Can you count on Italy weather to be conducive to your needs if you are seriously thinking about retiring here? Rest assured that you can find an area of Italy with a climate that suits you to a tee. This is the reason that so many people (myself included) dream of retirement in Italy – the entire country has incredible weather but is also diverse enough to suit anyone.
Italy can be divided into three regions – north, central, and south – based on culture as well as climate and topography. In Northern Italy, the climate is warm in the summer with occasional rainfall. In Milan, Turin, and Venice, you can expect cold winters, and in Tuscany, it can be much closer to freezing.
Venice is a good example of the climate here, with temperatures ranging as high as 91 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and winter lows from about 32 to 37 degrees. While you can find good food, beautiful landscapes, and prime skiing this far north, you are probably going to find more enjoyment in retirement in some other area of Italy.
When you look at Central Italy weather, you see a slight variation. It tends to be humid here, and in the summer, you’ll run into occasional heavy rain showers and thunderstorms due to the proximity of the coast, especially in spring and autumn, often referred to as the acqua alta, during which you may need to bring out your rainproof shoes or boots.
Rome provides a good idea of what the climate is like here year round, with uncomfortably hot summers topping 95 degrees (in fact, a number of businesses close during August while heir owners vacation in cooler areas). Winters are mild, with average temperatures of about 55 degrees.
The Southern Italy weather tends to be more Mediterranean, with heat and sun in the summer and colder, damper weather in the winder. Even at this time of year, though, the climate is mild, though at times it can be a bit unpredictable. It can get foggy, or there may be heavy rain and winds at times. However, it is generally quite nice with sun about 300 days out of the year. Naples is a great example of this, with temperatures ranging from lows of about 39 degrees in the middle of January (the coldest month) to highs around 86 degrees in August, the hottest time of the year. Italy weather is quite diverse, and as you can see, there is something for everyone!