11 Apr 2010

Nobody likes rainy days when we are on holiday. But Tuscany has much to offer even when the weather is… like today!

10 things to do in Tuscany when it rains

Spring drives me crazy: yesterday it was warm enough to be outside in short sleeves and today it’s cold, windy and rainy.

We had planned to attend Festa della Pina on Monte Amiata, by the beautiful Pieve ad Lamulas near Arcidosso, but from my window in Civitella I can see that it’s pouring on the top of the mountain. So, no point in going.

We have had many guests at Casina di Rosa, our vacation rental near Siena, ask what they could do if it rains while they are here in Tuscany. This is certainly a place where you can have a completely different experience when the weather is nice, being the perfect spot for drives, hikes and lazy wandering around in the countryside and to the hill-top towns of southern Tuscany such as Montalcino and Pienza or Massa Marittima and Pitigliano.

So, here are 10 things to do in Tuscany when it rains (besides hoping for the sun to come back soon!):

Or just stay home and cuddle!


  1. A most useful post – there’s nothing worse than trekking around a city with wet feet and pant legs. Right now it’s stopped raining (speriamo) but as soon as it starts again, I’m going to tweet this!
    I really appreciate how much information you pack into each post. You can tell that you do this out of love.

  2. Ciao Alexandra! Very sweet comment, thank you! I am always trying to provide useful information both for our future guests and for travelers to Tuscany! I find that many people come under the impression that if you happen to be in Southern Tuscany when the weather is not very good, the holiday is ruined. Instead, even if we all prefer sunny days, there is so much one can do even if the weather is not very “cooperative”, and sometimes we make incredible discoveries.
    A hug to you!


    we will be in San Giminiano agri turismo from the 12-17th April with my in laws and sister in law. can you pls help us plan these 5 days,can you pls help us plan this holiday , we are not much into art, love good food and wine. so pls suggest some nice restaurants. thanks a lot for your help.

  4. Mary Fletcher

    Thanks for your suggestions. We are loving Florence and on day 2 of 11 days. We are well used to rain, being British, so it won’t spoil our holiday. There is so much to discover and the Italians are wonderful. Our hotel is very friendly and well situated for everything. Grazie!

    • My pleasure Mary!


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