Most people tend, somehow, to think of Tuscany as a destination to visit during Fall. But visit in the Spring and see how beautiful it is.
FALL - A FANTASTIC TIME TO BE IN TUSCANY.
September - Is Not the ‘Off-Season’
Many people believe that September is the best month for an eBike tour in Tuscany. The heat has lost its summers edge and yet it still feels ‘summery’.
September certainly isn't ‘off-season’ in Tuscany. The second and third weeks of September are very popular and consequently, the roads are a little busier, along with everything else.
Early morning temperatures are pleasant with midday highs of around 70-80F ( 23ºC average ). At night, temperatures range from 50's to mid-60’s (17ºC) with low humidity and very little rain.
October - a Surprising Freshness
From late September onwards, mornings start with a surprising freshness. As you glide down those winding Tuscan hills at 17mph on you're eBike at 9am, the fresh morning air finds it way up, around and through every little clothing gap and it is a little chilling.
On occasion you might witness the Tuscan valley mists. These will only add to the chill effect, but oh my, just wait until you see the rolling Tuscan hills with a feint mist settled in the valley bottom! You will tear up immediately!
TOP TIP: SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER: When on your eBike, always carry something light and wind proof that is easy to pack into your bike pannier.
Once the October mid-morning sun is high above the horizon and any memory of the morning air has evaporated, you'll be warm enough and by midday you could easily find temperatures between 66F and the mid/high 70’s ( 19ºC to 25ºC ).
May - Longer Days & More Sunshine
Spring daylight hours are longer than the Fall. From the 1st May you can expect over 14 hours of Tuscan sunlight. On the 1st May, the sunsets at 8.16pm. By mid-May it is setting at 8.30pm, which means darkness at around 9pm.
Average statistics show that May has 9 days of rain and 10% more average sunshine hours than September, with 11 hours per day!! The sun is powerful, while early mornings, as in September, can be chilly.
TOP TIP: Sunrise & Sunset for Tuscany
1st May 2017 6:07am to 8:16pm
28th Oct 2017 7.44am to 6.11pm
September - 12 hours of Daylight
The evenings close in quickly in Tuscany during September. On the first of the month, sunset is 7.49pm and by the month end it’s 6.57pm! Still, you have around 12 hours of full daylight with which to ride.
On average, September has 10 hours of sunshine per day and 9 days of rain, according to statistics.
Just make sure that you are well positioned for that famous Tuscan sunset.
YOU WANT SUNFLOWERS?
The time for sunflowers is the end of May through June and maybe early July. You don't get that in the Fall!
The Spring time colours of Tuscany are not the fields of gold that you would naturally default to, but they are nonetheless stunning!
TOP TIP: Minimum & Maximum Temperatures for Tuscany ( averages )
May 73°F / 23°C - 54°F / 12°C
June 81°F / 27°C - 59°F / 15°C
July 86°F / 30°C - 64°F / 18°C
August 86°F / 30°C - 63°F / 17°C
September 81°F / 27°C - 59°F / 15°C
October 72°F / 22°C - 52°F / 11°C
September - Warm & Dinner in the Dark
Temperatures are conducive to your evening dinner on the terrace, maybe accompanied by a pullover. But do consider that by the time you settle down for dinner, typically at 8pm, the sun has long since set.
May & June - Dining Out … Side!
While temperatures maybe a little down compared with September, dining al fresco, with a trusty pullover to hand, while watching the sunset over your Chianti Classico, may just make the difference between a lovely evening and one to really remember.
SHORT LIVED SHOWERS
Any time of the year can produce showers. However, during May and early June, you may have to contend with an odd rain shower, but these are usually short lived events. With the power of the Spring sun, the roads dry swiftly.
The roads are quieter and there is little or no dust on the strada bianca - the famous white roads of Tuscany.
THE NOSE OF THE VINE
September is the main month for the vendemia, or vine harvesting and wine making season. The vineyards are buzzing and you can often catch the vapour of wine in the air.
It can be argued that this is not the time to visit the vineyards, as they are focused on the business at hand. The smaller vineyards may not have the time to manage visitors while the larger, well known always have dedicated staff for tours.
The very best month for an eBike Tour in Tuscany is May, or maybe June. No, it’s September!
Oh you decide ... or do both!