Tuscan Climate: What is the perfect time to visit Tuscany?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tuscan Climate: What is the perfect time to visit Tuscany?

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There’s a perfect time of year for everybody to travel to Tuscany, whether you’re a sun basker or a shade seeker! As well as our differing internal thermostats, it also comes down to what sort of holiday you’re looking for. If you love outdoor activities then maybe the peak of summer isn’t for you, whereas if you love sitting outside your Tuscany villa sizzling away just to get the satisfaction of jumping in a nice cool pool, then bring on the sun!
We’ve written some guidelines to help you find the perfect time to visit, so you don’t have any hot and flustered, or shivering loved ones to contend with!

April – May
This can be a great time of year to come, with high temperatures ranging from a blissful 18°C (64°F) in April to 23°C (73°F) in May. You miss the scorching heat of high summer and you’re one step ahead of the summer holiday makers, so it’s a perfect time to catch some sun and take in the tourist attractions without the massive queues. It’s still part of the tourist season so everything is open, but you will find that accommodation and sometimes even the restaurants are cheaper. It’s a great time for both romantic holidays and family holidays in Tuscany as the weather accommodates a wealth of activities.

June – August
This is the time for the real sun worshippers with high temperatures rising in June to 27°C (81°F) and peaking in July and August at 30°C (86°F). If you want a relaxing holiday where you spend a day or two visiting the Uffizi gallery or the leaning tower of Pisa, but want to spend most of the time just relaxing at your Tuscan villa, this could be perfect. With night temperatures around 16-18°C (61-64°F) you can enjoy some gorgeous balmy evenings next to the pool with a glass of wine and a barbeque accompanied with lovely fresh salads, making it the perfect option for romantic holidays in Tuscany.

September – October
It’s still hot in September with highs of 26°C (79°F), but with the kid’s back at school, the crowds are greatly diminished and prices are lower. Temperatures are starting to ease off in October to average highs of 20°C (68°F), which is warm enough for a spot of sun bathing and a lovely temperature to go for walks and enjoy the Tuscan countryside. What better time of year to do this than in autumn, with the beautiful reds and golds of the changing leaves. This is also the time that most vineyards have their harvest, so there are plenty of harvest festivals to visit.

November – March
This is a great time to visit Tuscany if you want to pick up a bargain and aren’t too keen on sunbathing! Temperatures range from 9-14°C (48-57°F) with the coldest month being January. Some people say that this is the time to visit ‘the real Tuscany’ as the crowds have gone and you get to experience life as the locals do. If you go at Easter or Christmas, you’ll also be joining the Italian tourists, as these are popular holiday times and you know what they, say “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. Nobody knows Italy better than the Italians and this is when they go on holiday, so there must be some Italian magic to be found at these times. One thing to watch out for is that some restaurants will close for a month during this period, but this is counter balanced by the fact that the open ones are much cheaper in low season.

The Climate does vary throughout Tuscany, due to the varied terrain, so temperatures will be higher on the coast and in the valleys, compared to the mountainous regions. So you can take this into account when choosing a location for villas in Tuscany. Take a look at our website to explore our Tuscany villas

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