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when to go April or May

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when to go April or May

I have to decide between the last 3 weeks of April or last 2 weeks of May going into June for our trip to Italy.

I don't mind wearing a coat or sweater. Cooler weather is better for walking. I just want to avoid any chance of slippery roads.

We will have a car.

Please help me decide on when to go so that we can book our flights.

Thank you!

Then I can work on the itinerary.

No itinerary has been made...but I have been reading about Umbria for several years and have always wanted to go there.

We will have 3 weeks total...at least 2 in Italy. I have to fit in Basilicata which is where my grandparents came from..

I am interested in Umbria... perhaps Il Marche. My son is thinking we may be able to fit in1 week in Croatia [he lived there for several years]

I would appreciate your expertise & any & all suggestions!

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1. Re: when to go April or May

We have more rain in April, milder temperatures and less people. Less rain at the end of May, higher temperatures and more people. I would not be worried about slippery roads. You don't need to drive fast anwhere in Umbria as you want to drive through the backroads in Umbria in order to see the beautiful scenery.

You can see average temperatures for Assisi here


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2. Re: when to go April or May

Definitely May as the weather here is usually much more reliable...

April can go either way - it has in the past rained a lot.

Don't miss out on Gubbio - one of the most charming medieval walled towns in Umbria...it is know to Italians as the Umbrian Siena and is often overlooked by tourists...

Also don't miss Spello, Orvieto and Perugia ... All stunning places to visit.

For a more Italian experience - avoid staying in hotels, instead choose an agriturismo, villa stay or guest house, as you will have a more personal experience of Umbria. Many good places to stay are listed under hotels or speciality lodging for the various towns, try Gubbio, Spello and Bevagna...on Trip Advisor.

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