Tuscany in October: weather and climate tips

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 12.06.2024

Discover the charm of Tuscany in October, when the captivating landscapes are tinged with shades of autumnal splendour, offering the perfect blend of mild temperatures and golden expanses. Find out about the weather in Tuscany in October with our top climate tips for an unforgettable trip.

Is October a good month to visit Tuscany?

October is a truly delightful month to discover the captivating beauty of Tuscany. As the warmth of summer fades into autumn, the region becomes a picturesque traveller's paradise. The weather in Tuscany in October is usually mild and pleasant, making it the perfect time to explore charming villages, vineyards and historic towns without the scorching summer crowds.

One of the highlights of a visit to Tuscany in October is the breathtaking leaf fall, which covers the landscape in a rich tapestry of golden and crimson hues. The famous Tuscan vineyards also come alive during this period, offering a unique opportunity to take part in grape harvesting and winemaking, allowing guests to experience an authentic taste of the local culture.

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Capalbio, little ancient medieval town in Tuscany, Italy © Shutterstock

Capalbio, a little ancient medieval town in Tuscany, Italy © Shutterstock

Temperatures in Tuscany in October

Weather in Tuscany in October marks the transition from the warmth of summer to the cool embrace of autumn. Temperatures this month generally range from an average of 15 to 22°C (59 to 72°F). However, it is important to note that these temperatures can vary depending on the specific location in Tuscany and the weather conditions of the year.

As for the sea temperature on the Tuscan coast, it becomes cooler in October compared to the peak of summer. Sea temperatures during this period usually range from 19 to 22°C (67-71°F). Although the water can be a little chilly for a long swim, it can still be enjoyable for a quick dip, especially for those who don't mind cool water.

Make sure you know everything about the weather in October all over Italy.

What should I pack with me?

When going to Tuscany in autumn, it's important to keep a balance between versatility and comfort. To adapt to the swings in weather in Tuscany in October, bring layered clothing including light jumpers, long sleeve shirts and t-shirts.

Don't forget to bring a lightweight waterproof jacket and an umbrella in case of rain. Choose comfortable walking shoes and consider shoes with a waterproof covering. It's also a good addition to bring accessories such as sunglasses and a scarf.

If you plan to visit the sea, don't forget your swimming costume, which also comes in handy for indoor pools or hot tubs. Bring a reusable water bottle to keep hydrated during your exploration of Tuscany. Plan your activities for sunny, and rainy days by keeping an eye on the weather forecast. Armed with all the essentials, you'll be well prepared to immerse yourself in the charm and beauty of Tuscany.

Looking for more options for an autumn holiday? Also check out our list of the best destinations for an unforgettable holiday in October.

Italy, Tuscany, Arezzo, Cortona, view over the town from the Medici fortress

Italy, Tuscany, Arezzo, Cortona @ Shutterstock

How much does it rain in Tuscany in October?

Tuscany usually receives moderate rainfall in October as the region transitions from summer to autumn. On average, October in Tuscany has about 9 rainy days and 3 to 4 inches (75-100 mm) of rainfall. Although, it is important to note that rainfall can vary greatly from year to year and even from one location to another within Tuscany.

Rain can add a special charm to the atmosphere of Tuscany, as it brings out the bright colours of the landscapes and creates an overall autumnal atmosphere. In addition, rainy days are often followed by clear skies and pleasant weather, making it a pleasure to spend time outdoors and sightseeing.

Not sure when to travel to Tuscany? Check our article about the weather in Tuscany in September or read all about the best time to visit Italy.

View of Cortona in Tuscany, Italy

View of Cortona in Tuscany, Italy @ Shutterstock

Unforgettable and fully customizable Tuscany itineraries

Travel through mesmerising weather in Tuscany in October with our tailor-made itineraries. As the transition from summer to autumn unfolds in October, Tuscany enjoys an enchanting climate, presenting the perfect opportunity to discover the captivating charms of this remarkable region.

  • A gastronomic journey in Tuscany and Amalfi Coast (11 days): this is truly a trip that gets all your senses tingling. Taste the most wonderful and freshly made Italy food in Naples one day and enjoy the most beautiful views of the Amalfi Coast the next. Experience the smells, tastes, feels and sights of Italy when travelling from Florence to the Amalfi Coast.
  • Wine and food in Tuscany (6 days): stay at a beautiful hotel in San Gimignano, a medieval hill town halfway between Florence and Siena. Tuscany is known for its wines and food and that's what you'll be exploring on this itinerary - several wine and food pairings await. All are hand-picked by your local travel specialist.
  • Florence: A Trip Back In Time (5 days): Florence. A mere mention of the name conjures up grand images of Renaissance romance, awe-inspiring art and astonishing architecture. Come and see for yourself.
Asciano with Val d'Orcia © Shutterstock

Asciano with Val d'Orcia © Shutterstock

What to do in Tuscany in October

Tuscany offers a variety of things to do all year long. These are our top picks for October.

Pamper your palate

October in Tuscany is a culinary lover's paradise, offering an elaborate blend of flavours and colours. For foodies, it is the perfect time to savour the region's delights. With the arrival of the mushroom season, the forests of Tuscany become a treasure trove for mushroom lovers. October also marks the long-awaited season of white truffles, a truly exquisite gourmet treat.

The October season in Tuscany also allows you to enjoy fresh young wine and freshly pressed olive oil. This is the time when vineyards and olive groves come to life, inviting you to savour the produce of the harvest.

Enjoy a scenic journey

A tour through autumnal Tuscany is an incomparable pleasure. The harmony of autumn colours gives a special charm to the local scenery and turns every view into a work of art. The rolling hills and charming little villages are decorated in deep reds, oranges and yellows, creating a scenic backdrop for your explorations.

Discover local festivals

October in Tuscany is also full of events that capture the essence of Tuscan culture and cuisine. We advise you not to miss the Montepulciano Oil and Autumn Flavours Festival, a delightful celebration highlighting the best of the region's produce. Head to the chestnut festival, where this ingredient is transformed into delicious treats, and experience local wine festivals that highlight Tuscany's wine heritage.

View of Montalcino town, Tuscany, Italy © Shutterstock

View of Montalcino town, Tuscany, Italy © Shutterstock

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Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 12.06.2024

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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