Best Times to Visit Florence
The best time to visit Florence is between May and September when warm weather ushers in art festivals, open-air dining and the kind of Italian sunshine that inspired the Renaissance painters. Unfortunately, it also brings sweltering weather, tourist swarms and high hotel rates. If you visit in late fall or winter, you'll enjoy lower room rates and much shorter lines at the Uffizi. But the meteorological conditions won't be as hospitable, with low temperatures dropping into the mid-30s Fahrenheit.
Weather in Florence
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
In April, you'll experience temperatures in the 45- to 65-degree Fahrenheit range, making a light coat necessary – although the Italian sunshine still beams bright. During this time of year, you also have a higher chance of scoring a deal on a hotel. But you also might contend with children on school trips and more rain showers.
Florence is alive at this time when the vibrant sunshine, festivals and open-air restaurants lure travelers. But just as temperatures (average highs in the upper 80s) and tourist crowds swell, so do hotel rates. Book your room several months in advance to secure your place. Note that many Italians go on vacation in August, meaning some shops and restaurants may close for a few weeks at a time. However, most businesses around the center of Florence will likely remain open to appeal to visiting tourists.
Temperatures between the mid-30s and upper 50s keep tourists at a minimum. But if you're willing to brave the cold conditions – sometimes icy and windy – you'll enjoy fewer lines at major attractions and reduced hotel rates.
The fall sweet spot, October, features mild weather with warm days and barely chilly nights – average highs linger in the low 70s. Plus, the city will have emptied out a bit after summertime's tourist rush.
Popular Times to Visit Florence
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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