In summer Italy can be a wonderful place to visit. The only drawback is that in summer, some places are also overrun with tourists. Summer months are the peak tourist season for sea resorts in Italy, which means that thousands of tourists from all over the world visit the country to enjoy its hot climate and to visit its many beaches.
Those who are planning to travel to Italy in July would have to get all their booking done in advance, including flight and hotel. If you plan to fly with bonus miles you should reserve your seats 10 months in advance or it will be difficult to find a seat. Also, in all the seaside areas the prices are definitely higher than in the other months. European families with kids generally prefer to travel in July since most schools have summer break during that time.
Weather in July
Italy in July may be a very busy tourist season but the fact is that the temperatures are soaring and the cities are extremely hot. In the southern parts of the country, the temperature could be unbearably high during the daytime. While the heat is tolerable for seaside activities it will be very unconfortable to go visit the Roman ruins under the sun. Expect the temperature at the Foro Romano in Rome to be very unpleasent and expect to pay premiums for bottled water or soda. Normally however, the evenings are quite pleasent and eating al fresco (outside) is the norm.
Northern Italy is quite warm and on certain days even hot in July. In Milan and other parts of Northern Italy, the average temperature remains between 16 to 28 degree Celsius (60 to 83 degree Fahrenheit). In July, there are not too many rainy days.
In Central Italy including cities like Rome, the temperature is approximately between 19 to 28 degrees Celsius (66 to 83 degree Fahrenheit). Wet days in July are not very common but if when they do the temperature might drop by a fraction.
In Southern Italy and the seacoast, including Palermo, the temperatures are definitely the highest. In July, the temperature remains between 23 to 28 degrees Celsius (74 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit). For some, this temperature would be too hot to bear. Rain is not very common in the south in the month of July.
In July, precipitation is quite uncommon throughout Italy. The absence of rain makes it a good month to Motorcycle through Italy if you can bear the daytime heat. It is the best month of the year for vsiting the Alps and the Alpine passes with a motorcycle.
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Where to visit in July
During the summer months, all the major cities offer concerts, dancing and many open air events at night. Also traffic is much better in July than the winter months. Small cities have plenty of night activities as well. See http://www.lifeinitaly.com/travel/summer-evening-small-towns
Festivals in July
Like every summer month in Italy, July also has its fair share of festivals. There are plenty of festivals in the country in July, including some very famous ones like il Palio di Siena (Sienna's Palio horse race). Even the small villages have their own festivals so visitors would be able to attend one or two festivals no matter when they are travelling in July. Some of the best festivals in Italy in July are as listed below:
One of the most famous festivals in Italy is the horse race of Sienna. Il Palio takes place in Siena on the second of July each year in the Central Piazza of the city. Those who want a reserved seat would have to book well in advance since the tickets get sold out quite quickly. Before the beginning of the race there is a beautiful procession where the locals dress in medieval costumes and participate.
Another important festival in July is the festival of Madonna Burna which takes place in Matera on second July. Matera itself is a beautiful city with its world renowned Sassi, the cave dwellings situated in the region of Basilicata. During the festival a giant float of Madonna Burna is carried around the town after which it is torn apart and then burned. Beautiful firework displays take place right above the sassi.
In Foligno, the Giostra della Quintana festival takes place on the first weekend of the month. More than 600 participants take part in the festival dressed in 17th century traditional clothing. There are thousands of spectators for the event and visitors would need to reach well before the allotted time in order to get a good position.
Another horse race in July takes place in the town of Sedilo in Sardinia. The race is held on the 5th of July. There are plenty of local horse riders and many food stalls. Visitors would get a good chance to taste some of the local specialties of the region and some delicious desserts.
One of the biggest festivals in Sicily is the U Fistinu of Santa Rosalia which is held in Palermo on 10th of July. The event begins with a procession where a high float of around 50 feet along with a statue of the saint and a musical band are carried around the town. The festival includes good music, dancing and a lot of good food.
On the picturesque island of Giudecca of Venice, the third Sunday of the month is the feast day of Redentore Church. The event includes a parade with decorated boats and lots of fireworks towards the end of the day.
Those who prefer medieval festivals should travel to Fivizzano in Tuscany to witness the Disfida degli Arceri which takes place in July. Archers from every neighborhood are dressed in medieval costumes and perform a re-enactment of an ancient festival along with flag throwing competitions.
The street fair known as Festa da' Nontari takes place in Rome's Trastevere District towards the end of the month. There is also a renowned international fashion show in Rome towards the end of the month at Spanish Steps.
On the coast of the Adriatic Sea, the town of Pescara celebrates Sant'Andrea the Apostle's feast day on the last weekend of the month. The even includes a large parade with decorated fishing boats.
One of the most unusual festivals is the festival of Cristo degli Abissi. On the Lingurian coast, there is a statue of Jesus underwater and on the 29th of July a procession takes place to the underwater Christ's statue. The bronze statue has been made from medals of athletes and mariners and also with bells and parts of various ships. The statue is dedicated each year to individuals who lost their lives at the sea. Mass takes place of the beach and a crown is place near the statue.