When planning a trip to Italy, consider the region when planning. If you are visiting the beach, avoid July and August when the weather is too hot and very crowded. If visiting the cities of Rome, Florence and Venice, the best times are April to late June and September/October, to avoid the very long lines at historic sites, museums and galleries. Generally, summers are hot throughout Italy and can be exceptionally hot in the south. Winters can be damp and chilly, although from Romesouth, the temperatures are mild. It is definitely cold in the very north and snow is prevalent.