Top 6 Places To Visit in Tuscany During Spring

written by Tiana Kai
Nonni Massa Marittima

Ah, there’s something about Springtime in Tuscany. The colors are turning, the nonni are out, the cuisine is shifting and the weather is nice and warm during the day with cool bursts at night.

Spring is a great time to visit Tuscany because there are less tourists and cheaper fares compared to Summer. There are also so many amazing events going on like the Florence Music Festival. For more events check out these Top Tasty Spring Events in Tuscany written by Tuscanycious.

If you’re interested in more tips, then join me for a Twitter chat on Tuesday April 14th at 12.00 EST / 18.00 GMT+2. The hashtag is #FKSpringVaca and it’s hosted by Flip Key. The topic is “Favorite Spring Destinations” and many other co-hosts are Tuscany experts, so get your questions ready. As for now, here are my top choices for spring in one of my favorite places on earth, Tuscany!

Top 6 Places To Visit in Tuscany During Spring

1. Elba Island

Why wait until Summer to hit the beach? Check out the 5o shades of aqua while exploring Elba. This is Napoleon’s old stopping ground filled with beautiful beaches, forts and incredible seafood!

Visit Tuscany in Spring Elba Island

2. Pitigliano

I love the Southern area of Tuscany called Maremma. Please, please, please make your way down to Pitigliano. This town is built on volcanic ash—tufo—and has amazing ruins and some of the best restaurants. You’ll thank me.

Visit Tuscany Pitigliano in Maremma

3. Massa Marittima

Another absolute favorite city in Maremma, Tuscany is Massa Marittima. It reminds me of a mini Siena and has so many amazing things to see like their very seductive fertility tree mural, amazing piazza on the hill top, a mining museum, romantic restaurants and incredible views from any bedroom.

Visit Tuscany Massa Marittima in Maremma

4. Viareggio

The Italian Riviera has lots to offer, and in Viareggio you’ll find a great boardwalk filled with shops, beach clubs (which are private in Italy with a daily rate), fried fish and nightclubs. FYI it’s a famous Tuscan destination for bachelor/bachelorette parties. This place is a zoo in August since the country shuts down and Italians swarm the beaches, so check this place out when it’s less crowded and not as hot!

Visit Tuscany in Spring, Viareggio

5. Colle Val d’Elsa

This is a charmer, so get prepared to never want to leave. A favorite food blogger of mine Juls’ Kitchen is from Colle Val d’Elsa and I can see why she loves it so much. There is a Michelin restaurant in town, incredible walls that seem to have a lot to say and a bakery with a pistacchio cannoli that will remind you why you traveled all this way.

Streets of Colle Val d'Elsa, Tuscnay

6. Your turn to visit Tuscany…

Visit Tuscany in Spring, Rose Garden Boboli

Boboli Rose Garden in Florence

It’s hard to limit the list down because there is also Carrara and Montemerano to name a few others. I have so many more amazing places to visit in Tuscany—I have a running travel list. What would you add and why?

*Check this link out for more information about the #FKSpringVaca Twitter chat, see you then!

What Tuscan city would you most likely visit?

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12 comments

Valerie @ GirlsGottaDrink.com April 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

I didn’t realize Elba was in Tuscany! It’s been on my bucket list since I moved to Italy. And, in recent months so has Maremma. Now I know where to go there.

So many destinations, so little time! Ciao ciao!

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Tiana Kai April 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Ya Elba was so fun, lots of little areas on the island to check out!

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Christina April 14, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Two of my favorite, more off the beaten path, spots for a spring weekend in Tuscany are Rapolano Terme for a relaxing day at the spa/hot springs, and Castello di Verrazzano for a tour of the winery and vineyards, followed by a glass of Chianti! If you want to make a whole weekend of it, the lovely Tuscan town of Siena is in between the two.

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Tiana Kai April 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Sounds like great ideas Christina, I have not been to either of those two towns. I love how much of Tuscany I have yet to see.

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Becky Padmore April 17, 2015 at 10:18 am

Oh will have to bookmark this, visiting (on a press trip) in the summer 🙂 Can’t wait!

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Tiana Kai April 17, 2015 at 10:35 pm

Oh how great, hope I’m around to meet you!

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Neno Predragovic May 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Great post. I have to admit I missed all places you mention here. People usually focus only on Florence, Pisa and Siena.
Neno
Neno

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Tiana Kai May 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm

And that’s why I wanted to share something different, you should see these places next time.

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Beatrice May 25, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Lovely old streets of Tuscany,,,,,Vivid pics!

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Tiana Kai May 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Thank you, it’s such an amazing part of the world.

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Rental Italy March 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Tuscany is really beautiful. Thank you! It’s a great pleasure to read such detailed and well-written guide.

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