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April versus early July?

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April versus early July?


I"m debating a trip to northern Italy in either early to mi -April (April 9-18) or the first 10 days of July.

I'm coming with two kids (ages 3.5 and 9). I'm torn about when to come because I know in April it will be less crowded and more affordable, both of which are very appealing. But with kids swimming is important and I imagine in April the Italian Riveria beaches and the lakes in northern Italy will still be too cold to swim.

Anyhow have any suggestions on the best time to travel?

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1. Re: April versus early July?

You'll see a few people swimming in early spring and even winter, and people laying out and strolling on the beach on a sunny day, in early spring and even winter. But in July you're guaranteed beach weather. With kids especially I suggest July.

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2. Re: April versus early July?

I think that if you wish to see art and architecture etc, April is much better, especially for children who will not be jostled by crowds then.

You could promise a weekend at Assateague later. From where we are we don't favour going round the world to sit on a beach.

It's also a question of what kind of beach you like, consider the look of this (click on images)


or replace Rimini with somewhere else.

Easter Sunday is 16th, churches will be busy but the only other consideration is the need to book soon.

We are in Forli, Chioggia and Mantova March-April.

Forli as a base, with a car, for Ravenna, San Leo. Brisighella, and more. And in Forli itself





Chioggia (no car) as a real working town, a micro-Venice, with an interesting day trip to Venice



Mantova/Mantua (no need at all for a car)



where you could rent bikes


Just wanting to add to the magical challenge of finding your plan with a hundred options :-)

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3. Re: April versus early July?

Thanks. That looks lovely. Of course we would like some culture/museums but with young kids I think some beach and lake days will be a must. Lake Como looks lovely but I imagine that especially would be chilly in April... And yes your point about planning is a good one., which makes me think early July is best.

I was also thinking perhaps that the first week of July is not PEAK tourist season yet in Italy?

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4. Re: April versus early July?

Hi rddysum

Easter is not just a religious celebration is also the first spring holidays so many people spend few days at the beach or the lake. July is already high season in Italy one of the best periods are the first 15 days of June generally the weather is good and the schools are still open so only few people goes on holidays

Edited: 13 February 2017, 13:17
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5. Re: April versus early July?

"was also thinking perhaps that the first week of July is not PEAK tourist season yet in Italy?"

You are right in the sense that the absolute PEAK is mid August, which is bank holiday in Italy and also school holidays all over Europe, BUT beginning of July is still very busy pretty much everywhere.

As Matteo said the first 15 days of June can be really quiet in some places, but that is not necessarily a good thing. For example the aforementioned Rimini is pretty dead at the beginning of June: I myself much prefer it in July when it's more lively and there are events going on (e.g. http://www.lanotterosa.it/en/)

Edited: 15 February 2017, 15:24
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6. Re: April versus early July?

The Riviera west of Genoa is not very busy in the first week of July, and the nearer you get to the French border the less busy it is. The only place west of Genoa with enough very early July tourism to feel quite (but not very) busy would be Alassio at weekends. The beaches from Spotorno to Finale Ligure can also be busy at weekends with people out for the day from Savona.

East of Genoa is a lot more busy because it attracts a much greater proportion of non-Italian tourists. and also has cruise liner day-trips around Portofino/Santa Margherita and especially in the Cinque Terre from the port of la Spezia. But the first week of July is nothing like as busy as it is in August, except maybe in the Cinque Terre. Weekends are again busier than Mondays to Fridays.

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