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Sunflowers, Tuscany

When is the best time to visit Tuscany?

The best time to visit Tuscany is in mid-to-late spring (April to May) or early fall (September to October). The Tuscan landscape is at its most vibrant during these times and the weather is particularly pleasant, with temperatures around 63°F to 79°F.

The fields are full of sunflowers during the summer months (June to August) and the fruit trees come into season, offering beautiful vistas and plenty of fresh produce to enjoy during the long, hot days. Temperatures are between 77°F and 88°F.

In the cooler winter months (November to March) the crowds thin out, but seasonal markets and festivals still provide entertainment for off-season visitors on day trips from Florence. However, most hotels in the smaller towns and countryside are shut.

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Tuscany Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Florence 10°C 60mm 12°C 63mm 15°C 63mm 18°C 86mm 23°C 70mm 27°C 57mm 31°C 36mm 31°C 56mm 26°C 79mm 20°C 104mm 14°C 113mm 11°C 81mm
Pisa 10°C 82mm 12°C 75mm 14°C 76mm 18°C 77mm 22°C 67mm 25°C 48mm 29°C 27mm 28°C 52mm 25°C 80mm 20°C 119mm 15°C 116mm 11°C 91mm
San Gimignano 10°C 68mm 11°C 66mm 14°C 66mm 17°C 68mm 21°C 61mm 25°C 45mm 29°C 32mm 29°C 49mm 25°C 73mm 20°C 83mm 14°C 107mm 10°C 73mm
Siena 9°C 65mm 11°C 63mm 13°C 60mm 17°C 65mm 21°C 58mm 25°C 41mm 29°C 30mm 28°C 43mm 25°C 69mm 20°C 76mm 14°C 103mm 10°C 69mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Tuscany

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Visiting Tuscany in November - February

The Tuscan winter can be cold, but it’s a pleasant time to visit Florence as the city is much quieter than at other times of the year. During the festive season, Christmas markets in the city sell handicraft gifts and regional food and wine. While it’s possible to venture on day trips out into the Tuscan countryside from Florence, most hotels outside the city tend to shut down for the winter.

Events & Festivals

  • October and November is truffle season and the delicacy features at fairs, markets and gastronomic events across northern Italy.
  • During December, Christmas markets pop up in Florence and the surrounding towns.
  • October to November is truffle season, marked by fairs, markets and gastronomic events across northern Italy.
River Arno, Florence

Visiting Tuscany in March

While still cold, March sees the first vestiges of spring and hotels in Tuscany tend to re-open from Easter onwards. The weather can vary between wet and cold and sunny and bright, with locals referring to the climate at this time of year as ‘pazzarello,’ meaning ‘somewhat crazy’.

Events & Festivals

  • Depending on when Easter falls, most towns and cities host a range of Holy Week celebrations including many dramatic processions and religious services.
Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany

Visiting Tuscany in April

April is one of the best times to visit Tuscany, with the beginning of spring, gorgeous weather, and the re-opening of many hotels that close for the winter. The region plays host to several flower festivals, including a camellia festival in Pisa and an azalea festival in Lucca.

Events & Festivals

  • Depending on when Easter falls, most towns and cities host a range of Holy Week celebrations including many dramatic processions and religious services.
  • Flower festivals (April/May): Between April and May, there are different festivals all over Tuscany dedicated to different kinds of flowers and gardens.
  • Liberation Day, a national holiday held on 25th April, commemorates the Allied overthrow of the Nazis and the end of Mussolini’s rule.
  • Flower festivals (April/May): Between April and May, there are different festivals all over Tuscany dedicated to different kinds of flowers and gardens.
Spring in Tuscany

Visiting Tuscany in May

May in Tuscany is usually pleasantly warm, with temperatures not yet at their peak. The fields and hillsides are beautifully green and it’s a gorgeous time to visit. Consequently, visitor numbers also start to pick up. May is also the beginning of the season of sagre, village festivals dedicated to each place’s local goods or heritage. Visitors can meander through the strawberry and cream festival in Florence, or indulge in some pici pasta during Siena’s celebration.

Events & Festivals

  • Flower festivals (April/May): Between April and May, there are different festivals all over Tuscany dedicated to different kinds of flowers and gardens.
  • Flower festivals (April/May): Between April and May, there are different festivals all over Tuscany dedicated to different kinds of flowers and gardens.
  • Florence’s Iris Garden opens to the public for just a few weeks this month.
Poppies growing in Tuscany

Visiting Tuscany in June

June marks the beginning of summer in Tuscany, as the temperatures start to rise in earnest. Pisa is especially attractive in June, with the month referred to as ‘Giugno Pisano,’ or ‘Pisan June’. A multitude of festivals and activities take place to celebrate the city, including the beautiful Luminara ceremony and dramatic regatta.

Events & Festivals

  • Giugno Pisano (June): Pisa celebrates itself all June long, with festivals, pageants and concerts throughout the month.
  • The Luminara ceremony takes place on 16th June in Pisa with candles lit in windows all along the banks of the River Arno and bonfires lit to illuminate the city.
  • Medieval Harvest Festival (June): During the third weekend in June, San Gimignano hosts the Ferie delle Messi, or Medieval Harvest Festival, featuring performances and markets with traditional medieval fare.
  • Republic Day on 2nd June is a national holiday, celebrating the foundation of the modern republic of Italy.
Il Palio, Siena

Visiting Tuscany in July - August

July to August is peak season in Tuscany and sees an exodus of Tuscans and a rise in foreign visitors. Ripening under the hot temperatures, a great variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is in season, from apricots and peaches, to green peppers and tomatoes. August’s clear skies also make it an excellent time to lie back in the countryside and witness magnificent shooting stars.

Events & Festivals

  • Lucca Summer Festival (July): Every July, Lucca holds an enormous music festival. Past acts have included Michael Bublé, Lionel Richie, Elton John, and the Dave Matthews Band.
  • Siena Palio (2nd July/16th August): Each year, Siena hosts massive horse races and spectacles, once in July and once in August, with the whole city coming out to watch.
  • The Night of San Lorenzo (10th August): Cities around Tuscany plan celebrations to commemorate the martyrdom of San Lorenzo (Saint Lawrence), and the night is usually spent watching for shooting stars to remember him.
Vineyard, Tuscany

Visiting Tuscany in September

September is the best month to visit Tuscany and take advantage of its many wineries, which are particularly busy with the Vendemmia (grape harvest) this month. The weather begins to cool while still remaining enjoyably warm, making it a great time of year to explore the countryside and vineyards.

Events & Festivals

  • La Vendemmia, the grape harvest, begins towards the end of September.
Fresh truffles, Italy

Visiting Tuscany in October

As the temperatures start to decline and autumn rolls in, Tuscany is still a great area to visit. Florence is very pleasant at this time of year, and in the countryside it’s the season of one of the area’s most treasured goods: truffles. October’s weather is comfortable for going on a truffle hunt through the woods. Roasted chestnuts also start to appear on streetside stalls. 

Events & Festivals

  • October and November is truffle season and the delicacy features at fairs, markets and gastronomic events across northern Italy.
  • October to November is truffle season, marked by fairs, markets and gastronomic events across northern Italy.

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