During the high season (March, April, May, and October), Florence hosts around 25,000 people per day. During the super-high season (June, July, August, and September), the city hosts around 40,000 people per day, which is more than 1 million people per month. But what is the best month to visit the city? Let’s savor the best and cover the rest, as you might be pleasantly surprised to know that almost every month in Florence has its own traveling quirks.

Visiting Florence in March: The Best Travelling Decision

March is a great month to visit Florence.

March is considered the beginning of the high tourist season in Florence, with an average of 25,000 people visiting the city per day. So it is crowded, but you can still find a table in a good restaurant on the same day. Climbing the cathedral’s dome will require booking 2 days in advance. The temperature is also great; during the daytime, it is around 17°C [62,6°F]; after sunset, it drops to 7°C [44,6°F]. March is also the month school groups visit the city because prices are low and the weather is quite lovely. Usually, you have 4 to 5 rainstorms in March, after which you get to enjoy beautiful sunsets. 

Is it a Good Idea to Visit Florence in April? Perfect Weather

April is a good month to visit Florence.

Experience a unique blend of weather conditions in April. During the day, the temperatures are similar to those in March, hovering around 17°C [62,6°F]. However, the weather turns cooler after sunset, sometimes dropping to 0°C [32°F]. This is because April is the windiest month, with cold winds reaching 30 km/h [18.6 mph]. The occasional intermittent rains and the cold wind create a unique atmosphere with lower humidity and clear air. It’s worth noting that Easter falls on the 1st of April in 2024, so the beginning of the month tends to be very crowded, with around 30,000 tourists per day. 

The second half of the month is slightly warmer. During the day we are somewhere around 22°C [71,6°F], after sunset it drops to 11°C [51,8°F]. We’re talking about intermittent rains that require a plastic poncho rather than an umbrella, and it can be pretty windy, but nothing a poncho won’t fix. The second half of April has amazing sunsets every other day. On the 25th of April, there is Liberation Day, and a week later, there are May holidays, so the last week of April is one of the most crowded weeks in spring. You will need to book everything 3-4 days in advance. 

Traveling to Florence in May: What Is There to Know?

May is a great month to visit Florence.

Enjoys beautiful weather with 26°C [78,8°F] during the day, and it drops to 14°C [57,2°F] after sunset, however the first half of the month can be quite rainy. It won’t be cold, nor particularly humid, just rainy. The 1st of May is a national holiday making it extremely crowded, then there are several May holidays attracting EU tourists, with an average of 35 000 tourists per day.  

Second half of May has perfect summer temperatures around 28°C [82,4 °F] during the day and around 15°C [59°F] after sunset. Toward the end of the month we will be entering the super-high season and the city will become extremely crowded and quite expensive. Booking climbing of the cathedral’s dome needs to be done a week in advance. Top restaurants can still be found available on weekdays, but Friday through Sunday require booking a couple of days in advance.

Savoring June in Florence

June is a good month to visit Florence. 

The first half of June has good hot weather, but the city is notoriously rainy and very crowded. With some exceptions, such as the year 2022, the first half of June tends to have multiple thunderstorms and high humidity (80%) in preparation for the next 3 months of unbearable heat with no precipitation. The temperature is around 30°C [86°F] daytime and around 22°C [71,6°F] after sunset. 

The second half of June: 35°C [95°F] daytime and 26°C [78,8°F] after sunset, which happens at 9 pm – that is 2 hours before restaurants close their kitchens, yet having dinner earlier than that is quite difficult because of the heat. June has good, hot summer weather and low humidity, but it is very crowded. On the good side, we’re usually done with the rain by the third week of June. 

Fiery July in Florence: Unveiling the City’s Summer Spectacle

July is a bad month to visit Florence

You have extremely hot weather, crazy crowds, and hotel prices at their highest. All the tourists who visit Italy in summer take a day trip to Florence, so the number of tourists is extreme, peaking at 40,000 people daily. The skip-the-line ticket to the Uffizi has a 30-minute line. Climbing the cathedral’s dome is sold out 10 days ahead. You will be queuing for everything: bathrooms, gelato, museums, pizza – everything. 

Train tickets between major cities are also sold out in advance, and because of the crowds, trains are always late. The temperature in the first half of July is around 36°C [96,8°F] during the day and 26°C [78,8°F] at night. In the second half of July, the weather gets worse, with an average of 43°C [109,4 °F] during the day and 30°C [86°F] at night. 

Exploring Florence During Sizzling August

August is the worst month to visit Florence.

August is generally terrible. There is unbearable heat and crazy crowds, and all locals close their businesses for holidays. Italian national holidays start on the 15th of August, and the entire country goes to either the mountains or the sea. In the city center, you are left with McDonald’s and the worst tourist restaurants that serve spoiled food, as the suppliers of fresh products are also on holiday. Yet the hotel prices are still peaking. 

Temperatures are the same throughout August. Daytime, it reaches 45°C [113°F], and it drops to 33°C [91,4°F] during the night. On the worst days, it can reach 48°C [118,4 °F], but that happens around 5 pm.

How Come the Summer Temperatures on Other Websites are Different?

The average temperature on various meteorological websites is not calculated using data from the historic center but from the residential area, which is quite green and full of shade. 

Tourists are mainly located in the historic center or the old town. Even if you rent a room in the residential area, you will still spend most of your time in the old town since there is nothing to do in the residential area.

The old town is paved in black stone, and being a medieval city, there are no trees. All of the buildings are also made of stone. The stones get heated between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and they release the heat, turning the old town into an oven. You reach the worst temperatures between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. By 7 p.m., the temperature starts dropping.

Beautiful September in Florence. Top Tip: Be There in the Second Half

September is a good month to visit Florence, in the second half of the month.

The weather is still extremely hot in the first half of September, reaching 38°C [100,4°F] around 5 p.m. It is very crowded and very expensive.

In the second half of the month, we have good hot weather, similar to June. Temperatures are around 30°C [86°F] during the day, peaking at 5 p.m. at 35°C [95°F]. This time of the year is still expensive and quite crowded, with an average of 35,000 tourists per day.

October in Florence: The Best Month to Discover Wonderful City

October is the best month to visit Florence

The weather is excellent in the first half of the month. You enjoy an average of 30°C [86°F], which drops to 22°C [71,6°F] after sunset. In the second half of the month, you will already need a light jacket or a trenchcoat, as intermittent rain returns almost daily. The average temperature during the day is 24°C [75,2°F], which drops to 14°C [57,2°F] after sunset, which is always spectacular after the rain. 

 

What is the Rainy Season in Florence? November!

November is a good month to visit Florence, but it rains everyday.

With Florence being a museum town, boasting 78 museums in the historic center, November offers a unique opportunity to explore these cultural gems. Despite the daily rain, a simple umbrella and a trench coat will allow you to enjoy the city without the usual crowds, queues, and everything being sold out 2 weeks ahead.

In November, you don’t need to book anything in advance. In the first half of the month, you still enjoy warm temperatures with an average of 14°C [57,2 °F] during the day. At night, it can drop to  0°C [32°F], but that happens rarely. Locals working in tourism are more welcoming and caring, as there are no crowds blocking the streets.

December’s Humidity: Unveiling Florence’s Winter

December is a good month to visit Florence, but it is very humid.

The first half of December is great for visiting Florence if you can handle the 95% humidity, which occasionally transforms into light intermittent rain or fog. There are no crowds on the streets, primarily because of the weather, which is not suitable for photography as it is quite gray. 

December in Florence is considered autumn with an average temperature around 11°C [51,8°F] during the day, and 3°C [37,4°F] during the night. Humidity makes it feel a lot colder than it is.

The second half of December is quite crowded because of internal tourism. This means that Italian people from other cities visit Florence for their Christmas holidays, and they usually travel with their kids, making it the loudest period of the year. The second half of the month is not a good time to visit Florence, as you will be standing in long lines at museums, and it feels pretty cold.

 

January in Florence: Quietest Time to Visit the City

January is a good month to visit Florence, but it is surprisingly cold. 

January is the first month of winter, and even though it never snows, the temperature can drop to -5 °C [23 °F]. Generally, the temperature in Florence is quite jumpy, but in winter, it jumps the most within a single day. You might find a beautiful sunny 14°C [57,2 °F] day and -5 °C [23 °F] with 85% humidity during the night. Sometimes, you can have the other way around when it is freezing in the daytime and warm at night.

There are no tourists around the city in January, and museums and restaurants use this month to do interior repairs and exterior restoration. So some businesses might close in January, but the city is continuing to live its life, and you get the vast majority of things available, with just one exception – gelato. Gelaterias go on holiday in January and February. 

What February Has in Store for Travelers?

February is a great month to visit Florence, in the second half of the month.

The first half of February is gray, humid, and swarming with students, as it is the time that falls onto carnival and attracts day trips from Venice and other European cities. Inter-european flight prices are very cheap, so you have enormous queues for the cheapest sandwich shops and pizzas in town.

The second half of February is sunny but still quite cool, with an average temperature around 13°C [55,4°F]. The last week of February is very windy, making it feel a lot colder than it is. 

In the second half of the month, you won’t find crowds and queues in Florence. Hotel prices are accessible to everyone, and considering the sunny winter weather that is suitable for photography, February is a great month to visit Florence.

The Lowdown

Have you made it this far? You can consider yourself an expert. The only thing left to do is pack your luggage for an adventure of a lifetime. Choose the best month to spend in Florence according to your preferences. Will it be a dense, sizzling July or a smooth March? Take your pick; you won’t be left disappointed.