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Tuscany in September: The Ultimate Guide to 2024

Why is Tuscany in September amazing? First of all, September brings the best weather to the region.

So, when things about the weather in Tuscany in September, expect warm days filled with lots of sunshine.

Add in a wide variety of events (like the grape harvest) and special festivals, and you’ll quickly run of time to enjoy all of the best things to do in Tuscany in September.

Yes, the region is crowded since this is not off-season. So, make reservation and don’t expect to save a ton of money on flights and hotels.

However, I still think it is worth it to visit Tuscany in September. The weather is just gorgeous and if you rent a car in Tuscany then you can get a bit off the beaten path and escape the crowds.

Yeah, I have been to Tuscany several times and want to share all of my Tuscany tips with you. This way you can plan the perfect trip and don’t have to make any of the same mistakes I did.

So, have a look at this article and enjoy awesome info about the weather in Tuscany, tips on what to pack, and info on epic things to do.

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Is September a Good Time to Visit Tuscany?

A persom crushing purple grapes with their hands above a yellow bucket.

September is a great time to visit Tuscany. Yes, it is a bit crowded, like Rome in September, and you should 100% make reservations for restaurants, attractions, hotels, etc.

That’s because there is an influx in the number of tourists in the area as a result of the busy summer season. Yeah, the same thing happens during Autumn in Rome.

However, the weather is sunny and warm, making it a perfect time to do a wine tour to Tuscany from Florence or take a scenic walk through the vineyards.

September is also when Vendemmia (grape harvest) begins, making it a really special time of year to visit this part of Italy.

Additionally, area is bustling with people since many festivals are happening at this time of year, like the Traditional Festival Settembre Lucchese in Lucca and the Festa Della Rificolona in Florence.

Head over to Piazza Buondelmonti in Impruneta and can jcelebrate the Festa dell’Uva. Festa dell’Uva is also held during the third week of November and is one of the oldest food festivals in the area.

It marks the beginning of harvest season and is a great place to try a variety of different local foods and wines.

What is the Weather in Tuscany in September?

Weather-wise, I think September is the best month to visit Tuscany. The weather is warm, but not too warm. Nights are also cool, but not cold.

Additionally, you’ll enjoy a lot of sunny days, making this a great time to get outside and explore the area’s many vineyards.

In general, expect daily highs are 25°C (77°F), daily lows are 18°C (64°F), and between 5-7 days of rain throughout the month.

What Happens in Tuscany in September?

One of the biggest things going on in September in Tuscany is Vendemmia. This is when local vineyards start to harvest their grapes.

So, you can see people working in the fields and tractors full of grapes rolling down the road throughout September and October.

Best Things to do in Tuscany in September

1. Visit Sovana, Pitigliano, and Sorano

View of the Medieval town of Sorano. You can see lots of tall, stone houses surrounded by trees in September in Tuscany.

The Tufa Town of Pitigliano is a must-visit for anyone who loves art and historic monuments that date back between the Middle Ages and the 18th century.

Also known as Little Jerusalem, Pitigliano is home to a significant Jewish community.

Alongside Sorano and Sovana, Pitigliano forms the trio of small towns that constitute the Tufa plateau.

In Sovana, relax in the beautiful Piazza del Pretorio and visit Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore (church) from the 12th century.

Afterward, explore the quaint alleys of the Old Town before heading to Sorano. This is where you can see Masso Leopoldino Castle, Orsini Fortress, and Vie Cave. There are also great thermal baths in Sorano.

2. Relax in Terme di Saturnia

An aerial view of the host srpings in Tuscany with bright blue water scacding down local waterfalls. You can see a stone house in the background and two people swimming.

The Terme di Saturnia is an oasis of luxury and is a great place to go if you need a bit more “chill” in your life.

The best part? You don’t have to be a hotel guest to use the hot springs since day pass rates start at between €16.00 and €27.00 per person for the thermal bath only.

However, there are a variety of other unique packages on offer. So, after a busy couple of days in Tuscany, relax in the hot springs and book a massage at the spa.

If you spend the night at the hotel, get ready for prices that are a bit steep for what you get. But, you get free access to the thermal pools, the hammam, the sauna, and the gym.

You can also enjoy free guided hikes in the morning and enjoy a round of golf at their on-site course.

3. Explore Florence

A view of the Duomo in Florence with it's red roof and the city surrounding it. on a gray day with mountains in the background.

As one of the most iconic art capitals of the region, you could easily spend at least two days in Florence (if not more).

After all, the city is home to numerous museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery.

If you plan to visit either of these places, book tickets WELL in advance since they can sell out weeks ahead of time.

After exploring the museums, head to the Central Market to sample delicious Italian cuisine from one of the twenty restaurants on the second floor.

If the weather is nice, indulge in some outdoor dining before taking a stroll through the Boboli Gardens and along the Arno River. In the evening, catch the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo.

You could also book some amazing wine tastings near Florence too.

4. Relax at the Beach

View of Forte del Marmi. This is a great beach near Tuscany that is worth visiting in September.

The weather in September can be very unpredictable. So, you may encounter brutally hot days that require a day trip to the beach to cool off.

If so then head to the Etruscan Coast. You’ll discover stunning beaches, amazing wineries, lovely resorts, and can dine at some of the most delicious seafood restaurants in the country.

If you’re not sure where to start then hit up beaches like

Italy, Tuscany, Rosignano beach, white sand Rosignano (nice white sand), Mazzanta (shade and clean water), Marina di Bibbona (fort and not super crowded), Cecina, and Marina di Castagneto Carducci.

5. Visit Pisa

A view of the leaning tower of pisa and the white church sitting next to it as people stand near the bottom taking photos. You can see this and more during one of the best Tuscany wine tours from Florence.

Once a maritime power to rival the like of Genoa and Venice, modern Pisa is best known for its infamous architectural mishap, the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

However, the world-renowned landmark is just one of many highlights in the city.

After all, since the 1400s, education has been a big part of the local economy. Therefore, students from all over Italy have been coming to prestigious universities here for centuries.

The result? A vibrant cafe and bar scene to the city’s center that is balanced out by an impressive array of well-preserved Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches, and Renaissance piazzas.

Head to Piazza dei Miracoli to enjoy a lively street atmosphere that is more local than touristy.

6. Explore Siena

An aeiral view of the magical town of Siena in Italy. You can visit during one of the best wine tours from Rome.

Easily all of those must-visit beautiful places in Italy, Siena is a city where soaring architectural beauty astounds anyone who visits.

Essentially, the entire town is like a giant open-air museum dedicated to Gothic art. So, Siena is home to a wealth of spiritual and secular, medieval structures as well as remarkable art collections.

The city’s historic contrade (districts) are equally impressive, remaining close-knit and colorful just as they were in the 17th century when the Palio horse race first started.

Each contrada has lively streets filled with artisanal shops, fragrant pasticcerie (pastry shops), and enticing restaurants.

So, add a visit to your September Tuscany itinerary, and be sure to visit the Duomo, the Museo Civico, and the Complesso Museale di Santa Maria della Scala.

7. Indulge in Some Vernaccia Wine in San Gimignano

girl friends toasting with wine glasses during a wine tasting in venice.

No trip to Tuscany would be complete without a little wine tasting. So, stop by San Gimignano and try some amazing Vernaccia wine.

Vernaccia wine is crafted from indigenous Vernaccia grapes. It is a dry, white wine that was created in San Gimignano.

As you take in the scenic beauty of San Gimignano, unwind with a bottle of this exquisite wine.

You can easily get some at Enoteca Corsi (my fave wine store in the area) or stop by Panizzi which is a nice producer in the area.

Special Events in September

A view of the vineyards in Tuscany on a sunny day. You can see the rows of green vines and the mountains in the background.

If you’re visiting Tuscany in the fall, and Autumn in particular, then here are some events that you might want to check out.

  • Wine Festival in Pitigliano – Join locals and celebrate the region’s amazing wine and culture. It’s a great way to sample delish local wine and epic Tuscan food.
  • Festival Settembre Lucchese in Lucca – Held every September to honor local culture and heritage in the region. Enjoy food, wine tasting, exhibits, parades, and more.
  • Giostra Del Saracino in Arezzo – Held in the main square of Arezzo, this fun event has been going on since 1260. It features medieval jousting as well as an array of beautiful costumes.
  • Festa Dell’Uva in Scansano – This week-long festival celebrates the local grape harvest. It’s a great way to learn about local wines and about traditional wine-making culture.
  • Festa Della Rificolona in Florence – This traditional event features live musical performances as well as a parade of entertainers in super cool costumes. Just don’t leave early so that you can watch the fireworks display at the end of the night.

What to Wear in September in Tuscany?

The weather in Tuscany in September means warm days and cooler mornings/evenings.

Therefore, I would pack plenty of layers that include light jackets, t-shirts, shorts, light dresses, breathable clothes, etc.

This way, as the weather changes you can take off or add on layers to help you stay comfortable. If you’re not sure what to pack for Tuscany in September, try:

  • Linen Pants and Long Shirts – These are great because they are lightweight and still keep you protected from the sun.
  • Light Jacket – You don’t need anything super heavy but maybe a light jean jacket or sweatshirt to keep you warm in the evening. A light cardigan might even suffice if the weather is hot enough.
  • Umbrella – There is always a chance of rain in Tuscany, especially in September. Therefore, be sure to bring an umbrella to protect yourself in case the weather changes.
  • Comfortable Sneakers or Sandals – You’ll be doing a lot of walking in Tuscany. So, bring a pair of sneakers or sandals that you have broken in and are comfortable walking around in. If you can, try to bring waterproof shoes just in case you get caught in bad weather.
  • Sun Protection – September is a pretty sunny month in Tuscany. Therefore, protect yourself with a hat, sunglasses, and lots of sunscreen. If you can, wear long, light layers for added protection too.
  • Bathing Suit – September can be quite warm and is the perfect time to go swimming at the beach. So, don’t forget to pack your swimsuit.
  • Waterproof Luggage – I use a backpack with a waterproof cover. However, if you use traditional luggage then make sure it is water-resistant or waterproof so that your stuff doesn’t get wet.

What is the Best Time of Year to Visit Tuscany?

View of a town on a hill in Tuscany with historic homes overlooking the vineyards.

The best time to visit Tuscany is between late September and October and between April and May. At this time of year, the temperatures are cooler and there are fewer crowds in the area.

Conclusion

If you decide to visit the region in September then you are going to have an amazing time. The weather is great and there are a ton of cool events to enjoy.

Just remember that this is NOT low-season. So, be prepared for crowds and expect to spend a decent amount of money on accommodations and flights.

You should also book everything well in advance since things can and do sell out.

To be honest, I’d probably try and wait to visit until October, but September is great if that’s the only time you can visit Tuscany.

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