Best time to visit Tuscany

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Best time of year to visit Tuscany

April to May and September to October are the best time to visit Tuscany. A trip during late spring and early autumn can be a fantastic experience for a bunch reasons such as thinner crowds, comfortable temperatures, and moderate prices. Not to mention a chance of witnessing wild poppies bloom in early May or grape harvest in September. Warm weather from June to early September attracts tonnes of tourists and sunbathers to the Tyrrhenian coast. Summer is the most expensive period with many local services heading for vacations in August. Low season from November to March can be described in two words—cold and rainy. However, fewer tourists, migrant birds, and great ski days at Abetone are worth a winter trip to Tuscany.

8 THINGS TO DO IN TUSCANY (JUNE 25 - JULY 04)

Palio di Siena

Palio di Siena

July 02 | August 16 • event

A picturesque horse race in the heart of historical Siena

Flea Markets

Flea Markets

all year round • activity

Get ready to hunt and maybe you'll be lucky to find something precious

Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)

Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)

June 29, 2019 • event

This most spectacular tradition in Pisa celebrates the great medieval history

Rio Buti, a Cold Water Swimming Hole

Rio Buti, a Cold Water Swimming Hole

June–August • activity

This cool swimming hole near Prato is a wonderful place to chill out on a hot summer day

Sunflower Fields

Sunflower Fields

late June–early August • nature

These large yellow flowers will please your eye throughout the summer

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

Turquoise water and plenty of shade make Tuscan beaches a dream summer getaway

Panzanella

Panzanella

June–August • food

This is the summer taste of rural Tuscany

Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season

May–June • activity

Don't miss the chance to try the best Italian wild strawberries

18 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Fiera del Cacio

Fiera del Cacio

September 01–02, 2018 • event

The cheese fair held in the birthplace of pecorino itself offers the best selection of world-famous Tuscan cheese

Carnival (Carnevale)

Carnival (Carnevale)

March 05, 2019 • event

The whole Italy dresses up in incredible costumes and masks

Luminara of San Ranieri Pisa

Luminara of San Ranieri Pisa

June 16 • event

One of the most beautiful nights in this ancient city of Pisa

Viareggio Carnival (Carnevale di Viareggio)

Viareggio Carnival (Carnevale di Viareggio)

February 23, 2019 | March 03, 2019 | March 05, 2019 • event

Unique masks, floats and traditions make this carnival a must-see

Olive Harvest

Olive Harvest

late September–late December • food

Live the life of a Tuscan farmer participating in traditional harvest activities

Wild Poppy Bloom

Wild Poppy Bloom

late April–early May • nature

Poppy fields attract great nature photographers to capture the beauty of spring flowers

Easter Holidays in Tuscany

Easter Holidays in Tuscany

April 21, 2019 • event

Colourful religious processions are the main highlight of the Holy Week in Tuscany

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

April–May | December–February • nature

Numerous birds choose Tuscany as their temporary winter home

Vendemmia or Grape Harvest

Vendemmia or Grape Harvest

late August–early October • activity

Vendemmia is one of the most important seasons in Tuscany

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing & Snowboarding

December–mid-April • activity

A lovely small ski resort close to Florence—Abetone

Bringoli Feast of San Martino (Festa dei Bringoli di San Martino)

Bringoli Feast of San Martino (Festa dei Bringoli di San Martino)

November 09, 2019 • event

Delicious handmade spaghetti is a real treat for the real foodies

Fosso Bianco, Bagni San Filippo

Fosso Bianco, Bagni San Filippo

November–April • nature

A Tuscan natural phenomenon surrounded by stunning views

Bravio delle Botti

Bravio delle Botti

August 25, 2019 • event

A fun wine barrel race in a picturesque old town of Montepulciano

Chestnut Season

Chestnut Season

October–early November • food

One of the most awaited street foods in Tuscany

Vino Novello

Vino Novello

November • food

The bottling of new wine is a great chance to taste the best Tuscan wines

Infiorata di Pitigliano

Infiorata di Pitigliano

June 03, 2018 • event

An incredible work of art which lasts for just a few hours

Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracens)

Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracens)

June 15, 2019 | September 01, 2019 • event

Feel the medieval spirit during this ancient knight competition held twice a year in the city of Arezzo

Palio della Balestra

Palio della Balestra

May 26, 2019 • event

This medieval crossbow competition is a real celebration of the Renaissance era