Weather in Spain or Italy in Jan or Feb

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May 23rd, 2008, 12:53 PM
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Weather in Spain or Italy in Jan or Feb

I have no idea at all just what the typical weather is in Spain or Italy in January or February. I live in the northern part of the US, and it typical sucks here that time of year. (Actually, I think it sucks here 24/7! It's cloudy, on an annual average, 51% of the time in my zip code! In downtown Seattle, it's less! Fer cripes sake! But I digress.)

Usually if I want to escape I go south, of course. But I also have a desire to spend 2-4 weeks touring Spain and Italy, concentrating on art, history, etc. (what I construe as mostly indoor stuff), and traveling mostly if not exclusively by train, so driving weather is irrelevant. What should I expect? Is it at all reasonable to consider those countries for those reasons, those months?
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May 23rd, 2008, 01:01 PM
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You can check www.weather.com or www.wunderground.com for historical averages in the particular places you intend to go.
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May 23rd, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Last year we did Italy/Paris in late January, early February. Started in Rome, total 2 weeks. There were only about 3 days when the weather drove us inside.

Rome: Pleasant cold. A little rain. Some days we could even sit at sidewalk cafes.

Florence: Bitterly cold. 2-scarf weather. Couldn't be outside much.

Venice: About like Rome (except the day it snowed!). The stones in the Doge Palace were so cold they made my feet hurt, though.

I would imagine Spain would be about like Rome (maybe warmer).
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May 23rd, 2008, 01:19 PM
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I spent January 2000 in Madrid, with weekend trips to Granada, Seville, and finally Barcelona. It wasn't bad at all, but then we'd had a couple of really nasty Januaries in Spokane, so almost anything would have been an improvement. I remember it as being fairly cool in Madrid, but quite a lot warmer in Seville and Granada.

My last day in Madrid was a beautiful sunny Sunday, and all of Madrid was in Retiro park. Lovely day!
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May 23rd, 2008, 02:29 PM
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Since you may be visiting old stone buildings and churches, keep in mind that it can seem as cold inside as out--no central heating in these old structures. But that's why both these countries have the most delightfully thick and delicious hot chocolate.

I love traveling in Italy and Spain at the time of year--lower prices and fewer tourists.
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May 23rd, 2008, 02:34 PM
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I thought it was even colder inside those stone structures!

The only other caution I would give is that you probably have to be more flexible with your day-to-day plans than you would in fine weather.

For instance, the January day we went to the colosseum/forum was unbearably windy. We had to abandon that day's schedule. If we'd booked a guide for that, it would have really messed up our plans.

Probably leave most specific plans until you're close enough that you can check that day's weather.

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May 23rd, 2008, 03:45 PM
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Italy and Spain are temperate - not sub tropical - don;t think FL.

If you're in the northern areas or the mountains you will have winterish weather in Jan/Feb - although rain is more likely than snow except at altitudes. In southern areas you will get weather more like the Carolinas in winter. Warmer but nothing like beach weather.

But- you will have the benefit of everything being much less crowded.
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