Traveling to Tuscany is always a great experience, each season has something special to offer. I can’t say what is the best season for you, but I can tell you what are you going to find in Tuscany in the different seasons and you can decide for yourself.
Tuscany in Autumn
There are more than 5 good reasons to visit Tuscany in Autumn (harvest time, truffles and mushrooms, beautiful colors, mild temperature, sport events like Florence Marathon). It’s also time for fresh olive oil tasting, chestnuts, events…
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Tuscany in Winter
Tuscany is definitely not one of the coldest places in Europe. If you are not going to the mountains, temperature hardly goes below 0°C (32F) and when it snows in a city like Florence everyone wants to take photos of the main sightseeings because it’s really not common to see a “white Florence”.
Winter is not a popular season for tourists and you have the possibility to discover how people really lives around here.
It’s a good season to visit museums, drink red wine, go shopping, visit hot springs (Saturnia is a good idea!)
There is a very interesting article called “Tuscany without the crowds” by The New York Times when the journalist Danielle Pergament explains why winter is a fantastic time to visit Tuscany.
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Tuscany in Spring
Spring means the beginning of a new life: the temperature gets warmer, flowers are everywhere, tourists from all over the world arrive here.
If you arrive in Easter don’t miss the Explosion of the chart, a tradition event in Florence.
Another great suggestion for those traveling with kids is the Pinocchio Park in Collodi.
Generally in the end of May locals start going to the Tuscan beaches, the water is still very cold, but it’s possible to get the first tan of the year!
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Tuscany in Summer
Summer is the season of sunflowers, open air music festivals, beaches, long days and hot nights! August is the vacation official month: cities of art like Florence are almost empty because everyone is on the beach (it’s a good thing in my opinion because there’s almost no traffic in Florence and there are still great options of entertainment!).
In July there is the official summer sale and everything is half price!
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