Rain in Italy
Believe it or not: Sometimes it does rain in Italy, but the weather should not be allowed to ruin the holiday. Here’s my tourist survival guide in case of rain.
Okay, let’s face it: There is nothing as disheartening for a tourist as a rainy day. I know about Gore-Tex, Wellies and a good umbrella, but sightseeing is not the same, when it is raining buckets and you see the world through steamy grey glasses. Rain in Italy sucks. And we can’t all smile and swim in St Mark’s Square as the most hardy visitors did in Venice last November.
So here are a few recommendable pastimes and survival strategies in case of heavy rain in Italy.
Head for a museum
If you are in one of the big cities, there is almost always a museum at hand. And it is amazing how interesting arrowheads, loom weights and pottery shards become when there are no outside temptations to distract you. Did you eg. know that the warp-weighted loom has been used in Europe from the Neolithic period?
If you are caught in a sudden shower, you can always seek shelter in the nearest church. Churches are by definition places of sanctuary, and there are invariably some treasures, paintings or effigies worth studying inside. Especially if the only alternative is to get soaked through.
Reschedule your travel plans and use a desultory weather forecast to move on. Driving in the rain isn’t too bad, and with a bit of luck the rain has stopped when you reach your destination (or the other way round)I know about Gore-Tex, Wellies and a good umbrella, but sightseeing is not the same, when it is raining buckets
Shop till it stops
Head for the nearest outlet, mall or – as they say here – centro commerciale where you can shop, eat and be entertained by people watching.
The genius of arcades
Many north Italian cities like Torino, Bologna, Savona, Ferrara, Bolzano, Milano etc. are built in such a way that people can walk from one end to the other without getting wet. The pavements are simply covered by arcades, so you can stroll comfortable along the shop fronts.
Read a novel
Stay indoors and use the weather as an excuse to read a great Italian novel, consult guidebooks or update your travel dairy. As mums say, clever children are never bored.
Ignore the rain, the fog, the heat or the storm and keep doing whatever you planned to do. In most cases, all memories of a holiday downpour evaporate long before you reach home. Or haven’t you noticed that all people always claim to have had the most wonderful weather during their holidays?
What do you do when a short stop in a new, interesting place is dampened by bad weather?