Florence Weather - Best time to visit Florence

Weather in Florence

Holidays in Florence take you to a beautiful city known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and cultural treasures. Attracting visitors year-round, Florence has something for everyone, whether you’re travelling as a couple, a multigenerational family or a group of friends.  

Florence weather by month

Florence has a Mediterranean climate meaning the city enjoys hot summers and mild winters. It’s warm throughout most of the year so it’s perfect for exploring the city sights. Here’s our month-by-month guide to the average weather and climate in Florence.

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Frequently asked questions

Best time to visit Florence?

The best time to visit depends on what you want to get out of your holiday in Florence. The best time tends to be during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October). It’s a great time to enjoy the sights as the city is less crowded. Spring offers blooming flowers and cultural events, while autumn provides crisp colours and wine festivals. 

What is the weather in Florence like in May?

In May, Florence experiences mild and pleasant weather, with average temperatures ranging from 12-22°C during the day. It’s more comfortable than the hot summer months, making it an ideal time for exploring Florence.

Best time for sightseeing in Florence?

The best time for sightseeing in Florence is during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) when there are fewer crowds. The weather is comfortable for visiting the iconic landmarks like the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio. 

Best time for beaches in Florence?

Florence is located inland and does not have beaches. However, you can reach the Tuscan coast, including popular beach destinations like Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi, within a few hours by car or train. The best time for beaches along the Tuscan coast is during the summer months, from June to August, when the weather is hot and sunny.

Is Florence hot all year round?

Florence has a Mediterranean climate so it tends to be warm and sunny throughout most of the year. Winters in Florence (December to February) are generally mild, averaging around 10-15°C. Summers in Florence (June to August) are hot, with temperatures reaching up to 30°C or more.

Is Florence’s weather good for walking tours?

Yes, Florence's weather is perfect for walking tours, especially during the spring and autumn months when temperatures are a little cooler and more comfortable. Summers can be hot, so it’s best to plan walks for the early mornings or evenings to avoid the heat. 

Does it rain in Florence?

Florence experiences some rainfall throughout the year, mostly during spring and autumn. May typically sees some rainfall, but it’s generally not excessive and there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy instead. 

Things to do in Florence if it’s raining?

If it's raining in Florence, there are still plenty of indoor activities for you to enjoy, such as museums and art galleries including the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery (home to Michelangelo’s David), and the Bargello Museum. You can also enjoy a bite to eat at a local trattoria or enjoy some shopping in the city’s historic streets. 

Best time for quieter holidays in Florence?

For quieter holidays in Florence with fewer crowds, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) or autumn (September to October). There’s less tourists, meaning you’ll get to experience more of the city.

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Helvetia Bristol, Florence
  • Renovated 19th century palace hotel in the historic centre of Florence
  • Unparalleled service in a luxurious setting
  • A stone’s throw from Via de' Tornabuoni and Palazzo Strozzi 
Grand Hotel Baglioni, Florence
  • A 4* historic hotel in Florence with elegant details
  • Conveniently placed in the heart of Florence
  • Restaurant with panoramic views and rooftop garden (open seasonally)
Brunelleschi Hotel, Florence
  • Centrally located in the heart of Florence and moments away from Piazza Duomo
  • A five minute walk to historic sites, museums and shopping areas
  • Elegantly decorated rooms centred around a 6th Century tower
  • Enjoy a romantic dining experience in the famous Santa Elisabetta Restaurant
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