All you need to know to plan a trip to Italy in November. A trip planning guide with info on weather, best places to visit in November in Italy, when to book what, November travel tips.
November is a peculiar month to visit Italy.
Depending on where exactly you go, you may find November in Italy to be grey and rainy or pleasant and mild, blissfully devoided of crowds or disappointingly quiet.
Overall, however, it is a month of transition, a time when summer is well and truly over but winter hasn’t fully taken hold of the country yet.
November is a great month to visit some parts of Italy and a terrible one to visit others.
In this guide to November in Italy, I will help you choose where to go and tips on how ho plan your itinerary during this peculiar time.
Disclaimer: this is a seasonal travel guide about Italy in November, 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 November a good time to visit Italy?
November can be a good time to visit Italy, provided you know what to expect and make plans that are realistic for the November weather.
November is a good time to visit Italy if you like food tours, museum visits and city breaks.
November is not a good time for the coast (Cinque Terre and Amalfi Coast for instance), lakes, or if you are looking for warm, dry days.
While you can still have good weather in November especially in the South, Venice and Milan get chilly and foggy at this time so while this can be very romantic, it is something you need to be ready for!
The most popular destinations in Italy in November: what to expect
Is Cinque Terre open in November?
November is not a good time to visit Cinque Terre, an area famous for hiking paths and coastal views.
At this time, the season is in-between summer and winter and tends to miss the beauty of both: you cannot bathe or enjoy the beach, several paths are closed and many hotels are shut for the cold season.
November in Cinque Terre is also very rainy.
If November is the only time when you can visit, your best bet is to go on a day trip and wait for a day with no rain. You can find the weather forecast here: check a couple of days before for maximum accuracy.
What is Lake Como like in November?
Lake Como is very quiet in November.
At this time, the temperatures drop, the sunny day diminishes and the lake becomes a place for contemplative relaxation in a nice hotel rather than outdoor pursuits.
It can still be nice to come here as a day trip from Milan however, it is wise to check the weather first and make sure torrential rain is not in the cards.
Milan itself is pretty grey in November however, this can be a nice time to visit to avoid crowds and long lines.
Is November a good time to visit Venice?
November is low season in Venice and therefore a wonderful month to visit if you want to avoid the crowds in this otherwise overly full city.
However, there are some downsides to visiting Venice in November.
Acqua Alta is the name given to the Venice high tide, when it is so severe to flood the city.
The phenomenon is usually annoying but, from the visitor’s point of you, can often be seen as an element to a fun travel story, however, it can be very damaging and truly dramatic for the city, like it happened to be during the last winter.
Overall, you don’t need to avoid Venice in November for fear of acqua alta owever, I do recommend you keep an eye on the weather if visiting at this time.
Is November a good time to visit Florence and Tuscany
November is a lovely time to visit Florence and Tuscany, provided you are ready to wrap up!
Once you do that, you can enjoy what is a wonderful season in Tuscany: expect beautiful foliage, amazing filling dishes, red wines, crackling fires and museums!
Is November a good time to visit Rome?
I love Rome in November.
This is one of the rare times when Rome sees a low tourism season, a time with lower crowds and prices, and despite the occasional rainy day, it is still a pleasant and nice months in terms of temperatures.
Early November is the best part of the month for visiting, while the end of the month tends to see a higher number of grey and rainy days.
This is a wonderful time to visit Rome if you have a few days to discover the city with ease and you are planning on museum visits and cozy dinners in traditional restaurants: Rome food is perfect for the November weather!
Is November a good time to visit the Amalfi Coast?
November is not a good time to visit the Amalfi Coast. The weather here in November is grey and wet and most of the tourism businesses shut for the winter, meaning you have a lower choice of accommodation and few services available.
November is not a time for swimming or boat tours and it is most suited to a quiet weekend contemplating the winter sea… provided you find a hotel!
November in Italy: important dates and festivities
The most important date to keep in mind if planning a trip to Italy in November is the 1st of November All Saints (Ognissanti), which is a National Holiday.
On this day, Italians are off work and this may result in longer lines at museums and exhibitions.
Depending on the day of the week on which this festivity falls, Italians may make a long weekend out of it, which may impact prices in popular localities and train seat availability.
Main attractions tend to stay open on this day.
What to book in advance in Italy in November
In November, I recommend you make advance bookings for the main Italian attractions, which are pretty much always busy no matter the time of the yeat.
In particular, I recommend you book:
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.
What to pack for Italy in November
When packing for Italy in November, you need to be ready for changeable weather, rain and chilly temperatures, especially in the North.
You can find my full packing list for Italy in the autumn here, however, these are your Italy must-have for November:
- All your travel documents (passport, Visa, Insurance, etc)
- Broken in walking shoes (find my shoe recommendations here
- Clothing essentials
- Jeans / long trousers / pants (no shorts)
- Short and long sleeve tops
- Coat and scarf
- Reusable water bottle
- Power bank
- Travel adapter
- Italian phrasebook
- Portable travel umbrella
Where in Italy is best in November? The best places to visit in Italy in November
Some of my favorite experiences to seek out in this season are:
- Make the most of lower crowds seeing all Rome must-see sites
- Go on a food tour of Emilia Romagna, the land of Parma ham and Parmigiano!
- Go on a road trip around Tuscany
- Soak up the last summer sun with a road trip to Puglia and Matera
- Get lost in romantic Venice
- Spend a day in Milan visiting the Last Supper and warming up with Milan’s earthy cuisine
Best things to do in Italy with kids in November
November is a tricky month to visit Italy with family, since rain is likely to take away a good chunk of outdoor time and playground visits.
However, November is an excellent time for city visits and classes: some of my favorite things to do in Italy with kids at this time are:
- Eat tons of pizza and gelato (Gelato is available in November!)
- Visit the child-friendly side of Florence
- Explore the family-friendly side of Venice
- Discover why Rome with kids is the best
- Learn to make pizza with a family-friendly pizza class like this one we took in Rome
- Escape the rain with an art class like this mosaic class we took in Rome
I hope you enjoyed this overview of Italy in November and it helped you plan your trip. Safe 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.