Italy at its very best - When? During Winter - Bella Italia
Italy is beautiful "Bella Italia" in all seasons even during the very hot summer of August, the traditional Italian holiday month, when depending on your destination it can be uncomfortable due to the crowds especially in Rome or "masses of humanity" as a monk friend of mine resident in Rome for many years would say.
St Marks Square in Venice in winter notice the hordes of tourists? Winter is a time of generally mild weather as the weather charts attest. Milan in the north has an average temperature of 40 f and 2.9 inches of rain in the period November to March.
Rome is slightly warmer and wetter at 49 F and 3.4 inches of rain. Palmero in Sicily is beautiful, 57 F and only 1.9 inches of rain. Not much chance of getting wet here. This is why so many people enjoy Italy - off peak. Italy has, and is the classical Mediterranean climate - it is just wonderful.
Winter is certainly cooler and there is a little more rain in some months but it is a wonderful time to enjoy Bella Italia - fewer people travelling means less queuing and less hassle - better offers to tourists - less crowding in public places and better attention to your needs from those serving you. The writer has travelled extensively in Italy at all times of the year and if on holiday avoids the peak popular tourist times - Spring, Autumn and Summer.