October 11, 2014, 10:42 PM
Best time to visit
My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy in the fall of 2015. Would the end of August or early September be better. We have been told the many businesses are closed in August as it is local custom to vacation in August. Proposed itinerary is 3-4 days in Rome, 7 days in Tuscany, 2-3 days in Venice and maybe a couple days in Croatia. We will pick up a rental car when we leave Rome and drop it off in Venice. Are seriously considering Agritourismo Moltalbino for our base while in Tuscany.
October 13, 2014, 08:49 AM
Time to visit Tuscany
You have created a wonderful itin and looks like you are allotting just the perfect amount for each area.
Many things are closed in August but I would access this is more a hassle for the locals than the visiting guest - since most things you will be interested in are (almost) always open!
As per the time frame - August has its pluses, longer daylight hours for example...but personally the early fall in Tuscany is amazing. Between the colors, the harvest and the nice mild temps I would definitely lean towards mid to late September for your visit.
Montespetroli is a goregous area and very central for city visits to Pisa, Lucca and Florence as well as discovering the awesome countryside surrounding it.
October 13, 2014, 10:08 AM
Would agree with Donna that many of the places that close in August are more of a hassle for residents as these are the shops in the outskirts away from the center - most in the center always remain open or alternate, closing for a week or two and then reopening.
August is still peak season month, particularly for Tuscany - so rates will be higher for lodging and airfare (as are temps, usually). So overall, I generally recommend September as a better month to visit ;-).
October 14, 2014, 03:01 PM
How many days will you have Jia? There are many things to see, but you can start your planning by looking at some of the suggested itineraries on here that cover the top attractions in Tuscany, particularly the 7 day itinerary: