Autumn is the best time to visit Italy. The weather is beautiful, the crowds of tourists have thinned out, and the fall Italian festivals are in full swing. Attending festivals is not only fun, it is a good way to learn about Italian culture and traditions in Italy.

Most festivals in Italy are based on historic events. They often include processions of people in period costume, local Italian food, contests and fireworks. Most Italian festivals are free but attendance at some events may require purchase of a ticket.

65 countries have joined together for the exciting 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, and the overall theme this year is “Fundamentals”, which pays close attention to the fundamentals of our buildings used by any architect, anywhere, anytime.

Under the auspices of la Biennale di Venezia, the current Venice Biennale 2014 runs through November 23, in the Giardini and the Arsenale. Ongoing national exhibits, as well as numerous collateral events and weekend special events, will be held at various venues throughout the greater Venice metropolitan area.

The Milano Moda Donna (Milan Woman’s Fashion) is back again. The Milan Fashion Week 2014 dates have already been decided: the event will kick off on September 17, when all Italian fashion stylists, including Italian street fashion designers will converge in Milan to showcase their latest assortment of luxurious brands of outfits and Italian men’s and Italian women’s style accessories.

A treasured national holiday in Italy, the 15th August holiday known as “Ferragosto” hails the unofficial start of the Italian vacation season. Italians from the interior flock to coastal resorts to frolic in the surf and to escape the summer's heat.

Ferragosto traditions include celebrations, festivals, and parades. Events are held in various parts of the country to mark the holiday, which coincides with the religious Assumption Day in Italy. Ferragosto traditions date back to ancient times, tied to religious and seasonal agricultural commemorations that feted peace, prosperity, growth and fertility.

If you are a great fan of sun, sand, food, and fun, then visit Italy during summer.

Summer in Italy provides bright sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches, delicious summer cuisines, and a host of summer festivals, outdoor concerts.

Summer weather in Italy is however quite hot with temperatures in some regions hitting 100 degrees. The evenings are also pleasantly warm. Most Italians usually take refuge from the daylight heat at the beaches or the mountains where it is relatively cooler.