Forecast in Tuscany

Weather in Tuscany : chose your best season to visit the pearl of Italy

Tuscany and its wonders are a special sight 365 days a year, but every season and its weather offer nuances and colors that will make your visit unique and special. Follow us to find out more about the best time to visit Tuscany and how to better prepare yourself for your journey.

 

Summer in Tuscany

Summer in Tuscany coast

Summer is the best time to visit the coasts and the beautiful beaches of Tuscany. For a seaside vacation there are wonderful spots like Argentario, Forte dei Marmi and Isola d’Elba; you will surely find your corner of paradise between these and many other spots.

Summer in Tuscany is not only sandy beaches and sea, for the more adventurous Tuscany is also the perfect place for trekking and excursions to discover nature and its beauties in the mountains, ideal to take some fresh air during the hot summer. Among the most interesting routes there are certainly the peaks of the Apuan Alps, excursions in the Apennines or, closer to the city, the trek that follows the medieval ring that encircles Florence.

For those looking for relax, the hills and the countryside are the ideal place to find it. Walking around in the nature or discovering typical Tuscan products, the countryside is ideal for slowing down the pace and enjoying a peaceful holiday. The best accommodation? A villa with a swimming pool where you can refresh and fully enjoy this Tuscan summer

In the months of July and August we suggest you avoid the city, too crowded and hot to walk around and discover it at best, preferring other destinations. During this season the temperatures are hot and reach up to 95-100 ° F, which is why the climate is perfect for cooling off at the sea or immersed in nature.

 

Winter in Tuscany

In winter Tuscany becomes quieter. The great cities of art like Florence, Siena and Pisa are empty of the tourists who had crowded it in the summer, becoming easier to visit. The temperature gets colder and you may have to bring an umbrella, but the magic of Tuscany remains in all its glory.

In winter you will find more locals in the streets, and you will have a magic experience with the city you visit. However, there is the risk that museums and churches reduce the days or hours of opening since we are in low season. It is very important to better organize your visit and check online the opening times. Not only cities, winter is also perfect for relax visiting the numerous thermal baths and hot springs like Bagni di San Filippo and Bagno Vignoni. Val d’Orcia, near Siena, is a valley famous for its thermal waters. Taking a hot bath here, surrounded by the wild nature, is a unique experience.  Not only relax but also fun, every winter in Viareggio, in the province of Lucca, there is an event that amazes and amuses everyone. Viareggio Carnival is one of the most famous and characteristic with its magical carnival floats parade, the biggest in all Europe. Five days of fun where typical sweets, masks and music create an unforgettable atmosphere.

Winter in Italy can be quite cold, so we recommend wearing a heavy jacket and take whit you an umbrella, avarage temperature is 37-40 F° but it can go lower than that.

 

Spring in Tuscany

Spring becomes the perfect time to visit Tuscany, both in the countryside and in the city. In this season the temperature warms up, the rains decrease and the first sunny days arrive, the perfect time to start enjoying the good weather. In spring the countryside blooms and colors explodes, ideal for a tour of Chianti region to discover Tuscan wines and products, or for a walk in nature that offers beautiful landscapes. A holiday in a country villa is a special way to spend your journey in this wonderful land.
Spring is also the best time to explore cities, without the heat and the crowds of summer you will certainly find less row in front of the great museums and churches of Florence or Siena. Taking advantage of the low season is a smart way to plan your holiday in Tuscany.Enjoying these first beautiful days of good weather by observing the most famous works of art in the world is a unique experience.
This season is also ideal for enjoying a trip to discover hidden spots of Tuscany, exploring some of the most evocative and characteristic medieval villages. San Gimignano, Cortona or small monasteries and abbeys immersed in nature and often very close to the city are beautiful destinations for a day trip.

Discovering these places will fascinate you and take you back in time. In spring, specially in March and April, the weather is not so stable, so it’s allways a good idea to take with you an umbrella or a light jacket.

 

Autumn in Tuscany

Tuscany in autumn changes colors and prepares for winter. The month of September is perfect, the temperatures are still warm and pleasant while they go down in October and November. For a holiday discovering nature autumn is a fantastic time, the landscapes that can be admired will be full of life and colors. In this season the more conventional and artistic tourism begins to decline and the Tuscan countryside starts offering new experiences, such as wine and food tours that will allow you to taste the authentic Tuscan products. Strolls and explorations immersed in the yellow and red shades of autumn will give you calm and peace while taking a breath from the stress of your daily routine. This season is perfect to slow down and relax. Autumn in Tuscan countryside also means one thing: Harvest. People fills the vineyards for this centuries-old ritual of grape harvesting. Seeing this fantastic tradition in a land of excellence like Chianti will give you unique emotions and suggestions. In the wineries it will then be possible to taste the best wines of previous vintages. enjoying and discovering the product in a new way and understanding the processes behind those fantastic flavours.

 

The weather in September, as in spring, is really moody and can change rapidly, we suggest to take with you always an umbrella and a light jacket for when the temperature gets down.

Autumn in Tuscany, vineyards

It is always worthwhile to visit a unique land like Tuscany, every season gives different shades and makes your journey a unique experience. All you have to do is choose which season inspires you the most and set off to discover our wonders.

 

Average temperatures month bymonth

Temperatures in Tuscany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather during a season can change a lot depending on months, and is a good idea to know average temperatures to better prepare you for your fantastic journey. Let’s get a closer look to weather in Tuscany discovering average temperatures month by month.

 

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Activities in Florence for every season   

After seeing the weather and temperatures in Tuscany it’s time to know how to enjoy your holiday with unique experiences. Now we move to Florence discovering the best activities for each season.

Summer in Florence

Visiting monuments in the morning 

Florence is one of the richest places in art all over the world, but in July and August could be pretty hot to be outside at every hour. Mornings, before noon, is perfect to stroll in the streets of the town and visit museums and churches. Being stranded in a row with the burning sun is not an excellent way to spend your journey. Check the opening time of your favourite monuments and be sure to visit them just open.Visiting Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi and all the other beautiful spots of Florence is much easier and practical in the morning. We recommend you to read this to discover the best monuments in Florence and Tuscany.

 

Winter in Florence

Piazza Santa Croce Christmas Market 

Whit its cold air winter is perfect for a cozy mug of hot chocolate or a good Tuscan soup for diner. Moreover, winter is holiday season and in Florence the city shines with lights and decorations all over the streets. Every year in Piazza Santa Croce, one of the most famous and beautiful in town, hosts a Chrismas market in the authentic German style. In the characteristic wooden stalls you will find food and craft products and foods from all over Italy and Europe. There are also many local products such as the characteristic Tuscan leather bags.

Walking through this market, feeling the Christmas air in a magnificent place like Florence is an unforgettable experience.

 

Spring in Florence

Explore the gardens of Florence 

In spring nature awakens and offers wonderful shows. Florence is rich in gardens and green spots and between your visits to museums and churches make sure you also go through one of these fabulous floral views.Giardino di Boboli is certainly one of the most beautiful and special gardens in Florence, here you will find statues and works of the Italian Renaissance immersed in the green flourishing nature. Built by the Medici, this garden represents an encounter between the beauty of nature and that of art. From the fountains and the statues to the amphitheater, inside the Boboli Gardens you will travel to Renaissance Florence.

If you search romantic atmosphere the Rose Garden its for you. In May roses are in full bloom and color the ladscape with incredible shades. Walking in this garden full of roses and their scents, and admiring the breathtaking view of the city from there, will be a show for your eyes The charm of Florence enriched by spring colors is irresistible.

Spring in Florence

Credits: uffizi.it

 

Autumn in Florence

Harvest and wine tours in the land of Chianti

In autumn we can attend a tradition that for centuries takes place in these lands, the grape harvest. In the Chianti region every year in autumn (in particular in the month of October) the harvest of grapes begins, which involves hundreds and hundreds of locals who will participate in the birth of the new wine. Near Florence, it is worth moving out of the city to participate in wine tours that this season often include both vineyard and wineries. In this way you will be able to observe the activity of the harvest, full of history and meanings, to then go to the cellars to discover the best local wines. The art of wine making makes Florence and all the Tuscany famous all over the world and being able to see it up close and participate in it will be a wonderful experience for you.

 

Florence is a magical place, where art and nature meet together giving life to unique and unforgettable shows. Each season has its peculiarities, making your journey even more unique.

 

Volognano: the best accomodation for every seasonBBest accomodation in Tuscany - Volognano

If you want to fully enjoy the wonders that Tuscany offers all year round you need the best accommodation.

Volognano is a castle near Florence, only 10 miles away, which thanks to its particular position allows you to explore the city and its beautiful art or, if you prefer, admire the nature of the Tuscan countryside. Every period of the year you will not be disappointed by the beauties that can be observed and reached from Volognano.

Located in Chianti hills, known for the production of superb wines, right here at the castle you can admire the autumn harvest, taste fine wines in its winery and enjoy the flavors of Tuscany with its dishes. There are many features that make this location magical and special.

At the castle of Volognano you can find the best of Tuscany, in every season.

 

 

Ferrari Experience at Volognano

Luxury, power, elegance, are the 3 main characteristics and sensations you will experience at Volognano by driving the latest designed Ferrari cars.

Do you want to make one of your biggest dreams come true and be part of an exclusive world and Italian lifestyle?

Volognano together with Driving the Dream had designed a number of private tours for those willing to drive the luxury Ferrari experience through the amazing roads of the Tuscan landscapes.

Wine and Art

You would drive through the Tuscan vineyards of the Chianti territory and will arrive at one of the most particular wineries in Tuscany, Castello di Ama, where you will experience the perfect match between wine and contemporary art. You will also drive up to the Antica Macelleria Cecchini at Lunch in Panzano in Chianti to have a unique bistecca experience.

Wine and Fashion 

 

You would drive through the Tuscan vineyards of the Chianti territory until arriving at one of the most iconic wineries related to Italian fashion, Il Borro di Ferragamo, where you will have an amazing tour through the cellar and an exquisite lunch at Ferragamo´s restaurant.

Wine and Sustainability – Valdorcia endless views 

 

You would drive up to Pienza, the pleasant City of Pius, located in Val D’Orcia where you will have the opportunity to taste the local products of the city. You will drive later through the amazing views of Montepulciano and will arrive in Salchetothe only sustainable winery in the region. The experience of the wine tour and tasting here is simply amazing.

Vip Luxury Experience in Siena 

 

Driving through the curve hills of Tuscany until you arrive at Siena, one of the most emblematic cities in Tuscany. You will experience this medieval city in a luxury way by having a lunch/dinner in the highest private terrace overlooking Piazza del Campo, the main piazza in Siena.

You can choose between 3 different Ferrari models:

The first one is the Ferrari 488 Spider, presented in 2015 with a rear-central V8 engine. The second is The Ferrari Portofino, which takes its name from the exclusive Ligurian city in Italy and the third Ferrari option that Volognano provides you is the Ferrari California Turbo designed to be the evolution of the 2008 Ferrari California.

 

If you are interesting on driving the experience, please contact us at info@volognano.com.

 

 

zuppa di cavolo nero

Winter stay at Volognano

When we talk about Florence and its surroundings we usually think of spring or summer walks and do some shopping in the Tuscan capital, visits to museums or a day lunch in the Chianti countryside. All true, and all beautiful, but there are also a huge number of other activities and places that this territory has to offer during the cold season.

If you have in mind a weekend off during this winter, trying to get away from the daily activities and have the opportunity to refresh yourself with hot food, meditate with a good glass of red wine and – why not – give yourself some luxury and relaxation, a stay at Volognano is the perfect choice.

Private dinners. Once arrived and welcomed in our castle on Friday evening, you will have the option to enjoy a dinner, Italian style prepared by our personal chef. From traditional Tuscan dishes up to vegetarian options such as the black cabbage soup, cooked with dried beans, celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, tomato paste and of course extra virgin olive oil made in Volognano, the taste experience will be simply amazing.

zuppa di cavolo nero

The wine. Among the wines produced in Volognano the NOI – Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG with its ruby red, its intensity and soft and balanced persistence is what we suggest you to combine with this type of recipe. Served around 18 degrees, it is also ideal to rest for a long talk after dinner.

Activities. After a good rest in Volognano´s suites and rooms, Saturday can be a good day for a nice excursion. About 30 minutes’ drive from Volognano you can find the Abbey of Vallombrosa, at the same time a hermitage and a monastery that embellishes one of the most beautiful and representative woodland areas of Tuscany. In its Latin cross plan you can appreciate its Baroque references and live a moment of spirituality, immersed in the silence of the surrounding.
Abbazia di VallombrosaOn your way back to Volognano the idea of stopping for a meal or snack at the Bottega di Rosano is certainly to be considered. Among the many regional specialties that you will find, the harsh climate allows you to dare a delicious Tuscan sopressata.

Shopping. An afternoon of shopping is always a good idea. Our suggestion is to spend some time at the Sartoria Rossi boutique in Florence to choose the clothes and accessories you prefer, or opt for a tailor-made dress characterized by a style that encompasses the exclusiveness of the long tradition of Italian high fashion. It is definitely s triumph of refinement and comfort.

Sartoria Rossi FirenzeThe food. For a Saturday night dinner we recommend the Tripperia Osteria Il Magazzino by Luca Cai, in Piazza della Passera, Friday’s vegetarian option will be a distant memory. Together with the many typical Tuscan dishes you can choose from the menu reserves a treasure that in recent years has been rediscovered and repeated overwhelmingly by Italian cuisine, also revisited: the lampredotto, a strong and decisive flavor, excellent for the winter, to which – in case you want to opt for a softer solution – you may prefer the excellent Florentine tripe, also amazingly cooked.
Sunday is the day of greetings. Before leaving to go back to your daily life, however, in Volognano, after a short walk in the bitter cold of the surrounding countryside, a rich Sunday lunch at the Castle awaits you, with a dessert accompanied by a sip of Aetius, our sweet Tuscan wine excellent to taste with blue cheeses. But we will talk about this better on other occasions…


Your winter stay in Volognano

Period of the year: Week-end in winter (request our availability)
Recipe not to be missed: Black cabbage soup cooked by the personal chef of Volognano
Wine pairing: Noi – Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG
Recommended local product: Tuscan Bottega a Rosano Soprassata
Shops in and around Florence: Sartoria Rossi, via Porta Rossa, 33 / red, 50123 Florence.
Landscapes and itineraries in the Volognano area: A naturalistic itinerary among the 14 available in the area of the Hermitage of Vallombrosa
Food & Restaurants: Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino by Luca Cai

Volognano NOI DOCG

What does DOCG mean?

Italian wine, is worldwide known not only for its amazing flavor and characteristics, but also for its certifications that guarantee quality and uniqueness

“Wine lovers” know that a Chianti DOCG label means “wine excellence”, and it stands for the Territory where the grape was grew, in this specific case, the growth mainly of Sangiovese grape in the Chianti area of Tuscany, Italy.
The geographical area of Chianti has a specific certification with a distinctive band around the neck of the bottle and the DOCG initials, which in Italian means “Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita”, or “Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin”, the highest certification for wine.

 

Consorzio Chianti Colli FiorentiniThe Chianti Consorzio, is one of the principal nonprofit organizations in Italy that is allow to grant the DOCG certification. The Consorzio of the Chianti Colli Fiorentini territory was founded in 1994 by a small number of winegrowers with 2 main purposes: to enhance quality and promote the denomination. Its symbol is the “Marzocco”, the rampant lion on the Tower of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

It follows very strict regulations and consider the entire wine production chain, focusing on different factors such as the percentage of the Sangiovese grape (at least 80%), specific measures of vineyard’s elevation, aging process, minimum alcohol level, chemical tests and more other requirements that a Chianti wine producer has to accomplish in order to obtain the certification.
This procedure, means a brand certification of quality not only for the consumer but also for the producer.

 

Volognano NOI DOCGVolognano is an important and strong supporter of the denomination of its territory and produces a DOCG Chianti Colli Fiorentini red wine named NOI, which in English means US. This wine was made in specific as a present to celebrate the wedding of Volognano’s owners’ daughter and it has a very important meaning for the family. It also refers to the team work of all the producers that belong geographically in the denomination. Working on team, adds value not only to the wine but also to the image of the territory and tradition.

NOI wine is a blend between 3 autochthonous varietals Italian grapes, typically from Tuscany territory, those are the Sangiovese (80%), Canaiolo (10%) and Colorino (10%). The wine is aged during 12 months in big barrels made of oak called BOTTI and its lightness and smoothness allows this wine to be perfectly paired with red meat or a homemade fresh pasta and tomato based sauces with meat like ragú sauce.
Do not miss its amazing flavor and taste it!

Chianti Colli Fiorentini

Chianti Colli Fiorentini – The heart of the Chianti territory

Chianti is the oldest Italian wine region, located “under the Tuscan sun” between Florence and Siena, and is considered worldwide as one of the best Italian territories for wine production.

Chianti is divided into seven different regions, one of them is the Chianti Colli Fiorentini, which literally means “the Chianti Hills of Florence”, located in the heart of the Chianti territory and just half an hour by car from Florence center.

Chianti Colli Fiorentini

The geographical area of the Chianti Colli Fiorentini region combined with its beautiful hills and amazing weather, allows vineyards to provide high-quality grapes such as Sangiovese, to produce a very unique type of wine.

The territory has optimum characteristics that enable us to have different kind of productions besides wine. A great example of it is the olive groves produced for the extra virgin olive oil.

Volognano is part of this wonderful territory and its historical residence with stunning vineyards and astonish Castle, provides you the opportunity to experience not only the territory and its richness but also its incredible landscapes and marvelous views that can be enjoyed from all the village and the highest point of the castle´s tower. Vineyards plus Castle from the 11th century equals an exclusive Tuscan dreamed experience.

The Chianti Colli Fiorentini region should be part of your next Tuscany visit, including the staying at Volognano, where you will LIVE the experience of the wine tradition, TASTE our high-quality products and LEARN about our fascinating story and territory. It is definitely the best way to discover the uniqueness of Chianti.