Climate In Italy

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The Joyous Italian Climate

Reviewed by Lief Simon

Lief Simon is the managing editor of Global Property Advisor, Simon Letter, and Offshore Living Letter. He has purchased more than 45 properties, investing in 23 different countries around the world.

Streets of Modena, Emilia Romagna, Italy
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Italy has a Mediterranean climate and enjoys four seasons, though they are not extreme seasons.

The climate in Italy’s mountainous regions are defined by harsher winters (and regular snow in winter) than regions at sea level.

The temperature in all areas of Italy typically ranges between 40°F and 85°F throughout the year. Average annual humidity in Italy is around 70%.

Mountainous regions and any area above sea level may experience cooler temperatures and lower humidity. Italy receives little rainfall per year, most regions receive less than 30 inches of rain per year.

Italy is a sunny country, receiving over 2,350 hours of sunlight per year and enjoying nearly six-and-a-half hours of cloud-free daily sunlight on average.

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Things To Do In Italy

As in any country, weather depends on your region, but generally Italy enjoys a warm, stable climate, with little temperature fluctuation from season to season.

Italian Winter: December to February

Italian Summer: May to September

If visiting the Vatican, the world’s smallest country is on your itinerary when in Italy, make sure you fit the Sistine Chapel into your trip. This famous chapel, constructed in 1473, is one of the most important Catholic buildings in the world, and is where every new pope is elected.

For many, the most exciting part of a visit to Italy and the Vatican is the opportunity to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

For four years, Michelangelo painted scenes from the bible onto the ceiling, permanently damaging his eyesight from droplets of paint falling back into his eyes.

The most famous element of Michelangelo’s work is “The Creation Of Adam”, which has been recreated countless times across the world.

Another thing to do in Italy is visiting Pompeii. Firstly, it’s the most visited archaeological site in the world, and is not to be missed. You can reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site easily from Naples or Sorrento, or even on a day trip from Rome.

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