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Because Italy is geographically diverse, it has a variety of climates. Most of coastal Italy, as well most of the areas south of Florence feature what is known as a Mediterranean climate, with warm dry summers and mild winters. The northern inland regions are characterized as temperate, generally humid all year around with relatively mild winters and warm summers. These regions get significantly more rainfall than the coastal regions and southern Italy. Many of the inland river valleys, including the Po river valley, have quite cold winters with significant precipitation, and warm summers. The Alpine regions in the north have very cold winters and temperate summers. The largest areas in Italy, however, can best be characterized as having a Mediterranean climate.
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