Tuscany is a region of northern-central Italy that is well known for its art and culture, its unpretentious food scene, and its gorgeous landscapes ranging from pristine beaches to rolling hills blanketed with fields or forests to mountainous areas that look like they came from the pages of a fairy tale.

As well as being home to some of the country’s most famous art and cultural centers, such as Arezzo, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano,and San Miniato, Tuscany is dotted with countless beautiful small towns and villages throughout the countryside. For many visitors (and locals), Tuscany is heaven on Earth.

Let’s face it; you’re reading this, because in your heart, you know it’s time to visit Tuscany. But you may want to hold one or more of your horses to get this right. In order to do your Tuscan trip justice, you need to think about the best time for you to visit Tuscany.

When is the most pleasant time to visit Tuscany? What time of year will you find the most comfortable temperatures? When do the local crowds thin and when are there fewer tourists? When is peak season? The shoulder season? The off-season? Hush now; I have what you’re looking for.

In short, the best times to visit Tuscany, Italy, are April through May and late September through October. During shoulder seasons, the temperatures in central Italy are warm with plenty of sunny days, yet comfortable, outdoor activities are in full swing, and there are fewer crowds than in the peak season in summer.

Visiting in the late spring will enable you to see the breathtaking beauty of the Tuscany countryside as everything starts to come into full bloom and the weather begins to warm up. In the fall, the rich, verdant colors change to red and gold, and the comfortable weather is generally mild. There are harvest festivals featuring fresh produce and new wine tastings throughout the region.

Well, that’s the lowdown. But if you’re looking for more deets on the best time to visit Tuscany, just read on!

Weather in Tuscany

Hills with vineyard

The best time to visit the world-famous Italian region of Tuscany for the best chance at great weather is during April, May, and September. During these months, you can expect the daytime temperatures to hang out right around 65°F to 82°F and rainfall to be under 3 inches per month. October is also a great month to travel here due to the pleasant temperatures in the first half of the month, but it’s also the start of the rainy season in late October. 

Weather-wise, spring and fall are perfectly pleasant, especially compared to Tuscany’s high summer season. Summers here can get super hot to the point where you don’t want to make the trip or go outside, even in your bathing suit.

Average daytime temperatures tend to stay in the mid-80s but don’t be surprised if you go outside in the summer and get hit with a 100°F+ heatwave. The only saving grace of summer is that it stays dry from about mid-June until cooler temperatures and rainy days return in fall. 

The winter is the rainy season in Tuscany, but temperatures stay relatively comfortable at around 50°F to 60°F during the day. You should be fine with a sweater or light jacket when out and about. The nights get chilly, and anyone out for the evening during winter might want to add a scarf and woolly hat to their outfit.

Here is a table summary of the average weather in Tuscany by month:

Month Avg. High Avg. Low Best Time to Visit
January 51°F 36°F Low season, coldest month
February 53°F 37°F Low season, cool temperatures
March 59°F 41°F Shoulder season, mild weather
April 65°F 46°F Shoulder season, pleasant temperatures
May 73°F 54°F High season begins, warm and sunny
June 81°F 61°F High season, hot and sunny
July 86°F 64°F Peak season, hottest month
August 86°F 64°F Peak season, very hot
September 79°F 59°F High season, warm temperatures
October 70°F 52°F Shoulder season, mild weather
November 59°F 45°F Low season begins, cooler temperatures
December 52°F 39°F Low season, cold weather

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Best Times of Year to visit Tuscany

So, now we know a little bit about the weather and that late spring and early fall are the smart tourists’ time to visit this corner of Italy. But if you were looking for some trip ideas, keep reading!

Best Time for Outdoor Activities: Mid-April through Early June and Late September through Early October

Hills with vineyard

Like much of Italy, the central region of Tuscany is best visited from mid-April through early June and late September through October for anyone planning on spending much of their time outside during their trip.

These times of year offer mild temperatures around the clock, with the average daily temperatures ranging from 65°F to around 80°F most days and 45°F to about 65°F overnight. This means days that aren’t too hot and nights that aren’t too cold. The perfect combination!

As most of the exciting attractions in Tuscany are based outdoors (i.e. wine tours, exploring the smaller towns in the countryside, visiting incredible natural and historic sites, etc.), they tend to get crowded during the peak summer travel season. So going during these times also affords visitors smaller crowds to contend with no matter what they’re doing outside.

This opens up Tuscany for you and whoever you’re traveling with to make it the best trip of your lives, as you can do almost anything. Go on a Vespa tour and ride through the countryside in authentic Italian style. Or head to the Chianti wine region for a tour of one of the famous wineries before being served a delicious four-course meal with (you guessed it) wine! Exploring the outdoors of Tuscany is the only way to visit the area, so make the most of it.

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Best Time for Sightseeing & Museum Hopping: April through May, and November through December

Wine on a barrel and a sunset view at chianti tuscany

If you want to visit Tuscany for a sightseeing adventure sprinkled with exploring the region’s museums, the best time to visit is spring, especially in April and May. The temperatures are comfortable and it’s the most breathtaking time of year, visually speaking.

During springtime, the world-famous Tuscan countryside comes to life and fills up with beautiful colors blossoming flowers, and stunning greens everywhere you look. As you go from attraction to attraction, the beauty around you will be an attraction all on its own. We highly suggest renting a car or going on a bus tour (or a Vespa!) through the area to truly appreciate the sheer beauty all around you. 

This time of year also avoids the crowds of the summer travel season and makes sightseeing and museum hopping even better. Check out the famous Uffizi Gallery in the Tuscan capital of Florence without waiting in long lines, or go wine-tasting in the country surrounded by picturesque landscapes. You won’t find shorter lines at the world-famous museums and attractions that Tuscany has to offer while also having great weather. 

Winter is also a good time to enjoy Tuscany indoors, but on balance, spring edges it as the “best” time to visit. Sure, the winter months might have even shorter lines than this, but the combination of smaller crowds and pleasant temperatures is much more powerful than just shorter lines. After all, wouldn’t rather wait a couple of minutes in perfect weather than zero minutes in the cold and rain? We know what we would choose! 

Best Time for Honeymooners: April through May and Late-September through October

Wooden small old boats parked

Some newlyweds make the mistake of booking their honeymoon during the summer because they assume that’s the best time to go. It’s arguably actually the worst time to make the trip – even worse than winter! Tuscany gets very hot during the summer and the region is packed full of tourists and locals alike, often crowding the cities and the Amalfi coast

The best time to plan a honeymoon in Tuscany’s beautiful region is between April and May or late September through October. With how beautiful Tuscany gets during the spring and fall, it will make the perfect location for a dream honeymoon.

Exploring the countryside in late spring is a wonderfully romantic experience. With the largely warm, sunny days highlighting the blossoming flowers and fruit trees, walking or biking through rural Tuscany is like being in the Garden of Eden.

Conversely, early autumn in Tuscany is equally romantic with slightly cooler weather and the fall foliage exploding with color.

Best Time for Budget Travelers: December, January, and February 

View of vineyard of San Gimignano

A trip to Tuscany during the high-travel summer season is not only miserably hot and uncomfortable but also far more expensive. Businesses in the region know that people from all over the world will be visiting, so they raise their prices accordingly. But in winter, tourism slows way down so they need to lower prices to draw people in. 

If the budget is in mind, the best time to travel to most places in Italy, including Tuscany, is during the slow winter travel season, which includes December, January, and February (except around the holidays). This is because it’s the slow travel season in Tuscany, so many hotels, shops, and stores around the region offer bargains to attract more visitors and tourists.

This is also a great time to visit if you want to sample some regional specialties, such as newly pressed olive oil and roasted chestnuts, or wander museums and art exhibitions.

As a bonus to traveling to Tuscany during winter, you won’t have to contend with nearly as many crowds as you would during other times. So you can visit the popular tourist attractions in the region without having to wait in long lines and fight your way through crowds as you walk the streets of popular cities like Florence

Best Time for Wine Tasting: April through May and Mid-September through mid-October

Closeup of vineyard with red grapes

One of the main reasons to travel to Tuscany is for the world-famous wine country and wine-tasting tours. The best time of year to make the trip, for this reason, is from April through May and mid-September through mid-October. Both of these times offer benefits that make them better for different people, it just comes down to what you want to get out of your trip.

During the spring time frame (April through May) the breathtaking Tuscan countryside will be in full blossom and surrounded by rich colors everywhere you look. Head out to the wine country and go on a wine-tasting adventure surrounded by the full blossom of the countryside.

To experience the best wine-tasting trip that coincides with the olive and grape harvest, the fall window of mid-September through mid-October is the time to go. Taste some fresh wine, experience the changing colors of the countryside, and attend harvest festivals in the region. It’s a magical time to visit!  

Best time for Food Tours: October through Early November

You’d think visiting around the harvest in early fall would be the best time to visit if you’re considering going on a Tuscan food tour. But if you think about it, you should consider visiting just after the harvest.

If you head over in October, you’re just in time for truffle hunting season! These ugly, pungent fungi are a core component of Tuscany’s fancier cuisine and there’s big money to be made from a truffle hunt. Truffles are worth more per pound than gold, and a good truffle dog or truffle hog will set you back tens of thousands of dollars. While you might not want to make this investment just to get some truffles, there are many tours in Tuscany where you can go truffling.

Aside from truffles, this time of year is great for anyone looking to indulge in a harvest festival. If you’re looking for a good food festival you can find them in many small towns in rural Tuscany. It’s worth noting that All Saints Day on November 1st is a national holiday typically marked with feasts and festive foods.

FAQ

How many days do you need in Tuscany?

Ideally, it will be two weeks, but we recommend spending at least a week in Tuscany if you can’t stretch to two. If you want to hit the main cities and attractions, you could probably do it in about three days of rushing around. But to take the time and enjoy the region’s beauty, go on a world-famous wine tour, and get the full experience, at least you’ll need closer to a week!

What is the rainiest month in Tuscany?

The rainiest month in Tuscany, Italy, is typically November. During November, Tuscany usually has about 4-4.5 inches of precipitation. This is well above the average rainfall in the region for the rest of the year, making November a less-than-ideal month to make your trip to Tuscany. 

When should I not visit Tuscany?

July through August. The temperatures in central Italy get so hot during this time of year, with the daily highs exceeding 105°F or more some days. Paired with the highest heat indexes of the year, it’s almost unbearable to travel to Tuscany and enjoy your trip during these months. If you must visit Italy at the height of summer, try northern Italy.

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