Italy attracts a large number of tourists every year because of its food, art, and culture.

This European country is home to everyone’s favorite foods i.e. pasta and pizza.

There are a lot of reasons for visiting Italy and you might also have plans to visit Italy in December. 

While visiting a different place the most important thing is to pack clothes that you can wear according to the weather and culture of that place.

As December is the cold month in most countries, Italy also bears extremely low temperatures during December.

Because of the low temperature, locals and tourists wear warm clothes in December.

Italy is a favorite spot for tourists but the peak season is summer when every place in Italy is crowded with tourists.

Hence if you like to visit a place off-season, then December is the best time for you to visit Italy. 

Tourist attractions are not crowded and you’ll get to enjoy more and will be able to capture more beautiful pictures.

Moreover, you can enjoy the festive vibes of Christmas and can watch the beautiful snowfall of Venice.

But since the weather is extremely cold in December, you’ll have to wear clothes in layers to visit Italy.

Weather in Italy in December 

The dressing is usually decided based on the weather. So before checking any place you have to check the weather of that place.

To visit Italy in December you need to know about the weather so that you can wear appropriate clothes.

December is not the coldest month in Italy but it is very cold compared to many other countries.

The average temperature of different regions of Italy varies from 17°F (-8°C) to 50°F (10°C). 

The northern areas of Italy face extremely cold weather. So if you’re planning to go there, then you’ll have to wear clothes in many layers.

For visiting the north of the country, you should wear waterproof shoes for snow, long coats, heavy jackets, and other warm clothes.

But if you’re planning to visit central Italy then you can reduce the number of layers as the temperature is a few degrees higher than the freezing point.

According to the weather variations, the best region to visit in Italy would be Southern Italy because the weather is bearable here and you’ll have to wear a few layers of clothes.

In December it snows in most parts of Italy so wear clothes that prevent you from the cold such as waterproof shoes for snowy areas, long coats, etc.

In some parts of Italy, it rains for most of the days of December so make sure to check the weather beforehand and wear a raincoat or carry an umbrella in the rainy region.

The best tip for wearing suitable clothes according to the weather is to check the latest weather updates of the regions you’re traveling to.

If it’s raining then wear a raincoat, if it’s snowy then wear many layers of warm clothes and if it’s just a dry cold day then wear heavy jackets on top of a shirt or sweater.

What to Wear for Daytime Activities in Italy?

There’s a lot to explore in Italy. You can complete the trip by visiting the most famous historical places in Italy such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, etc. 

While visiting the historical places of Italy in December, you can’t wear a dress or skirt as the temperature would be very low.

So wear a heavy jacket or coat on top of a shirt, sweater, or turtleneck. You can add more layers of clothes if the weather is too cold.

You should not wear open shoes such as sandals, slides, or heels. Instead, wear long boots or waterproof shoes while visiting the snowy areas.

Since historical places are outdoor sites, you’ll also have to wear a thick scarf, gloves, and a beanie. If it’s snowing in the region you’re going to, carry an umbrella.

Since Italy has historical importance, it also has many museums which you can visit during the daytime. While visiting a museum, wearing a long coat on top of a turtleneck looks more classy.

If the weather is average then you can wear sneakers, otherwise, wear ankle boots or knee-high boots.

Italian food is extremely popular throughout the world. While visiting an Italian restaurant to enjoy the mouth-watering pasta or pizza, wear a knitted dress with a jacket or long coat and ankle boots.

But if the weather is too cold then stick to layering your clothes. But don’t wear too many layers as the environment of a restaurant might be warm.

What to Wear for Nighttime in Italy? 

During the nighttime, the temperature of many Italian regions drops to or below the freezing point. So it would not be possible to walk around the cities of Italy on a December night.

While going for dinner, wear a coat with a knitted scarf. If you’re going to a fancy dinner then consider wearing a turtleneck with a long coat and boots.

It is essential to wear gloves, warm shoes, a hat, a scarf, and many layers of clothes while going out at night time to protect your body from extreme cold.

Since different areas of Italy have different weather, it’s better to make a list of the places you want to visit. Then check the weather updates of that area and pack clothes accordingly.

If you’re going to northern areas then you’ll have to wear many layers of clothes. For Central and Southern Italy, the layers of clothes can decrease.

If the weather update shows snow and rain in the area you want to visit, then carry a raincoat, waterproof leather shoes, umbrella, and other items.

Essential Things to Pack on Your Next Trip to Italy in December 

You’ll have to pack your luggage according to the weather and culture of the place you’re going to. But here are some essential things to pack for your trip to Italy in December.

  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Wireless charger
  • Travel adapter
  • Chargers for phone and camera
  • Waterproof backpack
  • Travel Umbrella
  • Water bottle
  • Warm socks
  • Winter hat

Final Words

Italy has very cold weather in December. In some areas, it snows, and the temperature can drop below the freezing point, while in some areas the temperature is bearable.

Coats, heavy jackets, turtlenecks, warm socks, winter hats, knitted scarves, and warm shoes are essential items to bear the cold weather of Italy.

Always check the updated weather of the place before going there to wear the clothes accordingly.