Walking in November on the Tuscan Stages

Walking in November on the Tuscan Stages

November sees fewer crowds and lower-priced accommodation, but the weather has turned grey and rainy. The mountainous eastern and northwestern regions will be colder, hovering around freezing. Visit the National Park Foreste Casentinesi in the Apennines for some of the country’s best fall foliage viewing.

Key Highlights

  • November offers fewer crowds, lower-priced accommodations, and beautiful fall foliage in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park
  • Expect unpredictable, cold, and rainy weather, with snow on some trails
  • Some accommodations may be closed for the season
  • Trail conditions may be difficult or dangerous; consider hiring a guide
  • Enjoy seasonal foods like white truffles, Schiacciata dei Santi, and Castagnaccio

Weather and Trail Conditions

In November, expect unpredictable weather with more grey, rainy days. Temperatures range from 4.2ºC to 10.5ºC, with the northern regions being colder and windier.

  • Average temp: 7.1ºC
  • Average Low Temp: 4.2ºC
  • Average High Temp: 10.5ºC
  • Rainy Days: 10
  • Rainfall (mm): 137
  • Trail Conditions: Trails will likely be covered in snow and may be dangerous. Avoid certain portions of the Way of St Francis between November and March due to the risk of trail washouts, overflowing streams, and lost signage.


Pack warm, waterproof clothing, including jackets and sweaters, along with waterproof boots to stay comfortable while exploring.


Due to the winter climate, heavy rain, and snow, walking certain portions of the Way of St Francis between November and March can be dangerous. Avoid these sections to minimize the risk of hypothermia and getting lost. Consider hiring a guide if you must walk during these months.

Pilgrims and Accommodations

Number of Pilgrims

Expect around 10-20 pilgrims per stage per week through Tuscany, with more pilgrims on the stages beyond Tuscany.

Stages with Open Accommodations

All stages except for Consuma are likely to have options. It’s possible to book in Consuma in the early half of the month.

Booking Recommendation

You may not need to book accommodations far in advance due to the lower number of pilgrims in November. However, be prepared for some accommodations to be closed for the season.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is available, but expect reduced services and schedules during the winter months.

Starting in Florence in November

November is a great time to explore the museums and experience uncrowded popular attractions in Florence. However, the trail conditions may be difficult or dangerous without a guide due to snow, and accommodations may be limited because some smaller accommodations may be closed.

Experiencing Florence in November

With fewer tourists, November is a quiet month to visit Florence, allowing you to appreciate the city’s culture, art, and food. Enjoy the annual Tartufo Bianco (White Truffle) season and indulge in seasonal bakery treats like Schiacciata dei Santi and Castagnaccio.

Foreste Casentinesi National Park in November

November offers stunning fall foliage in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park. Despite the colder and wetter conditions, this is an ideal time to experience the park’s natural beauty. Dress warmly and prepare for potential snow on the trails.

Foods Highlighted in November

November brings the Tartufo Bianco (White Truffle) season and an abundance of seasonal bakery treats. Enjoy local dishes featuring these ingredients.

  • White Truffles: Indulge in dishes showcasing the prized white truffles, such as pasta, risotto, and bruschetta with truffle shavings.
  • Schiacciata dei Santi: A seasonal sweet treat, this flatbread is flavored with raisins, walnuts, and candied fruit.
  • Castagnaccio: A traditional Tuscan chestnut flour cake, often enjoyed at local Chestnut Festivals in towns like Stia.

Special Activities and Events in November

Florence and Casentino Events

  • All Saints Day: A national holiday celebrated on November 1st, locals visit the graves of their loved ones throughout Tuscany and Italy.
  • Chestnut Festivals: Taking place throughout October and November, these festivals enliven towns and villages in the mountainous areas of Tuscany, particularly in the Pratomagno area. Stia is known for its Chestnut Festival, where you can enjoy various chestnut-based specialties.
  • Firenze Marathon: One of the world’s top 20 marathons, this event in Florence takes runners through and around the historic center, passing many prestigious art and architecture sights.

Tips for Walking the Tuscan Stages in November

Trail conditions may be difficult or dangerous due to snow, making it advisable to hire a guide. Some smaller accommodations may be closed, so plan accordingly. However, starting in Florence in November allows you to experience uncrowded museums and popular attractions.

Beyond Tuscany

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

In November, pilgrims may face challenging weather conditions, including heavy rain and snow, making it unwise to walk certain portions of the Way of St Francis. However, you can still expect fewer crowds and lower-priced accommodations. Be prepared for possible trail washouts, overflowing streams, and lost signage due to snow.

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

Similar to the Umbria stages, November brings unpredictable weather, including rain and snow. This can create challenging conditions for pilgrims, but also offers the advantage of fewer crowds and lower-priced accommodations. Ensure you pack warm and waterproof clothing, as well as waterproof boots, to stay comfortable while exploring.

November offers several advantages for walking the Via di Francesco, including:

  • Fewer crowds
  • Lower-priced accommodations
  • Stunning fall foliage in Foreste Casentinesi National Park

However, prepare for:

  • Unpredictable, cold, and rainy weather
  • Snow on some trails
  • Possible closed accommodations
  • Difficult or dangerous trail conditions (consider hiring a guide)

Don’t forget to savor November’s seasonal delights like white truffles and traditional bakery treats.