Tuscany puts on a very special show in autumn. The countryside is alive with red and yellow colours, porcini mushrooms make an appearance on the menus, and the city afternoons are bathed in golden light. This really is one of the most relaxing and rewarding moments to travel here.

See autumn’s colours in the Tuscan countryside

If the colours of the Tuscan countryside are legendary, Autumn is when those colours are at their finest. It’s a romantic and moody time, when the vineyards and woods seem to be on fire with every shade of orange and yellow.

This is the moment to get out of the city and drive the winding roads of the Chianti. Here the views of the vineyards are at their finest. Check out our itinerary for the perfect day in the Chianti.

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Vineyards in the Chianti area

Taste the seasonal delights

Autumn in Tuscany is a foodie’s paradise. This is when the delicious porcini mushrooms make an appearance. And it’s the official opening of the hunting season. So you’ll find plenty of occasions to taste fresh game, and traditional sauces that include wild boar and hare. Chestnuts are also on the menu, especially in mountainous areas like the Mugello and Garfagnana in the north, famous for its chestnut pancakes called ‘necci’.

This is the time when the new wine and new oil are produced, and occasions for tasting are plentiful and unforgettable. The intense green colour and spicy taste of the freshly pressed oil will give you a new respect for the humble olive.

If you’re looking for something really special, November is the month dedicated to truffles. The famous White Truffle Festivals are on in San Miniato and San Giovanni d’Asso. Here you’ll be able to gorge yourself on truffles, cheese and salumi, and wash it down with some delicious local wine. Best pack an extra stomach.

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Truffle Festival in San Miniato (November 2017)

Check out an art exhibition in Florence

Autumn is always a good time to catch an art exhibition in Tuscany. This year Palazzo Strozzi in Florence hosts “The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna” (21st Sep. 2017 – 21st Jan. 2018), a spectacular exhibition dedicated to 16th century art in Florence, with works by Michelangelo, Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Giambologna and Bartolomeo Ammannati. The perfect opportunity to get closer to Florentine artistic tradition.

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Pontormo “Deposition” (1525-28), ‘Il Cinquecento a Firenze’

Experience the fall foliage in Eastern Tuscany

If you’re the active type, October is the time to take a hike in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park. It’s one of the best places in Italy for fall foliage colours. The Park is in Eastern Tuscany, an area normally off the main tourist trail. You can get there in about an hour and a half from Florence, or in an hour from Arezzo. The park protects the flora and fauna in the ancient forests on the Appenine mountains that divides Tuscany from Emila Romagna.  It’s an intoxicating place in autumn, filled with the sweet smell of mushrooms and undergrowth, and the stunning view of beech, maple, cherry trees and basswood all changing colour at once.

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Autumn in the Casentino Forests National Park

Tuscany in autumn means no crowds

In case you need another good reason to travel to Tuscany in autumn, here it is. Autumn is the tail end of the high season. That means fewer people and better deals. Even in a busy city like Florence, the crowds thin out in late October and November, and the queues to visit popular museums like the Uffizi or the Academy Gallery in Florence become shorter. Even better, hotels put the prices down so you can expect more for your money.

What’s the weather like?

The weather is still lovely at the end of September and at the beginning of October. It can get a bit unpredictable in October, with warm days and the occasional rainfall and cold wind. Temperatures go from around 20-22 degrees (70-72 F) down to minimum 12 degrees at night. And the days still have plenty of light. Expect more rain in November, and temperatures varying between 16 degrees and 8 degrees.

For more suggestions about the best autumn destinations in Tuscany, check out our post about some scenic small towns that give their best at this time of year.

scenic small towns to visit in tuscany in autumn

Poppi

  • Silvano Montanari

    Buona sera questo sito per uno straniero che decide di venire nel nostro meraviglioso Paese offre spunti e suggerimenti pratici e ti aiuta a trovare luoghi incantati nella stagione autunnale. Per le persone che amano il gusto è il periodo dei funghi con ricette varie fantasiose. i colori dell’autunno sono arancio e giallo, chi decide per la montagna molto consigliata è la Garfagnana. Il tempo non è troppo freddo e permette prima dell’inverno di vedere queste meravigliose località che io ho scoperto grazie ai miei amici perché originaria della Liguria e per la curiosità di conoscere la Toscana dove oggi lavoro e ho comprato casa . Se siete amanti dei musei vi consiglio a Firenze Palazzo Strozzi e la Galleria degli Uffizi. Complimenti per il sito veramente speciale !!!

    • Ben

      Thanks so much! If you ever have any suggestions for the site, please let us know. Grazie.

  • Simona Massabò

    Complimenti per questo sito che offre veramente spunti per come trascorrere un autunno in maniera piacevole . Lo trovo molto pratico, con indicazioni semplici e anche un’estetica meravigliosa. I colori della Toscana in questo periodo dell’anno sono splendidi e le località che sono state consigliate dal blog ho potuto aver modo di visitarle e meritano davvero. Per gli stranieri che vengono in Italia e in particolare a visitare la Toscana avere questi suggerimenti li aiuterà per avere un soggiorno piacevole . Il sito è fatto molto bene , ottimo lavoro.

    • Ben

      thanks so much for your comments! it means a lot to us that Italian people like Love from Tuscany. We are trying to offer local knowledge to all the visitors, thanks again!

  • Where is the best place to eat seafood in Tuscany?

    • Definitely the coast. Livorno is the perfect place to try ‘cacciucco’ (typical fish soup), but also Viareggio has some good restaurants, Castiglioncello, and the Maremma’s coastal towns.