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The tiny villages and ancient cities in Tuscany attract tourists year-round, but the best time of the year to visit depends on your travel style. If you’re looking for festivals and a bit of culture, plan your trip around one of the many celebrations that take place throughout the famous wine region. From the exciting Palio horse race in Siena’s main piazza (July 2, Aug. 16) to the bountiful harvest at the various vineyards, there’s always something to do.
Tourists flock to Tuscany at the usual times — early spring, Easter, early summer. That’s when the beautiful Italian countryside’s vineyards stand up to any postcard-quality image you’ve seen. Travelers who want the best weather should aim for the spring and early summer, when mild temperatures hover around 70F and 80F. But be sure to visit before the heat and humidity kick in around July. And avoid going in August — many Italians close up shop for the late summer month and take their own holiday.