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Exploring Italy In May

Thinking of visiting Italy in May?

Being Italy travel experts for over 90 years, means we can help you plan the perfect Italian escape! 

So, you want to visit Italy in May? We don’t blame you! May is widely considered to be one of the best times of the year to experience Italy. Thanks to the bright sunny days, mild temperatures, and quietness May offers, you can comfortably explore many popular spots whilst avoiding the crowds and heat of summer. 

Spring is a beautiful time to visit because you can enjoy the stunning blooms, with gardens often being at their peak. You will be able to enjoy florals lining the streets, shorelines and parks which means the air is filled with the glorious scent of spring. Italy in May really is a feast for the senses. 

As in many countries, the 1st of May, known as “May Day”, is a day of celebration, and Italy is no exception. This day of celebrations is known by many names’ dependant on your native country, you may recognise it as Labour Day or International Workers' Day. Known as Festa del Lavoro in Italy, the Italians get to enjoy a well-deserved day off. If you want to celebrate and enjoy the day alongside them, Rome hosts a large concert not to be missed but you can also find parties going on almost everywhere. If you were planning on treating the day as normal, be sure to double check opening hours as many places will be closed or experiencing an increased number of visitors. 

But where in Italy should you go?

Italian Cities

It comes as no surprise that the cities are hotspots for tourists, with Rome and Venice being top of the list for most visitors. Travelling in May will allow you to enjoy the beauty and history of each city at a slower pace without so many crowds. 
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Amalfi Coast

The hotels begin opening in April, so considering it’s an area that books up very quickly, this could be your chance to find some last-minute availability. The gardens will be looking glorious, and the sun will likely be shining! 
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Italian Lakes

With mild temperatures and clear skies, visiting Italy’s famous lakes such as Lake Garda or Lake Como in May can be spectacular. These two areas are extremely popular in the summer months, so visiting in Spring means you get to enjoy the lakes how they should be, calm and tranquil. 
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Sunsets in spring are on another level. Watch the sun get lost behind the rolling hills. If you’re looking for a magical May experience, Tuscany could be the spot for you. Florence, the capital of this region, can be too hot to fully enjoy in the Summer and too cold in the Winter, so the spring climate is ideal! 
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Nobody needs an excuse to visit art-filled Florence, but this might persuade you to go sooner rather than later. Visiting in May allows you to see the colours and culture not just of famous paintings but of the idyllic Iris Garden which is only open to the public for one month a year. In 2022, it’ll be open for you to enjoy from 2nd–20th of May. Giardino dell'Iris has been a symbol of Florence since 1251 and specialises in the cultivation of iris flowers. 
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Call us today to speak to one of our Italy Experts for further travel advice, hotel recommendations or to begin planning your next Italian holiday.

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