Italy in July

by Jessica on June 7, 2009

by | June 7th, 2009  

Summertime in Italy can be glorious, so it’s no wonder that in the month of July in Italy it feels like the country is absolutely overrun with every last tourist on earth – despite the higher cost and higher temperatures.

Weather in July in Italy

July weather in Italy is hot from the top of the boot to the toe – there’s no getting around it. Temperatures typically go up as you go south in Italy year-round, but July is a bit of an aberration in that regard – for some reason, July is often the hottest month of the year in northern Italy. Now, that’s not to say that it won’t be hotter in southern Italy in July than it is in the north, but the south still has August up its sleeve…

Beaches in Italy get more and more crowded starting in June (and sometimes May), and by July they’re packed every weekend and during many weeks with both locals and foreigners. Italians are likely to be getting out of the hot cities every chance they get, taking advantage of any long weekend (or even short weekends) to spend a few days in the mountains, the countryside, or on the coast – so you may be competing with not just foreign tourists but also Italians for hotel space and seats on trains.

With the high heat of July also comes humidity, making the heat more uncomfortable overall. Keep in mind that while many hotels these days do have air conditioning, it remains more of a luxury than a standard amenity in cheaper accommodation and especially in Italian homes. In other words, it’s a good thing to confirm whether your hotel or hostel has air conditioning for a July visit.

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

  • Northern Italy: 65-85°F (18-30°C)
  • Central Italy: 65-90°F (18-32°C)
  • Southern Italy: 75-90°F (24-32°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 July in Italy

While there aren’t any nationwide holidays on the calendar in July, there’s a very famous local festival that occurs each July 2nd – it’s the first running of the Palio in Siena, the city’s medieval horse race.

There are other local festivals and events going on in July throughout Italy, including the Verona Opera Festival and Saint Rosalia’s feast day in Palermo. Regardless of where you’re traveling in Italy in July, check with the local tourism office to find out what’s on their calendar of events. It’s good to know whether you’ll have the opportunity to see a town honor its patron saint, or whether you’ll need to reschedule a visit to a particular cathedral because there’s a local celebration going on inside.

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

Why go to Italy in July?

With the high cost associated with a July visit to Italy, not to mention the thicker crowds, it’s easy to see why some people avoid Italy during this month.

Anyone on a budget will see their vacation funds eaten up quickly by the cost of Italy airfare, hotels in Italy, and even the normally-cheap hostels in Italy during July. The cost of an Italian gelato may not go up in July, but you’ll have fewer euro leftover to spend on the sweet treat.

The higher number of visitors in Italy during July means longer lines to get into things like the Uffizi and the Vatican Museums, and even some less-popular sights seem overstuffed with tourists. Not only that, the higher temperatures mean waiting in those lines – always outdoors – can get quite uncomfortable.

Of course, there’s a reason why so many people head for Italy in July, and that’s the weather. What may be too hot for some tastes is ideal beach weather for others – as Italy’s packed beaches are a testament to. And since the summer is often the only time families can all take vacation time together, it’s not likely that tourism numbers for July will drop anytime soon.

Those on a budget and those who don’t deal well with heat or crowds would be smart to avoid Italy in July, but those who are making a beeline for the beach or going hiking high in the Dolomites will find July to be just about ideal.

photo by ryarwood


{ 7 comments }

nickgarrett April 12, 2012 at 10:15 am
Corner

I can tell you these temperatures are wildly out! the average temp in Cinque Terre in July is 36-38 and in Milan forget it!! last year it was 40 for 14 days and never below 36-7 for July.

FWT

Corner

Jessica April 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm
Corner

These are the averages that are published elsewhere (I checked a few places), but I agree that they’re out of date – perhaps before the last few years when Europe’s been having such heat-waves every summer!

Corner

Emma June 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm
Corner

I do not know if this applies to all parts of Italy, but I know that down in Margarita, July contains the hottest day of the year. On this day and the week surrounding it, my friend who lives there in the summer says that there are whirlpools; do you know anything of that? She says that there is no one on the beaches, and if there are, than absolutly no one is in the water. I know that she is telling the truth, but I am wondering if this happens anywhere else on the coast of Italy.

Corner

pri June 13, 2012 at 4:44 am
Corner

What are some good clothing choices for young women traveling to Italy in July? I won’t really be visiting churches, but i will obviously visit the monuments, attractions, and take part in the nightlife.

Corner

Alessandra June 15, 2012 at 11:45 am
Corner

As in Italian living in Italy I can say that the right temperature are around 25-35°.
It depends from summer to summer, but we can say that July is always hot in Italy from North to South and the big difference is humidity…
I lived in the north and humidity is very high, so you feel hotter than the real temperature, now I live in the centre, Marche, 20 km far from sea and the temperature is the same but always windy and dry…so you live better!!
Pls. visit our web site bed and breakfast Casale Laura…www.bbcasalelaura.it

Corner

Telma Bodo July 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm
Corner

Many thanks, I have recently been searching for details on this issue for ages and this website is the best I’ve come across up to now.

Corner

LuizzeOliveira December 3, 2012 at 4:26 am
Corner

July is tourist season, so there are number of tourist are going at the Italy. There are so many local festivals are celebrating in Italy but it’s The Busker festival is very popular and some tourist are specially going at Italy to enjoy this festival.

Corner

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: