Signs of Spring in Italy

The air is warming, trees are blooming, and flowers are popping out. Springtime comes early here, and that early arrival is one of the things I love most about Italy. The balmy temperatures, the flowers, and the joy of new life.

We’re blessed with mild winters here, but I still look forward to spring each year. And perhaps this year more than usual, as the virus lockdowns continue. Italy has been separated into three zones: red, orange, and yellow. With red, which we’re in, having the most restrictions. Once again, we can no longer leave our little town. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

So we welcome more than ever the fresh hope that spring always seems to bring. Starting with all the now blooming trees! The almond (like those above) and the mimosa trees are among the earliest. And we’ve been enjoying their cheery blossoms for a few weeks now. But what other things let us know that Spring really is on its way?

Other signs of the Italian Spring

๐Ÿงฅ The undressing of Italy

Italians have a tendency to over bundle in the colder months. They wear woolen undershirts and coats, and scarves even indoors. And in winter, mostly dark colors: black and brown and navy blue. So when you see folks in brighter colors and lighter fabrics, it’s a sure sign that spring is on the way!

๐Ÿฆ Returning birds and bees

One indication that spring has come is when the migrating birds return. I look forward to the arrival of the swallows, swifts, and house martins. Lizards once again start peeking out from the rocks. And little by little bees and butterflies show up again too.

๐Ÿ“ Springtime foods

We also get to enjoy the yummy foods of spring. Strawberries, asparagus, and artichokes. Plus all the feasts and festivals centered around them. So if you come in the spring, be sure to search for one. And don’t overlook the reopening of the gelato shops! (They sort of go into hibernation in the winter months.) And homemade Italian ice cream is one thing you don’t want to miss!

๐ŸŒท Flowers, flowers, flowers

Along with blossoming trees, right now we’re enjoying daffodils, crocuses, and tulips. But they’ll soon be joined myraids of others. And a great place to enjoy them are the lovely public gardens of many major cities. Don’t miss two of the most famous: Florence’s Iris Garden near Piazzale Micheangelo and Rome’s Rose Garden near the Circus Maximus.

๐Ÿงบ Festivals and Holidays

Spring is also chockful of holidays. Starting on March 8 with Women’s Day. And then Liberation Day on April 25, and Labor Day on May 1, which are both picnic days rounded out with public ceremonies. And of course, with Easter and Little Easter, somewhere along the way.

โ˜‚๏ธ Umbrellas and jackets

Our springs can have changeable weather. So always take along an umbrella and cardigan or jacket. After all, there is a reason for this Italian saying: รˆ aprile, non ti scoprire. (It’s only April, don’t remove your jacket yet!)

Italy is beautiful any time of year. But in the Spring it’s especially lovely. Not too hot or too cold. And apart from Easter time, you usually won’t encounter huge crowds. So come on over… Spring is in the air!!

Spring… thaws the frozen fears,
mends the wounded heart
that Winter has broken.

Aarno Davidson

Image credits: Almond trees | Mimosa | Tulips | Emojipedias.

Published by Signora Sheila

Wife, mom, nonna, missionary, and Bible student on a spiritual walk with Christ @mycammino. Because life is at heart a spiritual journey of going further up and further in, into the Father heart of God.

17 thoughts on “Signs of Spring in Italy

  1. Lovely post! Oh those mimosas! They’re in full bloom here in Sardinia, too. My husband was just saying how it’s a bit premature for those to be in bloom right now and many of the wild flowers that we often don’t see until April or May. (pssst… I’m not complaining!)

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    1. Thanks, I love the mimosas too! And yes, it was unseasonably warm. I don’t know about Sardegna, but it’s turned cool and rainy here. But at least we know it can’t last too long this time of year. Spring is almost here!!

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      1. Well, we had the same warm again. But now cold, windy, and pretty rainy. The name “Marzo pazzo” is really holding true this year! It feels like being in a whirlwind!!

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      2. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I feel you! Right now I am Listening to the Maestrale winds coming in off the sea. The nice side… I can hear the waves crashing outside my veranda door. But I wouldn’t want to be out there in it.

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      3. Wow, you’re really close to the sea! I love when you can hear the waves. But you’re right, when it’s rough or stormy it’s not a place to be! Soon spring will be here full-force though!

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    1. I like the way you put that, Temi! That you can smell the fresh air. Too bad I can’t bottle it!! I think we all use a bottle of fresh air these days!

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  2. What a beautiful picture. I can see why you love Italy. So are those lovely lilac blossoms the almonds or the mimosa? I have never seen almond and I remember only vaguely Mimosa from many years ago.

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    1. Italy is a beautiful place, for sure, Pastor Pete! The first image shows lots of almond trees. Where as the 2nd image showing just a branch is mimosa. I think it’s my favorite because of its beautiful color and wonderful fragrance. Plus the sure sign of springtime it gives!!

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  3. We must be a few weeks or so behind you. According to my journal, our day lilies and daffodils were sending up shoots before Mid-March last year. Since we just “lost” ten inches of snow to warm temps and sunshine, it feels out of sorts to realize how close spring really is. Of course, we’ve had snow as late as April since we moved back to the Midwest in 2014. Winter does not give up easily!

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    1. You’ve got that right, Nancy. Winter does not give up easily in the Midwest. How well I remember! Our mimosa trees have been blooming since late January, even though the temps were still somewhat low. But they brought the hope of Spring – and it was so needed this year!!

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