When to go to Florence: climate, best time and tips month by month

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The city of Florence, the capital of Tuscany, has a generally mild climate, characterized by hot summers and cold but not too harsh winters.
The climate of Florence is strongly influenced by its position, in a valley closed by the hills to the south, and by the slopes of the Apennines to the north, elements that make the climate slightly more continental than the coastal resorts.
What is the best time to visit the city? A trip to Florence is always worthwhile, but the best weather conditions are certainly found from April to June, and then again in September and October.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Florence: the cheapest period
  3. Florence in Spring
  4. Florence in Summer
  5. Florence in Autumn
  6. Florence in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: spring (April-June) and early autumn (September-October). Florence is always enjoyable, but in these months the temperature is pleasant and the excessive heat of summer is avoided
  • Period to avoid: none in particular, but from November to February it can get cold and rain often, and dark days discourage walks and outdoor activities

The climate of Florence can be defined as temperate Mediterranean, with relatively mild winters and hot and sunny summers.
Winter in Florence is cold and often humid, but fortunately it doesn't last very long. Average temperatures in January range from 1 ° C to 10 ° C, snowfalls are rare.
Summers are very hot, with average maximum temperatures of over 30 ° C, sometimes even reaching 40 ° C. July and August are definitely the hottest months, unsuitable for a visit to the city due to the extreme heat. The position of Florence, in a valley embedded in the hills, makes it one of the hottest cities in Italy in summer.
Precipitation tends to increase in spring, albeit the wettest season is autumn.

From a climatic point of view, the best time to visit Florence is spring, from the second half of April to May.

When to go to Florence: the cheapest period

The cheapest period to visit the city of Florence is certainly the autumn-winter one, starting from November, and then in January-February, when the prices of hotels and tourist services in general tend to drop considerably.

The best compromise between climate and savings is in the months of March and October.

Florence in Spring

The Florentine spring is a mild and sunny season, although rains are also frequent, especially in April, still rather unstable.
From the second half of April and from May, the temperatures start to get hotter and the days more and more beautiful, allowing you to enjoy the city to the fullest.
Spring is certainly the best time to visit Florence and its beauties, in particular its wonderful gardens, such as the Bardini Garden, with a beautiful panoramic view over the city, the Torrigiani Garden, in English style, and also the Iris Garden and the Rose Garden, with their spectacular blooms .
Then in May do not miss the appointment with Artigianato e Palazzo, in the splendid setting of the Corsini Garden, an event dedicated to Florentine and world craftsmanship.

Florence in Summer

Florence in summer can put your endurance to the test. In fact, the city is very hot this season and sunny, with maximum temperatures reaching even peaks of 40 °.
Although the heat is not helpful to those who want to walk the length and breadth of the city, it can also be said that in this season Florence is experiencing a real cultural ferment. In fact, from the end of May, the Florentine Summer season opens, with concerts, shows, and many outdoor events, to enjoy the pleasant summer evenings.

Florence in Autumn

Autumn in Florence is another particularly pleasant season to visit the city, especially around September-early October, when the days are still quite warm and bright. On the other hand, going towards November, the temperature changes significantly, and also the rainfall becomes more abundant and frequent.
In autumn, as in spring, you can take the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful walk in the city center, or along the Lungarno, or even enjoy the beautiful city parks and gardens, with their wonderful autumn colors. For example, you could go as far as the hills of Fiesole, to admire the Bosco di Fonte Lucente of Villa Peyron, with its magnificent terraces facing the city, capable of offering a unique panorama.

Florence in Winter

All in all, winter in Florence is quite mild, the average January temperature is about 6 °. However, cold and windy days are also frequent, with night frosts. In some cases it can even snow, although this is a fairly sporadic event.
In general, however, you can easily visit the city without major problems, taking advantage of the fact that it is low season and consequently there are fewer tourists. For example, you could take the opportunity to enjoy the Uffizi without the crowds that you usually find in other seasons.
And if you travel during the Christmas period, you can enjoy the delicious ones Christmas markets that take place in the city: you can find them in Piazza Santa Croce, in Piazza SS Annunziata, in Piazza Santo Spirito and Palazzo Corsini. All events not to be missed!

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: although the winter temperatures in Florence are not too low, we advise you to bring quite warm clothes, scarves, gloves and a hat. Don't forget the umbrella.
  • In summer: Florentine summer is very hot, we advise you to wear light cotton clothing, open shoes. Just remember to have something to cover yourself with when you enter churches.
  • In autumn and spring: bring light t-shirts with you, but also arm yourself with a trench coat and a warmer garment, so you can dress in layers.

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