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By on August 9, 2018

You’ve been waiting your whole life to finally visit Italy, and you don’t want your trip to be overly hot or overly crowded. Italy’s most popular cities will have at least some crowds all year long, but Italy in September is significantly less crowded – and less hot! The summer vacationers have gone home, the weather has cooled, and it is the perfect time to go. Don’t worry, it’s still warm enough to enjoy Italy’s fabulous beaches!

Foggy autumn view of Parrocchia Di Selva Cadore church. Great morning scene of Dolomite Alps, Cortina d'Ampezzo, southern Alps in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, Europe. Italy in September

Parrocchia Di Selva Cadore church, Dolomite Alps, Cortina d’Ampezzo, southern Alps in the Veneto region

Best Places to Visit in Italy in September

To maximize your time in Italy in September, we’ve narrowed down a list of the best places for you to visit.

  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Cinque Terre
  • Milan
  • Verona
Rome and Vatican, cityscape at sunset with yellow, golden and orange autumn leaves, with St peter's basilica and bridge over the river Tiber. Italy in September

Rome and Vatican, St Peter’s basilica and bridge over the river Tiber

Rome in September 

Start your trip in Italy’s eternal capital and the former capital of the Roman Empire. With ancient monuments, Renaissance statues, and medieval churches around every corner, walking through Rome is like walking through history. It is also known for its wealth of incredible dining options, as well as excellent nightlife. Visiting Italy in September means you’ll get the perfect shot of you tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain without too many people in the background.

Autumn in Rome. Roman bridge autumn landscape. . Italy in September

Roman bridge (Pons Fabricius), Rome

The Canals of Venice

When you imagine a trip to Italy, images of gondolas float through your head. Stroll along the canals of this Venice, known to be one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. Explore the wealth of historic churches and world-class museums, and make sure to visit the iconic St. Mark’s Basilica.

Young woman in a hat on a background of water in Venice. Italy in September


Florence Tourist Attractions 

A must for art and architecture enthusiasts, Florence is one of Italy’s most important Renaissance architectural centers. It is also home to some remarkable museums, where visitors can admire the iconic Italian artwork that they know from books.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence. Italy in September

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Cinque Terre

Made up of five small fishing villages, Cinque Terre looks like it came straight out of a postcard. Walk along the cliff-side path that  weaves through these colorful villages, breathing in the fresh sea air and admiring the view of the colorful villages below for a truly picturesque once in a lifetime experience. Visiting Italy in September means your hike won’t be oppressively hot, and it won’t be too crowded!

Panoramic view of beautiful Vernazza village, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy. Italy in September

Vernazza village, Cinque Terre

Things to do in Milan

A more fast-paced Italian city, Milan attracts people for its high-fashion boutiques and majestic Gothic architecture. This city is also home to Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” painting. Get a great view of the painting without people’s’ heads in your way if you visit Italy in September.

Milan, Italy architecture. View from Milan Cathedral on Royal Palace of Milan - Palazzo Realle. Italy in September

View from Milan Cathedral on Royal Palace of Milan (Palazzo Reale), Milan

Romance in Verona

One of the most famous couples in literary history called Verona “home.” Explore the city that inspired Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” You can even go and see Juliet’s iconic balcony.

Panoramic view of Verona at sunset in Italy. Italy in September

Panoramic view of Verona

Best of Palermo

The capital of the island of Sicily, Palermo offers a completely unique Italian experience. Palermo is home to some of the island’s most iconic landmarks, including the Palermo Cathedral and the Palermo Archaeological Museum. Don’t forget, Sicily is known for its incredible food and wine!

Famous fountain of shame (Fontana Pretoria) on baroque Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Italy in September

Famous fountain of shame on baroque Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily

Naples and Pompeii

With stunning beaches, historic gems, and incredible food, Naples is an incredible city in its own right. It is also the perfect base for exploring the nearby ancient city of Pompeii.

San Francesco di Paola, Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples, Italy, Europe. Italy in September

San Francesco di Paola, Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples


Sardinia’s historic capital by the sea, Cagliari’s rich past is evident in its remarkably preserved architecture. With Roman ruins, ancient architecture, and museums boasting prehistoric artifacts, this city is a trip through time. It isn’t stuck in the past, though. Visitors enjoy gorgeous beaches, an abundance of charming cafes, and great nightlife.   

Cityscape with marina in the Mediterranian sea in the evening, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Italy in September

Cityscape with marina, Cagliari, Sardinia


With a preserved Old Town and a developing modern area, Bari is the perfect blend of Italy’s past and future. Get lost in the winding streets of the Old Town, where you will encounter the local population simply sitting and hanging out outside of their homes. Make sure to taste the incredible pasta, handmade by local residents. Soak in the local culture and history, take a walk down to the busy port, and simply enjoy traditional Italian life in this authentic town.

Puglia, Italy. Sunset scenery of Polignano a Mare, town in the province of Bari, Apulia, southern Italia on the Adriatic Sea. Italy in September

Sunset scenery of Polignano a Mare, town in the province of Bari, Apulia

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