Autumn is usually pleasantly mild in Tuscany, a period when the Apennines and Mount Amiata patiently wait for winter's first snowfall. In the Alps, snow falls more in autumn and spring since winter months are marked by cold and dry periods. In the Apennines, winter is always the most snow-filled time of year - the mountains are warmer and drier in other seasons.
But in December, the magic finally happens! After days of great snowfall, Tuscany's winter season officially begins. Luckily, the snow falls at lower altitudes too, giving us the chance to admire a few unique Tuscan landscapes covered in pure-white snow.
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The world vaunts some truly incredible places, ones that appear plucked straight from a fairytale. And Isola Santa is one of them, especially when dressed in white! We wrote about this unexpected village in the heart of Apuan Alps.
We're all used to the bright-green colors that usually mark the Mugello area. But when its wild hills are suddenly covered in pure-white snow, you're sure to find yourself absolutely breathless. The Giogo Pass (Passo del Giogo), a crossing point of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, rises 882 m above sea level and is the lowest of the mountain passes in the Northern Apennines. If you haven't heard about this French area, check out the wonders of the Mugello region.
Pitigliano, one of Tuscany's most charming small towns, is perched atop a volcanic tufa ridge and boasts an incredible skyline, one that charactertizes this spot's Italian charm. Also known as Little Jerusalem, this town is a must-see destination year round. We've shared some tips for an unforgettable day trip to Pitigliano in the heart of Maremma.
La Verna is perched on Mount Penna, an isolated mountain 1,283 m high rising above the Casentino valley in central Italy. Here, you'll find the La Verna Sanctuary, one of the most important Franciscan sanctuaries in the world, which offers overnight accommodation to pilgrims and non-religious travelers. Sleeping at a monastery is an alternative way to experience your holidays in Tuscany: La Verna is a timeless place, especially when surrounded by silent, snow-covered hills! The La Verna Sanctuary is a perfect off-the-beaten-track destination for nature lovers since it's located in the Casentinesi Forest National Park, one of the largest forests in all of Europe known for its extraordinarily rich flora and fauna.
You can enjoy the "Tuscan sun" on the mountains too! Winter offers plenty of opportunities to keep enjoying our region and yes, you can also ski in Tuscany! Here, you’ll find an array of large districts and smaller ski resorts where you can choose between many winter activities and sports. And you don't have to be a skier to have fun in the Tuscan mountains!