What to do in Europe in February, Travel Tips
Travelers who head to Europe in February can enjoy some of the continent’s best sights crowd-free, including major attractions like the Spanish Steps and the Tivoli Gardens.
February is something of a breather: a sweet spot between the busy holiday season and spring breakers.
While the summer months mean less bulky clothes, it’s hard to argue with zero crowds and cheaper prices on everything! These incredible experiences are impossible to pass up (or to recreate during peak travel times). Here’s our reason to travel to Europe in February.
Europe in February: Rome, Italy
Rome is known for its hoards of unbearable crowds. Except in February of course. February is low season in Rome, and you can expect to have a lot of the top sites to yourself. Even better, a lot of the top sites are FREE over February. On the first Sunday of February, state sites and museums are free for everyone. This includes archeological sites like the Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill, Baths of Caracalla and Ostia Antica; and museums like the Galleria Borghese and Palazzo Barberini.
What’s Happening in Rome in February
There’s a lot going on in Europe in February especially in Rome, besides it being the off-season. Here’s a list of what’s happening in Rome in February.
- February 9, 2019 – Six Nations Rugby Italy v Wales at Stadio Olimpico, Rome 17:45
- February 11, 2019 – This is a national holiday INSIDE Vatican City, as it’s the Anniversary of the foundation of Vatican City. The Vatican Museums are closed this day.
- February 14, 2019 – St. Valentine’s Day
- February 24, 2019 – Six Nations Rugby Italy v Ireland at Stadio Olimpico, Rome 16:00
- March 1, 2019 – Carnival, ok technically this is in March this year, but everyone loves Carnival, so expect to see kids dressed up and confetti thrown about even before March 1
On February 6, West Coasters have a new reason to book a trip to the Eternal City: Norwegian Air is launching its first-ever direct route from Oakland to Rome, with flights as low as $200 each way. That ought to leave room for extra spending when it comes to lodging, so consider the grand, art-filled suite at Hotel de Russie, a landmark property with private terraced gardens and a killer location right around the corner from the Spanish Steps.
Europe in February: Portugal
We have one word for you when you think of Europe in February. Carnaval.
Portugal is known for its breathtaking wine regions and picturesque beach towns, but there’s not much that can compare to Carnaval! The four-day celebration gets underway the week after Valentine’s Day and includes parades, pageants, and performances of all kinds.
The Carnival festival in Madeira is one of the region’s liveliest festivals. Funchal city wakes up on a Friday morning to the sound of brass bands and carnival parades bringing their good humor to the whole of the downtown area. This continues into the evening with shows and concerts in the Praça do Município for five consecutive days. Talk about a party!
Saturday night is our favorite though. The magnificent floats! After following their traditional route through the city, they concentrate in the Praça do Município. This is where there are much singing and dancing in a magical atmosphere of music and merrymaking.
On the day of the Carnival itself (Shrove Tuesday), Funchal becomes the embodiment of fun! It is time for the popular parade. Throughout this period, the streets of Funchal are decorated with patterns of lights and inundated with background music alluding to the Carnival period.
Europe in February: Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany is always a good idea, and this month, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco — an acclaimed property with 17th-century farmhouses that have been restored as luxury villas — is going all out for the region’s biggest event. Montalcino’s top winemakers come together for the annual Benvenuto Brunello festival (February 15th to 19th, 2019,).
The four-day wine-fest – or should we say kermesse – is a unique opportunity to see many of Montalcino’s two hundred plus producers standing cheek to jowl in their Sunday best. If you think you might want a hair appointment in the days beforehand you really should consider booking now, and the same goes for hotels.
The newly expanded and refurbished boutique hotel, Monteverdi, lies within the Unesco World Heritage region of Val d’Orcia, Tuscany. Where verdant vineyards blanket the hills. Every February, oenophiles are drawn to this bucolic part of Italy. They celebrate the creation of its latest Brunello and Brunello Riserva vintages. Crowds gather in the hilltop town Montalcino for the Benvenuto Brunello festival. But this year, Monteverdi will be hosting its own celebration, providing a more intimate insight into the fine wine this region is known for on curated journeys of the wine’s creation.
As the festival unfolds from February 15th to 19th, 2019, you’ll set out on a guided journey, from harvesting and vinting to tasting and pairing, taking in the heritage and landscape that defines this particular wine.
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