December (Dicembre) is a popular month to travel in Italy for both Italians and foreign tourists, thanks to Christmas festivities and markets. Rome is especially busy at this time, as pilgrims flock to the city to attend special masses on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.
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November (Novembre) is the height of the low tourist season in Italy. One of the main reasons for this is because the weather is typically cold and rainy throughout the peninsula. But if you’re willing to endure grey days, November can be a fantastic time to be here. Fewer tourists means it is easier to get a sense of everyday life. Not to mention, museums are emptier, cafes are cozier, and airfare is often cheaper.
Calling Italian playwright Dario Fo a “Renaissance” man would probably irk him given his long history of questioning authority and mocking the status quo. But Fo, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997 (one of six Italians to have won the literature prize) proves he is worthy of this nickname with the new exhibit of his art at Milan’s Palazzo Reale.