From its towering mountains and rolling hills to its postcard-perfect villages, lemon-scented coast and sparkling sea, there’s no denying that Italy is one of the world’s most beautiful and enchanting countries, whatever the time of year. If you want to discover the magic of Italy at its most spectacular, though, a visit during the spring months is an unforgettable experience. As the weather begins to warm you’ll see the country undergo a remarkable transformation, with the countryside bursting to life, colourful flowers beginning to bloom and towns and cities full of festivity. Join us as we explore some of the most beautiful Italian locations to visit during spring.
It’s widely agreed that Tuscany is one of Italy’s most picturesque regions regardless of the season, but it’s during the spring months that the area really shines. The Tuscan highlight has to be the gorgeous Val d’Orcia valley – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – where you’ll discover the famous Tuscan hills decorated with bright red poppies, enchanting yellow wildflowers and pretty peach and cherry trees; a treat for your nose as much as your eyes. If you’re after a bit more variety, spring is also the perfect time to visit Tuscany’s glorious Etruscan Coast, where you’ll find untouched wilderness just moments away from sandy beaches, medieval villages and fascinating ancient historical sites.
Often called the ‘green heart of Italy’, it’s no surprise that the natural beauty of Umbria is particularly impressive during spring. Not only do the blooming flowers and warm weather transform the rolling hills and vast countryside in the area, they also breathe a new life into the region’s pretty hilltop towns and villages. Historic hideaways such as Spoleto and Todi offer the perfect setting to take in incredible views of the lush countryside that stretches out for miles, and they’re also full of festivity themselves. Spring marks the start of Italy’s sagre (local festivals taking place across the country, often revolving around food), and Umbria takes its celebrations seriously, with highlights including Bevagna’s celebration of traditional Umbrian cooking and Scheggino’s wonderful black truffle festival.
Towering high above northeastern Italy, the Dolomites are Italy’s most-visited and most awe-inspiring mountains. While they may traditionally be associated with skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, springtime in the mountains offers its own distinctive charms. The snow and ice that freezes the mountains begins to melt, making way for vibrant greenery and beautiful flowers, with the traces of snow that do remain adding to the beauty of the landscape. In spring you’ll be able to enjoy amazing mountain views amongst blossoming wildflowers and under a warm sun, and as you’ll likely miss the tourist booms of winter and summer, you may even get a piece of paradise to yourself.
The Amalfi Coast
The lemon-scented Amalfi coast is another Italian location that is typically associated with summer tourism, mostly due to its sunny beaches and the shimmering Tyrrhenian Sea. However, the Amalfi is equally as luxurious (and considerably more calm) during the spring months. The warmer weather and days increasingly filled with sunshine mean that the coastal hills and brightly-colours of towns like Positano begin to dazzle, but it’s high up in the commune of Ravello that you’ll find true Italian magic. The town’s cliff-side gardens are full of gorgeous flowers in bloom, and the famous Villas Rufolo and Cimbrone combine enchanting gardens with incredible architecture and breathtaking sea views.
The mesmerising island of Sicily is a favourite springtime holiday spot for countless Italians, and it looks like the locals are on to something. As soon as spring arrives the island covers itself in colour; think fragrant purple bushes of wild rosemary, pretty pink almond trees in bloom, emerald green fields, bursts of red poppies and the bright orange hues and tantalising scents of citrus trees. The fair weather also awakens the city of Palermo, where elegant baroque buildings stand proudly over energetic street markets offering freshly grown vegetables, sumptuous gelato and mouth-watering arancini.