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wahootiger
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Tuscany late September v. Mid November
The fiance and I are trying to plan a trip to Italy, most likely Tuscany, for our big honeymoon trip (note, we're not going right after the wedding and will be taking a "mini-moon" instead, so this will be more of a "regular" trip as opposed to the lounge around and do nothing honeymoon trip).

We are thinking 10 days (Thursday - Sunday) with flights in and out of Rome. The tentative itinerary would be 2 nights Florence (train from Rome), four nights Montepulciano (or another similar town), 2 nights Siena, 1 night Rome - fly out.

we're weighing going in either mid to late September or the second week of November. The flights in November are better/cheaper, and it would be low season thus (hopefully) allowing us to avoid hordes of tourists. We're a bit concerned about the weather, less about the cold and more so about rain. On the flip side, late September would allow us to enjoy better weather (eating outside, more enjoyable trips to small towns, etc.), but things may still be a bit crowded.

Does anyone have any experience that might tip the scales either way? If we go the September route, we could possibly head south to Amalfi instead of Tuscany, but I worry its still going to be pretty crowded.

If its helpful, when we travel we like to eat, drink, and look at beautiful/cool things and scenery.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
This post was edited on 5/14 at 9:53 am


AbitaFan08
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re: Tuscany late September v. Mid November
We were there last September and it was the most ideal time to go. The temperature is great, the tourist season has all but passed, and it’s harvest season, which is really interesting.


wahootiger
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re: Tuscany late September v. Mid November
Thanks for the info. Where generally did y'all go?


AbitaFan08
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re: Tuscany late September v. Mid November
We went to a number of areas in northern Italy:

Modena
Lake Como
Florence
Cinque Terre
Alba


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VABuckeye
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re: Tuscany late September v. Mid November
We were in Tuscany at the end of September last year. The harvest festivals in the little towns are a blast and the weather is usually perfect. I'd be more worried about cold reain in November than warmer rain in September. We had no rain at all last September and were able to wear shorts and polos every day.

We also visited the Amalfi Coast and it was very crowded. It's just something you deal with there.


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hungryone
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re: Tuscany late September v. Mid November
Late Sept is a great time, weatherwise. Still pretty summery, in temps, and generally dry. I prefer October, as it's a bit cooler, and the olive harvest is underway.

November will likely be nice as well. It's not super rainy (by southern LA standards, anyway) in Tuscany anyway.

Have you been to Italy previously? For a first trip to that country, I'd pick Tuscany and Lazio (region of Rome) over the Amalfi Coast.


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geauxpurple
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re: Tuscany late September v. Mid November
We did 10 days in Tuscany last spring. We spent 3 days in Florence and a week at a villa in the countryside about half way between Florence and Siena. We had a rental car and did Siena, Montepulciano and the other hill towns as day trips. This is one of my favorite vacations. I have always gone in the spring so I can't comment on September vs. November.


wahootiger
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re: Tuscany late September v. Mid November
Thanks for all the info. We’re leaning towards September if we can get work to cooperate - the option of having an aperol spritz in an outdoor cafe is turning out to be the trump card.


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