September is a very special month in Tuscany not only for the good climate – it is still warm but not hot - but also because there are many opportunities to enjoy the region at its best. Here are 4 ideas for a perfect September in Tuscany:
Enjoy an almost solitary beach in your favourite area: since the schools reopen in mid September and people go back to their normal routine after summer holidays, in this period the beaches are visibly less crowded than in August. Here are some advices: head to Vada or Calafuria in the province of Livorno (read here to discover more about the so-called Etruscan Coast, that is the stretch of coastline between Livorno and Piombino), or pay a visit to the beaches in Maremma, such as Cala Violina and Marina di Alberese (here are the top ten beaches in the area). Furthermore, you can also consider to explore the Tuscan archipelago.
September also means grape harvest time in Tuscany! The leaves turn to golden and russet shades and the grapes abound on the vines.
Look for wine tastings and wine festivals throughout the region and read more about grape harvest and related events, trails and routes here. In september the wineries of the Movimento Turismo del Vino welcome wine and food lovers, teaching them about the various phases of harvesting grapes and then processing them. To enhance the experience for everyone, the wineries organize special events such as art exhibitions, performances, concerts and much more.
Indulge in a spa day: Tuscany has about a hundred different places to enjoy the hot springs. It boasts modern spas where hot thermal water is collected in (outdoor and/or indoor) swimming pools and you pay a day ticket at the entrance; others are free open air springs.
Original article by Serena Puosi