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Best places in Italy

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Best places in Italy

I would like to go to Italy in Jan., and would like some suggestions...I assume as south as possible, as I don't like cold weather. We do enjoy pretty views, no crowds, open air markets and farmers markets, and casual small eateries. Mostly I enjoy watching local lifesyles and eating, driving the countryside. NO upscale shopping or clubbing. Where's a good place for me? I would not be doing this with an escorted group, either, just myself and a friend.

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1. Re: Best places in Italy

January is not the ideal time to visit Italy as far as weather is concerned, even as far south as Sicily. A Mediterranean climate means winter rain - Sicily averages around 6 centimetres of rain in January and has an average maximum temperature of around 15C and an average minumum temperature of around 9C so not very warm either.

Malta or Majorca might be a little kinder, but not much.

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2. Re: Best places in Italy

I was in Taormina last January and it was not cold at all. I was wearing shorts. You have great views from this town. The temperature was in the mid 60's so it was very pleasant.

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I agree Robert's point about weather; we've visited in winter and often the temperature has only been 5-8 degrees warmer than London. But it's still lovely, and I'd strongly recommend the province of Puglia where all food is, in our experience, traditional, local, excellent and great value. Poodle down from Bari or Brindisi (not great destinations in themselves, but great strting points, with incredibly cheap flights with 'ryanair.com' from London Stansted if you go via the UK, or, I assume you can fly there from other Italian airports) then a leisurely drive around the undeveloped coastal heel (which doesn't get many foreign tourists and which will feel very out or season), or inland to beautiful baroque gems like Martina Franca or Lecce.

Alternatively to Sicily, or via a short boat trip to their beautifully remote neighbours, the Aeolian Islands, where you won't need a car... good luck