Clients often ask me, “When is the best time to visit
?” Clearly, an easy answer is from
May through September, and when you see the statistics, that’s exactly when
most people do come to Tuscany .
However, this could also be the first good reason NOT to come then. If you are
looking for the chance to discover a more authentic Tuscany , then you should start looking at
the other months, from October through April, when for the most part you’ll
find mainly the locals here. Tuscany
I won’t deny that the climate is better in the Spring and Summer – but even then, you can get rain in Spring and in the heart of summer the heat can present a real challenge, especially if you came to sightsee and travel around the region. Fortunately, the Fall and Winter are relatively mild and there is rarely a real problem with snow. Although it's true that during the past few years we have seen some (which at first was considered “an exceptional event” in many places) – compared to places where snow is an integral part of Winter, here it’s more like an occasional decorative feature which lasts a day or two and makes everything look even prettier.
|The Crete Senesi - photo by Auro Giotti|
One of the things people come to
for is the wine and the food. Well, here’s the biggest plus for the colder
months – both Tuscany's wine and its cuisine were really born for the cooler
climate. The Fall and Winter bring a wide array of festivals and seasonal products
like olives, porcini mushrooms, chestnuts, and wild game – the staples of the Tuscan
cuisine, guaranteeing that you’ll eat them fresh and not frozen. It’s no secret
that the region's full-bodied red wines and typical hearty meat sauces and soups are
best enjoyed with lower temperatures. As much as I love my red wine, I am
always hard pressed to drink Brunello or Chianti when its Tuscany 34°C ( 93°F) outside! So for serious
foodies, the period from October to April holds a real advantage.