View of vineyards and hills in Tuscany.


When is the best time to visit Tuscany? Here’s my month to month guide to help you decide which month matches your interests and priorities.

There are highlights for each month, important events, and general weather guidelines.

I’ve included all the public Italian holidays, so you won’t be caught off guard by closed stores and restaurants.

You’ll also find my top 3 places in Tuscany to visit every month.

Off we go!

You may also be interested in the Best Times to Visit Italy: Month-by-Month and Months in Italian.


Public Holidays in January to Watch Out For

January 1: Capodanno (New Year’s Day)
January 6: Befana (Epiphany)

January in a Nutshell

The Christmas holiday season in Italy doesn’t end until after the Epiphany, or Befana, on January 6. That means kids are still on winter vacation through the first week of the month. In January, Tuscans are recovering from weeks of feasting and hanging out with their relatives. Relative calm returns to the cities.

January Weather

Even though Tuscany is not very big, its diverse topography (mountains, coast, valleys) means that the weather varies throughout the region. That said, January is Tuscany’s coldest month. 

At night the temperature dips quite a bit. Low temperatures are about 3.5°C to 5.5°C inland (that translates to 38 to 42°F). Temperatures along the Tuscan coast are usually a few degrees Celsius warmer. Head for the mountains for snow and skiing. Despite the colder temperatures, there are usually a good number of sunny days to enjoy.

The weather in Tuscany and all over Italy has become much more unpredictable in recent years. There have also been more extreme weather events, like heat waves, droughts, and flooding.

Top 3 Places to Visit in January

Abetone for skiing

Empty Piazza Pitti looking toward buildings of Florence. There are a few people sitting and standing.
Florence, in front of the Pitti Palace. Though this picture was taken in May, I prefer Florence in January and February, when it’s less crowded and hot.



February 14: Valentine’s Day (not a public holiday)
Carnival period

February in a Nutshell

February is Carnival time. The major Carnival celebration in Tuscany is in Viareggio, on the sea. However, carnival is celebrated everywhere, mostly by children wearing costumes and throwing paper confetti. 

My favorite part of Carnival is the incredible sweets. You can only taste them at this time of year! Not only that, different cities and towns have their own traditional carnival sweets that you can only find there. In Florence, make sure you try the schiacciata alla Fiorentina, a spiced yellow cake topped with powdered sugar. 

Tuscans who work in tourist destinations like the beach or the Chianti countryside, where summer is high season, often have to take their vacation during this “dead” time of year. Double check if you’re set on going to a certain restaurant or small town. For example, islands like the Giglio and Elba empty out. Many of my favorite restaurants close for a few weeks in January or February.

February Weather

In February the weather is generally on par with January.

Top 3 Places to Visit in February

Viareggio for Carnival
San Gimignano to take advantage of low season



March 8: International Women’s Day
March 19: San Giuseppe: Father’s Day in Italy

March in a Nutshell

Some trees are starting to flower, and you’ll notice yellow mimosas (the Italian flower of choice for Women’s Day) blooming. Foreign tourists start invading the major cities like Florence and Siena.

March is marked by Lent, but it is also the month of Italian Father’s Day (San Giuseppe) on March 19, when Italians enjoy delicious regional fried sweets. In Tuscany, there are frittelle di San Giuseppe, delicious, sweet fried rice balls– and the best ones are at a small stand in Siena’s Piazza del Campo. You can also find fresh fava beans and wild asparagus on Tuscan menus. 

March Weather

March is the start of the transition out of winter to spring, and in most of Tuscany it’s light jacket weather by the end of the month. Be prepared for rain, however. March can be fickle, flipflopping between rain and gorgeous sunny days.

Top 3 Places to Visit in March

Montelupo Fiorentino for hand painted ceramics
Siena to eat frittelle di San Giuseppe up until March 19
Montepulciano and Montalcino

View of buildings of Siena in Tuscany at dusk.
Siena at dusk.


Public Holidays in April to Watch Out For

Between March 22 and April 25: Easter Sunday (falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox)
The day after Easter Sunday: Easter Monday 
April 25: Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day)

April at a Glance

April is host to many lovely spring holidays in Italy, and flowers are in bloom. School children have about a week of spring holidays around Easter, and parents panic every year when they realize how many days off their children have.

April is a time for picnics in the countryside and day trips to the beach, which are a tradition on Easter Monday and April 25: if you’re on the road look out for traffic heading back into Florence on the evening after these holidays, and on Sundays.

April Weather

The weather is highly variable, with showers and clouds, as well as bright sunny days. 

Top 3 Places to Visit in April

Florence for the scoppio del carro on Easter
Monte Oliveto Maggiore monastery and the Val d’Orcia


Public Holidays in May to Watch Out For

May 1: Festa del Lavoro (Labor Day)

May at a Glance

May is the time of blooming flowers, street fairs and food festivals, called sagre. It’s a great time to head to the countryside and explore small country towns.

May Weather

May is technically spring, but in Tuscany it’s usually already quite hot . . . when the sun shines. Don’t count on May to be sunny every day though: rain often comes along. 

Top 3 Places to Visit in May

Pitigliano and Saturnia
Chianti countryside between Florence and Siena

Tuscany countryside with trees, olive trees, and vineyards on a sunny day.
The Chianti countryside


Public Holidays in June to Watch Out For

June 2: Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day)

June at a Glance

June counts as summer in Italy: school gets out about 10 ten days into the month. It’s a great time to go to the beach, because it’s hot but there aren’t crowds or high season prices yet. June is also host to important local events like the calcio storico, Florence’s own high contact sport, with the final match on San Giovanni, or Saint John’s patron saint day, June 24.

June Weather

June is generally nice and hot, with little rainfall. 

Top 3 Places to Visit in June

Florence, for the calcio storico and San Giovanni celebrations
Giglio Island
Elba Island

View of Castiglioncello beach from above. You can see beach umbrellas, rocks in the sea, and trees and buildings.
Castiglioncello, on Tuscany’s Etruscan Coast.


July at a Glance

In July, the Tuscan summer is in full swing. If you like the heat, this is a good time to visit, but don’t say we didn’t warn you! There are a lot of people, and did I mention it’s hot? Places where you can cool off, like the beach and countryside, are your best bet in July. The cities are swelteringly hot and Italians don’t use air conditioning to the extent that Americans do. 

There are also wonderful local festivals, like the Palio di Siena horse race on July 2, and the Mercantia street arts festival in Certaldo.

July Weather

Hot. Hot. Hot. and Dry. The average high temperature is 30 °C.

Top 3 Places to Visit in July

Siena for the Palio on July 2
Certaldo for the Mercantia street arts festival in July
Poppi and the Casentino


Public Holidays in August to Watch Out For

August 15: Ferragosto (Assumption Day)

August Summary

August is the highpoint of the Tuscan summer. Not only that, most Italians take their summer vacation in August, taking off the entire week, if not two or three, around Ferragosto. Cities clear out because it’s so hot, and it’s not unusual for small towns to shut down too. Tuscans head to the beach or the mountains, which are crowded and abuzz. Only come to Tuscany in August if you like very hot weather. 

August Weather

So hot. The average high temperature is still 30 °C. 

Top 3 Places to Visit in August

Siena for the Palio on August 16 
Poppi and the Casentino, Tuscany
If you like the beach and crowds:
Cecina, Forte dei Marmi, Castiglioncello

View of tower and Castello di Poppi in Tuscany on a sunny day.
Poppi Castle, in the Casentino


September Summary

The summer isn’t officially over yet for Italian school children until about September 15, when schools open again. September is a wonderful time to visit if you’re interested in wine, since it’s time for the grape harvest, or vendemmia. Since it’s still hot, it’s a great time to visit beach destinations now that the summer hordes have gone home.

September Weather

It’s usually still quite hot and dry for most of the month. The average high and low temps are 2-3 degrees Celsius cooler than August. 

Top 3 Places to Visit in September

Elba Island
Giglio Island
Chianti countryside
between Florence and Siena

Sailboats sitting on calm water in the Mediterranean Sea.
Cannelle beach on Giglio Island at dusk.


October Summary

October is a lovely time to visit Tuscany, especially if you like chestnuts (castagne) and mushrooms (funghi), which are in season. Parts of Tuscany have already started harvesting their olives for olive oil, so keep an eye out for freshly milled extra virgin oil (olio nuovo), which is exquisite. 

Though Halloween is not as widely celebrated as it is in the US and England, it has become more and more popular in recent years. 

October Weather

Temperatures are cooling off (the average high temperature is 22 °C, with the average lows at 11 °C) but it’s still very comfortable and warm in much of Tuscany. 

Even with the weather so unpredictable in recent years, we have noticed a trend: October seems to be getting hotter. So hot that my father-in-law was able to take an October swim in the sea last year (2022). My kids almost never have to wear a jacket on Halloween.

Top 3 Places to Visit in October

Chianti between Florence and Siena
Val d’Orcia
San Galgano


Public Holidays in November to Watch Out For

November 1: All Saint’s Day

November in a Nutshell

November means three things to me: truffles (tartufi), chestnuts (castagne) and olive oil (olio di olive). It’s an incredible month for eating. Tasting freshly pressed olive oil (olio nuovo) is a must: when it is fresh it is the extraordinary color of ectoplasm. 

November Weather

November is Tuscany’s rainiest month. Though the weather is colder and rainer, but there are usually plenty of warm, clear days. 

Top 3 Places to Visit in November

San Miniato, Tuscany for the White Truffle Market Fair
Pisa and Lucca
Val d’Orcia

Bagno Vignoni thermal bath in the autumn. You can see a few buildings around the large bath.
Bagno Vignoni in the Val d’Orcia.


Public Holidays in December to Watch Out For

December 8: Immacolata (Feast of the Immaculate Conception)
December 25: Natale (Christmas)
December 26: Santo Stefano (St. Stephen’s Day)
December 31, New Year’s Eve, is not a public holiday but most shops close early.

December in a Nutshell

The festive mood of the Italian Christmas holiday season (le feste) livens up most of December. Cities set up elaborate light displays and decorations, and churches put up nativity scenes (presepi). Italian schools close for the Christmas holidays for two weeks starting at Christmas. The closer to Christmas, the more crowded cities become, with holiday shoppers and local Italians admiring the dazzling Christmas decorations. 

December Weather

Average temperatures range from a low of 4° C to a high of 12 ° C in December. Not exactly cold compared to what a lot of Americans are used to in the winter!

Top 3 Places to Visit in December

for skiing