The Mediterranean climate is one of its greatest selling points. In the spring, it is warm and not too wet. In the fall, it is cool, sometimes a little damp, but not too windy. In the winter, well, the North and the mountains will get snow, but anyone who is used to brutally cold winters at home will find most of Italy very temperate. Summers are hot, except in the mountains and at the beach, where all Italians enjoy the month of August. Then come the rains, like clockwork on September 1, and tanned faces return to the city to do it all over again.

Escape to the beach in August.

Italians can’t complain, but sometimes they still do. Specifically, in the summertime. It cannot be stressed enough how infernally hot it can become in August. Coastal cities get a little bit of a reprieve, even in the South. Rome is not quite on the water, though, so summers there are not much more comfortable than in Bologna or Milan.

In Rome, the heat can come early. Even late May, walking down the street sometimes you have to seek shelter in the shade every five minutes. I mean it: If you are not a hot-weather person, carefully consider the summer temperatures of your new hometown unless you have a foolproof plan to get to the sea or mountains in July and August.


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