/why-you-shouldnt-say-ciao-in-italy.html

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Roberta Newman March 2, 2011 at 6:16 am
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Hi Jessica,
Will be in Rome then on the 10th go on tour with Trafalga tours .Just we are in Rome for a couple of days .I appreciate the words on language too thank you .Is the weather very cool in april please?

We are not going to Pantheon or Trevi fountain is it far from the NH Giustiniano h0tel are they worth seeing?
Thank you
Roberta

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Jessica March 3, 2011 at 9:49 am
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Roberta, my favorite building in all of Rome is the Pantheon, so I definitely think it’s worth visiting. But you’ll need to decide for yourself what makes your list. Here are my top 10 things to do in Rome:
http://www.italylogue.com/featured-articles/top-10-things-to-do-in-rome.html

The weather in April varies, so you’ll need to look up a current forecast right before you leave home to know what to pack. Here are some temperature averages:
http://www.italylogue.com/weather

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Ken March 14, 2011 at 6:00 am
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I promised my wife a trip to Venice. We celebrate our 40th anniversary this year. I’d like to start with when. Someone at work who lived in Italy suggested I visit Venice in the winter months – said it smells better. Also said it would be less crowded. I’d like a good experience and cost is an factor as well.

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Jessica March 14, 2011 at 8:57 am
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I think you should start with my article on “Things to Know About Venice” – take a look at this, and some of the other articles linked on the right-hand column, and let me know if you have more questions.

http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/things-you-should-know-about-venice.html

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Joan Strauss March 29, 2011 at 7:36 am
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Is the name Firenze the Italian name for Florence. I can’t find Florence ont the Ialy Map?

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Jessica March 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm
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Yes, Florence is “Firenze” in Italian.

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Roberta Newman March 31, 2011 at 1:35 am
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Dear Jessica ,
I would like to know if all shops are closed over easter in Rome namely Good friday or is there anything open?
Thanks Roberta

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Jessica March 31, 2011 at 11:08 am
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Many things will be closed, yes, but it’s highly unlikely that everything will be.

Here’s more information about traveling in Italy during Easter:
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/easter-in-italy.html

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Roberta Newman April 1, 2011 at 8:21 pm
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Also Jessica ,
Is it better to change money in Italy to euro and do they take Australian currency for exchange big notes

Thank you you have been so handy for us
Roberta

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Roberta Newman April 2, 2011 at 1:57 am
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I have read it is better to carry mostly cash as a lot of places don’t like credit cards.Also if we bring Australian dollars can they be changed and is it worth it .
Thanks

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Jessica April 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm
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I don’t recommend carrying around large amounts of cash, no – if you keep most of it in a hotel safe or in a moneybelt (worn under your clothing) then it could be okay, but if you’re just carrying all of it in your purse or wallet that’s not a good idea.

It’s pretty easy to use debit cards in Italy, and that’s what I recommend (it’s what I do when I travel in Italy). Sometimes I exchange a little euro before I leave home at a local bank, and sometimes I don’t. Big banks in Italy will be able to exchange your Australian dollars for euro, but it’ll often be a higher fee than if you just used your bank’s debit card in the bank machines. Here’s more information about using debit cards in Italy:
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/using-debit-cards-in-italy.html

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Sisomphou April 16, 2011 at 11:52 am
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Hi,
I would like to know, how is the weather in places I am going to visit in the month of April. / Rome, Venice.

Thank you,
Sisomphou

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Jessica April 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm
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You’ll find information and links on the page above regarding general weather trends during April in different parts of Italy – for the latest weather forecasts, I suggest you visit one of the sites listed above that has current weather information.

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Juan Hernandez January 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm
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Hello,

I am planning to visit rome on April, canyou please recommend me a hotel near Vaticano, also wonder how accesible s the city for a wheelchair?

Thank you and regards

Juan

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Jessica January 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm
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Here are some options for hotels near the Vatican:
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/rome-hotels-near-vatican-city.html

I’m not an expert on traveling in Italy with a wheelchair, but there are some sites linked on this page that may help you:
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/how-to-travel-in-italy-with-disabilities-or-food-allergies.html

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Suzanne January 18, 2012 at 11:28 am
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We have been invited to attend the wedding of some Italian friends on April 21, 2012. It will be held in a country villa near Montepulciano. What is appropriate attire? What constitutes an appropriate wedding gift in Italy?

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Jessica January 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm
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Wow, that’s a very good question… I’ve not had the good fortune of going to a wedding in Italy, so I’ve never even thought about attire or gifts! I think both depend a bit on the location & the couple getting married – I would hope that your friends who are getting married would be okay providing this information, too. They seem like logical questions to ask, especially when you’re coming from overseas, are unfamiliar with Italian wedding traditions, & need to figure out what to pack!

I found a blog that may help point you in the right direction – the articles are a couple years old, but hopefully they’ll help a bit:
http://www.myitalianwedding.co.uk/guest-dress-italy/
http://www.myitalianwedding.co.uk/category/gifts-ideas/

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Abigail November 9, 2012 at 1:59 am
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Hi,

I hope you don’t mind me asking you for your advice but you seem to know your stuff! I am planning on having a short trip (April 13th-16th) for my 30th birthday. There will probably be 6 of us, all girls. Could you suggest some lovely places where we could have some good food, perhaps visit some vineyards and generally take in the sites? Although unlikely to be hot in April, I think we would prefer somewhere moderately warm. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Many thanks,
Abi

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