Accommodation & places to visit in Florence

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
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    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.
  • Weather
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    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.
  • To Do
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    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.
  • To See
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    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
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    • 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.

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