Last updated on November 19th, 2023
Like March, April can be a fabulous month to visit Italy. Wildflowers are blooming, the temperatures are beginning to rise, and for most of the month, there aren’t many crowds – even though April is inching its way into Italy’s high season. The light and colors of the landscape are a photographer’s dream, spring events are just getting underway, and you may just get a moment alone with David at the Accademia in Florence (okay, probably not alone…).
Sounds amazing, right?
Before you get too excited, know that Italy still sees quite a bit of rain in April. If you’ve got a good umbrella and can be flexible with your plans, you’ll be fine. And if you’re coming to Italy for outdoor activities, April isn’t the best month – most skiing finishes around Easter, hiking trails tend to be muddy, and it’s not always fun to cycle in the rain.
The keys to having an excellent trip to Italy in April are to:
- Dress in layers
- Always have your umbrella with you
- Be flexible with your plans
In this post, you’ll learn…
- if visiting Italy in April is a good choice for you
- what weather to expect in Italy in April
- which holidays Italy celebrates in April and which days things are closed
- our recommended places to visit in April in Italy, including where to go with kids
- the best activities and events in Italy in April
- which foods to try in Italy in April
- what to wear on a trip to Italy in April
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Is April a Good Time to Visit Italy?
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Italy in September
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Italy in November
Italy in December
6 Reasons You Should Visit Italy in April
- Nature is on full display. One good thing about the spring rain – it hydrates the fields for Italian crops! Hillsides become gorgeous green and red poppies and other wildflowers are blooming (but not sunflowers – those come in the summer). Flower gardens are blooming and open.
- There are fewer crowds (except for Easter). Although April isn’t as quiet as winter and early spring months, it’s still pleasant for visiting everywhere – even places like Venice and Rome. Keep in mind that Easter is a huge holiday here and with it comes an influx of international and national tourists. Most head to Rome and Vatican City, but others make their way to small cities and villages that have special Easter celebrations.
- Participate in Easter celebrations. The Easter holiday is one of Italy’s most important holidays, and you can participate in the celebrations – whether by attending Easter mass with the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica, watching a procession in a small village, or having dinner with an Italian family at your agriturismo.
- It’s a good time to visit archaeological sites. Italy’s famous sites like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Agrigento are scorching in the summer heat and can be very crowded. Take a chance to visit at the beginning of the high season – it’s a special experience to see these sites when they’re not packed. Don’t forget to bring an umbrella and comfy shoes with good tread.
- It’s less expensive than in the summer and fall months. Because it’s not technically high season yet, there are still plenty of deals to be had.
- Kick off the sagra and festival season. As the sun comes out, join Italians and sample fresh produce like asparagus or the freshest ricotta cheese.
Good To Know: It’s always best to reserve tickets for any museums or events you don’t want to miss. Many museums limit entry numbers so you’ll want to book in advance. I always recommend booking advance tickets to popular sites:
The Last Supper (Milan)
The Uffizi Gallery (Florence)
The Accademia (Florence)
The Colosseum (Rome)
The Vatican Museums (Rome)
4 Reasons You May Not Want to Visit Italy in April
- Iffy weather. Yes, the sun may be out when you start your walk around Florence. But, don’t forget your umbrella because you’ll likely catch some rain during April.
- No beach time. Sure, kids will still enjoy playing in the sand, but the water is chilly. If you’re hoping for a beach vacation, come later in the year.
- The skiing season is finished. While exact season-end dates depend on the location and the ski resort, a good rule of thumb is that they close up around Easter. If you’re dreaming of an Italian ski holiday, it’s best to book a winter trip.
- Outdoor activities are limited. Ski season’s wrapped up, the seas are chilly, hiking trails are snow-covered or muddy, and rain is plentiful. With proper clothing and equipment, you can make it work, but there are better months for outdoor pursuits.
Weather in Italy in April
As with all seasons in Italy, you’ll find different weather depending on where you are in Italy:
Northern Italy is still chilly and sees snow at higher elevations in the mountains. Temperatures range from the upper 40s to the upper 60s (°F), or about 10–20° C.
Central Italy sees similar temperatures as Northern Italy – temperatures in the upper 40s to the upper 60s (°F), or about 10–20° C.
Southern Italy has warmer evenings but daytime temperatures are similar to the rest of Italy. Temperatures range from the low 50s to the upper 60s (°F), or about 12-20°C.
Even though rain often threatens, you should still see plenty of sunny days. But keep your umbrella handy, because April is one of the rainiest months in Italy. Make sure you dress in layers so you can deal with fluctuating spring temperatures.
Italy in April – Temperatures & Precipitation
|Milan||66°F / 19°C||47°F / 9°C||38mm (rainiest month)|
|Venice||63°F / 17°C||48°F / 9°C||34mm (2nd rainiest month)|
|Florence||67°F / 20°C||48°F / 9°C||49mm|
|Rome||66°F / 19°C||47°F / 8°C||34mm|
|Naples||67°F / 19°C||50°F / 10°C||43mm (2nd rainiest month)|
|Palermo||66°F / 19° C||55°F / 13°C||31mm|
Holidays in Italy in April
April 1st – Pesce d’Aprile
Translation: April Fool’s Day (literally: April Fish)
What it Celebrates: Like in your home country, it’s a day of practical jokes! While the origins are disputed, the purpose of the day is not.
Traditions: Play small (or big) jokes on someone, like trying to stealthily tape a paper fish to his or her back. Some media (print and online) play small jokes on readers as well.
National Holiday: No
Open/Closed: Everything is open, and as a traveler, you probably won’t even notice it’s April Fool’s Day.
Reserve in Advance: No need to reserve anything in advance.
April 25th – Festa della Liberazione
Translation: Liberation Day (literally: Liberation Holiday)
Also Known As: Anniversario della Liberazione d’Italia, 25 Aprile
What it Commemorates: The Italian holiday on April 25th commemorates the end of the Nazi occupation of Italy and the fall of the fascist regime.
Traditions: There are celebrations, processions, concerts and events to honor the day and veterans. Community leaders (of small villages and large cities) lay wreaths at memorials. Italians either stay home with friends and family, or more likely, head outside or into cities for festivities.
National Holiday: Yes
Open/Closed: Schools and government offices are closed. Some shops and private offices may close. More and more businesses are staying open.
Reserve in Advance: Many Italians ‘fare il ponte,’ or ‘make a bridge’ if the holiday falls close to the weekend – for example, if the 25th is on Tuesday, they’ll take Monday off and have a long weekend. For example, if the 25th falls during the week, our kids get the 24th and the 26th off of school. Others will also combine the holiday with another big Italian holiday – 1 Maggio, or Labor Day (on May 1st).
Italians will be out in droves, especially families. Tourists sites are busy, roads are clogged, trains sell out (and services are reduced on the holidays). My advice would be to avoid traveling on the holidays themselves and a day or two before. Find a place to settle in and check out the events.
Reserve beach destinations in advance (yes, Italians start heading to the beaches as soon as they open up around Easter), reserve trains in advance, and reserve any must-see activities and restaurants.
Date Varies – Pasqua
Good To Know: Easter occasionally falls in March.
What it Celebrates: The resurrection of Jesus Christ
Traditions: Easter is a huge deal in Italy, and Holy Week is celebrated throughout the country
National Holiday: Yes, along with the following Monday (Pasquetta)
Open/Closed: Some restaurants and shops close for the holiday, along with religious sites like the Vatican Museums (and the Sistine Chapel). Remember that many restaurants, shops, banks, etc. are always closed on Sundays.
Reserve in Advance: Rome and Assisi are both busy in the days before and after Easter, so make sure you’ve booked accommodation in advance. Book and ‘can’t miss’ activities or restaurants in advance, but don’t worry, you won’t go hungry!
Good To Know: Pasquetta (or little Easter) is the day after Pasqua. It falls on a Monday, and many destinations are packed as families head out to explore together. Trust me, don’t make big plans on Pasquetta!
The 11 Best Places to Visit in Italy in April
|Location||What To Do|
|Rome||visit the Colosseum and Forum without the heat, stroll the city|
|Florence & Tuscany||explore museums, take a day trip to the countryside if the weather is nice, go wine tasting, relax in thermal baths|
|Friuli||see off-the-beaten-path Italy, sample excellent white wines, visit Aquileia|
|Puglia||road trip and see small towns|
|Sicily||see archaeological sites, visit small villages|
|Venice||enjoy the city without huge crowds|
|Emilia Romagna||visit car museums, sample the region’s delicacies, explore small villages|
|Matera||explore the fascinating city without dripping in sweat|
|Umbria||spend time in Assisi for Easter, visit smaller towns and villages|
|Italian Lakes||visit villa gardens, visit chic villages before the crowds arrive|
|Milan||go shopping, head to the top of the Duomo, hang out in the Brera district|
Umbria in April
Italy’s ‘green heart’ is especially green in April, and the countryside is exploding in wildflowers. Towns are relatively quiet (except for Assisi during Easter), so be sure to visit some of the region’s picture-perfect towns and villages:
- Orvieto – see our guide to visiting Orvieto!
Florence & Tuscany in April
Florence weather is iffy in April (like much of Italy), but there are plenty of museums to visit if the weather isn’t cooperating. Spend time in restaurants eating winter specialties like ribollita, or have a coffee on a piazza.
If you’re in town for Easter, brave the crowds and head to Piazza del Duomo for the Scoppio del Carro (explosion of the cart).
If the weather is pleasant, you can head to the countryside or take day trips to other nearby cities or villages:
- Lucca – cycle the city walls, climb the tower
- Montepulciano or Montalcino – taste their wines
- Pienza – sample the local pecorino and take in the views
- Soak in hot springs in the south (Saturnia, Bagno Vignoni, San Casciano dei Bagni)
- Val d’Orcia – take photographs of the gorgeous green hills of the UNESCO World Heritage site
- Siena – mingle with the locals and relax with a coffee on the Piazza del Campo
- San Gimignano – visit before the crowds arrive
- Chianti – visit the small villages and enjoy the views of the vineyards and countryside
Good To Know: Visiting the Tuscan countryside? At the beginning of the month, some small villages may still feel ‘closed’ up for the winter, so you won’t find all shops or restaurants open.
Good To Know: It’s not yet time to visit beaches in Tuscany.
Rome in April
While Rome is fabulous any time of the year (true!), April is a great time to explore outdoor sites like the Roman Forum and Colosseum, and for walking around in general. When it’s sunny, sit at outdoor cafes, and if it’s drizzling, head inside to one of the city’s churches (like St. Peter’s Basilica) or museums (like the Vatican City Museums and the Sistine Chapel). I love visiting Rome in April because there’s plenty of sunshine and you’ll find wildflowers and greenery in parks and scattered in the ruins.
Good To Know: Enjoy walking around without crowds, but be careful if it’s just rained – Rome’s gorgeous cobblestones can be slippery!
Puglia in April
Visit Lecce and Puglia’s charming whitewashed villages:
- Alberobello – wander the trulli-lined streets of the UNESCO World Heritage site
- Locorotondo – Read my Guide to Locorotondo
- Martina Franca
- Monopoli – relaxed Puglia living (make this your home-base); Read our Guide to Monopoli
- Ostuni – Check out How to Spend One Day in Ostuni
- Polignano a Mare – head down to the oft-photographed Lama Monachile; Read our Realistic One Day Itinerary for Polignano a Mare
- Trani – visit the best bakery in Italy (Lula)
- Grottaglie – shop for pottery
You may or may not have sunny beach time (to relax at the beach, not to swim), but you’ll have plenty to see in the area (the villages above) and the food (fresh produce, seafood, and mozzarella) in Puglia is incredible.
Matera in April
April is an excellent month to explore Matera and its sassi. The town is popular in the summer months (with Italians and international visitors) and it’s also very hot. The spring is also a pleasant time to visit the Natural Park that borders Matera, both visually (wildflowers) and temperature-wise (it’s not fun to hike in the park in the extreme summer heat).
Emilia Romagna in April
I love taking people to Emilia Romagna any time of year. Soak up the best of this region by:
- Stoping in at some of Italy’s best car museums – especially the Ferrari museums and the Lamborghini Museum
- Sampling some of Italyl’s most iconic foods – like prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and Modena’s aceto balsamico (balsamic vinegar)
- Exploring Italy’s foodie capital of Bologna
- Visiting smaller villages like Brisighella and Dozza
Venice in April
Venice is dreamy, and even though the city is already busy in April, you can still walk without rubbing elbows with everyone and the vaporetto lines aren’t too long. You’re bound to get some sunny days too! Check out some of our favorite things to do in Venice and the best things to do in Venice at night.
Sicily in April
Sicily in April is dreamy. It’s not quite beach season (although you will see people at the beaches on sunny days). It’s a nice time to visit churches and archaeological sites (without the heat) and explore markets and small towns. In April, be sure to check out:
- Palermo – wander the lively streets and markets and soak up the city’s history and cultures
- Siracusa – spend time on the small island of Ortigia
- Caltagirone – walk the ceramic staircase and browse the shops
- Modica – visit a chocolate shop to sample the town’s unique dolce
- Ragusa Ibla – wander the old town in the evening
- Scicli – learn about the town’s fascinating past
Pompeii & Herculaneum in April
If you want to see these sites without the sun beating down on you, April’s a prime time to visit. You could also combine your visit with a hike up Mt. Vesuvius!
Friuli in April
Still off-the-radar, the Italian region of Friuli is chilly but pleasant in April. Explore some of its cities and villages and indulge in the area’s incredible cuisine. If you visit the area, don’t miss:
- Exploring the cities and villages of Udine, Pordenone, Trieste, Cividale del Friuli
- Sample wines in Cormons and surroundings
- Head to San Daniele for its famous prosciutto
- Visit the ancient Roman archaelogical site of Aquileia
- Get cozy in the mountain village of Sauris
Italian Lakes in April
You won’t want to jump in the water in April, but you can still explore the lakes by boat and visit the charming lakeside villages like Stresa and Orto San Giulio. This is also the time to see the spring flowers blooming in villa gardens. Don’t miss the gardens of Villa Carlotta (Lake Como), Villa Taranto (Lake Maggiore), Villa Monastero (Lake Como) and Isola Bella (Lake Maggiore).
Milan in April
Along with visiting classic Milan sites like the Duomo and The Last Supper, April has a a few special events events/celebrations like Easter, Liberation Day, and Fiori e Sapori (the Naviglia area is decorated with flowers).
And, if the weather isn’t so great, do some shopping or hop into a cozy cafe or world-class museum (like the Milan Museum of Science and Technology).
Destinations to Skip on an April Trip to Italy
Note: Of course, you can visit any of these places in April (many people do), and you’ll likely have a wonderful time. But, I’ve listed why you may want to think twice about a visit in the early spring.
Cinque Terre in April
If you’re set on hiking the area’s famous trails, know that heavy rain may force trail closures. And even if the trails are open, they become slippery and muddy in places after it’s rained.
But, you could also have gorgeous sunny days and lovely hikes! If you have some flexibility with your schedule, you can have a wonderful time in April in the Cinque Terre. If you have a fixed 3-day trip, you may be disappointed if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
April is also too chilly for swimming in the Cinque Terre.
Amalfi Coast in April
If you want to have a classic beach/sunbathing vacation, April is probably too early for a visit. It’s still a nice time to explore the small villages (Amalfi, Positano) and Capri.
Dolomites in April
If you’ll be visiting Bolzano or exploring the small villages, April is a great time to visit. But, if you’re interested in hiking, it’s not the ideal time. Almost all area chairlifts are closed and trails can be muddy and dangerous in the rain.
See our Guide to Visiting Bolzano!
Activities & Events in Italy in April
Activities in Italy in April
Soak in thermal baths – Bormio, Merano, Bagno Vignoni, and Saturnia are a few to check out.
Marvel at amazing art in Italy’s world-class museums.
Attend a theatre performance, perhaps at La Scala in Milan.
Sample Italian wines at a wine bar or visit a winery. Salute!
Go on a food tour! Sample balsamic vinegar, see how prosciutto is made, learn about Parmigiano Reggiano or mozzarella. Take to the streets of your favorite city with a local and learn about the local food (and best places to eat it!).
Take photographs – the campagna (countryside) is especially stunning in April.
Events in Italy in April
|Tulip and Spring Festival||flower festival with parade and other events||Castiglione del Lago (Umbria)|
|VinItaly||wine expo and competition||Verona (Veneto)|
|Infiorata||flower festival||Pitigliano, Noto, Spello, more|
|Natale di Roma||Rome’s birthday||Rome (Lazio)|
|Corso all’Anello||medieval festival||Narni (Umbria)|
|Festa di San Marco||celebration of Venice’s patron saint||Venice (Veneto)|
|Easter Market||Easter-themed, food, and artisan market stalls||Como (Lombardy)|
|Trento Film Festival||mountain and adventure film festival||Trento (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)|
|Fritto Misto all’Italiana||fried food festival||Ascoli Piceno (Le Marche)|
What to Eat in Italy in April
Seasonal Produce in Italy in April
- artichokes – carciofi
- asparagus – asparagi
- beets – barbabietole
- fava beans – fave
- leeks – porri
- peas – piselli
- potatoes – patate
- flat peas in pod – taccole
- lemons – limoni
- strawberries – fragole
- cauliflower – cavolfiori
- kale – cavolo nero
Food Not to Miss in Italy in April
|risotto agli asparagi||Various||risotto with asparagus|
|zuppa di porri||Various||leek soup|
|carciofi alla romana||Rome||Roman-style artichokes (stuffed with herbs)|
|taccole al pomodoro||Various||flat peas cooked with tomato sauce|
|asparagi alla milanese||Northern Italy||asparagus with boiled egg|
|fave e pecorino||Central Italy||fava beans with pecorino (sheep’s milk) cheese|
|gelato||Italy-wide||gelato; try with spring fruit flavors|
The Best Places to Visit in Italy in April With Kids
April isn’t the ideal month to travel to Italy if you’re coming with small kids. Why not? Because the playgrounds are often wet and muddy and many outdoor activities (like beach time and going for walks in nature) aren’t ideal or possible in April.
However, if you dress your kids appropriately (layers!) and take advantage of Italy’s indoor activities, you’ll have a memorable and fun trip with your little ones.
Good To Know: Italian children are in school for all of April except April 25th (Liberation Day) and the day before and after. If Easter falls during April, our kids get about one week off over the holiday. Other European countries also have breaks during the spring. Yes, you’ll run into more crowds, but you’ll also have more opportunities for your kids to interact with locals and other children.
Rome with Kids in April
Join in the Easter celebrations. Take a family tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, eat pizza and gelato, throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain, attend Gladiator School, explore Rome’s children’s museum, and be entertained in Piazza Navona.
I love visiting Rome in April with my kids because the weather usually cooperates and the main sites aren’t overrun.
Florence & Tuscany with Kids in April
In Florence, see David at the Accademia, visit La Specola (Florence’s quirky Natural History museum – temporarily closed), climb a tower, and see what’s on at Palazzo Strozzi – the exhibits are often kid-friendly.
There are plenty of fun activities for kids in Tuscany.
You may want to read
70 Things To Do In Tuscany With Kids
Our Favorite Family Activities in Tuscany
Florence with Kids
Florence with a Baby or Toddler
Florence with Teens
Lucca with Kids
Montalcino with Kids
Montepulciano with Kids
Siena with Kids
Venice with Kids in April
Kids love traveling the canals on the little vaporetti (water buses), seeing a glass-blowing demo on Murano island, dining on tapas-style cicchetti, and getting lost on the small side streets.
Check out our guide to visiting Venice with Kids
Sicily with Kids in April
You’ll need to skip swimming at the beach time (although you may have sandcastle-building weather). But, there are so many other amazing things to do with kids in Sicily:
- Explore the market in Siracusa (Ortigia)
- See the incredible mosaics at Villa Romana a Casale
- Hike on Mt. Etna!
- Sample the famous chocolate from Modica
- Learn about cave living in Scicli
- See a puppet show in Palermo
- Find your family’s favorite Sicilian sweet treat – cannoli or granite?
- Climb the ceramic staircase of Caltagirone
- Stroll the main drag and visit the Greek Theater in Taormina
Emilia Romagna with Kids in April
Rain or shine, your kids will love exploring this region of food and fast cars!
- Visit the car museums with your kids – the Ferrari Museums and the Lamborghini Museum are a few of our family’s favorites
- Walk through the bamboo labyrinth near Parma
- Climb the tower and do a balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena
- Explore Bologna’s porticoes and lively markets and try the real bologna
Puglia with Kids in April
You’ll likely be able to spend some time at the beach (just no swimming, it’s still chilly), and kids love exploring the small, unique villages in Puglia. Some of our favorite towns and villages to visit with kids are Polignano a Mare, Ostuni, Alberobello, Locorotondo, and Monopoli.
See a mozzarella-making demonstration, taste some of Italy’s best produce, and explore the countryside and find your favorite olive tree!
Milan with Kids in April
Milan has plenty of things to keep kids busy and interested, including our favorite science museum – the Milan Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci. Go shopping in Italy’s fashion capital, walk on the rooftop of the Duomo, and visit San Siro soccer stadium (or see a game!)
You may want to read our guide to visiting Milan with Kids
Packing for a Trip to Italy in April
Some helpful tips for packing:
- Wear layers – April temperatures can change in an instant and the evenings are cool
- A lightweight scarf is a perfect way to add some warmth and it doesn’t take up much space if you need to pack it away.
- If you’re planning on doing your own laundry, pack clothing made of quick-drying material. You likely won’t have access to a dryer.
- Bring shoes that can get handle getting wet. You’ll likely be splashing through a few puddles in April.
- Pack a compact, quality travel umbrella. Umbrellas are expensive here and you’ll want to have one with you while you’re out exploring.
Transport in Italy in April
April is an excellent month to travel by car or go on a road trip in Italy! Driving through the Crete Senesi in Tuscany, driving along the coast, winding your through wildflowers in Umbria, and many more experiences are waiting for you by car in April.
Traveling by car gives you the most freedom, but can be pricey by the time you add up the rental cost, gas, tolls, and parking. If you’re looking to rent a car, it’s best to book as soon as you know you’ll be traveling.
If you’re traveling long distances, look into flying. Budget airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet begin bringing back more routes in April.
It may not always be the fastest way and it may not get you from door to door, but taking a train is a beautiful way to travel around Italy in April and see the vibrant green countryside and colorful wildflowers.
If you’re interested in cycling in Italy in April, you’ll want to have proper rain gear. I’d stay further south, where you’ll still probably have some wet rides, but not in cold temperatures. Make sure you book bike-friendly accommodation in advance.
Italy in April Vocabulary
- Pasqua – Easter
- Pasquetta – Easter Monday
- Buona Pasqua – Happy Easter
- la colomba – dove (Italian Easter cake)
- l’uovo di Pasqua – Easter egg
- coniglietto di Pasqua – Easter bunny
- l’agnello – lamb
- la pace – peace
- il venerdì santo – Good Friday
- la domenica delle Palme – Palm Sunday
- Gesù – Jesus
- il ramoscello d’ulivo – olive branch
- la chiesa – church
- la croce – cross
- la primavera – spring
- la pioggia – rain
- l’ombrella – umbrella
- aprile – April
I hope this has helped you decide if April is the right time for your visit to Italy. And if it is, that you’ve found inspiration on where to go and what to do!