March, April, and May serve as the months of spring in Italy. Though the weather can be variable in early spring—the Italians say, “Marzo è pazzo,” meaning March is crazy—there are near infinite possibilities of travel and discovery throughout Italy in all three spring months.
In March, Italy’s museums, parks, and historical sites begin their programs of cultural events, which allow tourists to see exhibitions and shows before the summer crowds. And because the south is always warmer than northern and central Italy, you can even enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. So stroll the seaside, enjoying the weather, and relax even more knowing that spring prices are typically significantly lower than in the summer.
Spring Holidays in Italy are often associated with Easter and Liberation Day (April 25th), though Carnevale celebrations may extend into March, depending on the year. Locals also get vacation time then, and many schools are closed, along with shops—so be aware. This is perhaps even more so true on the first of May– another big spring holiday in Italy. Technically the holiday is called, “La Festa dei Lavori” – Workers’ Day – but to most Italians it’s simply “Primo Maggio” – May 1st.
And the food? Fried zucchini blossoms. Pasta al Limon. Spring vegetable stews and soups like bean Minestrone. Pasta with fresh fava beans & pancetta. Spring peas with Prosciutto, onions, and pasta. Broccoli rabe with Orecchiette. Asparagus, artichokes, arugula, fresh fennel (served in the south with almost every meal), eggplant, leeks and more. Italy in spring. It’s an embarrassment of riches, but one you’ll be proud to know.