The Best Time to Visit Tuscany: A Monthly Breakdown
August is still peak season in Tuscany, and you can expect the crowds to be just as large as July. This is high season across Italy and Europe because, for many, it’s the school holidays and the only chance that families get to travel.
In August, when you’re visiting Tuscany you’ll want to:
Visit Siena (again): If you missed it in July or if you want to see more, then Siena hosts a second round of horse racing through the medieval streets on 16 August. This is the second event of the Palio di Siena, and it’s just as chaotic and mad as the first.
Have a Beach Getaway (again): August is the perfect time for lazing around on the coast, just like in July. Enjoy the sun, sea, and sand of the Tuscan beaches.
Hire a Vespa: The best way to escape the crowds in August is to go on a road trip. Hire a classic Vespa scooter and enjoy the great weather as you cruise through the countryside.
Things quieten down in September after the rush of the school holidays is over, and it’s a great time to visit Tuscany if you want excellent weather and smaller crowds. This is when the harvest season begins, and you’ll find that Tuscany is gourmet heaven in September.
In Tuscany in September, you can enjoy:
Arezzo: At the start of September, the city of Arezzo hosts an excellent medieval-themed festival celebrating history and heritage. You can watch horsemen jousting in the streets and many more quirky events too.
Florence: In Florence, the crowds are thinning out, so you can enjoy the Renaissance city in more comfort. Florence hosts plenty of great festivals in September too, including a Lantern Festival and a Grape Festival.
Wine: With the grape harvests coming in, Tuscany is a whirl of wine tourism in September, and you can visit wineries and enjoy wine and grape festivals across the region.
Visitor numbers continue to fall in October, but the weather remains remarkably pleasant in Tuscany. This is a great month for shoulder season travel, as you’ll get excellent prices and deals and can avoid the summer crowds. October is fall, and Tuscany is resplendent in autumnal colors.
In October, Tuscany is great for:
Fall Scenes: Travel into the famed Tuscan Hills and visit the vineyards and wineries, where you can enjoy the golden glow of fall, as the scenery changes from green to red, brown and gold, amongst many more shades of color.
Visit Impruneta: In the town of Impruneta, October sees one of the oldest cattle markets in Italy taking place. Farmers arrive from the countryside, and all kinds of quirky traditions and events are held in the town.
Visit Volterra: The town of Volterra, a historic, medieval hilltop settlement, hosts a fantastic truffle festival in late October, where you can enjoy plenty of local truffles and plenty more local foods too.
The weather takes a turn for the worse in November, and the mountainous regions in the north of Tuscany will even begin to see snowfall, while the coast and the countryside see falling temperatures and rainfall. This is the offseason, so take advantage of the small crowds and low costs.
In November, Tuscany is great for:
Low Season Deals: Prices are low in November, as the summer crowds are long gone.
Sightseeing: Head to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower without too many fellow tourists, or take the time to visit Florence’s museums and palaces, again without the tourists.
December is low season too, but over the festive period, visitor numbers can increase in Tuscany, or at least in the cities. The coast is cold and rainy, but in the mountains, there’s snow and the ski season begins.
In December, visit Tuscany for:
A City Break: Take a city break in Florence or Pisa, or even in Siena, where you can enjoy indoor attractions if the rain falls, and where you can find Christmas markets in abundance.
Christmas Celebrations: Christmas is big in Italy, of course, and you can celebrate all through the festive period and right up until Epiphany on 6 January.
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