When is the best time to visit?
Florence has a temperate climate with warm, dry summers and cool winters. July and August are the peak months of Florence’s high season which runs from April to mid-October. This is one of the best times to book flights to Florence with the cool evenings providing welcomed relief from the heat and pollution of the day.
Easter week is also a very busy time, and busloads of schoolchildren arrive from March to May to visit the museums and historical sights. On Easter Sunday, visitors will be able to experience the religious holiday in a very unique way. Scoppio del Carro dates back over 350 years and involves a wagon being led through the streets of Florence, by a pair of white oxen, to the square between the Baptistry and Cathedral. People flock to the streets embracing this traditional celebration, if you are planning to visit during the peak season then it is advisable to book your airline tickets well in advance.
You could take advantage of the shoulder season between April to June and September and October to book a cheap flight to Florence. The weather is pleasant and there are fewer tourists. September cools down to the low 20s, whilst December is cold and crisp, the rest of the winter tends to be cold and damp, temperature is usually about zero or just over it. Winter is also the rainy season, but it rarely snows.
In November, More than 8,000 individuals put their running shoes to take on the challenge of completing Florence’s 26.219 miles Marathon. Runners and spectators are taken on a journey through the spectacular sights of Florence, passing by The Dumo, Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Porta Romana and Stadia Comunale. Marathon enthusiast from around the world fly to Florence to participate in this annual event. Visitors and locals, either runners or spectators, are sure to experience a day of culture, history and enthusiasm. If participants still feel their adrenaline pumping after the race, they can enjoy and evening of celebrations at the Marathon after party which hosts good food and musical entertainment.
Architecturally Florence is one of Italy's most beautiful and must-see cities. The cobblestoned streets, honey-coloured buildings, sublime churches and works of art could suggest that Florence is a living museum - it is certainly a renaissance time capsule with art by Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo and Botticelli - and travellers visiting Florence will discover a warm, laidback city with a lively population.
It's thanks to the Medici family, enthusiastic patrons of the arts, that Florence is so full of treasures. The impossibly grand Church of San Lorenzo, near the Medici Palace, was the family's parish church and it's the final resting place of many of the Medicis. Other buildings associated with them include the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens and the Belvedere.
Florence is a great city in which to indulge in eating or shopping, it was also the fashion capital of Italy until Milan seized the crown in the 1960s. All the greats are here: Armani, Ferragamo, Gucci and Zegna. For bargains, visit the outlet shops or take a trip to the warehouses of Gucci and Prada.
Spring is generally warm and dry with temperatures in the teens during April and May. July and August are the hottest months with temperatures are in the high 20s.Getting from the airportAeroporto di Firenze (FLR) is located north of the city. There is a regular Airport Shuttle ‘Vola in Bus’ taking passengers from the airport terminal to the city for a reasonable price. Taxis are also available and take around 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
Getting around Florence
Florence is a walking city. There are so many pedestrians that traffic slows to a crawl. Take your time wandering through the winding alleys to any of Florence’s major attractions. You can also rent a bike to get around. Avoiding taxis and rental cars will help you save money.