When to visit
definitely spring, more exactly in April. The weather is ok, the places are not so crowded as they would be in summer
Who doesn't love Italy? Imagine all those postcard-ready images covered by the spring flower, mostly wisteria. If you ever asked your self the question when it is the best time to visit Italy, the answer is right in front of you: spring. Nothing does more justice to the eclectic architecture, hill-settled villages and ancient cities like the flowers that grow in April. That is not to mention the smell that will follow you all around the places you go. Sometimes you don't see the flower, you just smell it and you expect that at every turn you will see the source of that perfume. I have always been fascinated by flowers and places where flowers grow together, and I saw some images of wisteria in different parts of Italy, so started reaching this matter and settled for the period 14 April - 23 April. Also I read that wisteria will start blooming first in South and a few days / weeks later it will start it bloom in North (near the lake: Como, Lugano and others). The plan was done: start from Naples and work you way up to Milan and the lakes. The plan worked perfectly. We saw everywhere wisteria in bloom. At the Lake Como it bloomed on the 3rd day we were there, so there is definitely slower then other places. With our purpose to see the wisteria bloomed, we got a change to discover Italy in a from one end to another. I would say from a lot of reasons April is the best time to visit Italy: the weather is hot, not bathing hot, but warn and pleasant to stroll around for hours, the crowds are not there yet (don't imagine you'll be the only one, but still) and spring has this wonderful effect on people and cities, gets the best out of them. So we flew to Naples Airport, from there we stayed one night in Naples and rediscovered the controversial city (some love it, other hate it) and the next day we were already in a new and charming place: Capri Island. Capri feels like an ecosystem, different from the mainland with its very own plants and particularities. Here we saw a lot of flowers that we don't know about. From here to Positano where you are welcomed in the city (as you leave the beach to go up on the hill) with a small square and then a street all covered in wisteria. It is an amazing feeling to walk that path. After 2 days on Amalfi Coast we visited Pompeii, a place no to be missed, and then we started the city visits: Sorrento, Rome, Florence. I would mention Florence and its garden that offer you an amazing view to the city and also a pathway covered with wisteria. From here to Come Lake where we spend more than in any other places and last a day in Milan from where we had our return flight. Please be advised that this is a very exhausting tour, you have one day to visit a city and reach the next one. You can always stay another day in one place, so you can enjoy it more. What fascinates me the most about Italy is that no matter the space or the view, people find a way to fit their houses in the weirdest places. Apparently we need more space than they need. All amazing cities like Positano, Cinque Terre, Mattera and many others have this lego feeling to them (one above the other). Most of the people have heard about wisteria in Japan, and they have a lot of tourism in the period of the wisteria bloom. In Italy wisteria, or glicine how they call it, has a different purpose. It grows on house, on fences, it is there to make flowers in the spring and shade in the summer. Different from Japan where it is cultivated and grown in a very organized matter, in Italy is has more Mediterranean style: it is free to grow and spread its flower and perfume randomly. Itinerary: Day 1: Naples; Day 2: Capri Island; Day 3 & 4: Amalfi Coast (Positano, Amalfi, Ravello); Day 5: Pompeii; Day 6: Rome; Day 7: Florence; Day 8 & 9 & 10: Como Lake; Day 11: Milano.