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 30 - JULY 09)

Flea Markets

Flea Markets

all year round • activity

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

Palio di Siena

Palio di Siena

August 22 | September 26 (canceled in 2020) • event

A picturesque horse race in the heart of historical Siena

Sunflower Fields

Sunflower Fields

late June–early August • nature

These large yellow flowers will please your eye throughout the summer

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

Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season

May–June • activity

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

Panzanella

Panzanella

June–August • food

This is the summer taste of rural Tuscany

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

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

Pistoia Blues Festival

Pistoia Blues Festival

July 1, 2021 | July 11, 2021 • event

A famous music festival held at the medieval cathedral square

25 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Carnival (Carnevale)

Carnival (Carnevale)

unconfirmedMay 23–June 20, 2021 • event

The whole Italy dresses up in incredible costumes and masks

Luminara of San Ranieri Pisa

Luminara of San Ranieri Pisa

canceledJune 16 • event

One of the most beautiful nights in the ancient Italian city

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

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

out of rangelate November–late December  • event

Enjoy holiday shopping, Tuscan food, and festive atmosphere

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

Medieval Festival Monteriggioni

Medieval Festival Monteriggioni

unconfirmedJuly 2022 • event

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

Olive Harvest

Olive Harvest

out of rangelate September–late December • food

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

Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)

Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)

out of rangeJune 27, 2021 • event

This most spectacular tradition in Pisa celebrates the great medieval history

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 7, 2020 • event

Delicious handmade spaghetti is a real treat for the real foodies

Viareggio Carnival (Carnevale di Viareggio)

Viareggio Carnival (Carnevale di Viareggio)

out of rangeSeptember 18, 29; October 2, 3, 9, 2021 • event

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

Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracens)

Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracens)

on holdmid-June 2021 | early September 2021 • event

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

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

Fosso Bianco, Bagni San Filippo

Fosso Bianco, Bagni San Filippo

out of rangeNovember–April • nature

A Tuscan natural phenomenon surrounded by stunning views

Chestnut Season

Chestnut Season

out of rangeOctober–early November • food

One of the most awaited street foods in Tuscany

Easter Holidays in Tuscany

Easter Holidays in Tuscany

out of rangeMarch 28–April 4, 2021 • event

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

Palio della Balestra

Palio della Balestra

on holdlate May 2021 • event

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

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

out of rangeApril–May | December–February • nature

Numerous birds choose Tuscany as their temporary winter home

Festa dell'Unicorno (Unicorn Festival)

Festa dell'Unicorno (Unicorn Festival)

out of rangeJuly 23–25, 2021 • event

The biggest fantasy festival in the country

Bravio delle Botti

Bravio delle Botti

out of rangeAugust 29, 2021 • event

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

Vino Novello

Vino Novello

out of rangeNovember • food

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

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing & Snowboarding

out of rangeDecember–mid-April • activity

A lovely small ski resort close to Florence—Abetone

Orange Blossoms Harvest

Orange Blossoms Harvest

out of rangelate April –early May • activity

Fragrant oils obtained from orange blossoms are widely used in perfumery

Sagra del Tordo

Sagra del Tordo

out of rangeOctober 24–25, 2020 • event

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

Infiorata di Pitigliano

Infiorata di Pitigliano

out of rangeJune 3, 2021 • 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

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