For those who don't mind the cold but do mind crowds, winter can be a great time to travel in Italy. Most attractions see far fewer visitors during winter than at other times of the year and visiting during the Italian winter holidays can be enchanting. Winter is a great time for taking in an opera at one of Italy's top opera houses, attending Carnevale celebrations, going to the symphony, and other cultural events. Those who enjoy skiing and winter sports will find a wide array of options throughout Italy from the Alps in the north down to Mount Etna in Sicily.
If you go to Italy during winter, be prepared for some days of rain or even snow in most places. Also be aware that some places along the coast close for much of winter and you may find that sites and museums, especially outside the cities, have shorter opening hours.
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Sestriere Ski Resort Photo by Marla Gulley, Bella Baita Italian Alps Retreat