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Trip planning for April or May?

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Trip planning for April or May?

I am in the early stages of planning a 9 day trip to Italy, including Rome, Florence, and Venice. I don't want to go too close to the Summer season because I'd like to avoid the major crowds (although there will still be crowds in Spring, I know) and I want to avoid high season rates.

Are there any dates I should avoid? If I choose April, it seems that the weather is generally nice but can be cooler and rainy. I've also heard that I should avoid going anytime around the May 1st holiday.

Any TA advice? Thanks! I'm getting so much information from all of you!

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1. Re: Trip planning for April or May?

Also avoid April 25, Liberation Day. It's a Friday in 2008 and every Italian and his uncle are likely to make a long weekend of it. Bear in mind that a fair percentage of tourists in Rome, Florence and Venice are Italians.

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2. Re: Trip planning for April or May?

April is an ideal time to go, May 1st, does not affect too much, transport, shops open as usual,

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3. Re: Trip planning for April or May?

>>May 1st, does not affect too much<<

Maybe not in Venice, but it surely does everywhere else!

Most large museums in Italy are closed (in addition to their weekly closing day) on three days of the year: January 1, May 1 and December 25.

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4. Re: Trip planning for April or May?

Should I be planning to do what is in your intention, I'd pick the second week of may. Climate is a little warmer (still not hot), less rain, longer days, no italian hollidays. Yeah, I'd definitely pick a 9 days time window from may 5th to let's say may 20th. That is in my opinion a great time to travel.

I also recommend you to read a post I've made some days ago about a possible itinerary for your stay. Here the link:


I agree Venice and Rome are a must, being both probably unique in the world; Florence is also very beautiful, but there are other places off the beaten path, you might also want to consider.

I do take my friends from abroad (mostly north american folks) to the places listed on that post when they come here for a week or two and they always are happy of seeing cool places other people aren't even aware of.

Hope this helps.

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5. Re: Trip planning for April or May?

Jody, I was in Rome, Florence and Venice from April 29-May9 this year. I was in Rome on May 1. All the museums were open and only cost 1 Euro entrance. There was also a huge concert televised from mid-afternoon until 11:00pm. The weather was very nice that time of year although it rained quite a bit when I was in Florence but since I was indoors a lot in museums it never bothered me.

So I would recommend early May for your trip.

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