Italy, the name synonymous with spectacular sunny beaches, lush meadows, majestic beaches, and an eclectic mix of the traditional and the urban. No wonder then it hosts hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world during the “peak” summer season.
In contrast, Italy remains less frequented during the winters, owing to the cold weather, but this doesn’t mean the place ceases to be a tourist attraction. A number of tourists seeking quality alone time visit Italy during the winter. Visiting the majestic architectural structures and historical museums when the tourists are fewer can mean you get to take in the beauty of this wonderful place at your own pace. Consider the high cost of living in Italy, and its sky-high hotel prices during the summers, you can save a fortune on accommodation if you decide to tour during the winters. Touring Italy and not visiting the museums can be something that you regret for the rest of our life! Italy has some of the most wonderful museums that you will find anywhere in the world. During the summers, owing to the huge tourist rush, one is not able to spend good enough time at these fabulous tourist attractions. However, during the winters, you can take the time to marvel at the beauty of historical monuments and museums. Some of the best tourist attractions in Italy are,
- The Vatican Museums
- Sistine Chapel
- Uffizi Gallery
- Accademia Gallery
- Borghese Gallery
- Castel Sant’Angelo National Museum
- La Venaria Reale
- The Egyptian Museum
- The Royal Palace of Caserta
Another great way to spend winter in Italy is to explore its awe-inspiring theaters. Italians have a rich legacy of art and drama, and during the winters, all the theaters operate in full swing. During the winters, you can have a first-hand experience of why Italy is considered all over as one of the best places for theater and art. Summers are the ‘off-season’ for theaters in Italy, and it is during the winters that this landscape is buzzing with artists, symphony, and dialogue. This is complemented by the aesthetically-pleasing and intricately designed interiors, which create an ambiance that you will remember for a long time. Some of the theaters that we recommend you to visit include,
- Teatro Dell’Opera
- Arena Di Verona
- Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
- Accademia Di Santa Cecilia
- Puccini Festival
What to Eat in Italy
If you are thinking of what to eat in Italy, don’t fret as winters are also the time to savour the delicious Italian cuisines. Some of the best cuisines to explore while you are in Italy include Pasta, Arancini, Lasange, Prosciutto, Ribollita, and Saltimbocca. Some of the top restaurants in Italy are L’Etoile d’Or, Gusta Pizza (Florence, Italy), Da Vittorio (Brusaporto, Italy), Il Pellicano (Porto Ercole, Italy), La Ciau del Tornavento (Treiso, Italy), and La Rosetta (Rome).
Wine is an integral part of the Italian lifestyle and it is during the winters that wineries are ready to strut their stuff to wine aficionados. There are a number of wineries that attract tourists from all over the world, especially during the winters. During Sep-Oct, the wine harvest is done, and after that starts the period of getting those sparkling bottles ready. While the country is full of reputed wineries, we recommend you visit those located in Tuscany.
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While Italy remains less frequented during the winters, there’s one area where you will have to beat the crowds to get the best deal. Yes, shopping! Actually, during the winters, especially from the first week of January to the end of February, there’s a Black Friday-type rush at some of the best Italian designer stores. The reason – some of the biggest names in design, including Armani, Gucci, and Versace go on sale. The discounts are too true to be true and if you don’t mind a bit of crowd, you are in for a good deal.
These were some of the top things to do in Italy during the winters. It’s important to remember that some places may get really cold during the winter, so packing in your winter stuff is a necessity. If you are traveling with kids, take extra care to ensure they are comfortable and warm during the trip.