Weather in Europe

Why I love Italy

This is a different VLOG for me. In this one I talk about the reasons I love Italy and give tips to both first time travelers to Italy well as experienced Italian travelers.

The video covers several sections:

  • Why I love Italy
  • Top Reasons I love Italy
  • Museums
  • What to do in Italy
  • Finding Places to Eat
  • The Metro (Subway)
  • Time to go
  • Hotels
  • Currency (Euros)
  • Airfares
  • Hopper App
  • Driving in Italy
  • Put Italy on your Bucket List

If Italy is not on your bucket list, it should be. Watch the video below and see why so many people love and go to Italy.

– George

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What is Southern Italy like in the Winter

Southern Italy, the Mezzogiorno, has a mediterranean climate but the weather is globally changing and can surprise you. Normally the winters are cooler than the summers but very enjoyable. Naples Italy ranges from 50’s (in the winter) to high 70’s (in the summer). It is a pleasant climate. Farther south from Naples gets warmer summers but never too hot because there are wonderful sea breezes. El Nino is causing temperature changes around the world. This winter has brought snow to Sicily for two years in a row. This was caused by El Nino. Southern Italy is not prepared for snow even when it lasts only several hours.

The sea is very calm in the summer months. It is like a sheet of glass.

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Summer Sea

In the winter it is a totally different sea. The waves are very violent. You would not want to be in it. It is still beautiful to walk along the beach but not too close to the sea.

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Winter Sea

Both seasons are very beautiful. We get to do everything we want in both Winter and Summer seasons. The beaches are very crowded in August (when most Europeans are off – this is from the days before air conditioners and has stuck as a custom). It is fun because you meet more people from everywhere and everything is open. In the winter months many restaurants near the beaches close on a weeknight and are open only Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. The winter allows you to meet more locals in a relaxed environment. Sit and talk with them as best you can. We use broken Italian, English with a vowel on the end, and charades. It is not hard to communicate with happy people like the Italians.

Buon Viaggio,

George

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Cold Weather in Europe Kills!

Europe is experiencing extreme cold weather similar to here in the USA. Temperatures drop drastically and snow fall is heavier than usual. Many people died in this change of weather. Northern Europe is used to cold and snow but even here it is colder and heavier snow than usual. What is really strange is Southern Italy experienced snow fall and cold weather. Sicily had snow and they are almost on the African continent. It seems in Europe frigate Arctic weather is coming down in a southerly direction over the entire continent.

Although Southern Italy had cold and snow it didn’t last long. The mild Mediterranean winds blew in and warmed the land. This is a mild climate usually. You can not go swimming because the sea is very violent in the winter but you can travel around in 60-75 F degree weather.

With these strange weather patterns you have to be ready for any type of weather. Pack something warm. Layer clothes if you get hit by extreme cold. Don’t allow it to ruin your vacation. Just enjoy where you are.

George & Jo Anne

 

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February Weather in Italy

Italy has a vast range of weather. In the north with the Alps there is a lot of snow and cold. Rome can be cold but is usually more moderate because of its proximity to the sea. Southern Italy is more a Mediterranean climate with Sicily usually hot. This year has brought snow throughout Italy, even Sicily. It didn’t last long in the south but it had its impact. People in the south are not used to snow so driving is more treacherous. The roads, especially the mountain roads, can be very treacherous in icey or snowy conditions.

February weather is typically as follows:

  • Northern Italy: 25-45°F (-4-5°C)
  • Central Italy: 40-55°F (5-13°C)
  • Southern Italy: 50-60°F (10-16°C)

Choose where you go in the winter by what type of weather you like. Usually you can’t swim even in very mild weather. The sea is very violent in the winter months but becomes calm and smooth in the summer.

Enjoy where you choose. Meet the local people, eat the local foods and drink the local wines. Remember to try the local chocolates and gelato. Be romantic, after all it is ITALY!

George & Jo Anne

 

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Weather in Europe

Europe in general is having some weather related problems. Italy is mostly under a warning now.

Italy Weather 11-6-14

Yellow being a warning, gold a stronger warning and red the most severe warnings. All but a small part of northern Italy is under warnings for rain, lightning and in some areas hail. If you are going to Italy in the winter (rainy season and snow season in the north) check the expected weather conditions. Dress appropriately.

Rain doesn’t ruin a vacation, especially to Italy. On bad days plan your museum trips and be inside. Normally you will have days that are not raining or times in each day that are not raining. adjust your planned schedule to accommodate the weather. This is another reason big tours are bad. If it’s raining hard and you are headed to Tivoli Gardens, you will be outside in the rain.

George & Jo Anne

 

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