With the earlier sunsets in the winter months, it means that you can spend time strolling through the city after dark. Many major cities light up their historical monuments. A gentle stroll can become a more beautiful and romantic experience.
What about the weather?
There are many fine, clear days to enjoy strolling through the cities, although the further south you go, the brighter and warmer the weather.
Rome and Naples have the mildest winter weather of the major cities.
Is it still crowded?
It can still be busy during these times, but not as much as in the summer. Italian families tend to spend time together 24th December, meaning small, family run shops and restaurants may be closed. It is always best to book in advance. Weekends and National holidays can be busy with Christmas shoppers on the run up to Christmas.
The Next National Holiday
The next National Holiday is 8th December, Immaculate Conception, celebrating the Virgin Mary.