Independent Travel in Europe
Tips and resources for independent travellers
The best times to visit Europe are in the early spring and fall months, otherwise known as the shoulder seasons.
The major travel seasons are divided into four categories:
1) Peak season/Summer season
2) Shoulder seasons
3) Low season/Winter season
4) Holiday season (Considered a peak season)
Additional times to take note of:
1) Easter week
2) Month of August (Sometimes considered another low season)
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Traveling to Europe in early spring instead of summer can save you a lot of money, but be prepared for variable weather like hail in Florence, bright sunshine and balmy temperatures in Rome, and wind and rain in Siena and Pompeii, which was the case during one of my trips to Italy. Yes, hail was bouncing off the pavement in Florence, but only for a few minutes, and the rest of the day was fine, so don't let the threat of variable weather stop you!