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Best Time to Visit Veneto

Best Time to Visit Veneto

Located in the Veneto region in northern Italy just a 45-minute drive from Lake Garda and 90 minutes from Venice, Verona is dolce vita at its best with everything from dreamy piazzas to impressive architecture and relics from Roman times, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance era. Of course, it’s best known as the city of Romeo and Juliet, which attracts countless visitors from across the globe all year round, so many that Verona is Italy’s third-most visited city.

When it comes to the best time to visit, you’ll want to consider the climate and the crowds. Verona experiences four distinct seasons, with summer the hottest and the busiest time of year. To avoid the worst of heat, long lines, and the masses while enjoying mild weather, mid-April through May or mid-September through October can be ideal. This breakdown takes a more in- depth look to help you make the very best choice.

Juliet’s House

Best Time to Visit Verona for Sightseeing

Sightseeing is one of the top things to do in Verona. As the city was a Roman colony, it boasts a number of impressive Roman remains, from the 1st-century AD amphitheater and the many 11th – and 12th -century Romanesque churches to Renaissance buildings constructed under the powerful della Scala family, or Scaligeri. In the 15th and 16th centuries, leading architects Fra Giocondo and Michele Sanmicheli were responsible for many.

The best time to visit Verona for sightseeing is when the weather is typically mild but the crowds aren’t too thick, such as April or October. If you don’t mind chilly temperatures and potentially wet weather, November and the second half of January can be a good time for sightseeing without the crowds and you’re likely to find discounted prices on hotels and airfare. The worst time to visit for sightseeing is in August – it will be uncomfortably hot and you’ll be bumping elbows with countless other sweaty tourists.


Best Time to Visit Verona for Fewer Crowds

Disregarding the weather altogether, if your primary goal for visiting Verona is to encounter as few other tourists as possible, arrive after the first week of November when the Fieracavalli festival is held. Anytime from then through early December will be slow in terms of tourism. It will start to get busy again closer to the Christmas holidays and then slow back down again after the first week of January. The second half of January is another sweet spot.

It will be chilly, but if you bundle up you can enjoy the attractions without the crowds of summer, or even the shoulder seasons just before and after. Either of these periods can often mean significant savings too. While late spring and early fall were once great times to travel for thin crowds in many places, many travelers are starting to realize that, which means these periods aren’t as quiet as they used to be.

Verona shopping

Best Time to Visit Verona for Shopping

Verona is an affluent city home to many skilled artisans selling their wares in little boutiques and independent shops and you’ll also find discount designer outlets and big-name designer stores like Burberry, Gucci, Valentino, and Givenchy along with individual manufacturers and emerging labels. The best time to visit Verona to take advantage of the myriad of shopping opportunities is during the summer or winter sales which are hosted throughout the country.

The winter sale typically starts on January 5th and runs through February or until inventory is gone. In the summer, they’re held during the months of July and August. You’ll have the widest range of options at the start of the sales which usually offer discounts of a third to half off, but as inventory begins to dwindle, you’ll find the biggest discounts of 70 percent or more. You’ll have fewer competitors if you come in January simply because the colder weather keeps many away.


Best Time to Visit Verona for a Budget-Friendly Trip

As with most things, airfare, hotels, and other types of accommodation are priced primarily on demand. When fewer people are traveling, they often lower prices in hopes of attracting more passengers or guests. That means that the best time to visit Verona for a budget-friendly trip tends to be in November, January, and February.

Early December can be a good time too, but the closer you get to the Christmas holidays, the more expensive it will be. These months are also ideal for those who don’t want to deal with big crowds. Of course, you won’t enjoy the best weather, but being caught in a blizzard is highly unlikely. As long as you have the appropriate attire, a warm, waterproof coat, waterproof boots with traction to prevent slipping on the ice, and other common winter accessories, you’ll be able to enjoy the attractions and a more affordable vacation.

Verona festivals

Best Time to Visit Verona for Festivals and Other Events

While summer is hot and crowded in Verona, the season is the very best for experiencing Verona’s many festivals and events. All the major ones take place during this season with the biggest by far the Verona Opera Festival, held from mid-June through early September at the ancient Roman amphitheater, an unforgettable experience in the world’s largest open-air opera house. Festival Bellezza takes place between mid-June and mid-October.

Verona’s artsiest festival, it features live music in a variety of genres along with non-musicals events. That includes stage shows, speakers, and poets with performances in outdoor venues, lounges, and theaters throughout Verona, including the Roman amphitheater. If you want to enjoy some great jazz and cooler weather, Lake Garda is just a short jaunt away and during the first half of August, the towns around its shoreline will feature numerous jazz concerts at outdoor venues, bars, pubs, and more.

Visiting Verona by Month


January in Verona

January is the coldest month of the year in Verona with average temperatures ranging from just below freezing to the mid-40s Fahrenheit. While sleet, freezing rain, or even snow are possible, there isn’t much precipitation this month, averaging less than two inches. When it does snow it’s typically just a light dusting.

Morning fog is common, but it usually clears by midday. If you don’t mind bundling up, the second half of January is one of the best times to avoid the crowds and enjoy potential discounts on hotels and airfare. Do keep in mind that days are shorter too, with sunset at about 5 p.m. on January 15th . Be sure to bring waterproof boots with slip-proof soles to avoid slipping on icy surfaces. You’ll also want to pack clothing that can be layered and topped with a winter coat to stay warm. Warm socks, gloves, a scarf, and hat are a good idea too.

Verona in February

February in Verona

February won’t be much different from January, although average temperatures rise a few degrees, ranging from 33 to 47 Fahrenheit. Prepare for cold, frosty, or foggy mornings by packing as you would for last month, including warm clothing that can be layered and waterproof boots to protect from potentially freezing rain and icy conditions. As Verona is renowned as a city of love, February can be quite busy.

In fact, the Verona in Love Festival takes place over four days around Valentine’s Day and is filled with exciting cultural events, including live music and theatrical performances. Most take place in squares like Piazza Bra and Piazza dei Signori. Entrance fees to museums will be discounted, there will be special guided tours, treasure hunts, and much more. If you plan to visit around mid-February, book your accommodations well in advance. Earlier in the month it won’t be nearly as busy and you might score off-season rates.

Verona in March

March in Verona

Change is in the air with March marking the arrival of spring although it will start out similar to February with foggy, cold, rainy days along with some sunny ones too. Temperatures range from 40 to 57 degrees on average now, so you’ll want to pack clothing that can be layered as you would for January and February, especially for cold evenings and mornings, but bring some items for warmer, sunny afternoons too. A waterproof jacket and waterproof shoes or boots are also a good idea.

The days will be getting longer, with sunset at 6 p.m. on March 1 st , but thanks to Daylight Savings Time, by month’s end the sun doesn’t go down until just after 7:40 p.m. While visitors arrive all year long to enjoy the delights of Verona, it’s likely to be a bit less crowded now and you might even enjoy some discounted hotel rates.

Verona in April

April in Verona

Spring is officially here with the weather warming even more now, ranging from 45 to 63 degrees on average. Rainfall is moderate with 2.3 inches this month and about 50/50 odds for a sunny day so you’re likely to enjoy at least some sunshine while visiting Verona in April. Be sure to bring a light waterproof jacket and comfortable waterproof shoes for sightseeing, but if it gets too wet out, there are plenty of indoor attractions to enjoy.

It will be busier around Easter week as the holiday is one of the biggest in the country, but outside of that, this is a shoulder season month so the crowds won’t be at their thickest. The world’s largest wine and enology fair, Vinitaly, typically takes place over four days in early April. It features around 4,000 exhibitors from across the globe with tastings of wines and spirits and overviews of winemaking in various regions of Italy.

May in Verona statue

May in Verona

Warm, sunny days start to become common once May rolls around. Temperatures range from an average low of 54 to a lovely 73 degrees now so you’re unlikely to need much more than a light sweater or jacket unless you plan to be out late or up very early in the morning. There is a bit more rain this month although it’s still moderate at an average of 2.9 inches that fall over roughly eight days.

This is the time to bring mostly clothing for warmer weather along with a light rain jacket and perhaps a portable umbrella. There’s a better chance for sunshine now and the days are wonderfully long with the sun setting at about 8:30 p.m. early in the month and not until almost 9 p.m. on May 31 st . The crowds noticeably thicken with many coming to take advantage of the mild weather for sightseeing as the tourist season is officially here.

June in Verona busy streets

June in Verona

June marks the arrival of summer, although the first half won’t be as busy and the temperatures will still be relatively mild with the average daytime high at 80 degrees and the low at 60 degrees. Expect a mix of sunshine and rain, with 3.4 inches falling over eight days. Sudden downpours are possible, so it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella and a light rain jacket. Otherwise, bring your summer attire and perhaps a sweater for late evenings.

This is a good time for short-sleeve tops and t-shirts, shorts, skirts, and dresses. Smart and stylish, comfortable, and casual are the norm. Don’t forget the sunscreen and sunglasses for protection from the sun. You’ll also want to be sure and book flights and accommodation early as the tourist season is in full gear. The Verona Area opera season starts too. A highlight of the summer, make your bookings well ahead of your visit.

July in Verona

July in Verona

July is one of the busiest and hottest months of the year. It’s the peak of tourist season in Verona with the average high temperature of 86, although it can feel much hotter, especially in the afternoon. It can feel rather muggy due to the high humidity with little to no wind. Evenings are quite balmy too with nights dipping to an average of 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

This is a time when you’ll want to prepare your itinerary accordingly to avoid the biggest crowds and the worst of the heat, perhaps exploring outdoor attractions earlier in the day and during late afternoons/early evenings. You’ll want a hotel room with air-conditioning to sleep comfortably, so be sure to book well in advance. If it has a pool, all the better. Pack your summer attire, with a focus on moisture-wicking clothing to help keep you cool. A wide-brimmed hat should be included along with sunglasses and sunscreen.

August in Verona

August in Verona

The temperatures don’t change much in August. Verona will be hot, sticky, and extremely busy. For some, the oppressive heat can be a bit too much and when combined with the highest hotel rates and airfares of the year, August is not the best time for a visit to Verona. If this month is your only option, book an air-conditioned room ASAP.

Pack lightweight clothing, ideally in light colors, along with a bathing suit. If your hotel doesn’t have a pool, you might want to consider a day trip or two to Lake Garda in the foothills of the Alps for a cooler respite. Just keep in mind that you’ll be there with many other tourists and locals too, as most Italians take their vacations this month. On the plus side, the Verona summer theater season will be in full swing bringing jazz concerts, dance performers, and Shakespeare-focused plays to the 1 st  century amphitheater.

August in Verona

September in Verona

While September starts out hot and humid, as it moves forward the crowds start to thin and the weather begins to cool. It will still be quite warm but not unbearably so and evenings are often lovely, especially during the latter half of the month. The average high temperature is 77 degrees, but you can expect it to be warmer earlier in the month and cooler in late September.

Rainstorms are fairly common but usually don’t last long. Bring a light rain jacket and pack mostly clothing for warmer weather with a light sweater for cooler evenings that can drop just below 60 degrees. If you’re here around the middle of the month, you can join in the festivities of Tocati, a street festival with games, concerts, and a variety of other cultural activities. As this month is still quite busy, you’ll need to book your accommodations well in advance.

ArtVerona festival lights and displays

October in Verona

October is often quite pleasant with mild temperatures that range from 48 to the mid-60s. Early in the month, you can expect plenty of warm, sunny afternoons but as time progresses, it will be cooler and wetter with things becoming a bit more unpredictable. This is a time you’ll want to pack a mix of clothing, with items for both cooler and warmer weather along with a rain jacket and waterproof shoes or boots. October is one of the rainier months with an average of 3.6 inches of rainfall.

The summer crowds will be long gone, but as there will still be quite a few visitors with fall becoming a popular time to travel too, you’ll still want to book your accommodation well in advance. Plus, art lovers and collectors will be flocking here for the ArtVerona Festival around the middle of the month, a three-day event with some of the most important Italian galleries, art historians, critics, and artists.

November in Verona Juliet's balcony

November in Verona

November is cool and wet with afternoon temperatures ranging between the mid-40s and low 50s while nighttime lows dip down to 37 degrees. If you visit early in the month it can be quite busy with more than 150,000 coming to enjoy the Fieracavalli festival at VeronaFiere, the city’s exhibition center. Dedicated to equestrianism, tourism, and horses, there will be themed workshops for kids and shows, with over 2,400 horses involved.

Otherwise, this is mostly a slow month in terms of tourism and arguably the best for a more budget-friendly visit with reduced rates for hotel rooms and airfare. If you travel to Verona in November, you’ll want a rain jacket and waterproof shoes along with warm clothing. When it’s not raining, it will be a great time to explore the historic center with its many monuments and churches without having to elbow your way through the masses.

December in Verona Christmas market

December in Verona

December is a popular month to visit Verona, particularly during the second half of the month thanks to the Christmas holidays. The Feast of Santa Lucia, or Saint Lucy Day, is a prequel to Christmas held on December 13 with the market on Piazza Bra the highlight. There will be many stalls selling gifts, holiday décor, toys, ornaments, food, and drink. It will be chilly, with average temperatures between 38 and 45 degrees during the day, dipping down to 32 at night.

There usually isn’t much precipitation with an average of just under two inches falling over 10 days, but a light dusting of snow or some freezing rain is possible. Be sure to bring plenty of warm clothing, including a winter coat, gloves, a hat, and waterproof shoes with good traction to avoid slipping on the pavement. Unless you’ll be here early in the month, be sure to book accommodations well in advance.