Explore the Italian destinations where summer lasts a little longer
Labor Day may be the (un)official end of summer here in North America, with kids back in school and shops gearing up for decorative gourd season, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of vacation fun. In Italy, the month of September is the perfect time to explore some of the country’s most popular getaway spots, with fewer crowds and warm-but-not-sweltering temperatures.
Beloved coastal destinations like Capri and Puglia can become crowded in July and August with tourists from around Italy and Europe, most of whom have generous summer vacation policies. In Italy, the national holiday of Ferragosto means many people take the last two weeks of August to escape the cities and relax on the beach. With restaurants, transportation, and beach clubs packed with extra people, planning your vacation during this time means you’re in for a holiday that can be more hectic than restful. It’s still wonderful, of course, but if your schedule allows it, a trip in September or even early October can give you the laid-back summer vibes you’re looking for.
In addition to famous beach hotspots like Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and Puglia, a gorgeous getaway can be found just a short distance from Rome on the island of Ponza. A trip here can knock two things off your Italian vacation list: big-city energy and secluded seaside relaxation! All of Rome will be open again after the August holidays, while Ponza’s beach clubs and trattorias will still be open for business.
While many of the towns in these vacation destinations do operate on a seasonal schedule, with shops and restaurants shutting down for the winter, they stay open through September and, usually, into October. Private boat companies will have more availability if you want to tour the small islands off the mainland, and you may even be able to find cheaper hotel rates! And you’ll still find warm temperatures with plenty of opportunity for swimming and lounging on the beach. The average temperature in Capri in September is around 80°F, and the water a balmy 77°F. Pack a light sweater or jacket for evening meals al fresco, as the temperature can dip after the sun goes down, and you’ll have everything you need for a perfect summer vacation.