The nation of Italy is the historic birthplace of modern empires, with the world's first superpower, the Roman Empire, emerging from this peninsula dangling off the European continent in the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region, and is considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural gem. If Rome was the city that gave rise to empires, Florence is the city that helped the world pull itself out of the so-called "Dark Ages." Today, Florence is a brilliant mixture of wonderful antiquities and modern amenities that makes it the perfect destination for your next trip.
When to visit
There isn't a bad time to introduce yourself to the city of Florence. Like all other tourist destinations on the planet, there are busy times in Florence and low periods. With so many ancient buildings and museums to visit in Florence, there is plenty to do in the city even when the weather is poor.
If you want to be able to enjoy the city of Florence and its surrounding regions without wearing layers, March and April offer the best opportunity to see the sites around town. The weather in Florence in March and April is warm, and marks a period when cafes and restaurants open their doors and windows to welcome the warm spring breezes.
For those of you who can handle the temperature extremes, January and February or late summer are great times to visit. Cold winter weather in January and February often keep the crowds at bay, as do the intense heat and humidity of an Italian summer in August. It is also worth noting, residents of Florence tend to go on holiday in late summer to cooler regions to escape the heat, resulting in the closure of many local shops.
The climate in Florence is classified as a subtropical climate, and its inland location in Italy's Tuscany region makes it susceptible to weather changes that other parts of the region don't experience. Florence does experience distinct seasons, but the differences aren't as extreme as other regions of the world.
July and August are the warmest months of the year, with an average high of 88 F (31 C) and 87 F (31 C) respectively. Along with those high temperatures, you can expect higher relative humidity. On the opposite end of the scale, December and January are the coolest months, with average highs of 50 F (10 C) in both months.
March through June and September through early November are the best times to visit the city. Temperatures are warm, with comfortable overnight lows, and the weather is relatively dry. With that said, November does have the most precipitation on average, with October, December, March, and April also receiving a good amount of rain.
If you have a love for history and culture, the Firenze Card is your ticket to all of the historical information you could possible hope to soak in during a visit to Florence. The 72-hour pass allows you access to roughly 30 museums across the city, free rides on public transportation, and in some cases, the ability to skip lines at museums and gain immediate access.
The Santo Spirito piazza is one of the most underappreciated locations in the city, and offers an excellent atmosphere to relax, chat, and enjoy a bottle of wine with friends or strangers. You'll find the Santo Spirito nicely separated from the hustle and bustle of the city's tourist heavy neighborhoods.
Last but not least, if you want to truly relax, pay a visit to Impruneta's spa. The Impruneta spring brings thermal waters from two sources and is ideal if you just want to relax, or want relief from respiratory diseases or skin allergies.
You can try, but it is unlikely you'll see everything you want or should during one visit to Florence. Nevertheless, you can do your best to visit some of the city's must-see sites. Start with a visit to Gelleria degli Uffizi, which is one of the world's most famous museums of fine art. Its collection includes a variety of Renaissance paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity. Visit the city's many historic government and religious buildings, such as the Duomo di Firenze and the Palazzo Vecchio. The former is the city's marquee cathedral, while the latter is an old city palace and city hall that is now adorned with fine art.
Tips & Recommendations
• Shops in the city's historic central neighborhoods close for two weeks to a month during August when locals head out on holiday.
• Tap water is safe in Florence, but bottled water is readily available as well.
• Don't skip the wine; you're in Tuscany after all.
• Florence is generally safe, but keep an eye on your wallet or purse in crowded tourist districts as pickpockets are common.
Hotel Pensione Ottaviani is modest and comfortable, with a 1-star rating. The rooms here are small in number and the hospitality is highly regarded. Uffizi Gallery and Torrigiana Gardens are close enough to reach on foot from here. This lodging is not far from Boboli Gardens. Loggia del Bigallo is no more than 2km (1.25mi) from here. Palazzo dei Congressi is easily accessible.
The 3-star Hotel Albion offers a delightful balance of value and service. You won't get lost in a crowd here, as there are fewer than 20 rooms. Enjoy good connections to surrounding areas via Santa Maria Novella railway station. Cultural options in the vicinity include Casa di Dante Museum and Museum dell'Opera del Duomo. This lodging is near numerous points of interest, including Loggia del Bigallo. For business travelers, this location provides close proximity to Palazzo dei Congressi.
Lungarno Vespucci 50 has 4 stars. This is a great choice for a more private, intimate stay. Attractions such as Casa di Dante Museum and Loggia del Bigallo are within walking distance. Peretola Airport is the nearest airport. If you plan on visiting Piazza della Republica, Bridge Vecchio or Palace Pitti, this accommodation is a good choice. Torrigiana Gardens, Le Pavoniere Swimming Pool and Uffizi Gallery are popular destinations you can easily reach from this accommodation. The young at heart will enjoy Ippodromo Galoppo.
The modest-sized Relais Piazza Signoria offers attentive service. The accommodation is near Santa Maria Novella railway station for easy accessibility. This district is jam-packed with landmarks such as Piazza della Signoria, Palace Vecchio and Bridge Vecchio. This is a good location from which to visit Loggia del Bigallo, just 0.4 km (0.2 miles) away. Boboli Gardens is a popular attraction you can visit easily from this location.
If you prefer a more intimate property, Granduomo Charming Accomodation is a good option. Uffizi Gallery and Torrigiana Gardens are close enough to reach on foot from here. This lodging is a good choice for visiting Loggia del Bigallo, which can be reached on foot from here. Nearby museum choices include Museum dell'Opera del Duomo and Casa di Dante Museum. Palazzo dei Congressi draws many visitors to Florence for special events.
Family Apartments is located close to Santa Maria Novella railway station, for convenient transportation connections. Piazza della Signoria, Palace Vecchio and Piazza della Republica are all within walking distance from here. In the surrounding area is the interesting Loggia del Bigallo. Badia Fiorentina is well worth a visit during your stay in Florence.
Max Apartments's small size creates a more homey atmosphere. Bustling Santa Maria Novella railway station takes you to all points of interest in and around Florence. This district is jam-packed with landmarks such as Piazza della Republica, Gherardesca Gardens and Piazza della Signoria. Uffizi Gallery and Torrigiana Gardens are close enough to reach on foot from here. The nearby Palazzo dei Congressi is a popular venue.
Olga's House's small size creates a more homey atmosphere. Near this location, you can visit Loggia del Bigallo monument. Nearby Casa di Dante Museum and IMSS Museum are important cultural attractions. During your time in Florence, you might enjoy a trip to Boboli Gardens. Just a short distance away you'll find Palazzo dei Congressi.
If you prefer a small, intimate accommodations, Villino il Magnifico is a good choice. From this area you can easily visit Central Library, Piazza Santa Croce and even Basilica of San Miniato al Monte. Museums in the neighborhood include Casa di Dante Museum and Museum dell'Opera del Duomo. From this lodging, Church of Santa Croce is an easy jaunt. A nice place to visit in Florence, Stadio Artemio Franchi is 1.6 km (1.0 miles) from this location.
At the popular Residenza Il Villino B&B rooms go quickly thanks to its small size. Enjoy good connections to surrounding areas via Campo di Marte. Gherardesca Gardens, Piazza Santa Croce and Palace Vecchio are all within walking distance from here. Here, you'll be close to numerous Florence attractions, including Uffizi Gallery and Torrigiana Gardens. Conference facilities nearby include Palazzo dei Congressi.
If you prefer a small, intimate accommodations, Panella's Residence is a good choice. The nearby Santa Maria Novella railway station is a convenient transportation hub. From this holiday accommodation, you can easily reach Uffizi Gallery and Torrigiana Gardens. This is a good location from which to visit Loggia del Bigallo, just 0.5 km (0.3 miles) away. This location offers excellent proximity to Boboli Gardens.
The small Affittacamere A. Chiazza offers warmth and hospitality. These guestrooms are in the 2-star(s) category. Nearby, Santa Maria Novella railway station is a good public transportation option. Be sure you visit Badia Fiorentina. 0.4 km (0.2 miles) away, it's a fascinating photographic subject. Why not stop by Boboli Gardens for fun and recreation. Be assured that Palazzo dei Congressi is easily accessible.
With fewer than 20 rooms, Residenza Giulia is more intimate than many Florence lodgings. This property is within easy reach of Peretola Airport. Santa Maria Novella railway station connects you to the rest of Florence. Le Pavoniere Swimming Pool, Torrigiana Gardens and Uffizi Gallery can all be reached on foot from this location. Ippodromo Galoppo is recommended for family fun. Loggia del Bigallo is one monument that you can visit when you stay here.
Il Ghiro is a relatively small property. Santa Maria Novella railway station is close to this location, so you can readily take in attractions too far for walking. Uffizi Gallery and Torrigiana Gardens are recommended favorites. This is a good location from which to visit Loggia del Bigallo, just 0.6 km (0.4 miles) away. This lodge is great for those planning to visit Boboli Gardens.
The small and cozy Locanda Daniel offers a homey ambiance. Santa Maria Novella railway station is close to this location, so you can readily take in attractions too far for walking. You'll be a short distance from Piazza della Republica, Piazza della Signoria and Gherardesca Gardens. Uffizi Gallery and Torrigiana Gardens are interesting attractions in the vicinity. Conference facilities near the lodging include Palazzo dei Congressi.
With fewer than 20 rooms, Residence Palazzo Belfiore offers the intimacy of a small accommodation. The comfortable rooms are 3-star rated. Don't miss IMSS Museum and Casa di Dante Museum, both are near this property. Many travelers find a visit to Santo Spirito Church inspiring. Nearby Boboli Gardens offers fun and entertainment. You'll find several tourist attractions and plenty to do at Palazzo dei Congressi every season of the year.
Riva Lofts Florence is a relatively small property. The property offers easy access to Peretola Airport, located 4.0 km (2.5 miles) away. By public transit, your best choice is Santa Maria Novella railway station. Le Pavoniere Swimming Pool, Torrigiana Gardens and Parco delle Cascine can all be found in nearby. Thrill-seekers should consider a visit to Ippodromo Galoppo. Here for business? The Palazzo dei Congressi is nearby.
The modest-sized 1865 Residenza D'epoca offers intimate spaces and comfy rooms. From here, you'll be conveniently close to Campo di Marte. Nearby are numerous museums, including the fine Museum dell'Opera del Duomo and Casa di Dante Museum collections. Church of Santissima Annunziata is within easy reach from here. A number of exciting events are held at the nearby Stadio Artemio Franchi.
If you prefer a more intimate property, Residenza d'Epoca Home in Palace is a good option. Arriving and departing is easy thanks to the nearby Campo di Marte. Uffizi Gallery is one of many fascinating attractions found within the accommodation's vicinity. Church of Santissima Annunziata is a fascinating photo subject. Both Museum dell'Opera del Duomo and Casa di Dante Museum are quite close.
Hostel Veronique is located where you can easily access tourist attractions such as Uffizi Gallery and Torrigiana Gardens. From this property you'll be close to Casa di Dante Museum and IMSS Museum. The nearby Badia Fiorentina is well worth a look. Nearby Palazzo dei Congressi hosts numerous events throughout the year.
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