Italy in March: how to plan the perfect trip to Italy in spring

March is one of the best months to visit Italy, a lovely time when the country moves from the winter into the spring season.

Blossoms return to the trees and balconies, days are a little longer, lunch outdoors become possible in most of the country, however, rain is always around the corner in Italy in march so you cannot truly trust the weather!

The best way to describe March in Italy is probably by an old Italian saying ‘Marzo pazzerello, esce il sole e prendi l’ombrello‘, which translates ‘Crazy March, the sun comes out, you grab the umbrella’.

While layers and a portable umbrella are your best friend in March, I love traveling around Italy in spring. This is all you need to plan a trip to Italy in March.

Please note: this is a seasonal travel guide about Italy in March, meant to help you decide the best time of the year for your visit. For official information and travel advisory that may affect your trip, please refer to your Government travel advisory. Check here for official info if traveling from US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.

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Italy in March 2022: need to know

Several exceptional rules and regulations are in place in Italy for March 2022.

This may affect your ability to enter the country, the documents needed to do so, movement between regions, movements within a certain locality (local curfews are in place) and hospitality services including museums, restaurants and hotels.

Wearing of protective face masks is compulsory indoors and outdoors.

Please refer to the latest news for an up-to-date overview of the situation and always abide by local and national rules at all times.

The official source about Italy travel rules (both to enter the country and once in Italy) is the website Italia.it

Italy in March: what you will find in this article

  • Overview of weather in March in Italy
  • March festivities and events in Italy
  • Recommended places to visit in Italy in March
  • March in Italy with kids
  • What to book in advance for March in Italy

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The weather in Italy in March: what to expect

The weather in March in Italy is significantly different depending on where in Italy you are however, with the exception of the mountains where you still have snow, you can expect it to be spring weather which in Italy means mild, changeable and, possibly, rainy.

At a glance, the weather in Italy in March is:

Name of the placeTemperature Low/HighRainy days (average)
Milan, Lombardy7C/45F – 14C/57F6
Venice, Veneto3C/37F – 13C/55F5
Florence, Tuscany5C/41F – 16C/60F7
Rome, Lazio6C/43F – 17C/63F7
Amalfi, Campania12C/54F – 16C/60F7
Palermo, Sicily11C/52F – 17C/63F6

March festivities in Italy you need to know about

There are two main festivities to be aware of when planning a trip to Italy in March.

The 8th of March is International women’s Day, or Festa della Donna, as it is called in Italian.

This festivity doesn’t affect the opening of offices, museums or attractions however, you may notice special events and higher crowds of women out, especially in the evening, to mark the festivity.

You will also notice many bouquets of yellow flowers around: you can read what they mean and why Italy celebrates the 8th of March here.

Easter holidays often fall in March. When this happens, you will find Easter affects the opening of some museums and the availability of public transport (service is usually reduced).

Eating out and basic sightseeing is usually not impacted however, places such as the Vatican Museums are closed on this day.

The best places to visit in Italy in March

March is such a lovely month in Italy it is hard to pick the best destination for it as truly, you can visit almst anywhere in March in Italy.

That said, some places are, I believe, even better than others.

Rome – the best visit to visit in Italy in March

March brings very changeable weather to Rome however, it is one of my favorite months in the city!

Flowers are already in full bloom in Rome in March and all outdoor attractions from piazzas to the Colosseum and the Forum are simply delightful to explore.

Since I am from the city, I have more than a couple of tips to give you about visiting in March!

Venice in March

March is one of the best months to visit Venice.

After the damp cold of the winter and the exciting yet tiring crowds of the carnival, Venice is spring welcomes better temperatures and slightly lower tourist numbers, both contributing to making the city positively magical!

March may still bring rain and, in the case, of Venice, the dreaded ‘acqua alta’ (high water) however there is plenty to do here whatever the weather.

Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, Rialto but also Cannaregio can be wonderful at this time.

You can find our guides to Venice at the following links:

Tuscany in March

Tuscany and its rolling hills go through a magical time in March.

On a sunny day, you can enjoy the stunning rolling hills of this area, go for long days of sightseeing and even sit in the sun on one of the many Tuscany beaches.

On colder and rainy days, you can visit Tuscany’s infinite museums and warm up with the local food (wonderfully warming in winter) and, of course, indulge in the region’s wines.

The best places to visit in Tuscany in March are:

    – too hot in summer, cold in winter but perfect in spring – an area of Tuscany of natural beauty so unique, it is now Unesco World Heritage Site – delightful medieval town and Unesco World Heritage Site – One of the most beautiful small towns in Italy, with a wonderful historical town center – a pretty town with a lovely center and the option to cycle along its medieval walls – wine town, perfect for wine lovers – one of the prettiest villages in Tuscany and my personal favorite – built in the Renaissance as the perfect city, no less! – a delightful medieval town in the heart of stunning Val d’Orcia – a delightful country hamlet perfect to immerse yourself in relaxin country settings and Saturnia, two thermal localities with some of the best thermal springs in Tuscany

Umbria in March

Often considered the little sister of Tuscany, Umbria is stunning in any season and can be a real treat in March.

duomo of Orvieto Umbria

Depending on the weather, you can enjoy long walks and days along the shores of the regions’ Lake Trasimeno or you can warm up in its lovely museums and restaurants.

Not to be missed are:

    – a stunning hilltop town with a long history and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy (the Duomo)
  • Perugia – a wonderful medieval town
  • Assisi – the famous sand stunning town of St Francis
  • Citta’ di Castello – a gorgeous renaissance town

Puglia in March

Puglia is one of my favorite destinations in Italy in March

On a good year, you will be able to enjoy long days out and you may even get the chance to wear summer clothing here, however, don’t count on it as, as we said, March weather has a mind of its own!

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Wonderful places to visit in Puglia at this time are

    – a pretty, small village with a stunning church overlooking the sea (a vision!)
  • Martina Franca – a lovely, whitewashed town with wonderful churches in a unique Baroque style called ‘Barocco Martinese’ – the famous town of trulli, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Locorotondo – a delightful small town with whitewashed houses and pretty balconies everywhere (they win an annual prize for them, they are so special!)

You can see them all with a short road trip: you can find our 3 day Puglia itinerary here.

Matera in March

Close to Puglia but in the region of Basilicata, you have Matera, another wonderful destination to add to your March itinerary through Italy.

Matera is famous for its rupestrian churches and cave dwellings and can be lovely in spring.

Winter is rigid here and summer can be hot while spring can bring lovely temperatures that make sightseeing easy and do justice to this wonderful city.

View of Matera

Sicily in March

March can be a good month to visit Sicily however the weather can be hit and miss so I recommend wrapping up, or at least you have layers with you so you can enjoy wonderful Sicily whatever the weather.

March in Sicily is a good time for cultural tourism, rather than and sea and sun vacation since high temperatures, especially towards the end of the month, are not always guaranteed.

Places we love in Sicily are:

    – a charming small village with a beautiful, historical ‘tonnara’ (tuna fishing station, not turned cultural/event venue)
  • Palermo – one of the most beautiful cities in Italy – a town with a fantastic ancient theater and glamorous town center with shops and hotels – a fantastic town with a historical city center and one of the best archaeological parks in Italy
  • Noto Valley – UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the presence of unique baroque towns

Other places you may want to visit in Italy in March

The Italian Dolomites in March – March is the end of the ski season on the Dolomites so a trip here can be great if days on the slopes are in your plans.

The exact snow and weather conditions depend on the time of the month, the year and the exact locality, but usually places such as Val Badia or the area of San Candido are wonderful, but do check with local providers as the weather here is fickle!

Cinque Terre – March is not the best time to visit Cinque Terre as it will be too cold to swim/go boating and too wet for trails to be open.

However, this can be a good time to visit the Cinque Terre villages, especially if you get a nice sunny day.

If you are in the area and the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can also consider a trip to Genoa, which is lovely and full of beautiful museums, perfect even on rainy days.

Amalfi Coast – March is the last stretch of the low season on the Amalfi Coast and this has pros and cons.

The pros of coming at this time is that usually you have lower crowds than later in spring and summer and the prices are usually a little more affordable too, both excellent reasons to come!

This is also a time when the terrible traffic of this area is often less intense, meaning you can actually drive here, one of the most scenic ways to see the area

On the cons list, however, you have a reduced ferry system that will limit your option of seeing the islands and enjoy the coast from the water.

You can find our guides to the Amalfi Coast at the following links:

March in Italy with kids

March can be a lovely time to visit Italy with kids as chances are the weather will allow them to spend time and the park and play in the spring sun at least for part of your stay.

Roman forum Italy acrchaeological site with kids

Destinations I feel work well with kids at this time are:

Florence – always lovely with children but way too hot in summer.

Venice – mild and devoid of mosquitoes, hungry and annoying in summer

Tuscany – March has the perfect temperature for hilltop town hopping and thermal springs.

Umbria – Like Tuscany, this is a nice time to visit villages and for short hikes.

Rome – full of indoor and outdoor attractions for all ages

Sicily – mild and beautiful perfect for family sightseeing and the occasional day on the beach (for sandcastles, not swimming)

What to book in advance for spending March in Italy

March can be busy in Italy but advance booking for all main attractions is recommended.

This is also the case in 2021 when crowds are lower but advance booking is compulsory to ensure compliance with current regulations.

Attractions that need advance booking are:

Trains do not usually need to be booked in advance however, high-speed train on popular routes such as Rome to Florence do tend to book out or only have very expensive tickets available.

I always recommend booking accommodation in advance and my favorite booking engine is booking.com.

They have a large selection of accommodation options and excellent free cancellation opportunities too.

Good to know! Easter Monday is traditionally a day when Italians go on excursions outside the main cities. This means that roads, in particular, can get very congested: should Easter Monday fall in March, it is a good day to stay put and explore locally.

I hope you enjoyed this quick guide to Italy in March. Don’t forget to also check out our 101 travel tips for Italy, for extra info. Safe travel planning!

Marta Correale

Marta Correale is an Italian mama of two. Born and raised in Rome, Marta has a passion for travel and especially enjoys showing off Italy to her kids, who are growing up to love it as much as she does! A classics graduate, teacher of Italian as a second language and family travel blogger, Marta launched Mama Loves Italy as a way to inspire, support and help curious visitors to make the most of a trip to Italy and learn about Italian culture on the way.

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Italy in March – Where to Go + Weather

So, what about Italy in March? Well, technically most of March is still winter, but normally from mid-February onwards the weather starts to warm up, the days get longer and sunnier, and the ‘winter’ atmosphere slowly fades away.

To sum up, March marks the start of shoulder season, and it is a great time to visit Italy!

It’s still a good time to go skiing, and a wonderful time to visit cities, with only a fraction of visitors found in the warmer months. It’s also a good time to hike at lower altitudes, but it’s still too chilly to go to the beach.

Let’s have a closer look at March weather in Italy, before moving on to what to visit, and the best festivals and events!

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Valtellina, a wonderful place to visit in March!

Weather in March in Italy

In Italy, March is the month when the weather starts taking a turn for the best, after months of wintry cold, rain and fog.

Now, when talking about weather in Italy, don’t forget that the country is really big, measuring approximately 1200 km from north to south. So, the weather changes dramatically from the Alps to Sicily, but we’ll do our best to provide a summary!

In northern Italy, average max temperatures in March are about 10°C, dipping to around 6°C at night. You may also encounter some rainy days, but the weather will be markedly warmer compared to winter, especially later in the month.

In the Alps, temperatures often stay below freezing, and it’s still a good time to ski – resorts typically close in late April.

In Southern Italy, March offers typically Spring temperatures, with maximum around 16/20°C depending on where you go. It may still be too cold to go to the beach, but just the right temperature to go hiking or sightseeing around cities.

Also, summer daylight saving generally comes into effect in Italy on the last weekend in March. As a result, the sun sets as late as 8 pm by the end of the month!

Where to Go in March in Italy

1) The Dolomites

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Cortina D’Ampezzo surrounded by the Dolomites

March is great month to go skiing in Italy. The busiest months for skiing are typically January and February, so by March most of the crowds have gone – however, the snow may be a little more icy compared to earlier in the season.

One of the best places to ski in Italy is Dolomiti Superski, a mammoth resort with 1200 km of slopes, connecting 12 ski areas, with options for everyone from beginners to daredevils.

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You can easily access Dolomiti Superski from Cortina d’Ampezzo, Vigo di Fassa, Arabba and several more towns in the Trentino/Bolzano area, and with one ski pass you can ski wherever you like.

If you are not into skiing, the Dolomites are still a wonderful place to explore in March – there should still be snow, allowing for stunning snowshoe or winter hikes. For that, we recommend the Seiser Alm area, a plateau where you can enjoy great views without the need to hike uphill!

Book your Dolomites tours here!

2) Valtellina

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The mountains of Valtellina

The Dolomites are wonderful, but they can busy, even in March. Another great skiing destination is Valtellina, not far from the Swiss border to the north of Milan. The best ski resort is Bormio, with slopes as high as 3000 meters, and historic baths dating back to Roman times for a post-ski soak.

Another wonderful destination in Valtellina is Livigno, a town hidden away in a remote valley surrounded by mountains on all sides. It is also known as ‘Little Tibet’ due to the amount of snow it gets, and being close to the Swiss border, it’s also a tax free zone – shopping lovers, take note!

3) Venice

carnevale venezia Orange Bow

What a poser!

Let’s move away from the mountains and to one of Italy’s most beloved destinations – Venice.

Now, you all know that Venice is busy year round – spring and summer are high season, and winter also gets busy with Carnival celebrations. However, depending on when Carnival falls, by March celebrations may be over – allowing locals to enjoy a blissful tourist-free Venice until arrivals resume for Easter.

If Venice is still too busy for you, take a day trip to one of the lesser-known surrounding islands. Skip touristy Burano for just-as-colourful Mazzorbo, and don’t forget to check out Torcello!

Book your Venice tours here!

4) Rome

Similarly to Venice, March in Rome is generally a pretty good time, with warm spring temperatures and low tourist numbers, which also translate in affordable accommodation.

Midweek you may even find sights like the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum devoid of queues – something you can just dream of the rest of the year. If you are a runner, take note of the Rome Marathon taking place in March – more info in the ‘events’ section below!

Once again, if touristy hotspots are too busy for you (or you’ve seen them already) Rome is full of lesser-known places to exploreGarbatella, Coppedè and Ostiense are some of my favourite neighbourhood.

Book your Rome tours here!

5) Matera

matera blue hour

Blue hour is a great time to enjoy the views in Matera!

March is a wonderful time to explore Southern Italy, including one of my wonderful places in the whole country – Matera.

Matera is known for its Sassi, entire neighbourhoods of buildings excavated out of the calcareous rock, inhabited since the Paleolithic. The Sassi were once home to the poorest of the poor, but since postwar times they have been renovated and turned into modern homes, and even luxury hotels!

March is a great time to visit as most of the city is built out of pale stone. In summer, the heat is prohibitive, with the sun rays reflecting off the stone and making you feel as if you were in a greenhouse. It can get really hot as early as April/May, so March is just perfect!

Matera is located in Basilicata, not far from the stunning Puglia region, meaning you can easily combine both in one trip.

Book your Matera tours here!

6) Amalfi Coast

Let’s stay in Southern Italy, and explore one of the most beautiful stretches of coast of the entire country – the Amalfi Coast.

Now, the Amalfi Coast is really a place you don’t want to explore during high season. Villages like Amalfi, Positano and Maiori are perched on hilltops and connected by twisty roads, making traffic and parking a real nightmare. On top of that, beaches along the coast are really tiny, and in summer, they are only accessible to residents.

March in the Amalfi Coast is still blissfully quiet. It’s also the ideal time to go hiking along trails like the Path of Gods – in summer, it gets too hot to hike comfortably. It’s still too cold to swim, but walking or sitting on the beach is also pleasant!

Book your Amalfi Coast tours here!

7) Sicily

Are you looking for sun and warm weather? The best place in Southern Italy to visit in March would definitely be Sicily. As the southernmost Italian region, it’s definitely the place that sees the most sunshine and warmest temperatures, routinely topping 20°C during the day.

Similarly to other places around the country, March is shoulder season in Sicily, so tourist numbers are low and accommodation prices are at their most affordable. Places like Taormina and Erice, which get really busy in summer, are pleasant to explore, as are places like the Aeolian Islands.

If Easter falls in March, it’s a great time to visit to see Easter parades and celebrations, like the Misteri in Trapani. However, expect prices for transport and accommodation to be more expensive during Easter week, as many locals return home for the festivities.

Also, even though the weather may get really warm in Sicily in March, it would probably be too cold for the beach and swimming – plan your holiday in May or June if that’s what you want!

Book your Sicily tours here!

March Events and Festivals in Italy

Carnival

This celebration takes place just before the beginning of Lent, so the exact date changes from year to year. If Easter falls in late April, Carnival may take place in early March.

Celebrations change depending on where you go in Italy, but generally include parades with floats, people in fancy dress, masked parties and other assorted revelry.

Some of the best-known Carnival celebrations in the country take place in Venice and Ivrea, home to the popular (and unique) Battle of the Oranges. They are both great events to attend, but expect higher prices and tourist numbers.

San Giuseppe/Father’s Day

March 19th marks the day of San Giuseppe, which is also Father’s Day in Italy. Children celebrate it by giving gifts to their fathers, and it’s a popular occasion for families to eat out.

On Father’s Day, it’s also common to eat zeppole, fried doughnuts filled with cream and topped with a cherry. If you are visiting Italy in March, definitely pop into a patisserie and order one!

Rome Marathon

Are you a runner? Take note to visit Italy in March to join the Rome Marathon, taking place the fourth Sunday of the month. The course includes most of Rome’s famous sights, ending right in front of the Colosseum.

Festa della Donna

March 8th is International Women’s Day, known as ‘Festa della Donna’ in Italy. It’s celebrated by giving ladies mimosa flowers, the symbol of the festivity. Ladies also often go out to eat with their friends, and sometimes clubs and restaurants organise special events.

Easter

Similarly to Carnival, Easter may fall in late March on some years. Easter traditionally marks the start of high season in tourist destinations around the country, so expect to find higher prices and more people around.

At the same time, Easter is a good time to visit places organising festivals and parades – find out more in our post about Italy in April!

Italy in March – Where to Go + Weather

So, what about Italy in March? Well, technically most of March is still winter, but normally from mid-February onwards the weather starts to warm up, the days get longer and sunnier, and the ‘winter’ atmosphere slowly fades away.

To sum up, March marks the start of shoulder season, and it is a great time to visit Italy!

It’s still a good time to go skiing, and a wonderful time to visit cities, with only a fraction of visitors found in the warmer months. It’s also a good time to hike at lower altitudes, but it’s still too chilly to go to the beach.

Let’s have a closer look at March weather in Italy, before moving on to what to visit, and the best festivals and events!

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Valtellina, a wonderful place to visit in March!

Weather in March in Italy

In Italy, March is the month when the weather starts taking a turn for the best, after months of wintry cold, rain and fog.

Now, when talking about weather in Italy, don’t forget that the country is really big, measuring approximately 1200 km from north to south. So, the weather changes dramatically from the Alps to Sicily, but we’ll do our best to provide a summary!

In northern Italy, average max temperatures in March are about 10°C, dipping to around 6°C at night. You may also encounter some rainy days, but the weather will be markedly warmer compared to winter, especially later in the month.

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In the Alps, temperatures often stay below freezing, and it’s still a good time to ski – resorts typically close in late April.

In Southern Italy, March offers typically Spring temperatures, with maximum around 16/20°C depending on where you go. It may still be too cold to go to the beach, but just the right temperature to go hiking or sightseeing around cities.

Also, summer daylight saving generally comes into effect in Italy on the last weekend in March. As a result, the sun sets as late as 8 pm by the end of the month!

Where to Go in March in Italy

1) The Dolomites

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Cortina D’Ampezzo surrounded by the Dolomites

March is great month to go skiing in Italy. The busiest months for skiing are typically January and February, so by March most of the crowds have gone – however, the snow may be a little more icy compared to earlier in the season.

One of the best places to ski in Italy is Dolomiti Superski, a mammoth resort with 1200 km of slopes, connecting 12 ski areas, with options for everyone from beginners to daredevils.

You can easily access Dolomiti Superski from Cortina d’Ampezzo, Vigo di Fassa, Arabba and several more towns in the Trentino/Bolzano area, and with one ski pass you can ski wherever you like.

If you are not into skiing, the Dolomites are still a wonderful place to explore in March – there should still be snow, allowing for stunning snowshoe or winter hikes. For that, we recommend the Seiser Alm area, a plateau where you can enjoy great views without the need to hike uphill!

Book your Dolomites tours here!

2) Valtellina

chiavenna town mountain peaks

The mountains of Valtellina

The Dolomites are wonderful, but they can busy, even in March. Another great skiing destination is Valtellina, not far from the Swiss border to the north of Milan. The best ski resort is Bormio, with slopes as high as 3000 meters, and historic baths dating back to Roman times for a post-ski soak.

Another wonderful destination in Valtellina is Livigno, a town hidden away in a remote valley surrounded by mountains on all sides. It is also known as ‘Little Tibet’ due to the amount of snow it gets, and being close to the Swiss border, it’s also a tax free zone – shopping lovers, take note!

3) Venice

carnevale venezia Orange Bow

What a poser!

Let’s move away from the mountains and to one of Italy’s most beloved destinations – Venice.

Now, you all know that Venice is busy year round – spring and summer are high season, and winter also gets busy with Carnival celebrations. However, depending on when Carnival falls, by March celebrations may be over – allowing locals to enjoy a blissful tourist-free Venice until arrivals resume for Easter.

If Venice is still too busy for you, take a day trip to one of the lesser-known surrounding islands. Skip touristy Burano for just-as-colourful Mazzorbo, and don’t forget to check out Torcello!

Book your Venice tours here!

4) Rome

Similarly to Venice, March in Rome is generally a pretty good time, with warm spring temperatures and low tourist numbers, which also translate in affordable accommodation.

Midweek you may even find sights like the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum devoid of queues – something you can just dream of the rest of the year. If you are a runner, take note of the Rome Marathon taking place in March – more info in the ‘events’ section below!

Once again, if touristy hotspots are too busy for you (or you’ve seen them already) Rome is full of lesser-known places to exploreGarbatella, Coppedè and Ostiense are some of my favourite neighbourhood.

Book your Rome tours here!

5) Matera

matera blue hour

Blue hour is a great time to enjoy the views in Matera!

March is a wonderful time to explore Southern Italy, including one of my wonderful places in the whole country – Matera.

Matera is known for its Sassi, entire neighbourhoods of buildings excavated out of the calcareous rock, inhabited since the Paleolithic. The Sassi were once home to the poorest of the poor, but since postwar times they have been renovated and turned into modern homes, and even luxury hotels!

March is a great time to visit as most of the city is built out of pale stone. In summer, the heat is prohibitive, with the sun rays reflecting off the stone and making you feel as if you were in a greenhouse. It can get really hot as early as April/May, so March is just perfect!

Matera is located in Basilicata, not far from the stunning Puglia region, meaning you can easily combine both in one trip.

Book your Matera tours here!

6) Amalfi Coast

Let’s stay in Southern Italy, and explore one of the most beautiful stretches of coast of the entire country – the Amalfi Coast.

Now, the Amalfi Coast is really a place you don’t want to explore during high season. Villages like Amalfi, Positano and Maiori are perched on hilltops and connected by twisty roads, making traffic and parking a real nightmare. On top of that, beaches along the coast are really tiny, and in summer, they are only accessible to residents.

March in the Amalfi Coast is still blissfully quiet. It’s also the ideal time to go hiking along trails like the Path of Gods – in summer, it gets too hot to hike comfortably. It’s still too cold to swim, but walking or sitting on the beach is also pleasant!

Book your Amalfi Coast tours here!

7) Sicily

Are you looking for sun and warm weather? The best place in Southern Italy to visit in March would definitely be Sicily. As the southernmost Italian region, it’s definitely the place that sees the most sunshine and warmest temperatures, routinely topping 20°C during the day.

Similarly to other places around the country, March is shoulder season in Sicily, so tourist numbers are low and accommodation prices are at their most affordable. Places like Taormina and Erice, which get really busy in summer, are pleasant to explore, as are places like the Aeolian Islands.

If Easter falls in March, it’s a great time to visit to see Easter parades and celebrations, like the Misteri in Trapani. However, expect prices for transport and accommodation to be more expensive during Easter week, as many locals return home for the festivities.

Also, even though the weather may get really warm in Sicily in March, it would probably be too cold for the beach and swimming – plan your holiday in May or June if that’s what you want!

Book your Sicily tours here!

March Events and Festivals in Italy

Carnival

This celebration takes place just before the beginning of Lent, so the exact date changes from year to year. If Easter falls in late April, Carnival may take place in early March.

Celebrations change depending on where you go in Italy, but generally include parades with floats, people in fancy dress, masked parties and other assorted revelry.

Some of the best-known Carnival celebrations in the country take place in Venice and Ivrea, home to the popular (and unique) Battle of the Oranges. They are both great events to attend, but expect higher prices and tourist numbers.

San Giuseppe/Father’s Day

March 19th marks the day of San Giuseppe, which is also Father’s Day in Italy. Children celebrate it by giving gifts to their fathers, and it’s a popular occasion for families to eat out.

On Father’s Day, it’s also common to eat zeppole, fried doughnuts filled with cream and topped with a cherry. If you are visiting Italy in March, definitely pop into a patisserie and order one!

Rome Marathon

Are you a runner? Take note to visit Italy in March to join the Rome Marathon, taking place the fourth Sunday of the month. The course includes most of Rome’s famous sights, ending right in front of the Colosseum.

Festa della Donna

March 8th is International Women’s Day, known as ‘Festa della Donna’ in Italy. It’s celebrated by giving ladies mimosa flowers, the symbol of the festivity. Ladies also often go out to eat with their friends, and sometimes clubs and restaurants organise special events.

Easter

Similarly to Carnival, Easter may fall in late March on some years. Easter traditionally marks the start of high season in tourist destinations around the country, so expect to find higher prices and more people around.

At the same time, Easter is a good time to visit places organising festivals and parades – find out more in our post about Italy in April!

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