Italy has a largely temperate climate with regional variations.
In summer the Northern parts of Italy are warm with occasional
rainfall, the central region is somewhat stifled by humidity and
the south scorches under the dry heat. In winter, conditions in
Milan, Turin and Venice are dominated by cold, damp and fog and
Tuscany's winter temperatures approach freezing, while temperatures
in the south of the country are more favourable averaging 50-60ºF
(10-20ºC). Most people visit Italy between June and August, however
the best time to visit is in Spring (April-May) and Autumn
(September-October) when the weather is good and the tourists are
few. The sea is warm enough for swimming between June and
September. Most Italians take their vacation in August and many
shops and restaurants are closed during this period. The ski season
runs between December and April and the best time to walk in the
Alps is between June and September.