With blooming wildflowers in the spring, warm coastal areas during summer, olive and wine harvests in the fall, and comfortable winter weather, Tuscany is a prime vacation destination anytime of year. However, the most popular time to visit is during the summer, when schools are on break and the weather is the warmest.
Some people prefer traveling during the spring and fall, when temperatures are milder. October is especially pleasant. The least popular time to visit is in the winter, but prices are lower and there are fewer crowds. Holidays are a particularly popular time to visit the region, especially Christmas and Easter, making them more expensive times to visit.
- high season: June to September, November to December
- low season: January to March
- shoulder season: October, April to May
Tuscany experiences a mild climate, with some variations based on geography. For instance, the coast and valleys tend to be warmer, especially in the summer, than the hills region. Generally speaking, spring and fall are pleasant, with sunny days, but also have the highest chance of rain. Winters are comfortable, but days can be chilly and temperatures drop at night. The hottest months are July and August, when high temperatures average 86 degrees and can get hotter in the valleys. January is the coldest month, with an average high of 52 degrees.
There are fewer crowds in Tuscany during the low season. The summer months can get busy, and major annual events attract large crowds throughout the year, including the Palio in Siena, the Giostra del Saracino in Arezzo, and the Explosion of the Cart in Florence. Many cities also draw visitors during major holidays such as Christmas, New Year's Day, and Easter.
Most hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year. However, some shops and museums may close for major national holidays such as Christmas. Museums may also close on Mondays, and small shops may close on Sundays.
When to Save
The least expensive time to visit is during the low season, when many discounts and packages are available. The most expensive time to visit is during the high seasons, especially around holidays.
Information provided by the Italian Government Tourist Board.