Average Temperatures in Tuscany
The climate in Tuscany is generally very mild with differences depending on the geography of each area.
The coast and valleys tend to have hotter summers than the hills or mountains. April and May as well as October and November are good months to visit Tuscany - they have sunny days, with some rainy days as well. Winter offers many sunny, mild days but nights are cold, particularly in hill areas. Just dress in layers, to be prepared for shifts between daytime and evening.
The warmest months are generally July and August, while June and September offer both nice warm weather in general without it being too hot. Of course, there are always exceptions or dry spells that cause a few days to get really warm. Many places (lodging) might not offer air conditioning: if they haven't needed it in the past, it is likely it really isn't needed. Many however, are adapting to guest needs and adding it as an additional service although many homes are strategically placed to enjoy cooling breezes as well as have deep outer stone walls that keep the homes cool in summer, warmer in winter.
The coolest months are January and February, with January being a bit cooler. Temperatures tend to be about 45°F (7°C) along the coast and from 38 to 42°F (3.5°C to 5.5°C) inland. Temperatures in the mountains are below freezing, where snowfall attracts skiers.
November is the month with the most precipitation on average but October, December, March and April also generally get a good amount of rain. Every year is different so these are just to give you an idea of what to expect.
The best months to visit
It is important to remember that the main tourism season stretches from mid-April to the end of September with July and August being peak months. The best time to visit Tuscany is really in the quieter part of the season, from April to June and from September to October when weather is usually good, prices lower and there are "fewer" tourists. This means lines are shorter at the Uffizi Gallery, there are less crowds inside the museums and shorter wait times to be seated at popular restaurants (where reservations are often recommended in any case).
For this reason, many have discovered the advantages of visiting during the "low season" (winter and early spring) as rates are lower and the reduced number of tourists is visible.
The periods around Easter and Christmas are also peak tourism dates as many Italians also join in to go on vacation (as is the case in August). For this reason, expect higher prices during these times and in July-August for both accommodation and many services.
|January||52 °F (11 °C)||37 °F (3 °C)|
|February||55 °F (13 °C)||37 °F (3 °C)|
|March||61 °F (16 °C)||43 °F (6 °C)|
|April||66 °F (19 °C)||46 °F (8 °C)|
|May||73 °F (23 °C)||54 °F (12 °C)|
|June||81 °F (27 °C)||59 °F (15 °C)|
|July||86 °F (30 °C)||64 °F (18 °C)|
|August||86 °F (30 °C)||63 °F (17 °C)|
|September||81 °F (27 °C)||59 °F (15 °C)|
|October||72 °F (22 °C)||52 °F (11 °C)|
|November||61 °F (16 °C)||45 °F (7 °C)|
|December||54 °F (12 °C)||40 °F (4 °C)|
Hope you're enjoying planning your vacation to Tuscany!
About Lourdes Flores
An American living in Florence for over 11 years, Lourdes continues to explore and discover new places in Tuscany with the eyes of a tourist but with the experience of living in Italy. She shares her experiences on this website, blog and offers travel planning help on the Forum! If you have questions for Lourdes, post them on the Forum.
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