Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
While Tuscany’s major tourist sites are busy all year round, spring is when you will enjoy the patchwork of green hillsides and pleasant temperatures most. At Easter, you will be able to witness a variety of picturesque events, such as the Scoppio del Carro (carnival floats) at Florence and the Kite festival at San Miniato.
Try and steer clear of Florence in summer, when you risk suffocation by heat and the crowds. It is also best to give Sienna a wide berth around July 2, the day of the Palio, Italy’s most famous horse race. Treat yourself to an opera at Lucca or a dip in the river in the mountains of Garfagnana.
The off season is equally delightful in Tuscany when the vineyards turn flamboyant shades of red and orange, and as harvest time approaches, go to Impruneta for the grape festival (last Sunday of September)!
November can be very rainy and in winter, the temperatures drop quite substantially making the north harsh and windswept.
Formalities and useful addresses
Tourist Office of Tuscany : www.visittuscany.com