November in Italy

by Jessica on January 9, 2007

by | January 9th, 2007  

It may be hard to convince someone whose heart is set on sunlit Tuscan hills and sparkling Ligurian beaches that a trip to Italy in November is really a good idea, but anyone who’s on a strict budget will immediately see the appeal.

Weather in November in Italy

If it wasn’t already raining and cold by the end of October in Italy, expect both of those things in abundance in November. In some areas you’ll still get lucky with relatively warm days, but most of the country is headed straight for winter weather.

Since the temperatures pretty much always go up as you head south in Italy, your best bet for finding the last warmth of autumn is to head south as well. Even if you do concentrate your trip in southern Italy, it’s not a bad idea to carry a small umbrella around anyway – and if you’re in the north, an umbrella (not to mention a warm coat) is basically a necessity.

There are enough indoor attractions in most parts of Italy that a little inclement weather isn’t enough to keep visitors away, but if you’d like to focus your trip on something like a biking tour in Tuscany then November may not be ideal. The weather does tend to keep the crowds at bay, however, so that may be enough of a reason to pack a sweater and umbrella and brave the rain.

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

  • Northern Italy: 35-50°F (2-10°C)
  • Central Italy: 45-60°F (7-16°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 Italian weather page for seasonal temperature and rainfall averages in a few Italian cities.

Holidays in November in Italy

While Halloween is only starting to catch on more recently in Italy as a day for costume parties, November 1st has long been a standing holiday on the Italian calendar – it’s All Saints Day (in Italian it’s Ognissanti or Tutti i Santi). This is a day when families honor their dead relatives, often visiting cemeteries to leave flowers and clean up graves. There are also sometimes more public celebrations in town centers. All Saints Day is a national holiday in Italy, so don’t be surprised if more than a few shops and attractions are closed for the day.

There are also more food festivals in November, some of them continuing on from October – like the many truffle festivals in northern and central Italy. November is typically when the vendors who sell roasted chestnuts are out in force in many Italian towns, and some places even have chestnut festivals.

It’s always a good idea to check the local calendar of events for the places you’ll be visiting during your trip to see what’s going on when you’re there – in particular, be on the lookout for any saint’s days, as it’s quite an important celebration when a town honors its patron saint.

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

Why go to Italy in November?

The onset of colder and wetter weather in November is enough to make many people think twice about planning a trip to Italy at this time of year – but there are a couple of reasons why November can be a good month to visit.

First of all, any budget traveler will appreciate the lower prices available in November. Your flight to Italy will cost far less in November even than in October, and rooms in Italy hotels have dropped to their low season rates by November as well.

In addition to lower prices, less favorable weather also brings with it smaller crowds. Even the folks who stuck it out through October usually want to head home before the November chill takes hold, so there aren’t long lines to get into popular attractions. And again, if you’re at all interested in food or wine, November is the tail end of the country’s main harvest and food festival season.

Keep in mind that some attractions will revert to their low season hours – which mean they’re not open as early or as late – but if you can adjust to that and the unpredictable weather, Italy can be a great place to be in November.

photo by beggs


{ 8 comments }

The Poor Travel Blogger September 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm
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Thank you so much for this very informative article on weather in Italy in November. That’s about the time that I’ll be traveling from north to south so hopefully it’ll get warmer on my way down! Cheers!

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JessieDesigns October 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm
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Yay! I can’t wait! I just booked my ticket to Italy for November and was wondering how cold it’d be. Nice Blog there!

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pft October 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm
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I have been down the Amalfi Coast in November and we averaged temps of around 70 degrees. It was beautifull and not crowded!!

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Tony Hitchcock April 10, 2011 at 4:47 am
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We will be staying in Norcia and other Umbria mountain towns in mid-November. What will the roads be like then (snow?)

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Jessica April 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm
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November weather can vary quite a bit, Tony, but you’re likely to have rain by mid-November especially in the mountains – and, depending on how long you’re staying, you may get some snow there as well. It’s unlikely that the roads will be so bad you can’t drive on them, however… The ski season doesn’t start in earnest until December or January, for instance, so the snow can’t be that bad, right? (She said, hopefully…)

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Katelyn August 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm
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Thanks so much, this site has been so informative! We’re planning an anniversary trip to Italy in early November. What places would you personally cut out of your itinerary due to the weather? I know you’ve mentioned the “5 Villages” walk is probably not a good idea- anything else? We’re only going for 8 days so we can’t do everything.

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Katelyn August 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm
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Specifically, would you still recommend going to Venice in November?

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Audrey September 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm
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I’m thinking of going to the Amalfi coast during the 3rd week of November. Any suggestions about where to go – what to see – and what the weather might be like? We have just 1 week.

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