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Climate and landscapes of Tuscany

Mild climate of Tuscany makes it very charming and especially in the coastal zone. The average temperature of Versilia region in summer is +24,5°C, and +9,4°C in winter. The thing is that Tuscan coast keeps the warmth of the African wind sirocco with the help of chains of mountains which protect Tuscany from the Northern and Eastern winds. Only in winter strong and gusty wind tramontana brings cold weather and more frequent rains. Rainy weather is typical for Florence in October. The rains are not so heavy already in the mid-November but continue to January, the coldest month when the temperature gets lower to +7°C. In summer Florence is conquered by the heat with daytime temperature of above 30°C in July and August. It is not so hot in May, June and September. When you travel to Florence in May you can enjoy the palette of reddish poppy and yellow bright rape fields. In autumn parti-colored vineyards and eternally green cypresses plate out with the variety of colors among grey and brown fields.

The landscapes of Tuscany are very different and are always splendid. The coast part between Livorno and Piombino is very high and rocky which attracts not only beach lovers but also surfers and divers. The coast to the North and South is plain and sandy. The coastal zone consists mostly of pine forests which make healthy air even better.

Famous Tuscan hills occupy two thirds of the territory. The smoothness of their lines is emphasized by elegant cypresses and graceful Italian pines. The most famous landscapes of hilled relief are given by the valley Chianti which is known for its wonderful wine. The province of Lucca gives us hills mostly covered with olive groves.

The plain makes less than one tenth of Tuscany. It is mostly fertile and densely settled valley of the river Arno. Though if to move to the South of Siena one can get to the peculiar desert. Crete is the name of the striking landscape of rifts and ravines emerged after the erosion of the clay soil.

Majestic and not very high mountains make the rest of the Tuscan area. Tuscan Emilian Apennines is the main mountain chain. Some of the settlements on the hills of the Apennines receive the amateurs of ski sport. Apuan Alps are known not only for being very high but also for their fine Carrara marble which provided the opportunity for Italian sculptures and architects to incarnate the most splendid ideas. More over some Tuscan mountains are the places of the resorts with curable thermal and mineral waters.

The islands of Tuscan archipelago have very peculiar landscapes.

Versilia - Tuscany


The list of the most famous Italian resorts includes Tuscan Versilia . Versilia is a seacoast in north-western Tuscany, which...

Etruscan Riviera

The Etruscan Riviera (Riviera degli Etruschi) or the Etruscan coast (Costa degli Etruschi) is a coastal belt in the Italian region of...


Chianti - Tuscany
UNESCO World Heritages in Tuscany

Val d'Orcia

Val d'Orcia is the valley of the Orcia river. It is located in the southern part of Siena province , Tuscany region, Italy. In...


The name “ Maremma ” refers to a historic area which you will not find on the administrative map of Italy. It consists mostly of...
Val d’Elsa - Tuscany

Val d’Elsa

Being a very special Tuscan area, Val d’Elsa , the valley of the river Elsa, stretches to the west from Siena. Such old towns as San...


If after getting acquainted with Florence attractions you’ll feel like having some rest in rural area the best option will be to go to the Mugello. The outskirts to the north from Florence are as beautiful as the city itself is. The hilly landscape with magnificent villas, churches and castle ruins stretches here.


Garfagnana is one of the most distinctive Italian places. The area stretches over the north-west of Tuscany in the province of Lucca. Garfagnana is located in the place where two great massifs of the Apuan Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines meet. To appreciate the indomitable nature of Garfagnana, you should visit the “Cave of the Wind” complex or take a risk and set off to Orrido di Botri Canyon.

Wind Cave

Every year Tuscany attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists who want to get acquainted with countless attractions of the most famous Italian...

Orrido di Botri Canyon

Orrido di Botri Canyon appeared in the rocks of the Apuan Alps at the foot of the Rondinaio Mountain. Cold spring waters which fall into a river indented soft limestone and created the Canyon of Orrido di Botri fascinating by its inaccessibility. Cliffs of the canyon are in some places as deep as two hundred meters.

Nature parks of Tuscany

The way Tuscans treat the nature deserves to be admired. There are two national parks, three regional nature parks and more than one hundred...

Monte Argentario Bay

The commune of Monte Argentario has a rather different structure. Its geographic location is even more unusual. The commune embraces three settlements located relatively far from each other. They are Porto San Stefano, Porto Ercole and Orbetello. Some time ago the lands of Monte Argentario used to be island, but now this piece of land is connected with the continent by three narrow necks as if it was tied to it by three ropes.


The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.