Many of you have probably heard that September or fall is the best time to visit Italy. You may be right, especially if you’re a fan of mild, sunny days and calm, cool nights. However, the weather you’ll find in Italy during September will depend on where you are visiting and what half of September you’re planning a trip to Italy in. Whether you’re looking for warm summer days or wanting to experience the excitement of the wine harvest, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about September Weather for your next trip to the Bel Paese.
September temperatures in Italy
Italy is amazing any time of year, but many people choose to visit in September because they want to experience the fun, relaxing late summer feeling it brings. The summer sun in Italy is not as strong in September as it is in July or August, making it very comfortable to be outdoors to enjoy dining al fresco by the sea on Italy’s Epicurean Journey or soaking up the scenery of wine country with a dip in the pool on Italy Uncorked.
Temperatures in Italy during the month of September will vary between 20-30 degrees C (70-86 degrees F) thorouhout the day, and 15-20 degrees C (60-70 degrees F) at night, giving you the opportunity to relax in the mild breeze and enjoy evening walks to the piazza with a lightweight jacket. Temperatures generally differ somewhat between the beginning and end of the month; early September is warm and summer-like, while late September brings about slightly crisper air that carries the first breath of fall in the evenings.
What to pack for Italy September weather
Here are a few tips for things to bring on your perfect September Italy trip:
- Summer clothes: Bring comfy summer clothes like tees and shorts for days spent outdoors and sightseeing especially if you’re coming at the beginning of September when the days are sunny. But dont forget to pack a lightweight jacket so you’ll be ready for the cool nights you may come across.
- Modest clothes: We highly recommend seeing some of Italy’s beautiful religious sites. To visit these sacred places, you’ll have to dress modestly. We suggest packing longer pants/skirts, a scarf, and/or jacket to cover your shoulders to respect the local customs.
- Walking shoes: Sturdy walking shoes are a must if you’re visiting some of the “Borghi piu Bella d’Italia” (Most Beautiful Medieval Villages in Italy). The best way to experience these cities is by foot – many of which you’ll visit on our small group Italy tours. Filled with charming alleyways and cobblestone streets, you’ll want to make sure you’ve packed the right footwear to visit Italy’s must see sites.
- Swimwear: You’ll want to bring your swimwear on your September trip to Italy, as it’s still warm enough to take a dip in the pool or work on your tan as it is still technically summer during the first few weeks of September. Especially, when you grab your spot on the Italy Uncorked tour, where you’ll stay at a luxury boutique wine estate with a stunning pool overlooking endless rows of vineyards. It would be a pity to miss out on this experience just because you forgot your bathing suit!
- Umbrella: You’ll mostly experience sunny weather this time of year. However, no matter what time of year you travel to Italy, there could always be an off chance of rain and it’s much better to come prepared with a compact umbrella so that no sudden weather changes put a dent in your day’s activities.
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Things to do in Italy in September
Wondering what to do on your September trip to Italy? There are plenty of things to do to make your vacation unforgettable!
Grape harvesting (vendemmia)
Always dreamt of going on a wine tour of the Italian countryside? Then we’ve got good news! September’s mild weather makes it a great time to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the vineyards and the people who make incredible Italian wine. Most small family-run wineries aren’t open to the public at this time, but when you join us on tour, the boutique wineries we take you to allow you to visit the vineyards and see how grapes are picked. You’ll also get a glimpse of the production sites, where you’ll get to talk directly with the winemakers and vineyard owners to ask any question you have about how they produce their award-winning wines.
Searching for summer truffles is something every one should experience in their life life, and September is a great time to do it! You can still hunt for summer truffles in September, and it’s a much better time to do so than in late November/December, which is the black and white truffle season. During that time, the weather is unpredictable, with many flash rainstorms in the mountainous and hilly zones where truffles grow. That’s why we recommend hunting for delicious truffles in September instead, which is why we’ve included an exclusively curated truffle hunting experience on Italy’s Epicurean Journey.
This experience calls in the expertise of one of Jamie Oliver & Gordon Ramsay’s very own truffle hunters. He’ll guide you through Le Marche’s beautiful truffle country as you forage for truffles, participate in a handmade pasta all’uovo making demonstration, and enjoy an exclusive truffle menu crafted just for our guests!
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Dine al fresco
Your trip to Italy isn’t complete without seaside dining. However, enjoying a meal seaside can be less than lovely, especially in the touristy crowded areas of Amalfi and Cinque Terre. To escape the crowds and enjoy authentic Italian food in Italy, try seaside dining inside one of Italy’s lesser known national parks and along the blue flag beaches of the Coast of Conero in the Le Marche region.
These off-the-beaten-path destinations are best reached by vehicle and even then parking can be tough. When you join us on Italy’s Epicurean Journey and Italy Undiscovered, you won’t have to worry about the logistics! Instead you’ll skip the headache of all the planning and get to immerse yourself in the beautiful seaside views as you feast on an exclusively curated seafood menu inside a Napoleonic fortress situated right on the Adriatic Coast.
Enjoy the PIAZZA LIFE
The piazza is Italy’s outdoor living room. It’s where the locals come to be seen and meet up to socialize and mingle over a cocktail in the evenings. Soaking up the piazza life at golden hour is one of the most popular activities for locals and travelers alike. In September, the weather is wonderful for having a spritz in the beautiful travertine squares of Ascoli Piceno, the city of travertine, 100 towers, and the Most Underrated City to visit in Italy
Sunsets in WORLD-CLASS wine country
There’s no sunset quite like a sunset in the Italian wine country. Endless rows of vineyards, sipping vino to the tranquil sounds of the countryside, as you watch the sun slowly hide away for the night behind the sprawling rolling hills. Which is why you’ll get to stay at a 500 acres wine estate where you can enjoy Nature’s evening show every single night on the Italy Uncorked tour.
Now that you’ve decided September is the month that you want to plan a trip to Italy, you’re probably wondering what the next steps are to making your Italian vacation a reality. That’s why we’ve put together an essential guide on How to Plan Your Trip to Italy!
In addition, we’ve created a series of guides on everything from planning your flight to Italy, to using the trains to seasonal packing lists for Italy to knowing the top mistakes to avoid when traveling to Italy. You can explore more Italy insider travel tips on our blog!
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