Italy in March: all you need to know to plan the perfect trip. The weather, the best places to visit in Italy in March, what to pack, what to book when, how busy it is.
An old Italian saying goes: Marzo pazzerello, esce il sole, prendi l’ombrello, which translates into ‘March is crazy, when the sun comes out, get the umbrella’.
I open this travel guide to Italy in March with it because indeed, the saying captures the essence of the month of March in Italy pretty well!
As Italy transitions from winter (February) to spring (April to June), the weather is changeable and while the temperature tends to stay mild, you never know what you get in terms of sun/rain, on different days or even in the course of the same one!
Overall, however, March is a lovely time to visit Italy, one of the best times of all in my opinion.
March is a lovely time in Italy for city breaks, museum visits and trips to the countryside, the only thing still somewhat out of reach being full days on the beach.
This is what to expect in Italy in March. Happy travel planning!
Disclaimer: this is a seasonal travel guide about Italy in March, meant to help you decide the best time of the year for your visit. It does not address the current state of travel. For official information please always refer to official info before making any plans.
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Is March a good time to visit Italy?
March is a lovely time to visit Italy. The 19th of March is the official start of the Italian spring and the whole month is very much a time when Italian nature and cities start coming back to life after the winter months.
Blossoms and mimosa flowers fill the air, you start being able to have lunch outside (often too cold for dinner out still), and tourism kicks off again, hotels and tourism services starting to reopen pretty much across the country.
March is a good time to visit Italy for almost any time of tourism but in particular for city visits, museum visits and for skiing on the Alps.
It is less suited to a sea and sun vacation in Italy or for exploring coastal areas: the weather is not usually good enough in March to swim in the sea or go boating.
Important dates in March in Italy
Italy doesn’t celebrate national holidays in March unless Easter falls during this month.
If it does, this will have huge consequences on your trip: easter is a very popular time for tourism to Italy and crowds will be intense and prices high.
if you are planning on visiting Italy over easter, advance booking of accommodation and attractions is mandatory.
It will also be good to know that on Easter Saturday Sunday and Monday some attractions may be closed.
March in Italy’s most famous destinations: overview
Is March a good time to visit Venice?
March is a lovely time for visiting Venice.
At this time, the sharpest cold of the Venetian winter is gone and you can get nice sunny days and a bright sky, perfect for sightseeing.
Need to know: Carnival and Easter, both huge events in Venice, may happen in March. If you visit during one or the other, expect large drowds and inflated prices. Advance booking of accommodation, tours and attractions are mandatory.
Is March a good time to visit Lake Como?
Lake Como starts getting back to life in March, when spring returns to its shores.
At this time, the weather is still chilly and it is too cold for boating, however, it starts to be possible to enjoy lakeside walks and the beautiful views of the mountains.
The best way to visit Lake Como in March is as a day trip from Milan, which is also nice in this season.
Is March a good time to visit Cinque Terre?
The weather in March is hit and miss in Cinque Terre.
At this time, rain is still frequent and the temperatures re too low to go to the beach however, some paths reopen and the second part of the month even see some sea-based activities start again.
Early March is usually low season here, with many hotels and tourism businesses closed while late March starts seeing higher numbers of visitors again.
Easter, if happening in this month tends, to be busy: advance booking of accommodation is recommended.
Is March a good time for Tuscany and Florence?
March is a wonderful time to visit Florence and the whole of Tuscany.
As the hills slowly come back to life, you can truly enjoy Tuscany’s beautiful villages and the countryside and you can even soak in the region’s amazing natural springs!
Florence is gorgeous in March too however, it can get busy. Book in advance both accommodation and tours to get the best options.
Is Rome nice in March?
Rome is absolutely gorgeous in March.
The weather is usually mild and with a good number of sunny, dry days and the city turns into an extravaganza of blossoms and flowers, making the city even more beautiful than usual.
Rome tourism is in full swing but, unless Easter falls in March, the lines are usually contained and much more manageable than in summer and early fall.
I adore Rome in March and I highly recommend you visit!
Is March a good time to visit the Amalfi Coast?
March is still early in the year for a visit to the Amalfi Coast, which can be a little disappointing at this time.
The area really comes to life from April onwards, when hotels reopen and ferry services between the towns and to the islands resume, while March is still a very quiet, sleepy time here.
March is still too cold to swim in the Amalfi coast and it is also a little too cold for lazy breakfasts or dinners out.
If this is the only time when you can come and visit, I recommend you stay in Sorrento and explore the rest of the costiera as a day trip from here, waiting for a sunny day, rather than planning several days in the area.
What to pack for Italy in March
The second part of the month is usually milder, but you still need winter clothing, especially when in the shade, early in the morning or in the evening.
You can find my packing list for Italy in spring here however, these are your must-have:
- All your travel documents (passport, Visa, Insurance, etc)
- Broken in walking shoes (find my shoe recommendations here
- Clothing essentials
- Jeans / long trousers / pants
- Long / short sleeve tops
- Coat and a light scarf
- Power bank
- Travel adapter
- Italian phrasebook
- Portable travel umbrella
- Phone/ Camera
What to book in advance in Italy in March
March can get busy in Italy so I recommend you book in advance all you can, as soon as your trip is confirmed or very likely to happen.
These are the main attractions in Italy that require advance booking, with my recommendations for providers offering good cancellation options (always check the small print for each tour/ticket)
I recommend you book as soon as your trip is confirmed and you opt for tours and tickets with good cancellations options like the ones I recommend below via GetYourGuide
Colosseum, Rome: the official site gets booked out months in advance (although you may be in luck if only looking for one or two tickets). However, guided tours are usually available on GetYourGuide here
Vatican, Vatican City, Rome: tickets sell out fast and operate on a time slot system. You can get them on the official site of the museums or choose a guided tour via GetYourGuide here: I highly recommend them as the museums are vast and easily overwhelming, without a guide.
The best things to do in Italy in March
These are my favorite places to visit in Italy in March and activities to seek out.
- Visit romantic Venice
- Take a road trip in Tuscany
- See Rome’s city center without the crowds
- Go on a road trip of Apulia
- Taste all the glorious Emilia Romagna food with local food tours
- Defrost in stunning Sicily
Visiting Italy in March with kids
March is a lovely time to visit Italy with kids, provided you are ready to mix indoor activities and outdoor pursuits.
These are my favorite things to do in Italy with kids in early spring.
- Discover the family-friendly side of Milan
- Explore child-friendly Venice
- Find out why we love Florence with kids
- Discover why we think Rome with kids is simply the best
- Warm-up taking a pizza-making class for kids
- Have fun taking a kid-friendly mosaic class in Rome
I hope you enjoyed this overview of Italy in March and it helped you plan your trip. Happy travel planning!
About the author: Marta Correale is an Italian mama of 2, born and bred in Rome. Avid traveler, Marta graduated in Classics at the University of Rome and married her love for history and travel in a career as a travel writer. She is the writer and editor behind Learning Escapes, a successful travel blog about cultural travel with kids, the creator of the successful Mama Loves Rome, an in-depth travel site about her native city of Rome and co-editor of the global family travel site Little City Trips.