Tips on best times to visit and general weather throughout the year
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 although the coast benefits from breezes off the sea for cooler temperatures.
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 (as far as lodging is concerned) might not offer air conditioning: if they haven't needed it in the past, it is likely it really isn't needed - many farmhouses and villas are strategically located at the tops of hills with trees/woods around and enjoy cooling breezes that make it really pleasant to be there. Many also have really thick stone walls that help the house stay cool in summer, and warmer in winter. Many accommodations in any case are adapting to guest requests and adding air conditioning as an additional service (read conditions as its use and costs might be extra and not included in rental cost).
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, perfect for a winter holiday on the slopes!
On average, November is the month with the most precipitation but October, December, March and April also generally get a good amount of rain without being super wet. 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 in Tuscany 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 a bit lower and there are "fewer" tourists to crowd the main sights. This means lines are shorter at the main museums, with a bit less crowds inside the museums and also shorter wait times to be seated at popular restaurants (where reservations are 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, when many have vacation time). For this reason, expect higher prices during these times and from July through August for both accommodation and many services.
|Average Temps by Month||Highs||Lows|
|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 and this helps figure out what you'll find in Tuscany when you come visit us!