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A variety of geographical factors influence the conditions of the weather in Italy - lakes, valleys and mountains, seas - while the North-South formation of the country actually determines a wide range of climates. The overall Italian climate is classified according to the Köppen climate classification as being moist, mid-latitude subtropical; the North of Italy is type Cf (i.e. with no dry season), while the South is type Cs (i.e. Mediterranean, with a dry summer season).
Whilst the North gets most of its rainfall during the warm season, the South of the country receives more rain and snow during the winter, and in bigger quantity than the North. Liguria (main city Genoa) is the Northernmost Italian region with a Mediterranean climate. This picture features an explanatory chart of the Italian climate, while on the page linked below you will find the daily weather forecasts for the next couple of days.
The picture shows that the Adriatic side of the country is somewhat cooler; being less deep, the Adriatic sea is less capable of mitigating the atmosphere. The Adriatic also gets much less rainfall than the Tyrrhenian: e.g. Bari has an average yearly rainfall of 600 mm, while Naples gets nearly 2,000 mm.
If you're planning to travel to Italy, you might be interested to know that during summer the entire country has more or less the same warm climate, with an average temperature of around 75 °F (24 °C). On the other hand, during January, Milan has an average temperature of just above 32 °F (0 °C), while Taormina enjoys mild temperatures constantly above 50 °F (10 °C).