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where to go in italy in winter


For people who do not mind the cold, winter is a great time to travel to Italy. Most of Italy sees fewer tourists in the winter months, meaning less crowded museums and shorter queues. During the winter, opera, theater and symphonies are also in full swing, and there are the winter sports for those looking for an adventure on their holiday. Book one of our luxury villas in Italy now for a fantastic winter break with your family. 
Why Travel in Winter?
As we have mentioned above, the fewer tourists have to contend with the perfect time to travel to Italy, especially at the most popular tourist spots, such as the museums of Florence. There are also bargain prices on airfares to Italian airports, although the prices are steeper around Christmas and New Year.

However, if you’re looking for something special for your upcoming winter escape, then why not travel in luxury? Smart Aviation chartering a private jet charter will be the source for the perfect flight for your trip. Whether you’re heading to Italy for a relaxing winter break, or to enjoy the vast range of winter sports and skiing against the backdrop of some fantastic locations, including the Alps and Dolomites and Mount Etna in Sicily, then Smart Aviation’s bespoke private jet charter can get you there in style!

Winter Weather in Italy
Winter weather can vary depending on where you go. In Sicily, the weather is still mild along the coast, although southern continent such as Puglia can be very cold, and snow further inland. In hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria, you could get a dusting of snow. For most of Italy, there is heavy rainfall in November and December, so you will likely encounter some rain unless you opt for a winter break in late January or February. 
Top Spots for Winter Holidays
Florence
A hub of culture, Florence may never be crowd free, but the city has fewer tourists and more Florentines than the rest of the year. At the popular Uffizi Gallery, one of the most revered art galleries in the world, try to visit the late afternoon as the crowds dwindle for a couple of hours before it closes at 6.50pm. An hour’s train ride south of the town takes you to two other Tuscan cities; Siena and Arezzo. Siena is wonderfully quiet in the autumn and winter, giving you a chance to wander the beautiful city and admire the architecture. Arezzo has a nationally renowned antique market on the first Sunday of each month, and other fantastic markets throughout the Christmas period. The rest of Tuscany tends to close up in the winter, but our villas close to Florence are perfect for providing relaxation and comfort if you choose to vacation there. 
Sicily
If you are looking for winter sun, head to Sicily. Considered by many to be an all-year resort, the weather is mild on the coast, yet you can also enjoy some winter sports at Mount Etna. One of the best all-year hotspots is Cefalu, between Messina and Palermo. The island is enclosed bay that has a long, sandy beach and perfect for day trips. On Sicily, you can explore the Greek temples, Roman villas and dine out at fantastic restaurants sampling seasonal and local food. 
Italian Lakes
There are over 300 ski areas in Italy, and our villas near the Italian Lakes of Garda and Orta are in the foothills of beautiful Alpine mountains, are the best places to head to if you are looking to have a few days skiing on a winter break. Italian skiing has improved in recent years, with state-of-the-art ski lifts and fantastic runs on the slopes. Even if you don’t want to ski, you can still head up the mountains, sip on delicious hot chocolate and enjoy breath-taking mountain views. 
Naples, Venice and Rome
Though Quality Villas have no villas in close vicinity to these cities, they are fantastic to visit in winter, if you want to consider stopping off for a night before or after your visit to one of the destinations mentioned above. 
If you do visit in winter, make sure you are ready to wear clothes, wearing jumpers, raincoats and sturdy shoes, hats, gloves and scarves and an umbrella. 
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