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Italy in November: Weather Info & Best Places to Travel (2024)

View of Adige River in Verona Italy in November
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Are you planning a trip to Italy in November?

November is a fantastic time to visit Italy if you want to escape the crowds and enjoy a slower, more authentic experience. This is the start of low season, which means prices overall are cheaper for traveling, and the major cities are less busy.

With that being said, the major trade off is the weather. We have been to Italy multiple times during the month of November, and we’ve had mixed weather experiences. You may have beautiful days with blue skies, or cloudy and rainy days. Either way – Italy is beautiful rain or shine.

In November, many of the small towns have food festivals, celebrating local specialties, such as truffles and cheese. It’s also a great time of year to enjoy many of the indoor attractions.

In this guide, we are sharing all you need to know about visiting Italy in November. This includes an overview of the best places to visit, the weather, holidays, and tips on how to pack for your trip.

November Italy Weather

Map of weather throughout Italy in November

As we mentioned previously, the weather in November in Italy can be a bit of a hit or miss. The central and northern regions are typically much cooler with cloudy days and a chance of rain.

The southern regions are warmer but not ideal for enjoying the beach. It’s a good time to visit some of the small towns in places like Puglia and Sicily.

Overall, plan for chilly fall weather and potential rainstorms.

Is it rainy in November?

Yes, November is the rainiest month in Italy. The average rainfall in Florence is 4.39″, Rome is 3.28″, Venice is 2.67″, and Milan is 3.74″. Much higher than any other month during the year.

Average Temperature in Italy in November

  • Northern Italy: Average high temperatures between 55°F – 59°F (13°C – 15°C)
  • Central Italy: Average high temperatures between 61°F – 64°F (16°C – 18°C)
  • Southern Italy: Average high temperatures between 64°F – 68°F (18°C – 20°C)

Here’s an overview of the weather throughout Italy in November:

LocationAverage highsAverage lows
Venice, Veneto56°F / 13°C43°F / 6°C
Rome, Lazio64°F / 18°C47°F / 8°C
Florence, Tuscany61°F / 16°C45°F / 7°C
Milan, Lombardy55°F / 13°C42°F / 6°C
Bari, Puglia64°F / 18°C49°F / 9°C
Palermo, Sicily68°F / 20°C57°F / 14°C
Cinque Terre, Liguria59°F / 15°C48°F / 9°C
Amalfi, Campania65°F / 18°C57°F / 14°C
Cagliari, Sardinia67°F / 19°C50°F / 10°C
Weather data from timeanddate.com

Our Experience:

We have been to Italy in November too many times to count. Mostly visiting northern Italy, from Venice to Milan and down to Florence.

In 2022, we spent the month of November living in Verona and planned many day trips to towns and cities around the region. Mantua was one of our favorite hidden gems that we discovered during this time.

The weather was chilly, with a mix of sunny and rainy days, and we had to wear coats most of the time. The best part about visiting in November is that there were very few tourists. Even places like Venice, Florence, and Milan are not nearly as crowded in November compared to peak tourist season.

We were able to enjoy some of the main sites, like St. Mark’s Square in Venice, without being run over by the crowds. There were still a fair amount of people – just significantly fewer tourists.

Based on our experiences, November is a prime time to go to the major tourist destinations like Venice, Rome, and Florence. The experience is simply calmer and more enjoyable.

Advantages of Visiting Italy in November

Colorful, Orange leaves in Verona in November
  • Fewer tourists: November is the start of the low season, which makes it an ideal time to enjoy some of the more popular destinations in Italy without the crowds. Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice are all a bit more relaxed this time of year.
  • Low season prices: Travel costs are significantly more affordable compared to high season prices, particularly for flights and accommodation.
  • Food festivals: From north to south, the harvest season continues with food festivals throughout Italy. We share more of these in the holiday and festivals section below.
  • Plenty of indoor activities: Luckily, Italy is still a great experience, even if it’s cold. There are many museums, castles, and other indoor attractions to keep you busy during the late fall and winter seasons.

Disadvantages of Visiting Italy in November

Piazza Bra in Verona
  • Cold weather: Expect cooler temperatures and grey skies throughout Italy in November.
  • Potential rain: If you’ve been daydreaming about visiting Italy with blue skies and sunshine, November is not the time to go. It’s the rainiest month of the year, which means cloudy and wet days. Make sure to pack accordingly for rainy weather.
  • Closed restaurants and attractions: Many restaurants and tour operators close down for the winter season, especially in coastal areas like the Amalfi coast, Puglia, and Sicily. Plan ahead and be flexible if you are visiting the southern regions or smaller towns.

9 Best Places to Visit in Italy in November

1. Venice in November

gondola with people in venice

We recently went to Venice in November and loved it! In total, we have been to Venice 4 times, all during different months of the year, and November was by far the least crowded experience.

Compared to the peak summer months, where everything is packed and busy, November felt pretty calm and the lines for the main attractions weren’t nearly as long.

Of course, Venice is always busy, but if you want a less overwhelming trip, then we highly recommend going in the late fall.

In 2024, the world-famous Venice Biennale Art Exhibition takes place until November 24th. If you are a fan of contemporary art, then this is a must visit!

Venice Weather in November

We visited Venice in early November and the temperatures were crisp but it was nice and sunny. We definitely needed our coats. It’s a rainy month, so expect a mix of fall temps and cloudy days.

Overall, daytime highs are 56°F (13°C) and evening lows are 43°F (6°C).

Things to do in Venice in November

  • Attend the Venice Biennale Art Exhibition that takes place around the city.
  • Explore the islands – Murano, Burano, and the Lido.
  • Take a gondola ride.
  • Visit the main sites, such as the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square, and Doge’s Palace.
  • Take a vaparetto (water taxi) ride along the Grand Canal.

2. Rome in November

Palatine Hill in Rome, italy

November is the start of low season in Rome, which means less tourists and cheaper accommodation. It’s a great time to visit the “Eternal City” if you’re hoping for a budget-friendly trip.

With that being said, Rome is always busy. We suggest booking skip-the-line tickets for popular sites like the Colosseum and the Vatican museums well in advance.

Rome Weather in November

The weather is warm enough to walk around with just a light jacket. Daytime temperatures reach 64°F (18°C) and the evenings cool down to 47°F (8°C). With this weather, you may even be able to enjoy lunch outside.

As with most of Italy, it’s a rainy month, so bring an umbrella and rain jacket to stay dry.

Things to do in Rome in November

  • Visit the ancient Roman sites, such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon.
  • See the Trevi Fountain.
  • Visit Vatican City and see the Vatican museums.
  • Climb the Spanish steps and enjoy the views from Pincian Hill.
  • Wander around the Trastevere neighborhood.

3. Florence in November

Open Air sculpture museum in Florence, Italy

November is a wonderful time to visit Florence. With fewer tourists and mild weather, this is a perfect time to plan a trip to Italy’s Renaissance City if you’re looking for a more laid-back and local experience.

With that being said, you should expect rain, as this is the wettest month in the region. However, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you busy, such as the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries and the Florence Duomo.

Florence Weather in November

Florence sees an average rainfall of 4.39″ in November. Average temperatures range from 61°F (16°C) in the day and 45°F (7°C) in the evening.

Things to do in Florence in November

  • Explore the Duomo, baptistry, and bell tower.
  • Visit the Uffizi Galleries.
  • Wander across Ponte Vecchio.
  • See Michelangelo’s “David” at the Accademia Gallery.
  • Take a walking food tour around the city.

4. Bologna & Emilia Romagna in November

View of the Piazza Maggiore in bologna

Bologna is one of Italy’s hidden gems and is the capital of Italy’s Food Region – Emilia Romagna. We have spent over 2 months exploring this Medieval city, including the month of November, and fall is the best season to visit.

Known for its delicious food, November is a great time to visit local food producers and enjoy handmade pasta (pumpkin tortellini and pasta with porcini mushrooms) from some of the city’s best restaurants.

A sunset view of the clock tower in Brisighella Italy
Brisighella, Italy – A fantastic day trip from Bologna.

In addition to Bologna, there are so many beautiful towns in the region that are worth visiting this time of year. Here are a few places in Emilia-Romagna we recommend visiting:

  • Parma – home to Parmigiano Reggiano and one of the most beautiful Duomo’s in the region.
  • Modena – home to Balsamic Vinegar and the Ferrari Museum.
  • Ravenna – home to incredible must-see Byzantine Mosaics.
  • Dozza – a small village with beautiful outdoor art murals and a fantastic regional wine shop.
  • Brisighellaa medieval village with gorgeous scenery and a lot of delicious olive oil and local wines

Bologna Weather in November

Bologna is chilly and rainy in November. Expect high temperatures of 55°F (13°) and lows of 43°F (6°C).

Things to do in Bologna in November

Check out our onetwo, and three-day Bologna itineraries to help plan your stay.

5. Verona in November

2 days in Verona

Verona is one of the most charming cities in northern Italy. In 2022, we spent the entire month of November in Verona, and the fall season is a fantastic time to visit.

Not only is the city less crowded but the Christmas markets start in mid-November! Verona has one of the best Christmas markets in Italy.

Additionally, if you have the chance to spend a few days in Verona, there are plenty of amazing day trips within an hour or so by train.

Verona Weather in November

Expect a mix of both sunny and cloudy days, rain, and chilly temps. The average evening and daytime termperatures range from 41°F – 55°F (5°C – 13°C).

We had to bundle up and wear coats during our month-long stay in Verona. It also rained quite a bit, so make sure to plan for that.

Things to do in Verona in November

  • Visit the city’s main sites, such as the Roman Arena, Piazza delle Erbe, and Juliet’s Balcony.
  • Enjoy the views from the top of Torre dei Lamberti and Castel San Pietro.
  • Visit Verona’s 4 churches.
  • Wander through the beautiful Giusti Gardens.

READ ALSO: One Day in Verona & Two Days in Verona Itinerary

6. Milan in November

canals in milan, italy

Milan is Italy’s business and fashion capital, and this city is abuzz all year round. With plenty of great cafes and dining options, plus indoor attractions, November is a good time to visit Milan.

Based on our experience, it’s not too busy this time of year, but we still recommend reserving tickets for The Last Supper and Milan Duomo in advance.

If you’re interested in visiting one or two of the lakes in the north, then you can take a day trip to Lake Como from Milan.

I’ve been to Como in November and it was quite wet and dreary. However, there were almost no tourists, so it can be a nice time to explore some of the lake’s charming towns.

Milan Weather in November

With highs of 55°F (13°C) and lows of 42°F (6°C), November is quite chilly in Milan. Pack winter clothes and rain gear for expected rainy days.

Things to do in Milan in November

  • See The Last Supper by Leonardo DaVinci.
  • Visit the Duomo and get tickets to climb to the roof.
  • Shop at the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II.
  • Enjoy aperitivo by the Navigli Canals.
  • Visit the stunning Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.

7. Turin & Piedmont in November

A complete view of the Turin Skyline during the fall

Turin is one of the most underrated destinations in Italy. With its historic museums, elegant cafes, beautiful baroque buildings, and incredible cuisine, November is a wonderful time to explore this northern Italian city.

There is a lot going on in Turin and the Piedmont region in November. Turin is famous for being the European Chocolate Capital, and in November, you can taste chocolates from around Italy at the chocolate festival – Cioccolatò.

Additionally, you can attend the White Truffle Festival in Alba, a small town in the Piedmont region. The festival includes tastings, cooking classes, demonstrations, and more.

Turin weather in November

Located in the very north of Italy, Turin is much colder than many other major cities. High temperatures reach 49°F (9°C) on average and evening temperatures are around 42°F (6°C).

Things to do in Turin in November

  • Visit the oldest Egyptian Museum in the world – Museo Egizio.
  • Enjoy the view of the city and the alps from the Basilica of Superga.
  • Wander around Piazza San Carlo.
  • Visit the Mole Antonelliana and the Cinema Museum.

READ ALSO: One Day in Turin Itinerary

8. Umbria in November

View of Assisi, Italy

Umbria is one of Italy’s most authentic regions. It is often overshadowed by it’s much more popular neighbor, Tuscany, but there is so much to see and explore here.

Take a road trip though Umbria’s towns, such as Assisi, Spello, Orvieto, and Perugia, and enjoy some local restaurants.

Umbria weather in November

In November, Umbria experiences highs of 58°F (14°C) and lows of 44°F (7°C).

Things to do in Umbria in November

  • Explore Lake Trasimeno and Isola Maggiore.
  • Visit Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto, and Perugia.
  • Check out Marmore Waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Europe.

9. Christmas Markets in November

Christmas Market Stand in Verona, Italy in December

Many of Italy’s Christmas Markets start in mid to late November. It’s best to check the local city or town website for an exact schedule, as the date changes every year.

Based on our experience, the markets are less busy in November than in December, which is peak holiday season. So if you happen to be in Verona, Bolzano, or Florence near the end of November, then it’s worth checking out some of the local holiday markets.

Additionally, many cities start putting up Christmas decorations in November. Lights are strung above the charming streets, wreaths are hung on doors, and Christmas trees are placed in the main piazzas (squares). It’s an exciting and lively time to be in Italy.

Cost to Visit Italy in November

Since November is the off-season for travelers, prices are much lower this time of year. Expect cheaper prices for airfare, activities, hotels, and rental cars.

The only exception is All Saints’ Day, which is a national holiday on November 1st. Many locals take vacation over this time. In our experience, hotel prices are usually more expensive over the holiday.

Holidays & Festivals in November

Basket of fall produce with wine at a harvest festival in Modena, Italy

The main holiday in November is All Saints’ Day, which is a public national holiday on November 1st. Plan for closures, as many restaurants and shops close to celebrate.

Here are some additional festivals in Italy in November:

  • Cioccolatò: Turin’s annual chocolate takes place at the beginning of the month. Taste some of the best chocolate in Italy from the country’s top chocolatiers.
  • White Truffle Festival: Over the course of 2 months in the town of Alba in Italy’s Piedmont region, this festival celebrates the highly coveted white truffle. With cooking classes, Medieval festivities, wine tastings, and other events, this is a must-visit if you are truffle fan.
  • Turin Film Festival: Experience Italy’s 2nd largest film festival that takes place at the end of November in Turin.

Keep your eye out for other food festivals in November. Many small towns have their own local celebrations throughout the month.

What to wear in Italy in November?

Most of Italy is cold and rainy throughout November. Here’s what we recommend packing for this weather:

  • Pack for rain: Since November is Italy’s rainiest month, you’ll want to bring a rain jacket, water resistant shoes, and an umbrella.
  • Pack layers: Bring a sweater, scarf, coat, and a hat to stay warm. Pack some lighter layers as well just in case it’s warmer than expected.
  • Bring comfortable shoes: No matter where you go in Italy, there’s always a lot of walking involved. Wear shoes that you can walk in all day.

Our trip to Italy in November was cloudy and wet with cooler temps. We wore sweaters and coats most of the time, especially near the end of the month.

Getting around Italy in November

Bologna Centrale Platforms

Whether you rent a car, take the train, or take a flight, Italy is easy to travel around. Here are a few tips to help you navigate your way around:

  • Train travel in Italy: Taking the train is one of the best and most convenient ways to get around for your trip to Italy. Book your tickets online in advance via Trenitalia.com, the official website for booking train tickets. Download the app for the easiest use. For high-speed trains, try to reserve your tickets at least 3-weeks ahead of time for the best prices.
  • Renting a car in Italy: We have rented a car more times than we can count in Italy and it’s one of the best ways to explore some of the more hidden gems in Italy. Rent your car through Discover Cars, our go-to rental car site for Europe, to get the best prices.
  • Traveling by air in Italy: There are plenty of airports to get you around Italy. If you’re planning to visit both northern (Venice or Milan) and southern (Sicily or Puglia) Italy on the same trip, then flying is the quickest way to get around.

Travel Tips for visiting Italy in November

Emilia Romagna Travel Guide
  • Book advance tickets: For popular attractions, reserve tickets online to avoid lines.
  • Reserve travel: Book hotels, flights, rental cars, and high-speed train tickets well in advance to get the best prices and options.
  • Reserve restaurants: Reserve restaurants at least a couple of days in advance for popular spots in the bigger cities.
  • Check for festivals: Research local festivals and events happening in November. There are many harvest and food festivals happening around the country throughout the fall season.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is November a good time to visit Italy?

November is a good time to visit Italy for budget-friendly travelers. However, the weather isn’t the best. It’s rainy and a bit cloudy. But if you don’t mind the rain, then you can enjoy a trip visiting many of the indoor attractions in the bigger cities.

What is the cheapest month to go to Italy?

The low season in Italy is between November to February, which means prices are less expensive during this time.

Is it good to visit the Amalfi coast in November?

We do not recommend visiting the Amalfi Coast in November. Many shops and restaurants close down for the winter season, and it’s one of those destinations that’s better to visit when the weather is nice.

More Information for your Trip to Italy

ITALY TRAVEL PLANNING GUIDE

Italy Travel Insurance – Should you get travel insurance for Italy? YES! We always get travel insurance before all of our trips for peace of mind. Check out Travel Insurance Master to find the best plan for you.

Italy Rental Cars – Is it safe to rent a car in Italy? Yes! We’ve rented a car in Italy too many times to count, and it’s definitely the most convenient way to get around the countryside. We rented our car through Discover Cars (our go-to rental agency), which helps you find the best rates no matter where you are traveling.

Italy Phone Plans – If your phone plan does not offer free coverage in Italy, then we suggest getting an eSIM. We used Airalo during our trip to Italy, and we had fantastic coverage the entire time. It’s easy to download and you can even top up via the app if needed.

Italy Hotels – Wondering where to book your accommodations for Italy? We’ve been reserving all of our hotels through Booking for years. Their messaging tool makes it easy to communicate with the hotels, and there are endless options to choose from.

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