Walking in March on the Tuscan Stages

Walking in March on the Tuscan Stages

March offers a transition from winter to spring, with unpredictable weather and variable trail conditions. The month brings an increase in temperatures, but occasional showers are also common. While the trail may not be suitable for all pilgrims due to the changing weather, March offers an opportunity to explore Florence and experience uncrowded popular attractions. If you walk the entire route, Assisi and Rome will also be less crowded by the time you arrive.

Key Highlights

  1. March has unpredictable weather and variable trail conditions.
  2. Florence and other cities are less crowded, making it a great time to explore.
  3. Trail conditions may not be suitable for all pilgrims due to the changing weather.
  4. The first consistent stream of pilgrims begins in March, but numbers remain small.
  5. Accommodations are limited but available on most stages.
  6. Public transportation is active for all stages.

Weather and Trail Conditions

In March, expect fluctuating temperatures and the possibility of rain, with average temperatures around 5.9ºC. Snow may still cover some parts of the trail, particularly at higher elevations and in the beginning of the month.

  • Average temp: 5.9ºC
  • Average Low Temp: 2.7ºC
  • Average High Temp: 14.3ºC
  • Rainy Days: 8
  • Rainfall (mm): 89
  • Trail Conditions: Many parts could be snow-covered, especially in the beginning of the month.


Pack layers, as temperatures can vary throughout the day. Include a raincoat and umbrella for occasional showers, as well as waterproof footwear in case of wet trail conditions.


March weather can be unpredictable, so check the forecast and trail conditions before setting out. Carry appropriate clothing and gear, and be prepared for changing weather.

Pilgrims and Accommodations

Number of Pilgrims

The first consistent stream of pilgrims usually begins in March, though numbers remain small.

Stages with Open Accommodations

Accommodations will be limited but may be found on all stages except Consuma. This is the month where smaller accommodations start opening for the season. It is not an ideal time for walking the trail independently.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is active for all stages. Buses in the Casentensi forests serving Camaldoli and La Verna monasteries are open.

Starting in Florence in March

March is a great month to start in Florence if you want to explore the museums and experience uncrowded popular attractions. The trail conditions, however, may not be easy for most pilgrims, and the weather will be cold in the mountains.

Experiencing Florence in March

Florence is quieter in March, with fewer crowds and cooler temperatures. Enjoy activities such as a countryside Fiat 500 Tour or Truffle Hunting, which might be fully booked or too hot to fully enjoy in high summer.

Foods Highlighted in Month

In March, try the Italian vegetable agretti, also known as “Barba di Frate” (Monk’s Beard). This underrated succulent is known for its anti-aging and detoxifying properties.

Special Activities and Events in March

Florence and Casentino Events

  • International Women’s Day (March 8th): Italian tradition is to gift the women in your life a yellow mimosa flower, as a sign of respect and solidarity.
  • First Sunday of the Month: State-owned museums (Uffizi, Bargello, and others) and archaeological sites offer free admission.
  • Taste Fair: Dedicated to excellence in food, wine, objects, and ideas that rule contemporary Italian culture.
  • Free Florence Museums: The first Sunday of the month offers free admission to state-owned museums and archaeological sites in Florence, including the Uffizi and Bargello.

Tips for Walking the Tuscan Stages in March

  1. Due to unpredictable weather and trail conditions, it is essential to check forecasts and plan accordingly.
  2. Carry appropriate clothing and gear and be prepared for anything from rain and wind to bright and sunny skies.
  3. Dress in layers to adapt to fluctuating temperatures, and pack a raincoat and umbrella.
  4. Starting the trail in Florence in March allows you to explore museums and experience uncrowded popular attractions, but be prepared for cold weather in the mountains.

Beyond Tuscany

Umbria Stages: Pieve Santo Stefano to Assisi to Rieti (Stages 7-23)

During March, the Umbria stages can be challenging due to the possibility of snow-covered trails, especially at the beginning of the month. The average temperature is 5.9°C, and there are typically eight rainy days, with 89mm of rainfall. Despite the weather, this period marks the beginning of the first consistent stream of pilgrims, though still small in number. If Easter falls in March, expect a surge in airfare and hotels, and be sure to plan accordingly. March is also the time when Italy’s Carnavale, a significant event with parades and parties, may take place, depending on the liturgical calendar.

Lazio Stages: Rieti to Rome (Stages 24-28)

March weather in Lazio is similarly unpredictable, with a mix of rain, wind, and sunny skies. Average temperatures in Rome reach 15°C, and the city experiences about 69mm of precipitation.

During this month, Rome sees fewer tourists, making it an ideal time to visit popular attractions without the crowds. As you walk the Lazio stages, be prepared for varying weather conditions by dressing in layers and carrying waterproof gear. The shoulder season, which includes March, is considered the best time to visit the region due to comfortable weather and fewer tourist crowds.

By walking the Tuscan, Umbrian, and Lazio stages in March, you can enjoy the beginning of the shoulder season with less crowded attractions and more comfortable weather. However, be prepared for unpredictable conditions and plan accordingly to ensure a safe and enjoyable pilgrimage.


March offers a unique opportunity for pilgrims walking the Via di Francesco in Tuscany, with fewer crowds in popular cities and a blend of winter and spring conditions. To make the most of your experience, remember to:

  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather, including fluctuating temperatures and occasional showers
  • Enjoy the quieter atmosphere in Florence, Assisi, and Rome
  • Plan ahead for limited accommodations and consider guided excursions
  • Dress in layers and carry waterproof gear to adapt to changing conditions