Visiting Italy in July: all you need to know to plan a trip! The best places to visit in July in Italy, when to book what, what to expect from the weather.
July in Italy is the heart of summer.
Schools are out, the sun is high in the sky and people start getting into vacation mode.
Weekends are spent on the beach, evenings are enjoyed outdoors and the sun turns from friend to enemy: July in Italy is time for shaded terraces and al fresco dining, not sightseeing in the scorching sun!
July is a popular vacation time for foreigners too. In this guide, we look at Italy in July and we share travel tips and destination advice.
This is our guide to help you plan your trip to Italy in July.
Please note: this is a seasonal travel guide about Italy in July, 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 July: need to know
Since Italy reopened to visitors, tourism has been at an all time high.
Due to this very high demand for tourism services, it is paramount to book in advance cars, accommodations and main attractions as they sell out very quickly.
You can refer to our local guides in this article to find the best tickets and providers for all your needs.
Italy in July: what you will find in this article
- Overview of weather in July in Italy
- Recommended places to visit in Italy in July
- July in Italy with kids
- What to book in advance for July in Italy
The weather in Italy in July: what to expect
July is a summer month in Italy.
The weather is likely to be hot and sunny everywhere on the Italian peninsula and the islands, with the possible exception of the mountains and you should expect high temperatures well in the 30s in most places.
Light summer clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat are a must, and so are sandals and plenty of drinking water. Find our packing list for Italy here.
At a glance, the weather in Italy in July is:
|Name of the place||Temperature Low/High||Rainy days (average)|
|Milan, Lombardy||30C/F – 20C/F||5|
|Venice, Veneto||28C/F – 19C/F||5|
|Florence, Tuscany||32C/F – 18C/F||8|
|Rome, Lazio||31C/F – 19C/F||2|
|Amalfi, Campania||29C/F – 25C/F||6|
|Palermo, Sicily||31C/F – 23C/F||–|
|Cagliari, Sardinia||31C/F – 19C/F||–|
|Bolzano, Dolomites||30C/F – 16C/F||14|
The hottest places in Italy in July + how to escape the heat
It may be tempting to think that to escape the July heat in Italy you need to go north but actually, this is not always the case.
While the South of Italy sees higher temperatures than the north of the peninsula, usually the difference doesn’t lie in how north or south you are but how close to the water or at what altitude you happen to be.
To escape the July heat in Italy you should:
- Avoid cities
- Head to the coast or, ideally, an island so you can make the most of the sea breeze
- Choose hilltop accommodation: opt for accommodation 600mt above sea level or more to get some respite from the weather
- Choose accommodation with a pool
- Go to the mountains
- At all times, stay indoors or at least protected from the sun in the hottest parts of the day.
- As much as possible, avoid archaeological parks under the sun: Pompeii, as tempting as it may be, is a furnace in summer and so is the Roman Forum.
- When possible, opt for evening tours, often available in the good season
The best places to visit in Italy in July
The best places to visit in Italy in July are coastal areas, the islands, the mountains, the lakes and, with certain precautions, the countryside.
Other places such as big art cities are also popular with tourists at this time however, you will need to negotiate the heat.
Beaches and coastal localities
The best place to be in Italy in July is the beach! Followed by the mountains, the other place where you can easily escape the heat.
Italy has stunning beaches and coastline and it is worth spending at least part of your time enjoying it.
Wonderful, scenic places are Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast, Puglia, Cilento and all Italian islands and you can also find nice beaches in Tuscany and part of the northern Adriatic coast.
Find our Italy beach guides at the following links:
Beast beaches near Venice
Best beaches near Rome
Best beaches near Florence
Best family beaches in Italy
The Dolomites are a hikers’ paradise and one of the best places to visit in Italy in July. At this time, the weather is mild and while you will have some rainy days, you also have the highest chance of a string of nice ones, perfect for hiking.
Weather is never guaranteed here and this is why we recommend to spend a good few days, to spread the risk.
The Italian lakes
July is also a great month to visit the Italian lakes. Lake Garda and Lake Como are lovely at this time and they offer respite from the city heat and they are just the two most famous!
Visiting lakes in July means being able to go boating, sunbathing, possibly swimming (it depends where you go): just be careful if visiting at weekends as they are popular day trips from cities and tend to get very busy.
The Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast in July will steal your heart.
This stunning part of Italy is breathtaking in summer: it will be busy, but it will treat you to stunning views, waters perfect for boating and swimming, fantastic al fresco dining and even hiking trails!
This is our guide to planning a stay on the Amalfi Coast. Fund things to do on the Amalfi Coast in July include:
- Taste of Sorrento food tour – a fantastic way to enjoy the city and its delicious culinary tradition
- Sorrento to Capri boat tour – one of the best ways to enjoy the coast from the perfect vantage point: the sea!
- Discover Capri, one of the most beautiful and glamorous islands in Italy
- Explore pretty Procida, a romantic island with pretty houses and a local feel
- Discover the archaeological site of Paestum and its incredible temples.
Cinque Terre in July
July is one of the best months for visiting Cinque Terre.
At this time, weather conditions allow most trails (always check specific conditions for the days of your trip), the beaches lovely and the sun bright.
Make sure you book in advance as there is no such as thing as a quiet time here and July tends to be exceptionally busy!
Find our Cinque Terre guides at the following links:
- An introduction to the towns of Cinque Terre
- Cinque Terre packing list
- Visiting Cinque Terre with kids
Tuscany in July
Tuscany is wonderful in July but hot. The best way to enjoy the region, at this time, is to get a villa or agriturismo on a hilltop and with a pool or stay close to the beautiful Tuscany beaches.
From here, you can take day trips to all the beautiful villages and towns in the area.
We adore Tuscany and have many travel guides for you:
- Tuscany in summer – tips for dealing with the heat
- Florence – very hot in summer, only visit in July/ August if you have no other time option
- Val d’Orcia – an area of Tuscany of natural beauty so unique, it is now Unesco World Heritage Site
- San Gimignano – delightful medieval town and Unesco World Heritage Site
- Siena – One of the most beautiful small towns in Italy, with a wonderful historical town center
- Monteriggioni – a small Medieval hilltop hamlet which, in July, host a medieval festival with music, food and costumes
- Lucca – a pretty town with a lovely center and the option to cycle along its medieval walls. In July, Lucca hosts the Puccini Festival, a series of musical events to honor Puccini, a Lucca native! A fantastic event for music lovers and anyone who dreams of a summer evening filled by beautiful musical notes.
- Montalcino – wine town, perfect for wine lovers – in July, Montalcino hosts a wine and jazz festival which fills the town with music and wine tasting opportunities. Not to be missed!
- Montepulciano – one of the prettiest villages in Tuscany and my personal favorite
- Pienza – built in the Renaissance as the perfect city, no less!
- San Quirico d’Orcia – a delightful medieval town in the heart of stunning Val d’Orcia
- Monticchiello – a delightful country hamlet perfect to immerse yourself in relaxing country settings
- Bagno Vignoni and Saturnia, two thermal localities with some of the best thermal springs in Tuscany – go early in the morning or in the evening as the hot waters under the sun are pretty intense!
Umbria in July
Umbria is another wonderful area to visit in Italy in July if you want to mix sightseeing, time relaxing in the country and fun activities such as boating or olive oil tasting.
Often overlooked in favor of more famous Tuscany, Umbria has some wonderful gems such as Assisi, Perugia and adorable Spello, perfect for small-town lovers and cultural tourism.
Good to know! Assisi in July host several events including outdoor concerts. This is a wonderful time to explore the city: it is worth staying a few days so you can explore the Franciscan monuments during the day and enjoy the town in the evening.
Sardinia in July
Sardinia in July is ideal for a sea and sun holiday. Sardinia is busy at this time and perfect for swimming, boating and snorkeling. Some fund things to do in Sardinia in July are:
- Full-day boat tour to the stunning Maddalena Archipelago, one of the most beautiful in Italy.
- Snorkeling excursion to beautiful Tavolara
- Wine tour of Sardinian wineries
Sicily in July
Sicily is perfect in July if you want to have a sea and sun vacation. At this time, sightseeing of archaeological site can prove hard because of the high temperature and relentless sun, but all experiences along the water will be pleasant and you can still plan some excursion early in the day.
Some fun things to do in Sicily in July include:
- Day trip to the beautiful islands of Lipari and Vulcano – a fantastic way to visit some of the most beautiful smaller Sicilian islands.
- Etna region wine tours – a fun way to taste the wines from this unique volcanic area
- Palermo evening food tour – a great way to use the cooler hours of the day to taste Sicily’s delicious culinary tradition
Puglia in July
Puglia is one of my favorite destinations in Italy in July
Blessed with a stunning coastline and some of the prettiest towns in Italy, Puglia is a great place for mixing lazy summer sightseeing and time on the beach.
Wonderful places to visit in Puglia at this time are
- Trani – 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’
- Alberobello – 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.
July in Italy with kids
Kids tend to love Italy in July as they can be in full summer mode. The best places for them to be are the beaches, the Dolomites and the lakes however, you can find something fun for them anywhere – just make sure you sprinkle it with sun hat and gelato!
Travel guides to help you plan your trip to Italy with kids are:
Florence with kids – always lovely with children and not too hot at this time
Venice with kids – nice if you also want to head to the beaches in the area
Tuscany with kids – July has the perfect temperature for hilltop town hopping
Umbria with kids – July is perfect for long days on Umbria lakes, hikes in its pretty forests and adventure centers
Rome with kids – full of indoor and outdoor attractions for all ages
Sicily with kids – mild and beautiful perfect for family sightseeing and days on the beach
Amalfi Coast with kids – perfect for days boating!
Cinque Terre with kids – lovely for hiking and enjoying the small villages
Sardinia with kids – lovely for a sea and sun vacation
Lake Garda with kids – lovely time for hikes and time on the lake shore
Dolomites with kids – fantastic for an outdoor vacation
Looking for family destination ideas in Italy? Find my selection of the best places to visit in Italy with kids here.
What to book in advance for spending July in Italy
July can be busy in Italy but advance booking for all main attractions is a must.
This is especially the case in 2022 when crowds are more intense than even, after the long months of restrictions (now lifted)
Attractions that need advance booking are:
- Last Supper (Milan)
- Uffizi Gallery (Florence)
- Vatican Museums (Vatican City, Rome)
- Colosseum (Rome)
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.
- Their home page
- Their villa search page
- Their rental search page
I hope you enjoyed this quick guide to Italy in July. Don’t forget to also check out our 101 travel tips for Italy, for extra info. Safe travel planning!
How to get around Italy in July – Italy transportation guides
To help you plan your trip to Italy in July, we have transport guides we hope you will find useful.
At the following links you will find:
How to get around Italy – options and tips
Our guide to driving in Italy
Our guide to train travel in Italy