Have you ever thought about visiting Tuscany in winter? In this time of the year many people don’t come to Tuscany because they think it’s too cold, some restaurants are closed, there are fewer events, etc.
The weather of course is cooler than during summer, but it is always acceptable to go out and stand around. To have more information about the weather in Tuscany during the year read this post.
It is true that many restaurants can be closed, but it’s just for a short period of vacation and there is always an alternative. About the events, it’s true that there are no concerts at the open air, but winter is actually concert, ballet and opera season, so you can enjoy a lot of cultural events indoor.
In this post we want to highlight the advantages of visiting Tuscany in winter. If you have more suggestions write a comment at the end of the post!
1) Low cost
Let's be frank: we decide a place to visit also according to our budget. If your budget is limited, a good time to visit Tuscany is winter, because hotels’ prices and airfares are lower. In addition, starting in January, you can take advantage of winter sales. More tips on saving money in Tuscany.
2) No crowds
Imagine Uffizi Gallery and Accademia without crowds; imagine walking in the streets of the city centre without ending up in the flow of groups following a tour guide. In small towns it is possible to find really few tourists, especially if you go off the beaten path. This means also less people in your photos!
There are lots of activities and sports that can be done in the region during the cold and snowy season. If you love mountains you can go skiing or snowboarding. Tuscany boasts many resorts: Abetone and Doganaccia di Cutigliano in the Pistoia Apennines (Pistoia province), Monte Amiata in the south, Casone di Profecchia, Passo delle Radici and Careggine in Garfagnana and Zum Zeri in Lunigiana.
To know more about these ski resorts read here.
Winter, and especially the month of February, is also Carnival time! Lots of towns in Tuscany celebrate this event by holding parades and decorating the streets. Wherever is your destination in Tuscany, there will certainly be a Carnival nearby!
Here is a guide to Carnivals in Tuscany.
5) No reservation required
In general, to be sure to find a place in a hotel, restaurant and theatre you want, it is better to always make a reservation. But in winter (except Christmas time and Pitti events) it is easy to find a place with no reservation. The same goes for the museums, but reserve your place, even though is less crowded, to not to be disappointed!
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