If you’re planning a trip to Italy this year and want sunshine, summer breezes and low humidity, you might fancy a visit to Imperia on the Italian Riviera. The seafront town was just voted the Italian town with the best weather in a new study which ranked all of the country’s 107 provincial capitals.
Italy is a country of year-round delights although it’s generally agreed that late spring or early autumn are two of the best times to visit. That’s usually because the crowds are smaller and the weather is mostly mild but that depends on where you’re going. A new study from the Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 attempted to rank the weather in all of the country’s 107 provincial capitals. It took into consideration factors such as annual rainfall, fog, relative humidity, number of extreme weather events and the prevalence of refreshing summer breezes.
It’s not surprising that the top five are all coastal cities. Imperia, known for its chic port and medieval town, was awarded first place. Located on the Italian Riviera between Genoa and the French border, it scored well on all factors, especially hours of sunshine, summer breezes and heat.
In second place was Catania, Sicily’s bustling second city, which has lots of sunny days and few extreme weather events. Back on the mainland, Pescara, Abruzzo’s largest city, came in third, packing in plenty of heat and sunshine. Fourth place went to Bari, the often-overlooked coastal capital of Puglia, and fifth was the Tuscan port town of Livorno. At the opposite end of the scale, the town of Pavia – which lies just south of Milan – came in last, scoring poorly with relatively few sunny days.
The comprehensive report breaks down each ranking in full so you can see what city gets the most hours of sunshine (Syracuse), what city is the hottest (Enna) and where it floods the most (L’Aquila). Check out the full rankings here.
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