Adapting to the climate in Italy

Hello everyone,

Adjusting to new climatic conditions is key in any expatriation process. Moving to Italy is no exception.

What are the climate characteristics of Italy?

How does the local weather impact your daily life, mood or health?

What are the pros and cons of the climate in Italy?

Share you advice and help people adapt quickly to their new weather environment.

Thanks in advance,


More rain, more heat, more humidity and even a few tornados near our village.  We are 45 min. by train from Venezia.  More of everything.
Dave Lester

Italy's climate varies from place to place.  Generally, if you like heat and humidity, then Italy is the place for you from mid-June through September.  I have seen areas around the lakes and close to the border of Austria to have slightly lower daily highs, according to  I could say that in much of the south, the humidity is a bit less than what you would expect on the East coast of the US or Southeast Asia.
Unfortunately however, you won't get to enjoy much snow south of Florence in the winter and even north of that, only a few areas really give you the cold you look for in order to enjoy winter to its fullest.  If you want freezing weather below -10C you need to head northward up into Austria or Switzerland. The only exception I know of being on the tops of mountains.

Thanks, Priscilla, and this is why Aligheri Dante named it The Campi Flegrei...a presto from Wayne Kurtz in Caserta, Italy, **

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Speaking to you from outside of Venice....The humidity is deadly in the summer.  I carry a large bandana type handkerchief and drink a lot of water.  Some bus drivers don't bother to  turn on the AC and you will just melt!  Italians don't seem to mind as they are used to it. 
Winter.....we get snow about three times a winter, only once was it icy on the streets for a few days, otherwise, it is rain.  The humidity in the winter causes aches in the joints.  I did not believe this until after a few years I had to give up thinking it was a superstition.  Italians ALL wears scarves, a kind of fashion statement, but they claim keeping the throat warm is healthy, while I, from California try to wear less clothes as possible.  I hate getting bundled up! 
I write a blog about living in Italy.  ***
Ciao!  Dave

I guess it takes time ,, for people who are not used to this climate

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