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.

7 THINGS TO DO IN TUSCANY (NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 09)

Flea Markets

Flea Markets

all year round • activity

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

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

November–December • event

Enjoy holiday shopping, Tuscan food, and festive atmosphere

Olive Harvest

Olive Harvest

late September–late December • food

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

Fosso Bianco, Bagni San Filippo

Fosso Bianco, Bagni San Filippo

November–April • nature

A Tuscan natural phenomenon surrounded by stunning views

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

April–May | December–February • nature

Numerous birds choose Tuscany as their temporary winter home

Vino Novello

Vino Novello

November • food

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

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing & Snowboarding

December–mid-April • activity

A lovely small ski resort close to Florence—Abetone

26 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Medieval Festival Monteriggioni

Medieval Festival Monteriggioni

out of rangeJuly 6–9, 2023 • event

One of the oldest medieval festivals in Italy with dances, music, and traditional crafts

Palio di Siena

Palio di Siena

out of rangeJuly 2 | August 16 • event

A picturesque horse race in the heart of historical Siena

Carnival (Carnevale)

Carnival (Carnevale)

out of rangelate January–late February 2024 • event

The whole Italy dresses up in incredible costumes and masks

Wild Poppy Bloom

Wild Poppy Bloom

out of rangelate April–early May • nature

Poppy fields attract many photographers trying to capture the beauty of spring flowers

Fiera del Cacio

Fiera del Cacio

out of rangeAugust 28–September 1 • event

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

Vendemmia or Grape Harvest

Vendemmia or Grape Harvest

out of rangelate August–early October • activity

Vendemmia is one of the most important seasons in Tuscany

Luminara of San Ranieri Pisa

Luminara of San Ranieri Pisa

out of rangeJune 16 • event

One of the most beautiful nights in the ancient Italian city

Sunflower Fields

Sunflower Fields

out of rangelate June–early August • nature

These large yellow flowers will please your eye throughout the summer

Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracens)

Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracens)

out of rangeJune 17, 2023 | September 3, 2023 • event

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

Viareggio Carnival (Carnevale di Viareggio)

Viareggio Carnival (Carnevale di Viareggio)

out of rangeFebruary 3-February 24, 2024 • event

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

Sagra del Tordo

Sagra del Tordo

out of rangeOctober 27–29, 2023 • event

A medieval festival in Montalcino, with an archery competition between the districts

Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season

out of rangeMay–June • activity

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

Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)

Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)

unconfirmedlate June 2023 • event

This most spectacular tradition in Pisa celebrates the great medieval history

Bravio delle Botti

Bravio delle Botti

out of rangeAugust 30, 2023 • event

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

Beach Season

Beach Season

out of rangeMay–September • activity

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

Festa dell'Unicorno (Unicorn Festival)

Festa dell'Unicorno (Unicorn Festival)

unconfirmedJuly 26-28, 2024 • event

The biggest fantasy festival in the country

Easter Holidays in Tuscany

Easter Holidays in Tuscany

out of rangeMarch 24–April 1, 2024 • event

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

Rio Buti, a Cold Water Swimming Hole

Rio Buti, a Cold Water Swimming Hole

out of rangeJune–August • activity

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

Chestnut Season

Chestnut Season

out of rangeOctober–early November • food

One of the most awaited street foods in Tuscany

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

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

out of rangeNovember 10–11, 2022 • event

Delicious handmade spaghetti is a real treat for the real foodies

Panzanella

Panzanella

out of rangeJune–August • food

This is the summer taste of rural Tuscany

Infiorata di Pitigliano

Infiorata di Pitigliano

out of rangeJune 8, 2023 • event

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

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangelate October–early November • event

Italians love holidays, and Halloween is no exception

Palio della Balestra

Palio della Balestra

out of rangeMay 28, 2023 • event

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

Orange Blossoms Harvest

Orange Blossoms Harvest

out of rangelate April –early May • activity

Fragrant oils obtained from orange blossoms are widely used in perfumery

Pistoia Blues Festival

Pistoia Blues Festival

out of rangeJuly 5, 2023 • event

A famous music festival held at the medieval cathedral square

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