Weather in Siena

Climate and travel tips

Visit this city all year round

They say you must travel to not become blind. Whether it’s a long-awaited summer holiday, a Christmas trip, or a short weekend escape from work commitments, there’s one place in Italy that can be visited all year round. Siena is fabulous in all seasons, so you can get away any time. This is thanks to its location in a hilly area in the centre of Tuscany. Sitting at about 350 meters above sea level, it enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate.

Therefore, the city of the Palio welcomes thousands of visitors every year attracted by the historical, artistic and architectural heritage of the medieval centre.Walking in Siena’s old town or around the walls and exploring the surrounding areas and the Chianti vineyards is a unique, fascinating and engaging travel experience.

With its rich calendar of events and pleasant climate, Siena guarantees travellers a relaxing stay in every season. So, if you are planning a trip in the heart of Tuscany, here are some tips on what to see, what to do, and the best time to plan your visit.

Summer in Siena

Summer in Siena tends to be hot and sunny. Visiting at this time, not only will you be able to walk around the medieval city, but you can also immerse yourself in nature and enjoy truly unique wildlife experiences. During the summer months, we recommend you book a Canoe tour of Lake Chiusi, which is a natural oasis 5 km from the old town of Chiusi, the ancient capital of the Etruscan civilization.

In addition to hiking and tasting typical products, the tour also includes activities like birdwatching and fishing. If you love two wheels, you won’t be able to resist the charm of riding a Vespa through the Tuscan countryside, an image that cinema and TV have reproduced countless times on the big and small screen.

Are you ready for a tour through vineyards and ancient villages with the wind in your hair?

In summer, every Sienese is eagerly awaiting the Palio di Siena (2 July and 16 August). This is when the city’s neighbourhoods compete in one of Italy’s most traditional horse races.

During summer evenings in Siena, you can hear the elegant notes from jazz to opera of the music festivals scheduled from June to August and hosted in evocative outdoor locations such as castle courtyards or abbey gardens.

What attractions does Siena offer in SUMMER?

Siena in autumn

Are you looking for ideas for an autumn trip to Tuscany?

The mild and pleasant temperatures favour outdoor activities such as ‘Eroica’, the cycling event featuring vintage racing bikes. The landscape around Siena becomes atmospheric, with the colours of nature and the chestnuts, truffles,grapes and olives havests.

For instance, Chianti becomes a picture-perfect dream in autumn. This is the time of year to get lost among the vineyards and discover the ancient food and wine traditions and flavours of fine Tuscan cuisine. Wineries and oil mills are enrich the Sienese countryside with unforgettable gourmet experiences.

What attractions does Siena offer in AUTUMN?

Winter in Siena

Fog over the Crete Senesi valley?

The images you can find online of this scenery would make anyone dream. You can admire this landscape in person, especially in winter. At the end of the day from December to March, mist envelops the hills near Siena. With temperatures between 8 to 10 degrees maximum, you can enjoy wonderful walks in medieval villages, looking for exhibitions and cultural tours or food and wine tours to taste typical Sienese products, such as Cinta Senese pork, Chianina beef, Pecorino cheese and freshly pressed olive oil. Little ones will love the Christmas Markets of Montepulciano, where they can visit the house of Father Christmas in the fortress and admire the lights shining off the buildings and a fairytale atmosphere.

What attractions does Siena offer in WINTER?

Siena in spring

In spring, the average maximum temperatures in Siena rise from 12°C to 24°C, the ideal weather for setting off on a weekend trip to Tuscany. The season before summer is the perfect time to press the reset button.

Did you know that some of the most beautiful hot springs in the world can be found around Siena?

San Casciano dei Bagni, Bagno Vignoni and Chianciano Terme are little havens of relaxation, where the landscape plays a key role.

From natural gems of rare beauty to wellness springs, this is the best time for a wellness vacation.

Spring is also by definition the season of rebirth after the winter slumber, the time of flowers blooming. At this time of year, don’t miss the Flower Festival in Greve in Chianti in early May.

Meanwhile, Radda nel Bicchiere is an initiative curated by some 20 local wine producers to present the best labels under the spring sky.

What attractions does Siena offer in SPRING?