Florence in November

Is November a good time to visit Florence? What’s the weather like? If you’re looking for fewer crowds and cheaper deals, then coming to Florence in November is always a good idea. The weather isn’t that cold (min 6 degrees C/42 F – max 15C/59F), so you can get in all your sightseeing, even if it’s not the right time for outdoor dining.

For art lovers, November is a good time to enjoy Florence’s many museums as you can indulge your passion in relative peace and quiet. Florence is never really empty of tourists, however November is one of those months when the crowds thin out. As it’s off-peak tourist season , you can save some money too as some museums charge reduced tickets, and accommodation also gets a bit cheaper.

Here we explore what’s on in Florence throughout November, and give you some ideas for things to do and day trips to take.

Good to know => The 1st November is a public holiday in Italy (known as Ognissanti , All Saints’ Day), so check out opening times for attractions.

Florence in November – What to expect

Visit florence’s famous museums with less crowds.

And save some money too! To see the most famous Florentine museums in low season you pay less, half price in some cases. This tariff differentiation has been implemented to encourage people to visit Florence out of the high season. By way of example, you pay only 12 Euro (instead of 25) to visit the Uffizi Gallery from 10th November to 15th December. Pitti Palace reduces the ticket to 10 Euro (instead of 16), Boboli Gardens 6 Euro (instead of 10).

=> Florence in 3 Days Complete Itinerary

Check out an art exhibit

Florence is not all about the Renaissance, and November is a good time to explore its contemporary art offering . Check out the program of Palazzo Strozzi, Pitti or Museo Novecento. This year you can see the work of Chinese artist Wang Guangyi “Obscured Existence” (Palazzo Pitti, from 6th September to 10th December 2023), for the first time with a solo exhibit in Italy.

This November (from 10th October 2023 to February 2024) Palazzo Strozzi presents  “Untrue Unreal “, a major exhibition with monumental installations and thought-provoking forms by the celebrated artist Anish Kapoor, who has revolutionised the notion of sculpture in contemporary art. 

=> See all the Best places to see Contemporary Art in Florenc e.

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Enjoy a hot chocolate or cappuccino in a historic cafe

One of the pleasures of Florence in November is spending some time at its historic cafes , like elegant Caffè Concerto Paszkowski in Piazza della Repubblica (they know their way around a coffee, just tell them you would like to try their specialties!).

Or try a luscious hot chocolate at  Rivoire  in  Piazza Signoria . Other hot spots for chocolate lovers are: the  Cioccolateria Hemingway  in Piazza Piattellina in the heart of the groovy  San Frediano neighbourhood , or L’Arte del Cioccolato near the Duomo in Piazza Santa Elisabetta.

Festive Feeling in Santa Croce

Around mid-November the streets and shops start getting dressed up for Christmas, and from the 18th November 2023, the scenic Piazza Santa Croce Square hosts the Christmas Market (it’s on until mid December). When Florence is bathed in golden Christmas lights, it seems to get more magical than ever.

=> Our favourite Aperitivo Spots in Florence

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Ognissanti All Saints’ Day with a view

November 1st is All Saints’ Day and Italians traditionally visit their departed at the cemetery. If you are in the mood for something contemplative, you can visit the Cimitero delle Porte Sante . This 19th century monumental cemetery is located behind the Church of San Miniato al Monte , above the panoramic terrace Piazzale Michelangelo . The views of Florence are stunning , and while you there you can pay homage to Collodi, the father of Pinocchio.

To stay on theme, you could also visit the Ognissanti (All Saints’) Church , where you can admire a fresco by Botticelli among other artworks, all for free.

Art lover? => Check out where to see amazing Botticelli’s works in Florence !

Traditional Food products to try in November

November is also the month where the olive harvest happens, and the new olive oil is produced. To have a taste of this year’s olio nuovo , you can browse the Fierucolina Olio Nuovo in Santo Spirito Square, on 19th November 2023.

This is also truffle time in Tuscany , so look out for interesting dishes that make tartufo their king. Some excellences in town: Restaurant Borgo San Iacopo that has an excellent Autumn-inspired menu, or the famed Cibreo or Buca Orafo , where people come in droves to taste the historic dish tagliolini e uova al tartufo . Book in advance!

Day Trip from Florence – some ideas for November

Enjoy the chianti region in autumn.

Visiting the Chianti wine region in November is a pleasure for the senses . The colours of Autumn are at their best in the first half of the month, when the vineyards turn bright orange and yellow.

On this Full Day Chianti Tour from Florence you’ll travel through the Tuscan hills on a 4×4 off-road vehicle, stopping to visit a wine estate and a Chianti Classico wine cellar. Including lunch and wine tasting .

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Traditional Market in Figline Valdarno | 10th-12th November 2023

Figline Valdarno , a small historic town 35 km from Florence, every November hosts Autumnia , an event dedicated to agriculture. Events and a market where producers (local and from other Italian regions) sell traditional food, all inspired by Autumn . Easy to reach via train from Florence. More info on the official site .

Discover beautiful woods near Florence

If you love nature, and you have a few days to spend in Florence in November, you might like the idea of exploring the beautiful woods surrounding Vallombrosa Abbey , one of the best places to see fall foliage in Tuscany . Autumn makes a great spectacle here, and the nature reserve is a great place to hike and relax.

Nearby, the small town of Reggello hosts the annual Rassegna Olio di Reggello (New Olive Oil Festival) from 1st to 5th November 2023, with olive oil tasting and events.

Lucca Comics

On a different note, the town of Lucca (less than 2 hours by train from Florence) becomes the bewitching setting for Lucca Comics . A famous community event dedicated to comics, fantasy novels and films, anime, cosplay.

More ideas for your trip? => Discover the Best Things to do in Tuscany in November !

Florence in November – Weather and Temperatures

Temperatures in Florence in November go from 6 degrees C/42 F (min.) to 15C/59F (max). During the day it’s still pleasant, getting colder at night. Typically temperatures begin to drop towards towards the end of the month. November traditionally gets quite a bit or rain (an average of 10 days of rain). Indoor heating is on from the 1st November.

Sunrise: between 7 and 7:30 – Sunset: between 5pm to 4:40.

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Florence in November - Your Essential Trip Planning Guide


By Elyssa Bernard

Updated May 3, 2024

If you are coming to Florence in November, you will have some of the best of everything!

Pretty fair weather (sometimes); still nice light during the day; the end of the peak fall season; and, my personal favorite: the beginning of artichoke season!

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November in Florence - at a glance

Here's what you need to know about coming to visit Florence this time of year:

  • What's the weather like ? Does it rain a lot?
  • What to pack for visiting Florence in November ? 
  • Is November a good time to visit Florence ? Is it high season?
  • What food is in season in November in Florence ?
  • What are some things to do in Florence in November ?

November weather in Florence Italy

I often hear people ask "Does it rain a lot in Florence in November?" Yes, it does, sometimes

Of course, nobody can predict if it will rain or not during your visit. But overall, November tends to be a rainier month than others, with higher average rainfall than in other months.

There are often also a lot of surprisingly beautiful days, particularly at the beginning of November when the average weather is pretty great!

You may come prepared for rain but find cool, crisp sunny days.

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The temperature in Florence in November varies a lot between the beginning and end of the month, and between daytime and nighttime.

It's warmer towards the beginning of November and cooler towards the end.

The days are shorter in November, since we move to Standard Time in late October , so there is less of that gorgeous light that makes the city shine.

During the day it's in the low 60'°F/high teens's °C, and in the evenings it can still be quite chilly, with the average temperature being in the mid 40's °F/low teens °C.

Take a look at these pages to find out how to make the most of your time in Florence:

What to pack for Florence in November

Packing tips for november in florence.

Packing for Florence in November is easy, as long as you remember the most important rule for sightseeing -  be comfortable .

Good quality walking shoes are top of the list to ensure you can explore as much as you want, for as long as you want!

Florence weather in November can change quickly from warm fall sun to chilly rainy days so it’s important to pack plenty of layers , including jackets and a heavier cardigan or pullover - the average wind speed is higher this month so it's good to wrap up.

It’s also essential to be prepared for rain, so I would recommend including rain-hats and a sturdy umbrella on your packing list.

These are my personal recommendations for packing for Florence in November:

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I love my 100% waterproof rain-hat for women. It's ideal for packing for Florence as it's small and easy to pack and carry.

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This  rain-hat for men  is a lot like the one my husband wears. He loves it and I don't blame him.

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The weather in November can change quickly from warm-fall to chilly-fall, especially towards the end of the month.

That's why a  versatile waterproof hiking jacket with removable fleece lining  is one of the best items you can bring with you.

Having a flexible jacket like this women’s version is like having 3 jackets in one, and it’s great for comfort while sightseeing.

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Here's a men's version of the above  waterproof rain jacket  with removable lining.

I love these for the cooler weather in late fall and early spring.

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Another handy thing to include in your packing is a  light rain poncho .

I've seen so many people shelling out money to street vendors when it rains unexpectedly in Florence, so bring your own and come prepared!

A poncho like this one is better quality and will last longer, and takes up very little space in your luggage.

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When it starts to rain umbrella sellers appear out of nowhere and sell small and large umbrellas.

These are fine for a quick fix, but the quality is not great, plus you may be somewhere where you cannot easily purchase one on the street.

If you want to come prepared with your own travel umbrella , get a quality umbrella that will last.

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A  scarf is a must in Florence year-round (yes even in summer), and in particular in November. 

The temperature in November can change a lot from day to night, and a scarf is very handy for keeping you warm.

This scarf is lightweight but keeps the heat in, as well as being hypoallergenic and super-soft to the touch.

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Be sure to pack at least one pair of jeans, and/or some wool or heavy cotton pants .

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Don't forget to include at least one  cardigan or pullover  for layering.

It may be warm enough to go out without a jacket, but a cardigan will come in handy as temperatures drop in the afternoon.

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What else do you need to consider when packing for Florence in November?

These are a few of my essential packing recommendations, any time of year:

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Sunglasses !

Yes it can be rainy in Florence occasionally, but the sun will be shining more often than not so you'll want a good pair of sunglasses.

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Any medications you take, along with a list of these medications.

I would recommend keeping these with you in your carry-on in a dedicated container, rather than packing them in your checked luggage.

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Photocopies or clear photographs saved on your phone of your passport - much safer than carrying your actual passport around Florence!

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Plug converters for your dual-voltage appliances.

Voltage in Italy is 220, and in the US and some other countries, it's 110. Most electronic devices will default to dual voltage, but you will need a plug adapter as the plug shapes are different here.

This universal adapter covers you in multiple locations, perfect for travel to different parts of the world.

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Carrying a well-stocked first-aid kit gives you peace of mind when traveling.

I always like having one with me when I travel, it’s very handy for when you need something quickly.

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Travel insurance isn't something to pack but it is something you should not forget!

It is not uncommon these days for visitors to have to deal with lost luggage or cancelled or delayed flights, and your credit card coverage may not be as extensive as you think - chances are you are not covered for what you need when these things happen!

Being prepared for your trip isn't just about packing the right clothes and accessories, it's also about planning ahead.

There's so much to do in Florence that it can be overwhelming sometimes to decide what to include in your itinerary, so why not leave it to the experts?

Take a look at some of the top Florence tours available for a deeper insight into one of the world's most popular cities!

What to wear in Florence in November

So how should you dress when you visit Florence in November?

You will probably be walking a lot, so you need good shoes.

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Rule 1: Be Comfortable!

My number one rule for sightseeing in Florence, at any time of year: be comfortable .

This is most important when it comes to your shoes. It is crucial to wear good walking shoes, and good quality socks.

I would recommend only bringing shoes you have already broken in, and don’t worry about looking like a tourist - that’s exactly what you are!

Rule 2: Dress in Layers

The next rule, excellent for November is: dress in layers . 

B e prepared for changes in temperature throughout the day, and possible rain.

To stay warm and dry at all times, wear layers that you can remove and put on easily such as cardigans/pullovers/jumpers and waterproof jackets.

It's a good idea to wear a backpack as you travel around Florence , so you can have a place to put your layers if you take them off.

Bottom line, when packing for Florence in November, don't forget to:

  • Wear good walking shoes/waterproof boots
  • Dress in jeans or heavy cotton pants
  • Wear a light cotton shirt with a sweater / cardigan  
  • Bring a waterproof coat/jacket  
  • Carry a travel umbrella in your day bag 
  • Last but not least, don't forget the Italian MUST WEAR - a scarf . 

If you are planning to go to an event, for example a wedding, opera or dinner at a special restaurant, then you may wish to bring something elegant to wear.

Otherwise, it is fine to wear more casual clothes to eat out at many restaurants in Florence so you do not need to pack much, if any, evening-wear.

Is November a good time to visit Florence?

November is a really lovely time to visit Florence and sight-see, as the weather is just perfect.

Not hot at all, and not yet winter -cold!

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How crowded is Florence during November?

The first weekend of November is almost an extension of  October : in Italy, November 1st is a holiday (All Saints' Day), which of course follows Halloween.

Halloween did not used to be much of a big deal in Italy, but every year it is becoming more and more commercialized and celebrated in Italy... not quite as much as in the US but they are catching up, especially in the major Italian cities like Rome and Florence.

And since the 1st is a holiday, if it falls anywhere near a weekend, there will be a 'bridge', a 3-4 day long weekend. 

This makes it a pretty busy time to be in Florence.

However, most hotels drop their rates dramatically from the beginning of November. This is a great time to come to Florence if you are looking for hotel bargains. 

A lot of people have caught on that  October is peak season, so they are pushing their trip to early November, counting on still pretty nice weather, and hoping for lower hotel rates.

Usually by the second week of November, things have slowed down quite a bit.

You can expect to find smaller crowds, less of a wait to get into museums and restaurants , and the feeling of a city settling in for the beginning of winter.

Towards the end of the month you get a sense of the city ramping up towards Christmas , with December plans for festive markets, such as the one in front of the Santa Croce basilica , being made.

Ready to plan your trip?

Florence Seasonal Food in November

In Florence food is (supposed to be) seasonal.

And artichokes are in season from late November through early spring.

Yes, you will find artichokes in Florence before then .

But they are not from Florence, and they won't taste quite the same.

For the local, seasonal artichokes , you can start indulging in late November.

As a bonus, they make for an excellent side to a bistecca alla fiorentina !

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Fall vegetables in season include: pumpkin, cardoons (not that easy to find, but yummy), cabbage, broccoletti, chard, onions, leeks, chicory, carrots, fennel and more!

Discover the best of Florentine cuisine on a  Florence food tour , led by a local expert who will show you what to eat and what's in season!

What to do during Florence in November

Sculpture of Hercules and Centaur Nessus in the Uffizi Gallery

November holidays and special dates in Florence

There are a number of holidays and events to take note of in November:


The main holiday in November is All Saints' Day ,  Ognissanti  in Italian.

November 1 is a national holiday, most major sites remain open but check in advance if you wish to visit a specific museum or restaurant on this day.

November 2 is  All Souls' Day , also known as the Day of the Dead, in Italian,  Commemorazione dei defunti , or more commonly,  giorno dei morti .

On this day (or really, any time in November), Italians visit cemeteries and pay their respects to their departed loved ones.


National Unity and Armed Forces Day is an Italian holiday commemorating victory in World War I.

It's celebrated every year on November 4.

There are some events around the city, including a flyover by the Italian Air Force, with the  frecce tricolore , the green, white, and red contrails, i.e. the colors of the Italian flag.


While Thanksgiving is not at all an Italian holiday, in a city with so many American expats, it's possible to enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner in Florence .

You can book your Thanksgiving meal at a number of restaurants or pick up the ingredients for your own feast.

Current exhibits and events at Florence's museums in November

The cooler fall months are a great time to see some of the limited-time exhibits in Florence.

Here are some of the exhibitions taking place in November 2024, keep checking back for more as the information gets released!


Florence Concerts, Operas and other shows on in November

There are lots of concerts and other events available to book for your trip to Florence in November - take a look at some of our suggestions here:


Enjoy operatic pieces from famous Italian composers live in concert in the evocative surroundings of the Santa Monaca church.

Concerts take place every evening, booking highly recommended .


See the Three Tenors live in concert at the Santo Stefano al Ponte church.

You will be treated some of the best-known arias from the operas of Puccini, Verdi and Rossini, as well as Neapolitan songs.

Takes place twice a week - why not book your tickets to include a special 3-course Tuscan meal for an extra special evening!


Enjoy a variety of concerts and events in Florence's oldest theater, Teatro Niccolini .


Teatro Verdi hosts many contemporary shows and concerts almost every day of the week.

Free Things to do in Florence in November

On the first Sunday of each month you can access Florence's state-run museums, archeological parks and cultural sites for free - yes, completely free!

This includes the Uffizi Gallery , Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens, Accademia Gallery and many more.

These free entrance events on the first Sunday are very popular, so plan to arrive early to be sure you get in.

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More ideas for things to do in Florence in November

Maybe it's your 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) time in Florence, or you have more than 3 days here.

Or you just want to see and do lots of fun things.

Besides the obvious must-see tourist attractions, there are lots of great  things to see and do in Florence !

Here are some ideas for your visit:

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The best times to visit Florence

Angelo Zinna

Apr 7, 2024 • 5 min read

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Choose the right time for your visit to Florence with our seasonal guide © Matteo Colombo / Getty Images

Many of Florence ’s most iconic sights are iconic precisely because they haven't changed in hundreds of years.

But while the allure of medieval and Renaissance art may be timeless, your experience in the city will change depending on when you visit. While there is no shortage of things to see and do throughout the year, each season offers the chance to see the Tuscan capital from a different perspective. No matter what your motivation – perhaps avoiding crowds to enjoying outdoor dining – you’ll find plenty of reasons to come back to Florence season after season.

Here is a round-up of what you can expect during spring, summer, autumn and winter.

A sunny day; wisteria covers the foreground as a cityscape dominated by an ornate cathedral dome, stretches out in the distance

The city blossoms between March and May

There are many good reasons why spring is often described as the best season to visit Florence. The weather improves and days get longer following the typically gloomy winter, pushing people outside to enjoy the sunshine. The tables of restaurants and cafes are once again scattered on sidewalks and piazzas and the city’s gardens invite long strolls amid the blossoming flora.

This is the ideal time to explore the hilly neighborhoods of the Oltrarno on foot. In mid-April, for about 10 days, the wisteria covering the passageway that runs through Villa Bardini ’s garden turns pink and purple, creating a unique, natural frame for one of the most captivating city views.

The Giardino dell’Iris, found steps away from Piazzale Michelangelo , opens for about a month as the iris flower – one of Florence’s symbols – shows its true colors in April. Likewise in the nearby Giardino delle Rose, red roses open up, dotting the grounds that host the sculptures of the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon.

On Easter day the Scoppio del Carro ceremony takes place in Piazza del Duomo . In the morning, a 500-year-old cart filled with fireworks is brought in front of Florence’s Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and ignited by the cardinal to wish the city a plentiful spring season. 

Spring is also a good time for classical music lovers. Between April and June, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino festival takes place in the city’s Opera Theater, tributing an ancient celebration held in the city during the Middle Ages at the beginning of harvest season.

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Go in June for festivals, before locals flock to the coast in July and August

The high season opens with one of the most awaited events of the year in the city. The Calcio Storico tournament, where Florence’s historic neighborhoods compete in a brutal game that blends elements of soccer, rugby and boxing, is held in Piazza Santa Croce in June. The square – one of the largest in Florence – is turned into a sand arena where 4000 spectators gather during three consecutive weekends to support their district as they clash with their opposers.

Folklore isn’t all Florence has to offer in June. The Visarno Arena, on the outskirts of the city center in the Cascine Park hosts Firenze Rocks , one of Italy’s largest rock music festivals for a week in June, bringing artists of the caliber of Metallica, Green Day and Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Tuscany.

Prices rise together with temperatures at this time of the year. On the hotter days of July and August the city can turn into a furnace, making evenings the only time to enjoy the city’s many squares. August is also the peak holiday season in Italy. The majority of locals will take their yearly work leave around the holiday of Ferragosto (August 15), moving en masse to the coast to cool down in Mediterranean waters.

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September, October and November are full of flavor

As tanned residents return to the city and kids go back to school, Florence’s second shoulder season begins. Like spring, this is a great time to visit: prices decrease and the queues in front of museums get shorter.

Autumn is an especially important season in Tuscany, as many of its most highly prized food products reach the table at this time of the year. Chianti wineries are busy with harvest in the final weeks of summer together with olive oil producers in the farms that surround the city. White truffles from San Miniato appear on the menus of high-end restaurants, followed by chestnuts and porcini mushrooms. 

Besides trattoria hopping, it’s worth taking a stroll through Florence’s lively markets – in Sant’Ambrogio , San Lorenzo , Santo Spirito or the Cascine Park (on Tuesdays) – to stock up on seasonal products to take home with you.

People shop at a row of winter market stalls lit up in front of a church

It's festive in December and there are low-season deals and discounts in January and February

With the end of autumn, the Christmas spirit takes over lighting up the city’s streets with installations and bright decorations. Artisans and food vendors set up their stalls in Piazza Santa Croce for Florence’s largest Christmas market, while Ponte Vecchio , Palazzo Vecchio and other major monuments are covered in colorful patterns during the Green Line Festival .

The action slows down after the festivities and January is typically quiet in Florence. The weather may not be appealing, but visiting in the middle of winter offers the chance to tour the museums free of crowds. Also, the Uffizi , Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens all offer discounts between January 10 and February 10, allowing access at up to half the price you would pay during the rest of the year.

Reduced tourism doesn’t mean that the city is dead. In January, Florence hosts one of Italy’s biggest fashion events:  Pitti Uomo draws in designers from all over the world to the Fortezza da Basso, with many exclusive events popping up around the city during the days of the event. In February, wine producers meet at the Stazione Leopolda on the occasion of the Chianti Classico Collection , a fair organized to showcase the latest vintages of Tuscany’s best-known wine region.

This article was first published Oct 26, 2021 and updated Apr 7, 2024.

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Florence In November

If you are the kind of traveler who enjoys soft cool breezes and subtle drizzling on your expedition, then you would fall in love with Florence in November. This month is the perfect time to explore the beautiful city on foot, as the weather is pleasant for peaceful walks. Explore the city’s glorious art, vibrant culture, and especially its appetizing cuisine; with more ease as there would be relatively less tourists in the town during this time of the year.

There are various activities and events that take place in the month of November, from which the famous Florence Marathon is the one. With pleasant weather this activity lures many locals along with tourist participation. Other than this one can explore various places of the city such as Siena Cathedral, where you may find ongoing Christmas decorations, making the exploration more meaningful and colorful.

Here are some of the best things to do in Florence:

Accademia Gallery

You would not want to miss this gem of a place that exhibits world-famous artist Michelangelo's huge marble sculptures in the splendid ‘Hall of the Prisoners’ section in this gallery. Beyond everything, you would also spot the magnificent realistic sculpture ‘David’, on your upcoming visit to Florence in November. Do make the most of your visit by witnessing the treasured pieces in the less-crowded halls of the Accademia and enhance your learning about music, painting techniques, botany and art symbols.

Location: Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy

Timings: 8:15 am to 6.50 pm, Closed on Mondays

Entry Fee: € 2 - € 12

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Siena Cathedral

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of one of the most beautiful cathedrals of the world in Siena, which is an hour’s drive from Florence. Here you would get a glimpse of Florence as it was in the Medieval era. You would also get a chance to admire works of art by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo, three of history's most accomplished artists. Additionally, you can also visit the terrace of the building to soak in the mesmerizing beauty of Tuscany’s countryside.

Location: Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

Monday-Saturday: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM;

Sundays and on the eve of Public Holidays: 10:30 AM to 5 PM

Entry Fee: € 10 - € 13

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Chianti Wineries Tour

When it comes to things to do in Florence in November, Chianti’s one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience would make you adore the stunning and serene countryside between the locations of Florence, Arezzo, and Siena. You would soak in the beauty of the surrounding nature, with rolling hills covered in vineyards, farms and olive orchards, and would get to learn about the production cycle of wine. Furthermore, you can also take cooking class in a local family’s farmhouse to experience the flavors of local cuisine.

Location: Strada Statale 222 Chiantigiana, Italy

Entry Fee: € 25 - € 50

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If you are a fan of lush green landscapes and would love to relax in a lovely picnic spot in the pleasant weather of Florence in November, then the Boboli Gardens are a perfect choice. You can marvel at this sprawling Italian-style park and explore the magnificent fountains, pathways decorated with sculptures and beautiful archways. This particular finest Renaissance gardens of Italy is best enjoyed when you stroll at your own speed and soak into the serenity of the place.

Location: Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Timings: 8:15 am to 6:30 pm

Entry Fee: € 2 - € 10

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Pitti Palace

If you are a lover of experiencing the grandeur of stunning palaces that hold significant historical value, then visiting Palazzo Pitti should be one of the best things to do in Florence in November. You can walk around the Royal Apartments and get an insight into the lives of Florence’s rulers and their extravagant way of living. You would also be delightfully engaged while exploring the multitude of historical galleries of Italian artwork, and museums such as the silverware and costumes museum.

Entry Fee: € 5 - € 16

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Museo del Bargello

Explore one of the first national museums in Italy, sited in a 13th century palace, where you can witness marvelous sculptures by artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti and Michelangelo. In the one-hour tour, you would be amazed by this three floored museum’s embellishments with artifacts made from gold, enamel and ivory, along with ancient weapons, intricate tapestries and fine jewelry pieces. You can also take a halt at the gift shop in the museum and buy some souvenirs for cherishing this memorable visit.

Location: Via del Proconsolo, 4 Firenze Italy

Timings: 8:15 am to 1:50 pm; Saturday- 8:15 am to 6:50 pm; Closed on Tuesday

Entry Fee: € 2 - € 8

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Cinque Terre

You can sit back, relax and enjoy train rides at this stretch of coast that is made up of five tiny, traditional fishing villages. With colorful houses constructed into the side of a cliff, magnificent hiking paths at the National Park at Cinque Terre, easy availability of public transit, viewing the quaint sunset from the rocky areas of Riomaggiore village and gazing at the stunning Ligurian Sea around the region, visiting this famous destination will help you experience them all.

Location: Liguria, Italy

Price: One-way rail ticket between two villages: Adults € 5; Children € 2.50

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Florence Marathon

Firenze Marathon, is the legendary annual event that tops the list of things to do in Florence in November! The Florence Marathon, an annual sporting event conducted on the final Sunday in November, attracts thousands of participants from all over the world. The 42 kilometers and 195 meters long marathon, currently in its 38th year, offers the opportunity to experience Florence's rich history, culture, and art.

Start and End Location: Piazza Duomo, Piazza Risorgimento, 4, 12051 Alba CN, Italy

Start Time: 8:30 am; Sunday, November 27, 2022

Entry Fee: € 50 to € 80

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Medici Chapel Dome

Witness the enchanting Medici Chapels that were designed by Michelangelo himself. You would get more insights about the history and significance of this building, and would learn that these chapels are the resting place of the famous Medici family of Italy. Upon entering the museum, you would see the crypt containing various Dukes of Tuscany and their spouses. You can then enter into the exquisite Chapel of Princes, which was a creation of the artist Buontalenti, and is well admired for its octagonal flooring.

Location: Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Timings: 8:15 am to 6:50 pm; Sunday- 8:15 am to 1:50 pm; Closed on Tuesday

Entry Fee: € 2 to € 9

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Know Before You Visit Florence In November


  • The average temperature of Florence in November dips to 15°C (59°F) during the day and 5°C (41°F) at night.
  • The average precipitation reaches 113.6 mm in November, making the weather damp and cold on some days.
  • Florence's fall season ends in November, when the average temperature drops by more than 6°C.
  • The city experiences the most rainfall during this month.
  • In addition, it is among the months of the year with the most wind and the least amount of sunshine.


  • Florence in November is when the city sees cold weather.
  • Since November falls into the shoulder season, there will be less visitors and shorter lines at the majority of sites.
  • Enjoy the activities before the hordes of the holiday season arrive.
  • Take part in the Florence Marathon or one of the many month-long film, art, and cultural events.
  • This is perfect weather to take Walking City tours and experience other outdoor activities.


Universal Power Plug Adapter: The power sockets in Italy are dual voltage, therefore, it is highly recommended that you pack a universal power plug adapter so that you can attach your phone charger or other electronic appliances into the adapter and simply connect to the socket.

Cash: It is advisable to keep some amount of cash with you all the time as most of the local shops accept only cash payments.

Neutral Coloured Clothing: If you desire to blend with the natives, then opt for neutral coloured clothing items, as the weather in colder months of Italy is perfect for neutral colored clothing.

Wine Bottle Carrier: Wine is one of the most famous souvenirs that you can get from Florence. Therefore, packing a wine bottle carrier beforehand would help you to carry the wine back to your destination without the slightest worry of it getting damaged in the journey.

Comfortable Walking Shoes: Since the downtown area is quite compact and can be navigated on foot, it is recommended that you pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes that would provide you warmth from the November coolness, and would be suitable for long periods of walking.

What are the best things to do in Florence in November?

  • Wander through Ponte Vecchio
  • Indulge in a fine-dining experience
  • Walk around Piazza della Signoria
  • Visit Giotto’s Campanile
  • Explore Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Take Part in Florence Marathon
  • Florence Segway Tour
  • Visit Florence Duomo

Which are the best places to visit in Florence with family?

  • Florence Bell Towers
  • Boboli Gardens
  • Daytime outing to Fiesole
  • Carousel at Piazza della Repubblica
  • Uffizi Gallery

Is November a good time to visit Florence?

Yes. Due to the fact that November falls during Florence's shoulder season, this is an excellent time to go there. This promises shorter waits and less-crowded tourist spots. In addition, traveling to Florence in the month of November allows you the opportunity to take pleasant walks across the city while the weather is mild and there is a little breeze.

Why is Florence so famous?

Florence is renowned for its art, architectural construction, and landmarks from the Renaissance period. Additionally, the scenic beauty offered by the city is a sight to behold, along with the delicious cuisine, hiking trails and wine-tasting experiences.

Florence is often cited as the epitome of romantic getaways due to its picturesque scenery. At sunset, when the sun paints the Ponte Vecchio in gold, or in the morning hours during the winter, when the fog embraces the houses all along lungarni, both are perfect times to take a stroll along the Lungarno.

Is Florence expensive to visit in November?

When compared to other Italian cities like Rome or Venice, Florence in November is a more affordable vacation destination than it is during the warmer summer months. In addition, as it is not the busiest time of year for travelers, hotel rooms will likely be available at more inexpensive rates at this time of year.

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The weather in Florence in November brings with it an autumnal charm, making it a great time to explore this iconic Italian city. In this guide, we'll give you top tips and climate advice to help you make the most of your visit to Florence in November and ensure an unforgettable experience in this enchanting city.

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November can really be a good time to visit Florence , but it's important to weigh up the pros and cons associated with this specific month.

The good thing about visiting Florence in November is that the number of tourists is significantly reduced. With the end of the peak tourist season, popular attractions and museums are much less crowded, allowing for a quieter and more relaxed holiday.

In addition, accommodation and dining prices are reduced in November. You can often find better deals in hotels and enjoy more affordable meals at local restaurants.

Nevertheless, there are some disadvantages to consider. November is one of the wettest months in Florence and rain is quite common. It is important to be prepared for dampness and the possibility of rain.

Also, in November, the days get noticeably shorter and the sun sets earlier, which means you'll have less daylight for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Finally, during the off-peak season in Italy , some attractions and businesses may operate at reduced hours or even close temporarily for renovations. It is therefore advisable to check the opening hours of the places you plan to visit before travelling.

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David of Michelangelo in Accademia Gallery of Florence, Galleria dell'Accademia, Italy © Shutterstock

David of Michelangelo, Galleria dell'Accademia, Italy © Shutterstock

The weather in Florence becomes cooler in November as it transitions from autumn to winter. Average daytime temperatures usually range from 12 to 15°C (54-59°F), and evenings can be even colder, with temperatures dropping to 6-9°C (43-48°F).

Water temperatures on nearby coasts, such as the Tyrrhenian Sea along the Tuscan coast, continue to get colder in November. 

Sea temperatures typically range from 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F). While this temperature is suitable for walking along the coast and enjoying the scenic views, it is no longer suitable for swimming and water activities for most visitors.

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November is one of the wettest months in Florence, and rain is quite common at this time of year. When planning a visit to Florence in November you should be prepared for precipitation and the possibility of wet and cloudy weather. 

The amount of rainfall can vary, so it is recommended to bring an umbrella and rain gear to be well prepared to explore the city in rainy conditions. 

It should be noted, however, that despite the rain, Florence retains its cultural charm and offers numerous indoor attractions, allowing you to enjoy the city's art, history and cuisine even on rainy days.

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 Michelangelo's David and Bartolommeo Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus by Palazzo Vecchio on Square Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy © Shutterstock

Michelangelo's David, Florence, Italy © Shutterstock

When packing for your trip, the first thing to consider is the weather in Florence in November, with its low temperatures and the likelihood of rain.

When choosing clothes, favour layering and warmth. The weather in Florence in November can be quite chilly, especially in the evenings. It is wise to bring long-sleeved shirts, jumpers and cardigans. These items will not only keep you warm but will also allow you to adjust your clothing depending on the temperature variations throughout the day.

You should also take a medium jacket or coat, and even better if it is waterproof or with a waterproof layer to protect you from the rain. It's a good idea to bring a scarf and gloves to keep you warm, especially on chilly evenings.

For walking around the city, ensure you have comfortable boots. Make sure they have a good grip, as wet streets can become slippery. Don't forget to take an umbrella and rain gear to protect yourself from possible downpours, as November in Florence is one of the wettest months.

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence © Shutterstock

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence © Shutterstock

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Santa Maria Novella church in Florence © onairda/Shutterstock

Visiting Florence in November offers a unique blend of cultural experiences and a variety of seasonal activities.

November is a great time to visit some of Florence's world-class galleries. The Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell'Accademia are a must-see. There are fewer tourists in the galleries this month and you can immerse yourself in the art of masters like Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci without the usual crowds.

If you're in search of a unique gastronomic experience - head to Mercato Centrale , Florence's central market. Here you can not only buy fresh produce, regional specialities and handicrafts, but also savour traditional Tuscan dishes.

Florence also hosts two notable film festivals in November. Festival dei Popoli is dedicated to documentaries and offers the opportunity to experience thought-provoking and artistic cinema. The Lo Schermo dell'Arte festival showcases films and videos related to contemporary art, attracting art and film lovers.

If you love sporting events, don't miss the Florence Marathon . Held annually in November, the marathon is a scenic route through the city's historic streets, providing a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of Florence.

Autumn fair

There's plenty to do outside of Florence in November too. The nearby town of Scarperia hosts the Fiera di San Martino, a traditional autumn fair. It offers a taste of local Tuscan culture, with crafts, food and entertainment. 

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Florence in November | Weather, Museums, Attractions and more

Florence, the capital province of the Tuscany region in Italy, is one of Europe's most sought-after tourist destinations. The city is home to architectural marvels like  Florence Duomo ,  Palazzo Pitti , and  Palazzo Vecchio , and art museums like  Uffizi Gallery ,  Museo del Bargello , and many more. With its rich history, beautiful churches, and some of the finest examples of renaissance art, Florence is an indispensable part of any Italian trip. Here's everything you need to know before planning a Florence in November vacation.

Is November a Good Time to Visit Florence?

November is one of the best months to visit Florence, owing to cheaper airfare, fewer crowds, cooler weather throughout the day, and several cultural events taking place.

Florence in November - Why Visit Florence

Why You Should Visit Florence in November

  • Cool-weather with lower temperatures and frequent rains.
  • Fewer crowds and lesser waiting times at most attractions as November is part of the shoulder season.
  • Enjoy the festivities just before the holiday season crowds begin.
  • Run the Florence Marathon, or attend the various film, art, and cultural events throughout the month.

Florence in November - What to Look Out For

What to Look Out for in Florence in November

  • Florence experiences maximum rainfall in November. So make sure you carry an umbrella with you.
  • Wind speeds are higher than in most months, so dress accordingly.
  • It is advised to book tickets to tourist attractions beforehand to ensure entry during peak times.
  • Some attractions may also require you to book a time slot before visiting.

Overview of Weather in Florence in November

Florence in November - Best Time To Visit

November marks the closing of the autumn season in Florence, with an average temperature drop of more than 6℃. It is the month with the most rainfall in the city. It is also one of the months with the least sunshine and highest wind speeds throughout the year.

  • Average Temperature: High - 14.7℃ Low - 5.1℃
  • Average Rainfall: 113.6 mm
  • Average Wind Speeds: 7 miles per hour
  • Average Daylight Hours: 9.7

More About Weather in Florence in November

How hot is Florence in November? Florence is comparatively cooler in November with the temperature going up to 14.7 ℃.

Can you swim in Florence in November? The waters in Florence are cool in November, making them apt for some cool water swimming.

Is it sunny in Florence in November? Florence gets almost 10 hours of daylight in November with just about 3 hours of sunshine, which is the least throughout the year.

Is it rainy in Florence in November? The month of November marks the highest rainfall levels in Florence, averaging 113.6 mm.

Best Things to do in Florence in November

Florence in November - Uffizi Gallery

1. Uffizi Gallery

Art gallery | tourist hotspot.

Uffizi Gallery, which was once the office room of the House of Medici, is now home to the Medici family’s carefully-curated art collection. The works of some of the finest artists such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michaelangelo on display, are admired by millions of visitors every year. Visit in November to skip the larger crowds.

November Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 AM to 6:50 PM (Exit at 6:30 PM)

Florence in November - Florence Duomo

2. Florence Duomo

Unesco site | tourist hotspot.

Florence Duomo, an excellent example of Renaissance and Gothic architecture, consists of six iconic religious structures. This includes the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Santa Reparata Church, the Museum of the Opera del Duomo, and the third-largest church in the world - the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

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Florence in November - Galleria del Academia

3. Accademia Gallery

Art gallery | top attraction.

The Galleria del Accademia, now known as the Accademia Gallery, was founded in 1748 by the then Grand Duke Peter Leopold, to promote the practice and education of art. The Gallery features the works of Renaissance artists like Jacopo di Cione, Bernardo Daddi, Michelangelo, and Giotto. Take your own time to admire the mesmerizing artworks, in the less crowded November.

November Timings : Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 6:45 PM (Last entry at 5:45 PM)

Florence in November - Boboli Gardens

4. Boboli Gardens

Open-air museum | unesco site.

The Boboli Gardens is the largest open-air museum in Florence, spread across 111 acres featuring a plethora of sculptures, grottoes, fountains, and varying topographies. It is all the more beautiful to stroll across the Upper Botanical Garden and the Viale dei Cipressi amidst the November rains.

November Timings: Daily from 8:15 AM to 4:30 PM (last entry at 3:30 PM) Closed: 1 & 30 November

Florence in November - Palazzo Pitti

5. Palazzo Pitti

Museum | historical monument.

The Palazzo Pitti, initially built as the house of Florentine industrialist Lucca Pitti, is now the largest museum in Florence. This excellent example of Renaissance architecture houses the Palantine Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Royal Apartment, the Treasury of the Grand Dukes (the Silver Museum), and the Museum of Costume and Fashion. Explore the museum with shorter queues when you visit in November.

November Timings: Tue - Sun: 1:30 PM - 6:50 PM

Florence in November - Palazzo Vecchio

6. Palazzo Vecchio

Town hall | top attraction.

Initially called Palazzo della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio is a museum and the city’s town hall. Constructed on the ruins of the Uberti family’s palace, Palazzo Vecchio is truly a structure that depicts the rich culture, history, and architecture of Florence through its opulent design. November is one of the best times to visit this otherwise crowded attraction.

November Timings: Fri - Wed: 9 AM to 7 PM | Thur - 9 AM to 2 PM

Florence in November - Museo del Bargello

7. Museo del Bargello

Art museum | historical monument.

Originally designed as a barracks and prison, the Museo del Bargello is now an art museum with one of the largest collections of sculptures from the Renaissance period. The museum also has a fine collection of ceramics, textiles, tapestries, ivory, silver, armor, and coins. It is one of the lesser crowded museums to visit in Florence in November to see the works of renowned artists like Michelangelo and Donatello amongst others.

November Timings: Daily from 8:15 AM to 1:50 PM

Florence in November - Medici Chapels

8. Medici Chapels

Tomb museum | top attraction.

The Medici Chapels is the museum and burial place of the Medici family. It was built as a part of the Basilica di San Lorenzo church complex by Michelangelo and Buontalenti between the 16th and 17th centuries. The Chapel of the Princes and the Sagrestia Nuova (New Sacristy) are architectural marvels not to be missed when you visit in November.

November Timings: Wed - Fri from 1:15 PM to 6:50 PM | Sat - Mon from 8:15 AM to 1:50 PM Closed : 7th, the 13th, the 21st, and the 27th of November.

Florence in November - Siena Cathedral

9. Siena Cathedral

Church | historical monument.

Siena Cathedral is one of the oldest and most illustrious churches in Siena, an hour's drive from Florence. The Gothic structure was built in 1255 A.D. by Pope Alexander IV in honor of the Virgin Mary. You can see the New Testament etched on bronze doors and glass windows painted by various Renaissance artists, up-close in November amongst the fewer crowds.

November Timings: Mon - Sat from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM (last entry at 5:00 PM) | Sundays & public holidays from 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Florence in November - Pisa

10. Day Trip to Pisa

Day trip | international landmark.

Explore the historic city of Pisa and visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World on a day trip from Florence. Choose from the various half-day and full-day excursion options from Florence to Pisa in luxury coaches. Get a guided tour around famous landmarks like the Piazza Dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower of Pisa when you visit this November.

Florence in November - Chianti

11. Wine Tasting at Chianti

Day trip | culinary experience.

Enjoy the Tuscan countryside experience at Chianti while holidaying in Florence. Take a trip along the hills and tingle your tastebuds at one of the wineries in Chianti, just a bus ride away from the city of Florence. With a few stops on the way, it could be a beautiful full-day trip during the November rains.

Florence in November - Train Rides at Cinque Terre

12. Train Rides at Cinque Terre

Day trip | adventure experience.

Discover the Italian seaside while holidaying in Florence. Hop on a coach and head towards the Ligurian coast of Cinque Terre to enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Here you can find train rides that promise great vistas of Florence and the colorful fishing villages along the Italian Riviera. You can also enjoy dipping in the cool beach waters in November!

Top Experiences & Things to do in Florence in November

Festivals in florence in november.

Florence in November - Festivals

The Festival dei Popoli

Venue: Various sites across Florence (TBA) Dates: 5th November 2022 - 13th November 2022

Festival dei Popoli is the oldest and one of the most important International Documentary Film Festivals in Europe. The 63rd edition of the annual event is set to take place across various venues in Florence, in November 2022. The Festival program includes documentary screenings, artist tributes, workshops, debates, special events, and competitions across two levels - International and Italian.

Florence in November - Art Festivals

Lo schermo dell’arte Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival

Venue: Cinema La Compagnia, Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence Dates: 16th November 2022 - 20th November 2022

The 15th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival will be held in Florence in November this year. The Festival is an international event that showcases some of the best works of contemporary artists and filmmakers from across the globe. The Art Festival includes exhibitions, artist residencies, educational programs, and talks with artists, authors, and curators.

Florence in November - Weihnachtsmarkt market

Weihnachtsmarkt Santa Croce

Venues: Piazza of the Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence Dates: 28th November 2022 - 20th December 2022

For the last 500 years, the Weihnachtsmarkt market has been an annual tradition in Florence, marking the onset of Christmas festivities in the city. The traditional festive market spread out in the piazza of the Basillica di Santa Croce offers a variety of local and international delicacies and gifts, set up in open-air wooden stalls. The market remains open from 10 am - 10 pm every day.

Events in Florence in November

Florence in November - Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi

Olafur Eliasson Art Exhibition

Venue: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence Dates: 22nd September 2022 - 22nd January 2023

The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in collaboration with Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, is hosting an exhibition by the internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson. For this exhibition, Arturo Galansino has curated some of the artist’s best works from his 30 years of practice. New works devised especially for Palazzo Strozzi will also be on display.

Florence in November - Premiata Forneria Marconi Concert

Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) Concert

Venue: Tuscany Hall, Teatro di Firenze, Florence Dates: 25th November 2022

The legendary Italian progressive rock band Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) will be performing in Florence in November. The concert will be a part of their PFM 1972-2022 tour, celebrating their history in rock music spanning half a century. The concert features artists Franz Di Cioccio, Patrick Djivas, Alessandro Bonetti, Alessandro Scaglione, Marco Sfogli, Eugenio Mori, and special guest Luca Zabbini.

Florence in November -  Marathon

Florence Marathon

Venue: All across Florence starting at Piazza Duomo Dates: 27th November 2022

An annual sporting event held on the last Sunday of November, the Florence Marathon, brings in thousands of participants from all over the world. The marathon, now in its 38th year, is a 42 kilometers and 195 meters run that lets you see the architecture, art, and culture of the historic city of Florence.

Know Before You Visit Florence in November

Florence in November - Travel guide

  • Time Zone: Central European Time (CET) is used in Florence which is 2 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+02:00).
  • Currency: Euro | EUR | €
  • Language: Italian
  • Country code: +39
  • Emergency number: Dial 112 for police, fire, and medical services.

Florence in November - What To Wear

What to Wear in Florence in November

  • The weather in Florence in November is cool and pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from 17-20 degrees Celsius. However, evenings can be quite chilly, so it is advisable to pack a light jacket or sweater.
  • As for footwear, comfortable walking shoes are a must as you will be doing a lot of walking while sightseeing.
  • If you are planning to visit any of the churches, make sure to pack a pair of socks as you will be required to remove your shoes before entering.
  • Poncho or raincoat: November is the start of the rainy season in Florence, so pack a rainproof jacket or poncho to stay dry while exploring the city. An umbrella will also come in handy to shelter you from the rain.

Florence in November - What To Pack

What to Pack For Florence in November

  • November is the rainiest month in Florence. Hence, do pack an umbrella, a poncho or raincoat, and waterproof boots for your trip. 
  • A good pair of walking shoes.
  • Heavy cotton and light woolen clothes.
  • Scarves and jackets for the windy days.
  • A few pairs of thick socks.
  • 3-pin to 2-pin converter plugs with round pins for the C, F, and L type sockets found in Florence.

Florence in November - Getting Around

Getting Around Florence in November

  • By Bus: Autolinee Toscane runs a network of mini electric buses throughout Tuscany, offering rides to all major cities on a single ticket. Tickets can be bought digitally through the Tabnet app , or by sending a text message typed “Firenze” to 4880105. Tickets are also available at official ticket offices, vending machines, and authorized retailers.
  • By Tram: Florence offers tram service across three lines in the city from 5:30 AM to midnight. Tram tickets can be purchased at the same points as bus tickets.
  • By Cab: Unlike most other places, you cannot flag down a cab as it passes along the street in Florence. There are designated taxi stands in every major square and at the airport, from where you can hop into one. Pre-booking is done by calling one of these numbers: 0554242 / 0554390 / 0554798 / 0554499 or through the Taxi 4242 app . Taxis are the safest means to get around at night, especially for women traveling alone.

Florence in November - Where To Stay

Where to Stay in Florence in November

Based on your itinerary, you could choose to stay in the residential area, or closer to the main attractions in the historic center, or towards the countryside. Here are some good options depending on your budget.

  • Budget: Hotel Orcagna , Atelier Cosseria , Soggiorno Pitti
  • Mid-Range: Hotel Duomo Firenze , Wyndham Garden Florence , Hilton Florence Metropole
  • Luxury: St. Regis Florence , Hotel Brunelleschi , Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

Florence in November - WhatTo Eat

What to eat in Florence in November

Italian cuisine is known to be made from fresh ingredients, subtly seasoned with spices, and topped with creamy sauces. Here are some of the must-try dishes apart from their authentic pizzas, pasta, and risottos.

  • Gelato: The world-famous Italian version of ice cream can surely be found all around Florence. Avoid street vendors and opt for cafes and restaurants that serve unique flavors and combinations in smaller batches.
  • Bistecca Alla Fiorentina: If you wish to try out authentic Florentine food, then this must be the first dish you taste. This fire-grilled t-bone cut, seasoned with basic spices and roasted chestnuts is sure to give you the smokey flavor of the city.
  • Antipasto Toscano: Also known as Crostini, this dish is an appetizer platter of bread and sauces. It introduces you to the various types of bruschetta (Tuscan bread), served with a variety of sauces, purees, vegetables, and toppings.

Hacks & Tips to Visit Florence in November

  • Although Florence sees fewer crowds in November, it is advised to make your bookings early on to ensure you get a good deal and the tickets don't run out.
  • If you are planning to go on day trips to other cities, make sure you have done your bookings in advance, as they may not be available last minute.
  • To make the best out of your trip, choose your accommodation based on your budget and which attractions you wish to visit.
  • Most museums and top attractions are in and around the historic center of the city. So you can plan your itinerary clubbing together sites and experiences within proximity.
  • Florence is a pedestrian-friendly city and can best be explored on foot, on a non-rainy day.
  • If you are a woman traveling alone and wish to return to your hotel at night, it is advised to take a cab than rely on public transportation for safety reasons.
  • Be cautious of local vendors trying to trick tourists into buying things of no value, or at much higher prices. Be sure to bargain while going street shopping.
  • Please note that most shops may be closed from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
  • Always carry an umbrella and a scarf or a jacket to enjoy your trip amidst the wet and windy climate in November.
  • You can use C-type, F-type, and L-type plugs on the 2-pin sockets in Florence. For all other plugs, make sure to carry a converter.

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Frequently asked questions about visiting florence in november.

November is one of the best months to visit Florence , owing to cheaper airfare, fewer crowds, cooler weather throughout the day, and several cultural events taking place.

Florence offers a great travel experience to visitors amidst the lesser crowds in November. You can visit the magnificent churches, admire artworks at the grand museums, go wine tasting in Chianti, hit the beaches along the Italian Riviera, or go on day trips to explore neighboring cities of Pisa and Siena.

November is one of the cooler months in Florence marking a temperature drop of 6℃ from the previous month. The rains and strong winds can bring the temperature down to 5.1 ℃.

Florence is comparatively cooler in November with the temperature going up to 14.7 ℃.

The waters in Florence are cool in November, making them apt for some cool water swimming, especially towards the Italian coastline.

Florence gets almost 10 hours of daylight in November with just about 3 hours of sunshine, which is the least throughout the year.

If you are stepping out without an umbrella, water-repelling clothes like raincoats and ponchos are recommended, along with rain boots. Otherwise, heavy cotton or woolen clothes would be comfortable. it is advised to wear a jacket or a scarf to withstand the winds.

The month of November marks the highest rainfall levels in Florence, averaging 113.6 mm.

Florence is less expensive as compared to other neighboring European countries, especially if you make your bookings well in advance. Buses are cheaper and more connected to go around Florence and also to neighboring cities. Taxis, although expensive, are a safer option for night travel.

Florence is generally a safe city for travelers. The crime rates are low, with just a few instances of pickpocketing and theft. However, some parts of the city may not be so safe at night, especially for women. In case of any emergency, you can dial 112 for police, fire services, and medical help.

Florence is an open museum of Renaissance art and architecture, which can be explored and admired at a leisurely pace in November. Some of the must-see attractions include Florence Duomo , Palazzo Pitti , Palazzo Vecchio , Boboli Gardens , Uffizi Gallery , Museo del Bargello , and Medici Chapels .

November is when the city’s biggest annual sporting event, the Florence Marathon is held. This November, you will also get to experience a music concert by legendary Italian rock band Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM), and an art exhibition by artist Olafur Eliasson.

The average temperature in Florence during November ranges from 5.1 ℃ to 14.7 ℃.

Tourists who visit Florence in November get to witness the Christmas festivities at the Weihnachtsmarkt market and attend film festivals like the Festival dei Popoli and the Lo schermo dell’arte Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival.

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Florence, Firenze in Italian, is on many a traveler's must-visit list. Considered the birthplace and the nucleus of the Italian Renaissance, the city is famous for its stunning architecture, famous works of art, important landmarks, and delicious food.   For visitors to Florence, the most challenging part of their stay might be the high volume of fellow travelers—the city is busy much of the year, with crowds peaking spring through early fall. 

Deciding when to visit depends on what matters more to you—good weather or minimal crowds. Winter brings smaller crowds but also inclement weather. Spring and fall are both glorious weather-wise but crowded. In the summertime, Florence is very hot and packed with U.S. students visiting for summer abroad programs. Ultimately, the best time to visit is early spring, say March or April—you'll be sightseeing in colder temperatures and rainy weather but with fewer crowds than other times of the year.

Weather in Florence

The weather in Florence is seasonal and typical for southern Europe. That means that summers, particularly July and August, are usually extremely hot, with daytime temperatures reaching into the 90s and sometimes even cracking 100 degrees Fahrenheit during an extreme heatwave. Summer evenings are cooler, but you'll seldom need a jacket or sweater. Springtime is widely regarded as the best weather. Although there may be some rainy days, April and May offer generally sunny and pleasant days and cool nights. September can still be quite warm but nights are cooler. October is usually sunny and cool and a good time to visit before November and December, which can be rainy. January to March is mildly cold and often cloudy, if not rainy. Snow is infrequent in Florence.

All that said, the weather in Florence, as in the rest of Italy, is increasingly unpredictable. July may see a surprise cold front, and a normally sunny and dry month may be rainy and overcast for weeks on end. You might need barely a sweater in January or February, or you might be throwing snowballs in the Piazza della Signoria. The moral of the story is to be prepared and pack layers, as well as a rain jacket and an umbrella.

Crowds in Florence

If you visit Florence from April to October, you will find it crowded—there's simply no avoiding other tourists (lots of them) in one of Europe's most popular destinations. The city's main thoroughfares and popular piazzas will be wall-to-wall people, and narrow arteries, such as the Ponte Vecchio bridge, will be packed and slow-moving. At any time of year, you should plan to reserve in advance for timed entrance to the attractions you don't want to miss, such as the Uffizi and Accademia galleries. Otherwise, you will spend your precious vacation time waiting in line possibly for hours with all those other people who didn't plan ahead. If you want to climb Brunelleschi's iconic dome at the aptly named Duomo , you must reserve in advance for that as well.

If you can put up with rainy and possibly cold weather, a visit from November to March (with the exception of the Christmas and New Year holidays) means you'll find diminished crowds and greater availability in hotels and restaurants. You'll never have the city to yourself, of course, but you may be able to gaze at the Botticelli's  Birth of Venus , Michelangelo's David or Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise without someone trying to jostle for position right next to you. And while there might be shorter lines to enter museums and other monuments, we still recommend you reserve in advance wherever you can to avoid delays or disappointment. 

Seasonal Attractions and Businesses

Since Florence hosts tourists year-round, its tourist attractions and hospitality providers tend to follow suit. August is traditionally the month when Italians take their vacations and clear out of hot cities to head to the sea. So you may see some stores, restaurants, and even smaller hotels closed down for all or part of August, though this is less and less prevalent. Tour providers may run fewer tours in winter months, but chances are if you're interested in a city tour or food tour, you'll be able to find a tour that suits you any time of the year. Tourist attractions will remain open year-round, with the exception of December 25 and January 1, when virtually every attraction will be closed. Some attractions will close on Easter Sunday, all of Holy Week , or the entire week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Note that most museums in Florence are closed on Mondays.

Prices in Florence

If your goal is to save money on your vacation to Florence, then you should absolutely visit in the off-season. From November to March, particularly after the first week of January and before Easter, hotel prices are much lower and there are some real bargains to be had. International airfares are typically at their lowest during this period as well. 

Florence Holidays and Events

Florence's Easter event, the Scoppio del Carro , takes place in March or April, depending on when Easter falls. April 25 is a  Liberation Day  all over Italy and a national holiday. May sees the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino  music festival and a gelato festival. June 24 is the feast day of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of Florence, and the date of the final match of the Calcio Storico,  a historic soccer match that is a raucous free-for-all.  Estate Fiorentina , a   summer arts and music festival, takes place in May, June, and July and Pitti Week, a major men's fashion and accessories show, is held in June. The  Festa della Rificolona  or Festival of the Lanterns, is held September 7 and includes a lantern parade, boat parade, and a fair. 

Throughout the month of December, you'll find Christmas markets, including a popular German-style market on Piazza Santa Croce. For more on events and holidays in Florence throughout the year, see our Florence Month-by-Month guide. 

January is one of the coldest months in Florence, with daily temperatures ranging from an average high of 52 degrees F to 36 degrees F and the possibility of sleet or snow.   You'll want to dress warmly (layers are always best), and plan on temperatures dropping significantly after sunset, which will be around 5 p.m. 

Events to check out:

  • New Year's Day  is quiet as locals and visitors alike recover from the previous night's festivities. Most stores and tourist attractions will be closed, as will many restaurants.
  • La Befana , or Epiphany, on January 6

February weather is similar to January—it's one of Florence's coldest months. You might get lucky with some clear, crisp days. Snow is possible, but increasingly less likely.

  • ​ Carnivale   may fall in February, depending on the date of Easter.
  • The Fiero Del Cioccolato   (chocolate fair) takes place in February. It's held at Piazza Santa Croce.

March may tease you with incredibly pleasant spring weather, followed by a late winter snowstorm. While you'll probably be okay with a mid-weight jacket, make sure it's waterproof and roomy enough for some layers underneath, if necessary.

  • If Carnevale didn't fall in February, it will take place in March.
  • Holy Week , the week leading up to Easter, will see masses and processions throughout the city.
  • The Scoppio del Carro , one of Florence's most important events, takes place in front of the Duomo after Easter Sunday mass.

While April weather can also be unpredictable, it's usually more reliably warm (but not yet hot), especially after Easter. You're still wise to pack a waterproof jacket, plus a scarf and sweater for chilly nights.

  • Easter and Holy Week,  if not in March
  • Gelato Festival is in early April.
  • Festa della Liberazione,  or Liberation Day, on April 25 is a national holiday marking the end of World War II. 

May sees mostly warm, sunny days with the occasional rainy day or days thrown into the mix. Evenings will still be pleasantly cool, so pack a few lightweight layers.

  • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino ,  a classical music festival, takes place throughout the month.

Even though summer doesn't officially begin until June 21, it will likely have arrived in Florence by late May or early June. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and lightweight clothing, though do make sure your shoulders and legs (to the knee) are covered for entering churches. Pack a small umbrella, just in case June decides to be rainy.

  • Estate Fiorentina kicks off this month, with a summer-long series of concerts, art exhibits, and dance performances.
  • ​Calcio Storico : ​ This historic football (soccer) match is one of Florence's best-loved and rowdiest events. It takes places June 24, on the feast day of St. John the Baptist, the city's patron saint. There's a big fireworks show that night.

July in Florence is hot. The only variance might be in how hot, but in any case, be prepared for daytime temps of 90 degrees F or higher. Do as the Italians do, and rest in your cool hotel room during the hottest part of the afternoon, before venturing out again around 6 p.m.

  • Estate Fiorentina  continues this month.
  • If you have a way to get out of the city, smaller towns outside of Florence will have sagre , or local food festivals.

August is traditionally the month when Italians head to the sea for their annual vacations, so you may find some stores and businesses closed, though most attractions will remain open. Like July, August is hot. Temperatures in the high 90s are not unusual. Seek shade whenever possible, and carry a refillable water bottle and refill it often.

  • The  Festa di San Lorenzo takes place the evening of August 10 at Piazza San Lorenzo, with live music and free food for everyone.  
  • Ferragosto,  August 15, marks the quasi-official end to the summer holidays. Expect some closures, but also a party atmosphere (more than usual) in piazzas and nightlife zones.

Was that an ever-so-slight hint of a cool breeze? It must be September in Florence, when daytime temperatures are mostly tolerable and evenings can be perfectly lovely. Pack a sweater, and enjoy one of the most pleasant months in Florence. 

  • The Festa della Rificolona  or Festival of the Lanterns, is held September 7 in honor of the Virgin Mary. The evening procession starts at Piazza Santa Croce and winds through Piazza della Signoria and Piazza del Duomo before finishing at Piazza S.S. Annunziata.
  • The Nativity of the Virgin Mary,  September 8, is marked by a special free opening of the Duomo terrace to all visitors.

Perhaps our favorite month in Florence, October is marked by beautiful sunny, cool days and chilly nights. You'll need layers but not a heavy coat. Note that this is one of the most popular times to visit Florence—apparently the great fall weather and clear skies are an open secret. 

  • Held in odd-numbered years, the ​ Biennale dell'Antiquariato di Firenze is a major antiques show and sale held either during the last week of September or the first week of October.
  • The  Festa di Santa Reparata  on October 8 celebrates Florence's first cathedral, built at the present site of the Duomo.

Cool and rainy November is still a great month to visit Florence, as long as you pack for the weather. Crowds have died down this month, and you'll find it much easier to reserve at hotels and restaurants. Don't discount the beauty and tranquility of a walk through rainy Florence (assuming you've got an umbrella).

  • ​November 1 is All Saints' Day, a public holiday.
  • Lace up your running shoes for the Florence Marathon ,  held the last Sunday of the month.

Easily one of the coldest months of the year, Florence in December warms hearts nonetheless with its festive holiday decorations and atmosphere. Pack for winter weather, but also allow for peeling off some layers if the temperatures are mild. 

  • A traditional German-style Christmas Market  takes place on Piazza Santa Croce.
  • Firenze Winter Park   ice-skating rink is open at Teatro Tuscany Hall, about three miles from the centro storico.
  • If you're in Florence for New Year's Eve , choose from gala dinners or parties and concerts in piazzas, followed by fireworks over the city—any of the bridges are a good vantage point. 

To balance out the crowds with good weather, visit in the early spring or late fall. From April to September, the city is packed with tourists and summer is sweltering.

Florence is a city that is popular all year long, but you'll find the smallest crowds in the winter months of November to February (apart from the Christmas and New Year holidays).

Rain is possible at any time of year, but the wettest months tend to be April, October, and November. Pack something water-resistant for Florence regardless of what season you visit.

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Florence in Winter

View of Florence in winter

If you’ve ever been to Florence, you surely remember the crowds gathering in the pedestrian streets of the old town, as well as the endless lines at the entrance of the Uffizi and the Cathedral…forget about that and get ready to explore a more intimate side of the city during the winter months.

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Things to do in Florence in Winter

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The minimum temperature in Florence in November is 6°C and the maximum temperature is 15°C. Weather can suddenly change and you can experience a mild and bright autumn morning but a grey and cold winter afternoon on the same day.

Fountain of Neptune in Piazza Della Signoria in Florence Italy n winter

Events, celebrations and traditions in Florence in November

  • Nov 1st -All Saints : a religious celebration and a good opportunity to spend a few days exploring an Italian city. If you want to visit a quiet and peaceful town, Florence is not the best option on this day!

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Things to do in Florence in November

  • Take advantage of the second half of the month to visit the beautiful Florentine churches at your own pace. Start with the Duomo complex, but don’t limit your visit to that! Other churches that are really worth a thorough visit are Santa Maria Novella with its iconic Tuscan gothic style, Santa Croce with the tombs of many important Italian figures, and the Abbey of San Minato al Monte with its amazing view. Click here to book a small group guided tour to the Duomo that includes a climb to Brunelleschi’s Dome.
  • Cross Ponte Vecchio and stop to take some pictures of the lovely Arno river in the early winter light.
  • On a sunny day, go exploring the famous Chianti area and taste some local wines in the countryside. You might like this full-day small-group wine tasting tour to Tuscany.

Vineyards in Chianti near Florence in late autumn

Why visit Florence in November

  • Pros: you can still spend some time outdoors and enjoy the countryside
  • Cons: changeable weather

Florence in December

Weather in florence in december.

The minimum temperature in Florence in December is 3°C and the maximum temperature is 11°C. December is rainy and cold, so you shall plan several indoor activities.

Events, celebrations and traditions in Florence in December

  • Dec. 8th – Feast of the Immaculate Conception : this religious celebration marks the beginning of the Holiday Season and the city lights up with Christmas decorations.
  • Dec. 25th – Christmas : after the traditional mass in the Cathedral, go to a restaurant to enjoy a festive meal tasting all the typical Florentine specialties like bruschetta, fegatini, pasta with wild boar sauce, roasted meat, and panforte.

Florence cathedral at Christmas - Florence in winter

  • Dec 31st–New Year’s Eve: go to Piazza della Signoria for some family entertainment, enjoy a Gospel concert in front of the Cathedral or dance the night away in Piazza Poggi. In case of bad weather, choose among the many clubs scattered through the city center.
  • Christmas lights: an annual festival named “F-lights” decorates the city with some artistic light installations. The best ones are on Ponte Vecchio, Belvedere Fort, and the façade of the Museum of the Twentieth Century. More conventional Christmas lights are to be found in the pedestrian streets of the old town, especially in Tornabuoni Street.

Fireworks in Florence - Italy during New Year's celebration - Florence in winter

  • Christmas trees : the main tree is located in Piazza Duomo, but you can find other trees in Michelangelo Square and Santa Maria Novella Square.
  • Christmas markets : a nice Christmas market is set up in Santa Croce Square and there’s also Santa Claus’ cabin where kids can leave their letters.
  • Nativity scene : the best one is set up in front of the Cathedral and it is made of life-size terracotta statues.
  • Cantine Aperte : in December, there’s a special initiative named “open wineries” involving all Tuscan wine makers. You can choose among several tastings, guided tours, cultural events and concerts to visit the best wine estates and choose the perfect wine for your Christmas meal.

Things to do in Florence in December

carousel in Repubblica Square Florence in winter

  • Enjoy the carousel in Repubblica Square. It dates back to the beginning of the XXth century and it is one of the most popular attractions for kids. Go there in the evening to immerse yourself in the Christmas lights and in an old-fashioned atmosphere.
  • What’s best than taking a food tour ? ( you might like this Florence walking food tour .)
  • Skate on ice : go to the Firenze Winter Park and choose among the ice-skating rink, a snow tubing experience, or a slope for skiers. Another great skating rink is located in the garden of the Basso Fortress (it’s the longest one in Europe!)

Why visit Florence in December

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The minimum temperature in Florence in January is 2°C- and the maximum temperature is 11°C. Same as December, so be prepared to stay indoors most of the time.

Events, celebrations and traditions in Florence in January

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  • Jan 1 st : a New Year’s Concert is held at the Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera
  • Jan 6th – Epiphany: more than 500 costumed characters parade through the streets of the old town. The parade stops in front of the Cathedral where the Three Kings offer their gifts to the characters of a living nativity scene. Tambourines, marching bands and flag-wavers contribute to the festive atmosphere.

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Things to do in Florence in January

  • Escape the cold inside a museum ! In Florence, you’ll be spoilt for choice! You can also choose a combined guided tour like this one Florence: Accademia, Uffizi Gallery, and Walking Tour.
  • Enjoy some shopping! Take advantage of the winter sales to buy some high-quality and handmade products without breaking the bank! The main international brands are to be found in via Tornabuoni, via Calzaioli, and via Por Santa Maria.
  • Learn more about Dante Alighieri: you can visit his house Dante’s House Museum and see where and how the author of the Divine Comedy lived back in the Middle Ages.

Palazzo Vecchio  - Florence in winter

Why visit Florence in January

  • Pros: you’ll find fewer tourists than usual (especially in the second half of the month) and prices are cheaper due to low season and winter sales
  • Cons: bad weather

Florence in February

Weather in florence in february.

The minimum temperature in Florence in February is 3°C and the maximum temperature is 12°C. February is still a bit rainy, but the weather gets better towards the end of the month.

Events, celebrations and traditions in Florence in February

  • Feb. 14th – St. Valentine’s Day: Florence is a great choice to spend a weekend for two!
  • Carnival: watch the parade, enjoy the festive atmosphere and attend a masked ball!

Things to do in Florence in February

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  • Pros: there are endless events and you won’t get bored!
  • Cons: Florence gets very busy and chaotic around Christmas
  • Plan your itinerary around the most romantic spots in town: watch the sunset from Michelangelo Square, stroll along Ponte Vecchio and Santa Trinità Bridge, enjoy some winter sun in the Boboli Garden and visit the picturesque villages scattered throughout the hilly countryside.
  • Learn more about Galileo Galilei: the best way to discover both his life and works is taking a themed tour like this one Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour.

Why visit Florence in February

  • Pros: Florence is a very romantic city to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day
  • Cons: it’s a busy month

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What to pack for a winter trip to Florence

  • Scarf, gloves and hat
  • Wool sweaters
  • Winter coat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Jeans/long trousers
  • Long sleeves t-shirts or shirts
  • Backpack (and a small bag for the night)

Remember to dress in layers you can take off in heated indoor spaces!

Where to eat and drink in Florence in winter

Wedges of Panforte,  traditional cake


  • Il Palagio: first-class award-winning cuisine Il Palagio
  • Buca Lapi: rustic old-fashioned vibes Buca Lapi
  • L’Brindellone: the best Florentine steak in town I Brindellone

Cafes and bars

  • Giorgio: a small bakery that’s still quite unknown by tourists since it’s located outside the city center. It’s definitely worth a stop to taste a slice of “schiacciata fiorentina” Pasticceria Giorgio
  • Rex Café: cocktails & live music. It’s one of the most popular places among young locals Rex ― Firenze
  • The Lion’s Fountain: a real Irish pub where you can taste some fish & chips, drink some beer, and have fun singing karaoke The Lion’s Fountain

Why visit Florence in winter

  • You can enjoy a peaceful and slow visit to the most iconic museums in town like Uffizi and Accademia Gallery. Waiting in line and having trouble getting closer to the best works of art is simply routine all year round except in November and January!
  • Take advantage of low season to find cheaper hotel rates
  • Enjoy the winter sales in January and go shopping in the city center
  • Christmas in Florence is something else!
  • Tuscan cuisine is really rich and winter is the best season to taste all the local specialties
  • Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day watching the sunset from a romantic location like Ponte Vecchio or Michelangelo Square

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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.

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Things To Do In Florence In November

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Visit Accademia Gallery

  • While visiting Florence in November,  do not miss out on the Accademia Gallery, an art gallery dedicated majorly to sculpture art.
  • The gallery is well-known for Michaelangelo's spectacular marble sculpture, David.
  • Explore the gallery to admire the famous status along with other unfinished works of the great artist mostly from 1300-1600 century.
  • Admire masterpieces by some famous artists such as Ghirlandaio, Pontormo and Botticelli.

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Stop By Boboli Gardens

Stop By Boboli Gardens

  • Exploring the Boboli Gardens is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Florence, Italy in November.
  • Enjoy the beauty of the garden which is located in the backyard of the Pitti Palace.
  • Appreciate the plethora of sculptures at the largest open-air museum in Florence.
  • Take a stroll on the winding paths of the Upper Botanical Garden and the Viale dei Cipressi in the November rains and stop to admire the fountains.
  • Wander to the top of the garden to see a breathtaking view of the city.

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Experience Palazzo Pitti

Experience Palazzo Pitti

  • You must include a visit to Palazzo Pitti in your list of things to do in Florence, Italy in November.
  • Palazzo Pitti belongs to the Renaissance period and is currently one of the largest museums in Florence. 
  • Explore the museum and stroll across the various galleries housed inside the building.
  • Observe the displays in the Gallery of Modern Art and the Palatine Gallery.
  • Walk into the Silver Museum which was the treasury of the Grand Dukes and then stroll into the Royal Apartments before heading towards the Museum of Costume and Fashion. 

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Admire Museo Del Bargello

Admire Museo Del Bargello

  • An interesting place to visit in Florence in November is the Museo del Bargello, an art museum.
  • Pay a visit to the museum that was originally designed as a prison and a barrack.
  • Look at one of the largest collections of Renaissance-period sculptures on display in the museum.
  • Delight in observing an amazing collection of coins, silver, ivory, ceramics and others.
  • Admire the works of well-known artists such as Michelangelo and Donatello

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  • A must-visit place during your trip to Florence in November is the Medici Chapel, a museum which is also a burial place of the Medici family.
  • Explore the chapel that forms a part of the monumental complex of San Lorenzo, built by Michelangelo and Buontalenti in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • Check out its two major attractions - the Chapel of the Princes and the Sagrestia Nuova (New Sacristy), which are architectural marvels.

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Day Trip To Pisa

  • One of the popular activities to do in Florence in November is to take a day trip from Florence to the historic city of Pisa.
  • The journey will take only an hour and a half and take you to the city of Pisa, famous for its iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Visit the iconic landmark and head towards other attractions such as the Medici Palace, Stefano Dei Cavalieri and others.
  • Explore Pisa which has over 20 medieval palaces and historic churches which you can visit.

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Wine Tasting At Chianti

Wine Tasting At Chianti

  • Florence in November is ideal for a wine tasting experience at Chianti.
  • Take a day trip to reach the wineries in Chianti, journeying along the hills.
  • Visit two well known wineries and delight in a tour of the wine cellars.
  • Relish the exquisite taste of Chianti wine, after a tour of a well known winery of Chianti.


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Train Rides At Cinque Terre

  • Hop on to a train and journey to the Italian seaside, Cinque Terre for a day-long trip.
  • Delight in the vistas of Florence city before passing vibrant fishing villages as you cross the Italian Riviera.
  • Reach the town to explore the beautiful place and take a dip in the seawater.


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Take Part In Florence Marathon

Take Part In Florence Marathon

  • One of the activities to do in Florence in November is to take part in the Florence Marathon.
  • Held every year on the last Sunday of November, the Marathon attracts thousands of participants from across the world.
  • Opt to participate in the marathon and get a participation certificate.
  • Run for 42 km and 195 m and get a glimpse of the culture, art and architecture of the historic city.


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Explore Siena Cathedral

  • While holidaying in Florence in November, visit the Siena Cathedral, a stunning structure located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside
  • Explore the cathedral which is known to be one of the finest cathedrals in the world.
  • Walk into the place and appreciate the artistic treasures by Renaissance artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini
  • Check out the Piccolomini Library to observe the marble-inlay floor as well as the frescoes by Pinturicchio.
  • Head towards the Museo dell'Opera to take a look at Italian art such as Duccio di Buoninsegna's Maestà and others.


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The Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze is one of the main tourist attractions of Florence. Take a tour to the first and second floors of the museum to explore and learn more about the collections of each of the sections. During its inauguration by King Vittorio Emanuel in 1870, it was located in the Cenacolo di Fuligno, in via Faenza.It used to have an excellent collection of Roman, Etruscan and Greek artifacts until 1885, when the Egyptian museum was also set up in the same location. As the accommodation of the huge collection of artifacts became difficult, it was transferred to Palazzo della Crocetta, its present location. This relocated museum has the second-largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in Italy.The museum houses some notable pieces of artifacts which serve as important elements of research on the different eras of world history. It is also designed in such a way that it attracts people of all age groups and also has copies of notable artifacts for the visually impaired to touch and explore them in detail. 

Riccardi Medici Palace

The Riccardi Medici Palace is a palace-turned-museum in the city of Florence, Italy. It has been built in the traditional Florentine palace plan around a central court room. You can learn more about the life, culture and traditions of the Royal Medici Family and Lorenzo the Medici’s great passion for art. The palace was designed by the famous Florentine architect Michelozzo for the mighty Medicis. The building of the palace is a classic example of Italian Mannerist architecture. It is even the first Renaissance structure erected in Florence.The palace also served as the workstation of the legendary Italian artist Michelangelo who came to stay here under the sponsorship of Lorenzo. Lorenzo was very passionate about art and supported young artists which is also revealed by the excellent collection of artworks in the palace. Each corner of the palace has a story of its own and attracts a large number of tourists who come to explore Florence every year. This is one of the most treasured Heritage Sites of Florence glorifying its history and architecture.  

Casa Buonarroti

A place of memories and celebrations of the great artist Michelangelo, Casa Buonarroti is a monument and a museum, displaying one of the greatest art collections of Michelangelo. The building was built by Leonardo, Michelangelo’s nephew and was enlarged and restored by Michelangelo the Younger. It was later converted into a museum, to house some of the greatest works of Michelangelo and other Flemish and Italian renaissance artists. Although Michelangelo was not born in Casa Buonarroti, he spent a couple of years in the building. A great place to learn about the life of Michelangelo, the museum has several sketches, drawings and other works of the great artists placed in the 2 floors and 16 exhibition halls. The first floor of the museum consists of the family collection with over 150 archaeological findings and the adjacent halls include the works from artists who were inspired by Michelangelo and were collected by the Buonarrito family. Some of the most famous attractions in the museum include 2 marble reliefs made by Michelangelo, Madonna of the Stairs and the Battle of Centaurs. You can also gaze at several samples of drawing made by Michelangelo that are displayed on rotation basis such as the Madonna and the Child, Studies for the head of Leda and the sketch of Cleopatra.

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The Best Time to Visit Florence

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My favorite time to visit Florence is during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and fall (September to October). The weather is typically warm, sunny, and pleasant during these months. For me, it’s an ideal time to explore the city’s renowned landmarks, such as the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio, while avoiding the peak tourist crowds and heat of the summer months (July and August).

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My two sons in Florence during a visit in July – not my favorite time to visit but still pretty great.

Weather : The most pleasant weather in Florence is typically from April to June and September to October. During these months, the temperatures are mild and pleasant, ranging from 60°F (15°C) to 80°F (27°C), with mostly sunny days.

Museums : Florence’s museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, can be visited year-round. However, to avoid long lines and crowds, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons (April to June and September to October) or on weekdays when tourist numbers are generally lower.

Shopping : Florence offers great shopping opportunities year-round, especially for leather goods, jewelry, and local crafts. The best shopping deals can be found during the winter and summer sales seasons. In Italy, the winter sales usually start in early January and run through February, while the summer sales typically take place from July to August.

Honeymoon : For a romantic honeymoon, consider visiting Florence during the late spring (April to June) or early fall (September to October). The weather is mild and pleasant, perfect for strolling through charming streets, enjoying outdoor dining, and taking in the iconic sights of the city. These periods are also slightly less crowded than the peak summer months, providing a more intimate experience.

Avoiding crowds : To avoid the largest crowds in Florence, visit during the off-peak season, which typically runs from November to February. During this time, you can expect fewer tourists, shorter lines at popular attractions, and lower prices for accommodations. However, the weather can be cooler and wetter, with temperatures ranging from 40°F (4°C) to 60°F (15°C).

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The wonderful Ville Sull’Arno Hotel in Florence.

Florence Travel Seasons

  • High Season (mid-May through July and September) : Summer is high tourist season in Florence, with one exception. During the month of August, the majority of Italians take a holiday away from the city, which means the crowds will mostly be tourists then and it may be possible to find some discounted hotel rates. Between mid-May and July, and through the month of September, airfares and accommodation rates are highest, it’s likely to be hot, and crowds will be at their peak.
  • Shoulder Season (March through mid-May, except Easter; October and November) : The shoulder season, especially March, April (outside of Easter week), and October, is considered by many to be the best time to visit Florence. This is when the weather is often pleasant and the hordes of tourists either haven’t arrived or are beginning to diminish.
  • Low Season (August and December through February, with the exception of Carnival) : The low season in Florence is generally winter, aside from Carnival (usually in February but sometimes in March). During winter expect smaller crowds and bigger discounts on accommodation and airfare. A winter visit means cooler temperatures, but snow is extremely rare – in most cases, the city can be enjoyed comfortably by preparing for fog and rain. Outside of the winter months, August is also considered the low season, because most Italians take their vacations during this month, which means many small hotels, restaurants, and shops close down.

Florence Weather by Month

  • Florence Weather in January : The chilliest month in Florence, January tends to bring fog and rain to the city but it’s unlikely to be so chilly that you’ll need a heavy winter coat. Snow is unlikely, with the average high temperature at 12°C and the low at 3°C. Dressing in layers with the final layer a waterproof jacket, along with a hat and gloves, is a good idea if you plan to visit this month, due to an average of 63mm of precipitation falling over 11 days. While days are shorter now, there is still around nine hours of daylight for enjoying the sights, with sunrise at 7:48am and sunset at 4:48pm on January 1. (Average Max Temperature: 12°C. Average Precipitation: 63mm.)
  • Florence Weather in February : Things are slowly warming up in February, which also brings slightly less precipitation. While the average high remains at 12°C, the low creeps up a degree to 4°C and there is only 49mm of rainfall on average over 8 days. While about half the month sees gray or foggy days, the other half enjoys more sun. Like last month, pack clothing that can be layered. While it can be chilly, some days may feel warm, so you’ll want to be able to remove an outer layer easily. (Average Max Temperature: 12°C. Average Precipitation: 49mm.)
  • Florence Weather in March : Weather continues to warm throughout March, with the average high now climbing several degrees to 15°C and the low at 6°C. While precipitation increases again slightly, it oftentimes appears in the form of mist or fog. The more the month progresses, the sunnier the days are likely to be. Days are getting longer too; after the time change on March 31st, the sun rises just before 7 a.m. and won’t set until 7:40 p.m. Plan to pack as you would for January or February, but you probably won’t need to bundle up as much. You may want to bring a few items for warmer weather too, especially when visiting during the second half of March. (Average Max Temperature: 15°C. Average Precipitation: 69mm.)
  • Florence Weather in April : April weather in Florence can be somewhat unpredictable, although it’s likely to be much sunnier than it is wet. It will be quite a bit warmer now with the high temperature at around 19°C, though the increase in rain means that you’ll still need clothing that can be worn in layers, along with a waterproof jacket and sunglasses. It may be a good idea to prepare for every type of weather, with April temperatures possibly climbing as high as 25°C, or as low as freezing. (Average Max Temperature: 19°C. Average Precipitation: 78mm.)
  • Florence in May : May is a fabulous time to be in Florence, temperatures really rising; a full five degrees over last month. On most days it’s likely to feel like summer, with many more bright sunny days than gray ones, and a bit less rain than April sees – a little over 70mm on average. As it can still get quite cool in the evening with the low dipping to 13°C, you’ll need a jacket or sweater for evenings. Pack a variety of clothing for both cooler and warmer weather, like t-shirts, shorts, and dresses along with long pants and long-sleeved shirts and you’ll be prepared for whatever weather hits. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C. Average Precipitation: 72mm.)
  • Florence Weather in June : Summer is in full swing now and it can get quite warm in Florence; the average high temperature is now at 28°C. On occasion it can climb into the low 30s, so if you plan to visit this month, packing should be all about keeping stylishly cool. Only 50mm of precipitation falls over 8 days in June, so rain is unlikely to put a damper on your plans. Bring plenty of sunscreen, hats, and a pair of sunglasses along with lightweight clothing. With the low temperature at 17°C, you may not even need a sweater. (Average Max Temperature: 28°C. Average Precipitation: 50mm.)
  • Florence Weather in July : July and August are the hottest months of the year in Florence. Afternoons frequently reach maximum temperatures of 31°C or higher, and there are few clouds to block the rays of the sun. Rain is few and far between, with only 31mm of precipitation this month. Most comes in the form of thunderstorms that leave as quickly as they arrive. Like last month, pack lightweight clothing and bring items for sun protection. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C. Average Precipitation: 31mm.)
  • Florence Weather in August : It’s just as hot or slightly hotter in August, the month that most Florentines traveling elsewhere to avoid the scorching heat. The afternoon high averages 31°C and occasionally rises to 40°C. Many businesses, including some shops and restaurants, close down for at least some of August, and visitors might find the streets to be less crowded. You’ll need the same attire now that you would for July, focusing on clothing for keeping cool and protection from the searing sun. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C. Average Precipitation: 48mm.)
  • Florence Weather in September : Early September continues the warm summer weather, with temperatures beginning to cool just slightly. The average high temperature now drops to 27°C, and the chance of rainfall increases a bit, especially later in the month, though you’re likely to enjoy plenty of sunshine on most days. Low temps dip to 16°C; if you plan to go out late at night, it may be cool. Pack a range of clothing, primarily items for warm weather during the day, along with a jacket or sweater for early mornings and evenings. (Average Max Temperature: 27°C. Average Precipitation: 76mm.)

  • Florence Weather in October : Fall has arrived, with cooler temperatures and thinner crowds. October is a great month to visit Florence, as it is still fairly warm earlier in the month, and parks and forests are transformed by autumn’s brilliant foliage. The average high temperature dips a full six degrees down to 21°C, and precipitation increases quite a bit to 96mm over 12 days; pack a waterproof jacket and/or umbrella, as well as pair of sunglasses to be prepared for both sun and rain. (Average Max Temperature: 21°C. Average Precipitation: 96mm.)
  • Florence Weather in November : November sees the return of gray, rainy days to Florence, with average precipitation rising to 102mm over 15 days, making this the wettest month of the year. The average high is a crisp 15°C – perfect sweater weather. (Though you’ll likely need a rain jacket on top of it.) Nights can get quite cool too, with the low now a chilly 7°C. If you visit Florence this month be sure to pack waterproof items for cooler weather. Having a waterproof coat and boots can make exploring the city a lot more comfortable. (Average Max Temperature: 15°C. Average Precipitation: 102mm.)
  • Florence Weather in December : It continues to get colder in December, with the average high falling another four degrees to 11°C and the low at a brisk 4°C. The chance for rain decreases quite a bit to 72mm of precipitation over 13 days, and the odds of snow are extremely rare right in the city. Pack heavier winter gear now, including a warm coat, hat, gloves, and waterproof boots. Plan your itinerary accordingly for shorter days – there are fewer than nine of daylight on Winter Solstice. (Average Max Temperature: 11°C. Average Precipitation: 72mm.)

Florence Events and Festivals

Florence in january.

  • New Year’s Day – January 1 is a national holiday celebrated around the country, bringing closures to many attractions, including historic sites and museums as well as some restaurants and shops, though a number of eateries will be open. For the locals, it’s a day to recover from the previous night’s festivities or enjoy get-togethers with family and friends, exchanging New Year’s greetings and dining on traditional foods like raisins, lentils, and cotechino.
  • Winter Park – While snow is unlikely to fall naturally in Florence you can still enjoy it at Winter Park throughout the month of January. It includes snow tubing and ice skating along with hot cocoa and roasted chestnuts along the Arno River.
  • Winter Sales – One of the biggest events in January is the Winter Sales. They start here every year on January 5th, the eve of Epiphany/La Befana and run for 59 days. Prices are discounted everywhere from big-name fashion designer stores to small boutiques and outlets.
  • Epiphany/La Befana – January 6, The Epiphany, is a national holiday marking the 12th day of Christmas and commemorating the day the Three Wise Men arrived with gifts for Jesus at the manger. Locals throughout the country exchange gifts, and in Florence the traditional Procession of the Magic takes place, led by the Three Wise Men on horseback wearing lavish costumes. It marches to Piazza Duomo, where a reading of the story of the Magi takes place followed by a performance by flag throwers.

Florence in February

  • Carnival – One of the year’s biggest events, Carnival usually occurs in February, although it can occur any time between late January and early April. While there are festivities throughout the country, Florence is especially renowned for its Children’s Carnival which takes place in Borgo Ognissanti.
  • Valentine’s Day – February 14, St. Valentine’s Day, is a relatively new celebration in Italy, but as Florence is such a romantic city, some establishments here have begun to take advantage of that by offering special dinners, flowers, and gifts.
  • Chocolate Fair – For 10 days in early to mid-February, this artisanal fair takes place at Piazza Santa Croce. Expect lots of chocolate tasting, as well as a cooking show and a wide range of events based on everyone’s favorite sweet treat.

Florence in March

  • Festa della Donna – Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 to honor women, in Florence, across Italy, and beyond. It began following a tragedy in the U.S., but today many Italians use it as an excuse to give small bouquets of mimosa flowers which bloom this time of year. The city of Florence, and other cities, grant free entrance to women for the city and state museums. Some restaurants may also offer special meals for the day.
  • Festa di San Giuseppe – Father’s Day is celebrated on March 19 in Italy. It is similar to Father’s Day in many other countries, but it includes the consumption of zeppole, a food that’s similar to a doughnut.
  • Feast of the Annunciation – This is the day in which the Catholic Church considered to be the beginning of a “new” year, a tradition that was followed through until 1749, well after the Gregorian calendar went into effect in the late 16th-century. Celebrations will be held throughout the city, with the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata offering the most elaborate.

Florence in April

  • Half Marathon Firenze – This traditional Florentine non-competitive half-marathon race mixes sport and culture, while providing a unique artistic and cultural backdrop. It’s hosted on a Sunday in early to mid-April.
  • Holy Week and Easter – Celebrated from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday throughout Italy, Holy Week sometimes falls in late March, but most often it occurs in early to mid-April. There will be Easter mass at churches throughout the city and the entire country. In Florence, the highlight is the “Explosion of the Cart” that takes place on Easter Sunday morning in Piazza del Duomo. This is when the cart, an elaborate 17th-century wagon that stands two- to three- stories high, pulled by a pair of oxen decorated in garlands and jam-packed with firework is lit, providing a grand spectacle.
  • Liberation Day – Liberation Day, April 25, is a national holiday that will bring many business closures and limited hours to some attractions like museums, although many restaurants will be open. There may be a military demonstration or laying of wreaths at various monuments, and there is usually a variety of special events and museum openings that run late into the night.

Florence in May

  • Labor Day – May 1 is a national holiday throughout Italy, including Florence. Labour Day brings closures to businesses and attractions like museums, including many shops and restaurants. Special events and concerts are sometimes hosted and there’s usually a colorful flag-throwing contest in Piazza della Signoria.
  • Iris Garden – The Iris Garden by Piazzale Michelangelo at Viale dei Colli will be open throughout the month, with gorgeous irises in bloom. Just below, roses will be bursting in the rose garden that has over 350 different varieties as well.
  • Artigianato e Palazzo – This unique artisan crafts fair is held over four days in the gardens of the Palazzo Corsini, which isn’t typically open to the public. Visitors can watch artisans create works by hand in workshops that are set up in orangeries and the garden.

Florence in June

  • Republic Day – Celebrated on June 2 each year, this annual Italian national holiday marks the day Italy became a Republic in 1946, following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism. While it is somewhat like Independence Day in other nations, there are no fireworks, but in Florence there is a parade, flag ceremony, and singing at the Piazza della Signoria.
  • Tuscan Sun Festival – Formerly hosted in Cortona, this popular summer arts festival now takes place in Florence annually in June, bringing well-known musicians and artists together for a week of art, music, wine, cuisine, and wellness. There are art exhibitions, cooking demos, and pre-concert receptions that include locally-made products and Tuscan wine.
  • San Giovanni Feast Day – Celebrated on June 24 each year, in Florence this day brings a medieval tournament that’s followed by drinking, feasting, and music. Along the Arno River there will be rowboats that carry lit candles followed by fireworks.
  • Saints Peter and Paul Day – A national religious holiday, this day is celebrated on June 29 each year throughout the country honoring two of Catholicism’s most important saints. The general population enjoys the day off and most businesses will be closed.

Florence in July

  • Florence Dance Festival – Held throughout July, the Florence Dance Festival features important international dance companies inspired by great historical figures, hosted at the historical Teatro Verdi and the Teatro Romano.
  • Florence Folks Festival – For four days in Late July, this popular urban event features free concerts, including local and international music, along with lots of food and drink.
  • Festival of the Unicorn – This unique event that takes place in late July every year includes a Fantasy Festival with more than 100 shows daily, eight themed areas, comics, concerts, cosplay, a medieval market, themed venues, role-playing games, an Elf parade, and more.

Florence in August

  • Feast of San Lorenzo – This annual event takes place at the Piazza San Lorenzo on August 10, a time when locals and visitors are given lasagna and watermelon following a historical parade through the city center.
  • Ferragosto – August 15 marks the beginning of the summer holiday for most Italians. It’s also a national religious holiday of Assumption, celebrating the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. While there may be some closures, most museums and cultural sites are open.

Florence in September

  • Festival of the Lanterns – The Festival of the Lanterns is hosted annually on September 7. One of the most traditional and largest festivals in Florence, it features a fair, as well as boat and lantern parades.
  • Nativity of Virgin Mary – The cornerstone of the present Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore, was laid on September 8, 1296, the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. In her honor, the terrace around the base of the cupola opens to visitors, can walk around freely and enjoy the view of the city’s rooftops and surrounding hills.
  • Carro Matto/Crazy Cart – Every year on the last Saturday of September, downtown Florence comes to life with one of autumn’s most popular events, Carro Matto, which translates to “crazy cart.” A large wooden wagon is loaded up with a pyramid construction made up of round glass wine bottles. It’s pulled by oxen from the Piazza del Duomo to the Palagio di Parte Guelfa and back, before receiving a blessing from the city’s religious leaders. It ends with a performance of the Florentine Republic historical parade and flag throwing.
  • The Grape Festival of Impruneta – Held in the pretty village of Impruneta, just minutes from the city of Florence, the Grape Festival takes place on the last Sunday of September each year in the main square, the Piazza Buondelmonti. Four neighborhoods challenge each other for the best float inspired by wine, with the event concluded with a parade, music, and dancing performances.

Florence in October

  • Festa di Santa Reparata – On October 8, this festival celebrates the co-patron saints Santa Reparata and San Giovanni Battista. A procession takes place with participants donning medieval dress, traveling from Piazza di Parte Guelfa to the saint’s crypt at the cathedral.
  • Festival Delle Mongolfiere – For two consecutive weekends in mid-October, this festival is all about hot air balloons, kites, food and fun. It brings the opportunity to fly high above the city in a hot air balloon, along with music and other festivities.
  • Florence Biennale – Mid to late-October in odd-numbered years, venues around Florence will bring contemporary artists in music, film, visual arts and performances for 10 days of events and exhibitions.
  • Halloween – While Halloween isn’t traditionally celebrated in Florence, or the rest of Italy, the holiday has managed to make its way into bars, clubs and other venues which host parties, costume contests and the like.

Florence in November

  • All Saints Day – This national holiday falls on November 1. Locals throughout the country, including Florentines, often visit the graves of loved ones who’ve passed.
  • Winter Park – Winter Park opens along the Arno River in November and will remain open through February for ice skating, winter games, food, and other fun.
  • Firenze Marathon – Taking place on the last Sunday in November, this marathon crosses the city center, passing some of the most famous sights in Florence. The second most popular national race after the Roma Marathon, it includes a family marathon so that people of all ages can join in.

Florence in December

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception – This national and religious holiday falls on December 8 every year. While schools and public offices will be closed, most restaurants and shops will be open as this day is viewed as the official start to the holiday shopping season. An art and food fair is usually held in Florence.
  • Christmas Eve/Christmas Day/Santo Stefano – On Christmas Eve, Florentines are usually enjoying Christmas dinner with their families before going to Midnight Mass at the local church. Families and friends come together on Christmas Day for a large day-long feast. Then on December 26 the national holiday of Santo Stefano is celebrated, giving Italians another day off. While most places are closed on Christmas Day, tourists can usually find some bars and ethnic restaurants open.
  • New Year’s Eve – One of the top cities in Italy to celebrate New Year’s Eve, there will be numerous events and free entertainment organized in the main squares, including live music and fireworks displays.

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Florence is a must-visit destination in Italy, and it rightly deserves to be and timing your visit can greatly affect your experience. While the city doesn't face extreme temperatures like some Northern European cities, it's still worth considering the weather and tourist crowds. The iconic Duomo is always bustling, but there are quieter periods to explore its charm. Our comprehensive month-on-month guide can help you pinpoint the best time to immerse yourself in Florence's rich culture and history. From sunny strolls along the Arno River to admiring Renaissance art, planning your visit wisely ensures a memorable trip to this enchanting city.

Best time to visit Florence: Know before you plan your trip

The best time to visit Florence is from April to June and September to October . April to June sees spring, with mellow weather and the landscapes awash with peculiar flowers all along the Tuscan countryside. September and October, the months of autumn are also great months to visit Florence with a magical nip in the weather and a lot of outdoor events to participate in.

Best time to visit Florence: Based on traveler persona

Best time for Sightseeing: March to May and September to November Best time for Backpacking: November to March Best time for Honeymooners: April to June and September to November Best time to enjoy festivals in Florence: June to October

Florence through the year

  • High Season in Florence is during the summer, from Mid-May to July, although the weather is not the best. September is also high season due to the ideal weather and its proximity to the international tourist season. August is also high international tourist season but there are fewer local tourists as they head to the mountains or the beaches. Airfares and accommodation rates spike during this period.
  • Shoulder Season in Florence is from March to Mid-May and October and November. These months cover spring and autumn seasons, and have pleasant weather conditions. If dates are not a concern, this is the best time to travel to Florence. There are festivals like Easter and Harvest festivals that liven up the city and countryside.
  • Low Season in Florence is during the winter months of December to February, although many travelers love visiting during the Christmas celebrations. The airfares are cheap and accommodations offer low prices and discounts. There is little chance of snow, which makes it ideal for travelers who do not enjoy extreme conditions but wish to save on travel expenses.

Best season to visit Florence

Florence is a city known for its art and architecture which can be enjoyed all year round. The weather in Florence are not the least bit extreme, pulling in travelers from around the world year round. Here's how each season in Florence looks like.

spring in florence

Florence in Spring

Spring is quite marked in Florence, you will notice the weather getting warmer, days longer and the skies clearer. It is a lovely time to explore the famous Italian Renaissance Gardens of Bobboli and Bardini and watch the Irises bloom. April and May fall in the spring season and while it is shoulder tourist season it is definitely one of the best seasons to visit Florence.

summer in Florence

Florence in Summer

Florence experiences hot summer with temperatures soaring in the months of July and August. These are also the busiest tourist months as international travelers pour in during school vacations. These months make for the best time to grab a gelato and walk the cobbled streets of sweltering Florence. The city also hosts several summer festivals themed around dance, music and art. Despite the heat it is a lively time in Florence!

autumn in Florence

Florence in Autumn

The months of September and October are one of the best times of the year to visit Florence. It is a respite after the summer heat with spurts of rainfall. Autumn is the harvest season for grapes and olives and a visit to the villages in Tuscany is a must-do on your Florence autumn itinerary.

winter in Florence

Florence in Winter

If you don’t enjoy the snow then Florence in winter is your go to destination. It rarely snows in the city and even if it does it’s a light snow which often turns to rain, although the past few years have been unpredictable. The temperatures do not go into minus and it’s quite bearable with the right clothing. Florence is a sight to behold during Christmas with its markets, festivities and decor, making it one of the top places to visit during Christmas.

A month on month guide to visiting Florence

Follow our detailed guide to pick a month for your Florence exploits.

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Florence in January

Average Temperature: 2°C to 11°C

Best Time To Visit Florence

Florence in January experiences one of the coldest months of the year. You will have to wrap yourself up in warm and waterproof clothing, but there is no need to worry about snow. It is also the tourist low season but the festivities in Florence are not yet done! The Epiphany or Befana is a grand event that celebrates the gifts of the Three Wise Men and the biggest event is held at the Piazza Duomo. The winter park is on at the Obi Hall, where you can find a skating rink and snow activities, and shopaholics will love the winter sales with discounts everywhere!

Florence In February

Average Temperature: 3°C to 12°C

Best Time To Visit Florence

Winter is easing its grip on Florence in february but you can still experience foggy mornings and evenings with the occasional rain. The later part of the month can open up with soft sunny days that make Florence sparkle and shine. The highlight of the month is the Carnival which is one of the best in Europe and takes place over two weeks, a unique feature is the Children’s Carnival at Borgo Ognissanti. It is also the season of classical music and opera; you can find shows at the Teatro Verde and Opera del Duomo. The Cambia Della Guardia is an interesting costume parade at Palazzo Vecchio which re-enacts the Battle of Siege.

Recommended Experiences in Florence during Winters

Priority Entrance Tickets to the Uffizi Gallery

Florence In March

Average Temperature: 5°C to 16°C

Best Time To Visit Florence

It is the start of spring in Florence, so be prepared for longer sunny days as the month progresses. There is still a chill in the air in the mornings and evenings but the days are comfortable, you won’t need as many layers of warm clothing. The flowers are in full bloom and you will find locals honouring the women in the life with the gifting of yellow mimosa flowers on Festa Della Donna. Take your dad along for the trip as it is Festa di San Giuseppe or Father’ day in Italy! Since the weather is good, you can enjoy a Segway tour or a Vespa tour of the city and explore the attractions.

Florence In April

Average Temperature: 8°C to 19°C

Best Time To Visit Florence

April is one of the best months of the year to visit Florence as the weather is simply perfect! Yes, there are a few rainy days but on an average the weather is spectacular. The countryside is blooming and you must make a visit to Borgo San Lorenzo for the spring festival and enjoy a wine tour in Tuscany. Florence is gearing up for the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter as well as the Liberation Day. April is also the perfect month to get outdoorsy with marathons like Vivicitta and Ecomarathon, and the Florence Bike Festival. Make sure you attend the International Handicrafts Fair where you can pick up authentic Florentine craftwork.

Florence In May

Average Temperature: 12°C to 24°C

Best Time To Visit Florence

May is one of the best months to visit Florence; however the tourists hordes have not yet trickled in as schools don’t close until June/July in most parts of the world. The weather is almost perfect in Florence in May as the days are long and sunny without the heat that starts in June. One of the most awaited events is the blooming of Irises at the Iris Garden. It is a good idea to spend time outdoors among Florence’s parks like the Boboli Gardens, Giardino Bardini, and Parco delle Cascine. Join the locals celebrate Labour Day and Giorno Della Mamma or Mother’s Day in May.

Recommended Experiences in Florence during Spring

From Florence: Half day Pisa Excursion

Florence In June

Average Temperature: 16°C to 29°C

Best Time To Visit Florence

Florence is on the cusp of summer in June, the days get longer with as much as 11 hours of sunshine. Chances of rain go down drastically which means clear skies and sunny days that are ideal for sightseeing. Tourists start making a beeline for the city and it is a good idea to invest in Skip the Line tickets at attractions in Florence in June to avoid the serpentine queues. The highlight of the month is the Italian Republic Day when you can witness parades, events and patriotic fervor. Other exciting events are the Festa Di San Giovanni and wine-tasting event Mostra Del Chianti.

Florence In July

Average Temperature: 18°C to 32°C

Best Time To Visit Florence

Florence in July experiences one of its hottest and busiest months of the year. Climate change is rearing its ugly head and temperatures are soaring reaching up to 40°C with the occasional heat wave. Yet, that does not stop tourists who are seeking to discover the secrets of this spectacular city. The days are long, so it’s best to spend the hot afternoons inside the beautiful cathedrals and art galleries like Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell'Accademia , and stroll the city in the mornings and evenings. Events like Fiesole Summerfest, Florence Dance Festival and Saint Anne’s Feast Day take place during the month, giving you a taste of the local zest.

Florence In August

Best Time To Visit Florence

August marks summer vacation in Italy and Florentines head for their vacations leaving tourists to run the city, who are flocking in high numbers. Most of the large establishments are open, with the exception of the family-run restaurants and hotels. August is the peak of summer and the temperatures are quite high, so slather oodles of sunscreen and put on your floral, breezy clothes! The city’s exquisite galleries and museums are a refuge and the evenings are filled with cultural outdoor activities like Estate Fiesolana. Don’t miss out on the Feast of San Lorenzo and keep a look out for the Perseid meteor showers!

Recommended Experiences in Florence during Summer

Skip The Line Access to the Accademia Gallery with Audioguide

Florence In September

Average Temperature: 15°C to 27°C

Best Time To Visit Florence

The weather gets pleasant as September kicks in, but there is higher humidity in the air and increased chances of rain towards the end of the month. It is high tourist season so make the most of your time in the city with discounted online tickets in advance. It is the ideal time to take quick day trips from Florence , especially to Tuscany for the Vendemmia or the grape harvest season. Chianti , Pisa , Siena , Cinque Terre , and Lucca also make for great day trip destinations from Florence. The most awaited event of the month is Salamarzana which celebrates medieval history with live enactments, live music and more.

Florence In October

Average Temperature: 11°C to 21°C

Best Time To Visit Florence

Finally winter is knocking on the doors, with magically chilly air in hand. International tourists have long gone and only weekends might seem busy. It is the best time to explore the countryside and enjoy the brisk weather while you search for truffles and chestnuts! Impruneta, Marradi and Vicchio are festivals held around the countryside, while you can also hitch a ride in a hot air balloon at the Festival Dell Mongolfiere. The highlight of the month is however the Florence Biennale which is an art and culture extravaganza.

Florence In November

Average Temperature: 6°C to 15°C

Best Time To Visit Florence

Winter in Florence is wet and cold, it rains almost every other day and its best to keep a raincoat and umbrella handy while walking about the city in November. However, the cold does not put a damper on things to do in Florence. You can enjoy the short queues at tourist attractions like the Florence Duomo , Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery and leisurely meal in restaurants savouring seasonal specials like freshly pressed olive oil, and white truffles. It is a great time to pick up holiday souvenirs at antique fairs like the Fortezza da Basso and Largo Pietro Annigoni. Make sure you pay a visit to the winter park at Arno River where the city has an ice skating rink!

Florence In December

Average Temperature: 3°C to 11°C

Best Time To Visit Florence

Florence is one of the best cities in Italy to experience the festivities of Christmas. While the weather has now turned to grey and cloudy, the chance of rain reduces with almost no chance of snow. However, it is the sweater season and it is best to layer up. Since the days are short, make sure you wake up early and get up and about before the sun sets. The best features of Florence in December are the Christmas events starting from Christmas markets in Piazza Santa Croce and Piazza Santissima Annunziata, to viewing the Christmas tree and nativity scene displays in Piazza del Duomo.

Florence Duomo Guided Tours

Florence Duomo Guided Tours

Florence itinerary: for one day.

Whether you're visiting Florence in May or November, here's a handy one day itinerary to experiencing the best of Florence in just 24 hours! Read our handcrafted Florence 1 day itinerary .

If you're planning a slightly more relaxed and longer day trip to Florence, check out our Florence 3 day itinerary .

Accademia Gallery

Accademia Gallery

Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale

Duomo Florence

Duomo Florence

Palazzo Vecchio & Piazza della Signoria

Palazzo Vecchio & Piazza della Signoria

Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo

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Planning a trip but still unsure when to visit Florence?

Read on for a month-by-month guide to Florence’s weather, major events in Florence and to find out how busy the city is through the year.

Florence in January

January in Florence

Generally, one of the quietest  months to visit Florence, January only has two big events to draw visitors – both part of Epiphany celebrations. With fewer tourists around, you can enjoy the city at your own pace and appreciate its culture and art — no tourists will crowd your view of David or Botticelli's Birth of Venus.

Sales are underway, so pack light and use the colder temperatures as an excuse to go shopping.

Florence weather in January

January is the coldest month of the year , with a typical daytime high of 7℃ (44℉) and a low of 0℃ (32℉) overnight. Despite an occasional snowfall, the sun shines most days. Remember to pack your sunnies, as well as some heavy-duty winter cashmere.

Days are short — a good excuse to begin your aperitivo at 5pm.

How busy is Florence in January?

Winter in Florence is low season for tourism. With fewer crowds at art museums or cookery classes, you may not need to book ahead. You can easily find a table at typical trattorias which are either fully booked or closed all summer, such as Da Camillo, Trattoria Sostanza, Trattoria Omero.

What’s on in Florence in January?

While the rest of the world rediscovers healthy living with juice-cleanses and Dry January, Florence prepares for the feast of the Epiphany. It is a national holiday across Italy. For the Cavalcata dei Magi , participants dress in medieval costume and wind around the streets of Florence singing and dancing. A live nativity and ceremonial mass is held outside of the Duomo.

A glass of juice made from Sicilian blood-oranges — in season each January — will ease your hangover.

Like everywhere in Italy, the first Sunday of the month is also free admission to state-owned museums (Uffizi, Bargello and others) and archaeological sites.

Florence in February

Romantic Florence in February Ponte Vecchio

Still a quiet month to visit Florence, February in Florence is for lovers and anyone with a sweet tooth. With fewer tourists you can see a quieter side to the city. Without a doubt, an ideal period for romantic getaway to one of our Florence villas.

Florence weather in February

February is a cold month , with a typical daytime high of 10℃ (50℉) and overnight lows of 2℃ (36℉). On most days the sun shines, but don’t let that fool you.

You might be lucky to catch a golden winter sunset from the Ponte Vecchio — where better to seal a Valentine’s kiss?

How busy is Florence in February?

Winter in Florence is low season for tourism. If you are arranging a last-minute holiday, you may not need to book activities ahead of time. You can easily find a table at romantic restaurants such as Enoteca Pinchiorri , La Bottega del Buon Caffè and Fuor d’Acqua , which are typically booked all summer.  

What’s on in Florence in February?

Short, cold days call for afternoons buried in a book by the fireplace with a piece of Schiacciata alla Fiorentina.

This sweet pastry prepared during Carnival season resembles a sponge cake with a cream filling. Pasticceria Giorgio is renowned for the best; just ask the Florentines who queue outside.

The first Sunday of the month is free admission to state-owned museums (Uffizi, Bargello and others) and archaeological sites.

Florence in March

Truffle Hunting experience

As Spring draws closer, blue skies and colorful landscapes return. All the more pleasant for long walks in the Florentine countryside. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a mimosa tree in bright-yellow bloom .

Florence weather in March

Alongside warmer temperatures , March is known for occasional showers. An umbrella is your friend.

Dress in layers because the temperature  fluctuates during the day, with a typical daytime high of 16℃ (61℉) and lows of 5℃ (41℉) overnight.  

How busy is Florence in March?

Even late winter in Florence is still low season for tourism. With fewer crowds and cooler temperatures you can join activities like a countryside Fiat 500 Tour or Truffle Hunting , which are either fully booked or too hot to fully enjoy in high summer.

What’s on in Florence in March?

March 8th is International Women’s Day. Italian tradition is to gift the women in your life a yellow mimosa flower, as a sign of respect and solidarity.

On the first Sunday of the month state-owned museums (Uffizi, Bargello and others) and archaeological sites offer free admission.

Treat someone to a flavorful  experience. The Taste fair is dedicated to excellence in food, wine, objects and ideas that rule contemporary Italian culture.

This is the season to try Italian vegetable, agretti . This underrated succulent — sometimes called “Barba di Frate” (Monk’s Beard) — is known for anti-aging, detoxifying properties.

Florence in April

Traditional Colomba di Pasqua

An exciting time to visit, Florence in April has one of the year’s biggest and loudest events: an exploding wooden cart . Spring promises renewal, a new start, and the end of Lent.

Florentines take everything chocolate seriously. Giant Easter eggs appear in store window displays all over the city.

Florence weather in April

Tuscan farmers survive April via the local motto, “Terzo aprilante, quaranta giorni durante”: if it rains on April 3rd, the rain will continue for another 40 days. Better pack that emergency umbrella.

Temperatures are warmer... but not yet bikini friendly. Expect daytime highs of 20℃ (68℉) and an overnight low of 7℃ (43℉).

How busy is Florence in April?

Easter weekend is packed, but the rest of April is still relatively low season for tourism.

If you come during the holiday weekend, however, we recommend you book major museums (especially the Uffizi ), restaurants, wine tasting and cookery classes in advance.

What’s on in Florence in April?

Florentines take stereotypical Italian loudness to another level with their most exciting festival of the year. The Scoppio del Carro is a folklore Easter Day tradition with 150 white oxen, an antique cart filled with  fireworks and a very big, very loud explosion. Earplugs are recommended.  

Alternatively you can celebrate Easter local-style, with an  abundance of chocolate eggs and traditional Colomba di Pasqua . This sugar-topped sweet bread is similar to Panettone and baked into the shape of a dove.  

Don’t forget the first Sunday of the month , when all state-owned museums (Uffizi, Bargello and others) and archeological sites offer free admission.

Florence in May

Piazza del Duomo

Seated on the steps of Santo Spirito, enjoying the sun, sipping on an Aperol Spritz, can mean only one thing: summer is in the air.

The Birth of Venus sounds exciting. So does climbing 463 steps to the top of the Duomo. But just ask yourself: “What would Frances in Under the Tuscan Sun do?” When in Rome….

Florence weather in May

Expect a daytime high of 24℃ (75℉), ideal to stay outdoors in the Iris and Rose Gardens. Florence’s flowers are in full bloom and nothing looks more Insta-friendly than #mayinbloom.

Make use of longer days to explore the city but carry a jacket: temperatures drop to 13℃ (55℉) overnight.

How busy is Florence in May?

We may fantasize about summer afternoons strolling Florence, but the reality will also require skills in crowd-dodging.

Genuine peak season has not yet begun, but we recommend you book everything in advance. ( Our travel concierges can help. )

What’s on in Florence in May?

One of Italy’s historic classical music festivals, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino takes place in May and June. You can enjoy  concerts, opera and ballet.

Cherries — in season each May — are said to have antioxidant properties. A portion of 15 juicy ones counts as one of your 5-a-day, so multiply by 5 and you’re on track.

Night of the Museums (mid-May) sees museums open past midnight, with free or cheaper admission. If you miss the chance, on the f irst Sunday of the month  state-owned museums (Uffizi, Bargello and more) and archaeological sites offer free entrance.  

Florence in June

Art in Florence - Via CalimalaA busy month to visit Florence, June is the start of summer and the proper high season.

With the month’s big events all outdoors, you have excuses to be out enjoying the sun. Pack a hat, an extra pair of sunnies, and sunscreen.

Florence weather in June

The weather in June is great for outdoor activities . Temperatures are still tolerable, so you get to enjoy the city without drowning in sweat.  

Expect a daytime high of 28℃ (82℉) and lows of 17℃ (63℉) overnight.

How busy is Florence in June?

Summer in Florence is  high season , so expect crowds. This may be the time to relax by your private pool  in a villa near Florence.

We recommend booking all activities in advance, including making restaurant reservations (especially on weekends).

What’s on in Florence in June?

Summer has sprung, so local events and activities take to the streets. Sixty days after Easter, Florence celebrates the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi with a street procession.

Calcio Storico is a violent version football from the 1500s — ruthless and uniquely Florentine. It takes place throughout the month of June, occupying Piazza Santa Croce.  

When the sunshine gets overwhelming, stop by Gelateria della Passera for a thirst-quenching fig gelato. Figs are in season from June to September.

To escape the sun, stop by the Uffizi (or any state-owned museum or archeological site) on the first Sunday of the month  for a free visit.

Florence in July

Cooking Classes at Villa di Petroio  

Florence sits in a basin surrounded by mountains. This specific geography means cool, wet winters and hot, humid summers.

Summer is the busiest and hottest part of the year. As the city fills up with tourists, locals escape to the seaside and mountains.

No major city-wide events take place, so use the time to visit museums, lounge under a tree at the Boboli Garden, or read a book by the pool in your villa near florence.

Florence weather in July

The Florentine heat has officially arrived. You should expect a daytime high of 30℃ (86℉), dropping to 19℃ (66℉) overnight.

To avoid the blistering sun, explore outdoors in the early mornings and late afternoons.

How busy is Florence in July?

Summer in Florence is high season , and July is the busiest month of the year, so expect crowds. We recommend booking all activities in advance. Or just swap cultural activities for a cooking class or wine tasting at a villa near Florence.

What’s on in Florence in July?

Local-oriented events are thin on the ground, so you get to enjoy Florence’s museums at your own pace. On the first Sunday of every month , state-owned museums and archeological sites in Italy offer free entrance.

Most city trattorias have air-conditioning — much-needed after hours in the heat. A plate of prosciutto e melone (Parma ham and melon) works wonders in cooling you down.

Florence in August

Enjoy the large pool and the beautiful views at Villa di Masseto

Oh, Florence, the dog days are not over. They have only just begun.  

August is Florence’s hottest month . Right across central Italy, cities become ovens and those clever locals escape to the mountains and coast.

And who wants to be out in the heat and sun all day? Lounging by the pool at your villa is much more appealing.

Florence weather in August

August is the hottest month of the year , with a regular daytime high of 32℃ (89℉) and low of 20℃ (68℉) overnight.

Humidity is at its highest, so wear loose clothing and drink plenty of water.

How busy is Florence in August?

Summer in Florence is high season . Book all activities and restaurants in advance (or ask our travel concierges to do it for you).

What’s on in Florence in August?

Don’t be surprised to find yourself spending your holiday in the pool.

For a dose of culture, enjoy a free visit to any state-owned museums and archeological sites on the first Sunday of the month. They are all air conditioned!

Many Florentines and visitors escape uphill to Fiesole for Estate Fiesolana . This summer festival features classical music and theatrical performances inside churches, gardens, elegant villas and Fiesole’s outdoor Roman Theatre.

If all else fails, max out on watermelon . Its cooling properties are renowned.

Florence in September

Pasta at I Corbezzoli

As high summer ends, Florence returns to (relative) quiet and calm. Like May, this is an ideal time to enjoy the city , along with its fine late-summer weather.

Florence weather in September

Autumn may be on the way, but Florence weather is still warm . You will be safe packing summer dresses, shorts and sandals. A light jacket for the evening  is a good idea.

Expect a typical daytime high of 27℃ (81℉). Lows of 17℃ (62℉) overnight are standard.

How busy is Florence in September?

September in Florence is shoulder season for tourism. With fewer crowds you may not need to book activities ahead of time.

We recommend you reserve at high-end restaurants . Many close over the summer and only reopen in September.

What’s on in Florence in September?

The Festa della Rificolona is the oldest festival in Florence. It marks the birthday of Jesus’s mother with a procession of colourful papier-mâché lanterns, street performances, live music and food stands.

Culinary king of September is the Porcini mushroom . You will see it on menus everywhere, on pasta, pizza or even alone as a thin-sliced carpaccio.

All year, on every first Sunday of the month , state-owned museums and archeological sites across Italy offer free entrance.

Florence in October  

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Generally, a quiet month to visit, October in Florence signifies change. As the weather adjusts, autumnal colours appear — just in time for the olive harvest.

Don’t worry: driving with the roof down is still doable.

Florence weather in October

Summer dresses and sandals may be out of the question, but don’t forget your sunglasses.

You should expect a daytime high of 23℃ (73℉) with sunshine and blue skies, typically falling to 12℃ (54℉) overnight.

How busy is Florence in October?

Autumn in Florence is the start of  low season for tourism.

With fewer crowds at art museums and cookery classes, you may not need to book ahead. You can easily find a table at typical Florentine trattorias which are either fully booked or closed in summer.

What’s on in Florence in October?

One of the most anticipated periods of the year has arrived: the olive harvest. You must try the new Extra Virgin Olive Oil. All you need is a slice of toast and the willpower to resist finishing the bottle.

Don’t forget every first Sunday of the month, when state-owned museums and archeological sites across Italy offer free entrance.

October also welcomes a new season at Florence’s opera house .

Florence in November  

Another quiet month to visit Florence, November still draws weekenders. With fewer tourists you can appreciate the city’s culture, art, and most importantly... food.

Indeed, food ends up the star of the show: this month marks the annual return of Tartufo Bianco  (White Truffle) season.

Florence weather in November

The temperature drops in November, with a typical daytime high of 15℃ (59℉) and a low of 5℃ (41℉).

The weather is cool and damp . But there’s an upside: this is the perfect climate for truffles.

How busy is Florence in November?

Autumn in Florence is low season for tourism. Excluding Florence Marathon weekend, you should not need to book either activities or restaurants.

What’s on in Florence in November

Firenze Marathon is one of the world’s top 20 marathons. The route passes through and around the historic centre of Florence, close to many prestigious art and architecture sights.

Does 26.22 miles (46 km) sound like a challenge? With just enough sweet bakery treats — the seasonal Schiacciata dei Santi and Castagnaccio — you’ll be running laps around the other competitors.

Florence in December  

Christmas streets in Florence

December is a quiet month, yet there are many cheerful reasons to visit Florence.

Christmas is in the air; carols echo around cobbled streets cheered by Christmas decorations and lights . The air is sweet with the scent of mulling Vin Brulé.  

With fewer tourists, you get Florence to yourself… including all 3,000 calories in a festive Panettone.

Florence weather in December

December is a cold month in Florence. The typical daytime high is  6℃ (43℉), with a low of 0℃ (32℉) overnight.

Days are shorter, but Christmas lights and hot chocolate at Paszkowski compensate.

How busy is Florence in December?

December is a  low season for tourism. With fewer crowds at museums and classes, you may not need to book ahead. You can easily find a table at high-end restaurants and typical trattorias.

What’s on in Florence in December?

If you want to attend Mass, you will find services in most Florence churches. Midnight Mass on the 24th typically begins at 11 pm, with another service on the 25th at 10.30 am.

You can even attend traditional Christmas Eve/Morning Mass at the Duomo , celebrated by the Cardinal of Florence. Our front every year is a life-sized nativity scene, made with terracotta statues created by the artisans of Impruneta .

Although not genuinely Florentine, Christmas markets are in town. One of the biggest is outside Santa Croce. It draws on German traditions in food, wine, and crafts.

To end on something sweet, enjoy a piece Panettone . This festive bread containing candied fruit is best enjoyed with a glass of sweet wine. Buon Natale!

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11 Things to Do in Florence in November

With visitor numbers dropping quite a bit, November is a great month to visit Florence. Adding to its usual charms are a number of events that will make your stay that much more entertaining.

Joaquín Montaño

Joaquín Montaño

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11 Things to Do in Florence in November

Aerial View of the City of Florence | ©Admed Mansour

Few cities need less introduction to travelers than the capital of the Tuscany region . All the art and other attractions that Florence houses in its streets have made it a must-see for many decades.

Florence not only offers museums, churches, palaces and other historic buildings , but also has an intense cultural and leisure life throughout the year. November, despite representing the end of the high season, is no exception, when you can attend concerts inside the churches, various food festivals and even skating and skiing near the river.

1. Enjoy the music at Note al Museo

On your trip to Florence, I definitely recommend a tour of the Duomo square to see all it has to offer and also to climb the dome of the Duomo to contemplate the magnificent views of the city from there. In the same area, if you travel in November, you will be able to attend a series of concerts in the fantastic setting of the Museo dell' Opera .

The event, called Note al Museo , takes place in the Sala del Paradiso of this building and, for several months, the stage will host performances by internationally renowned musicians in the field of classical music .

This concert season has become an unmissable event for music lovers because of the artistic quality of the participants , as well as the variety of styles. And if you plan to attend any of these concerts I advise you to take the opportunity to see the museum itself . Inside you will find original sketches that were used to build the cathedral, as well as some tools.

Practical information

  • Address : in the Duomo square
  • Hours : performances usually start at 21:00 pm on weekends. However, it is advisable to check the program in case of changes.
  • Prices : admission is free, but you must book in advance through the Museo dell' Opera's website.

Book a tour of the Duomo of Florence

2. Visit the Truffle Fair of San Miniato

Those of you who have been on a gastronomic tour of Florence may have come across a dish featuring one of the most prestigious ingredients of Florentine cuisine: the white truffle . In case you want to delve deeper into the subject, the famous San Miniato Truffle Fair is held in November, a perfect place to learn about this tuber.

San Miniato , a beautiful town located near Pisa (a city that you can easily visit with an excursion from Florence ), holds this fair every year during the last three weekends of November .

During this event, gourmets, professionals and amateurs who want to enjoy truffle-based menus gather in the town. As the organizers themselves indicate, the town becomes a real "laboratory of taste" in the open air, with many stalls offering this ingredient in their squares. You can taste them and participate in activities such as truffle hunting .

How to get to San Miniato

The best way to get to San Miniato, if you don't have a car, is by train. On the TrenItalia website you can find the timetables that connect Florence with this town.

Book an excursion to Pisa from Florence

3. Visit the Uffizi Gallery at your leisure

November, with the number of visitors dropping sharply, may be one of the best times to see the best works in the Uffizi Gallery .

There is no doubt that one of the must-sees when traveling to Florence, no matter the season, is the Uffizi Gallery . With some 1,500 works on display, a good guided tour of the Gallery will allow you to leave with a little more knowledge about the history of classical art .

In any case, it is always a good idea to buy tickets to the Uffizi Gallery in advance for what may happen and opt for one that allows you not to have to wait in line to enter.

  • Hours : open from Tuesday to Sunday and, in addition to Mondays, closed on December 25 and January 1. The gallery opens at 8:15 am and closes at 6:50 pm. Special opening hours are available on some summer evenings.
  • Prices : the entrance fee depends a lot on whether you want to take a guided tour, if you hire a tour that includes some other places in Florence or if you just want to enter for free. In this article about tickets to the Uffizi Gallery you can find all the information.

Buy your ticket for the Uffizi Gallery

4. Enjoy the spectacle of the Marathon of Florence

Whether you are a big sports fan or you just like to enjoy the atmosphere that is created around this event, the Florence Marathon is a spectacle that no one should miss if you are in the city at the end of November .

With small changes, the event can boast of having one of the most beautiful courses in the world. No matter where they look, participants and fans are going to be surrounded by art everywhere: the Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio and the Santa Croce .... In other words, a route that could be covered by any tourist bus in Florence .

In addition to the marathon itself, with its 42 kilometers, other shorter races are also held on that day so that those who want to participate but are not sufficiently prepared can choose their own.

  • How to participate : you must fill in a registration form on the event's website and pay for the race bib (from 50 €).
  • Drop-off and start : the drop-off area for bags is located in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, while the start line is assigned to participants according to the race time indicated on their registration form.

Book your touristic bus in Florence

5. Find a gift at Fiera delle Lane di San Martino

If you want to take advantage of your visit to buy some original Christmas gifts , a good place to go is the Fiera delle Lane di San Martino , an open-air craft fair focused on the world of wool .

Alongside the stalls dedicated to wool products, there are others selling various items made by other artisans . If you stroll around the area you can choose from fantastic farmhouse cheeses to ceramic tableware, without forgetting the natural soaps, handmade leather shoes and games for the little ones.

If you like fashion you can also take advantage of a day of your trip to Florence to make a shopping trip to the Barberino outlet from Florence , a shopping center with over 100 stores where you can find the best outfits of Italian fashion .

Event information

  • Location : piazza della Santissima Annunziata
  • Dates : usually held in the first week of November.
  • Also interesting... If you are traveling with children, workshops are organized.

Reservation at the Berberino outlet

6. Don't miss the concerts in the churches of Florence

While you will be able to see many of Florence' s extraordinary churches on your own or by hiring a guided tour of the city , there is another way to visit them and enjoy the best classical music concerts .

In November you can attend a large number of musical performances that have several of these churches as unique stages. Part of these concerts belong to the music season in the city .

The main performances take place in the church of Orsanmichele and in Santa Monaca , as well as in Santa Maria Novella. Those who want to attend this type of concert can also choose another great venue , Santo Stefano al Ponte . This 11th century basilica has been converted into an auditorium where you can admire some of the best performances in the whole city.

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7. Experience a hot air balloon adventure in the heart of Tuscany

Have you ever thought about going up in a hot air balloon? Well, your trip to Florence (the capital of Tuscany) in November can be the perfect setting to finally fulfill that little dream. Autumn is one of the best times to fly in a hot air balloon in Tuscany , as temperatures are still mild and you don't have to get up as early as in summer.

In addition, during this season the views will be a real blast. Imagine for a moment to see the autumn landscape of beautiful Tuscany from the heights? Shades of brown, yellow, dark green and the charming Tuscan houses will be the scenery that you will contemplate from the top. Sounds good right?

You will arrive at more than 600 meters high , closing your experience as it is always done: with a good glass of champagne to celebrate the flight.

Book a balloon flight over Tuscany

8. Take refuge in one of Florence's historic cafes

After strolling for hours through the beautiful streets of Florence , you may start to feel cold or, more uncomfortably, you may be caught in the rain. Luckily for you, the city is full of fantastic cafes where you can warm up with a good coffee or hot chocolate.

As with the rest of the country, Florentines are proud of their coffee culture . If you are going to join them, remember that Italians only order it with milk in the morning, while in the afternoon they opt for black and short coffee .

If you prefer another type of drink, Florence's coffee shops are famous for the great hot chocolate they serve to their customers. In November, moreover, there may be nothing better to warm you up.

Some of the historic coffee shops in Florence

  • Caffè Rivoire : it was none other than the personal chocolate maker of the royal house of Savoy who opened it in 1872. Since then, it has become a regular place among Florentines to order a hot chocolate in a cup and avoid the cold outside. It is located in Piazza della Signoria.
  • Café Piansa : in Viale Europa you will find a place famous for its great coffee, which is saying a lot by Florentine standards. In addition, the interior design is really fantastic and, to top it off, the prices are not too high.
  • Caffè Gilli : if you want to enter this historic coffee shop located in Piazza Repubblica you have to be aware that its almost 3 centuries of history and its Belle Epoque decoration are going to be noticed (and a lot) in the prices. However, it is worth indulging yourself and spending some time in its lounge.
  • L'Opera Caffè : located next to Santa Maria dei Fiore, L'Opera Caffè is perfect for a hot chocolate in a truly magical place in the city.

9. Feel in the Alps at Firenze Winter Park

Visitors to Florence come mainly to see the city's best museums and the art on every corner, but how about combining it with winter activities like ice skating ? In November, and until February, this is possible if you go to the Firenze Winter Park .

Along the river, in the gardens of Tuscany Hall , every year for a few months an indoor structure is opened where you can enjoy winter sports , food and, of course, guaranteed fun.

In this winter park you will find two different slopes: a large one and a smaller one for beginners and children . If you want to learn to ski, this complex offers lessons, as well as skating training courses and ice shows .

  • Address : Lungarno Aldo Moro, 3
  • Opening hours : although it is always advisable to confirm, it usually opens in mid-November. From Monday to Thursday the facility is intended for games such as Icestock, always with prior reservation. On Fridays, the slopes are open from 3:00 pm to 1:00 am, while on Saturdays and Sundays it opens at 10:30 am and closes at around 00:30 am.
  • Prices : the price for access to the inside depends on the activities. Skate rental costs about 2 €, to which must be added the cost of admission, between 6 and 8 euros depending on the day.

10. Have fun like a kid at the Brick in Florence Festival

It could be said that this activity is perfect if you are traveling with children to Florence , but in reality there are not few adults who will also enjoy it.

For a couple of days, is celebrated in the city the Brick Festival , dedicated entirely to Lego, which takes place in the Tuscany Hall .

There you are going to find from exhibitions with Lego to play areas with more than 150 kilos of Lego bricks, through talks in which fans share their secrets on this subject and show their best works. In addition, there are also exhibitions where you can learn about the history of the Lego brand , as well as stalls where you can buy old Lego games, books and clothing.

11. Enter the cinema during the Festival dei Popoli

November features two important cinema events in Florence: the Festival dei Popoli , focusing on international documentaries, and Lo Schermo dell'Arte , focusing on art.

In total there are two weeks of screenings during which you can always find something you are passionate about. In the case of the Festival dei Popoli there is no fixed venue, as screenings are held in various parts of the city . It also has a section dedicated to young people.

In the case of Lo Schermo dell'Arte, the documentaries are presented at the Cinema La Compagnia and at the fantastic Palazzo Medici Riccardi . At the same time, and as part of the festival, an exhibition on contemporary art is taking place at Palazzo Strozzi.

Weather in Florence in November

Autumn is making its presence felt in Florence during this month, with temperatures averaging 15°C for the highs and 6°C for the lows .

Despite this, temperatures are easily bearable if you wear some winter clothing and check the weather forecast to be prepared. The main problem may be the rains, as this is the rainiest month of the year.

Advantages of traveling to Florence in November

Although temperatures are starting to get colder, there are several reasons why traveling to Florence in November can be a great idea:

  • Off peak season : from the end of October onwards, the city receives far fewer tourists than in the spring and summer months. This is clearly reflected in the comfort with which you can stroll through the streets and visit the main monuments.
  • Less time is wasted in the queues : related to the above, the time lost in high season in the queues to enter the museums can be spent in November on other visits.
  • You will interact more with Florentines : the smaller number of tourists, who sometimes occupy all the seats in restaurants and bars, allows Florentines to regain the protagonism of their city. This is your chance to meet them and learn about their way of life.
  • Cultural activities : Florence offers during this month a great variety of cultural, sport and leisure activities that will make your trip much more complete.

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Tuscany In November – Weather, Things to Do, and What to Pack

Are you preparing for your very first trip to Tuscany? If so, you might be wondering whether or not a trip to Tuscany in November is a good idea.

Many people say that one of the best times to visit Tuscany is in November, as you’ll get to take advantage o discounted prices, smaller crowds, and exceptional culinary experiences. Plus, the region’s festivities during November revolve around the delightful appreciation of local truffles and chestnuts, accompanied by wine tastings, grape harvests, and more.

In this guide, we’re going to dive in and explore all of the reasons why you might consider a trip to Tuscany in late autumn. Let’s dive in!

Weather in Tuscany in November

As November arrives, the sunny and dry early autumn weather begins to fade away. Central Tuscany, particularly around Florence, experiences cooler temperatures with averages ranging from 41 to 59°F (5 to 15°C). In the mountainous eastern and northwestern areas, temperatures drop further, nearing freezing point.

It’s also worth noting that Tuscany experiences its highest rainfall in November, so we advise packing a waterproof jacket and warmer clothing layers.

Is Tuscany Crowded in November?

The Ponte Vecchio photographed in a typical November sunset, while the sunlight is reflected on the Arno river.

November is the off-season for tourism in Tuscany, making it a great time to visit. With far fewer tourists than in the summer months , you’ll enjoy less crowded hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

What are the Best Things to Do in Tuscany in November?

Here are the best things to do if you want to visit Tuscany in this period.

1. White Truffle Festival of San Miniato

Each year, the town of San Miniato , which lies midway between Florence and Pisa, hosts the renowned National Festival of the White Truffle . This extraordinary event entices numerous truffle enthusiasts and gastronomes from around the globe, drawing in thousands of visitors to partake in the festivities. It’s one of the best opportunities you can find to indulge in the unique and exquisite flavors of the highly sought-after white truffle.

The charming streets of San Miniato transform into a bustling marketplace, where local vendors proudly display their products, each telling a story of Tuscan heritage and culinary craftsmanship. Visitors can also enjoy cooking demonstrations, truffle hunting exhibitions, and live folk music, making it a truly immersive cultural experience. Whether you’re a food lover or a culture enthusiast, the White Truffle Festival of San Miniato promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Tuscany’s gastronomy and traditions.

2. Explore the Autumn-Colored Countryside

The enchanting Tuscan countryside photographed on a cold November afternoon

When November rolls around, there’s nothing quite like exploring the Tuscan countryside , adorned with vibrant autumn colors. From exploring the natural parks, such as the Chianti or Casentino forests, to taking scenic drives with a rental car, getting outdoors during this time is a must, especially if you live somewhere without true seasons. The Tuscan landscape, draped in shades of gold, amber, and crimson, offers a breathtaking backdrop for outdoor activities. Hiking through the rolling hills and vineyards becomes a visual feast, with each step unveiling stunning views of ancient villages and historic estates nestled in the countryside .

For photographers and nature lovers, this season provides endless opportunities to capture the essence of Tuscany’s natural beauty. Cycling tours are also a popular way to experience the region, allowing visitors to meander through quaint towns, stop at local wineries, and immerse themselves in the serene beauty of the autumnal countryside. Whether on foot, by bike, or in a car, the Tuscan countryside in November is a treasure trove of picturesque landscapes and memorable experiences, perfect for those seeking both relaxation and adventure.

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3. San Martino Fair

The San Martino Fair is a vibrant fusion of history, culture, and gastronomy, epitomizing the richness of Italian traditions. In the heart of Tuscany, the streets come alive with colorful stalls, showcasing an array of local crafts and produce. It’s a paradise for foodies and wine connoisseurs, with stalls overflowing with local cheeses, olives, and, of course, the star of the show – the new season’s wine. The air is filled with the aroma of roasted chestnuts, a traditional treat associated with Saint Martin’s Day. As you wander through the fair, you’ll be serenaded by traditional folk music, creating an atmosphere that’s both lively and nostalgically charming.

The workshops and wine tastings provide an interactive experience, offering insights into the art of winemaking and local culinary practices. Whether you’re a history buff, a gastronome, or simply in search of a unique cultural experience, the San Martino Fair is an event that truly captures the spirit of Tuscany in the fall.

4. Visit Local Wineries

A vineyard in the province of Siena, in November

Exploring Tuscany’s wineries in November offers a truly intimate and cozy experience. As the vineyards display their autumnal hues, you’ll find yourself in the midst of Tuscany’s wine-making magic. This is the perfect time to visit local wineries, where you can taste world-famous wines like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano right at the source.

Imagine sipping these rich wines as you chat with the winemakers themselves, learning about the love and labor that goes into each bottle. These wineries , often family-run, provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere, perfect for the cooler November weather. You’ll get to see the vineyards in a different light, post-harvest, which adds a unique charm to your visit. Tasting these exquisite wines in the crisp autumn air, possibly beside a crackling fire, is an experience that truly embodies the spirit of Tuscany in the fall.

5. Taste Local Products

It's a sunny afternoon in Siena, and a girl and her dog are having an "aperitivo"

In addition to freshly harvested olive oil, Tuscany in November offers a cornucopia of seasonal delights that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. As you meander through the rustic olive groves and mills, you’ll get to experience the vibrant, peppery taste of the region’s new extra virgin olive oil – a flavor that’s as fresh as it gets.

Ribollita , the quintessential Tuscan comfort food, is a must-try during your visit. This traditional bean soup, brimming with local vegetables and enriched with day-old bread, encapsulates the essence of Tuscan culinary simplicity and heartiness. It’s a perfect dish to warm you up during the cool November days.

Don’t forget to delve into the sweet side of Tuscany with our curated list of must-try desserts . From the rich and nutty cantucci biscuits, often dipped in Vin Santo, to the decadent chestnut-based castagnaccio, these desserts offer a delightful end to any Tuscan meal.

During the autumn season in Tuscany, you can find roasted chestnuts at local markets and fairs: explore the main streets of cities to encounter street vendors.

6. Experience the Grape Harvest

The tourist is doing the grape harvest together with the Tuscan farmer in November

November in Tuscany, following the grape harvest season, is a time when the excitement and hard work of September and October give way to celebrations and the first tastings of the new wines. This period offers a unique perspective on Tuscany’s winemaking heritage. Visitors in this period can enjoy the tranquil post-harvest vineyards and partake in tours that delve into the entire winemaking process, from grape to glass. Many vineyards host events where you can learn about the significance of the harvest and the impact of the year’s climate on the wine’s flavor profile. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to participate in the last of the harvest festivals, celebrating the year’s hard work with local communities, enjoying traditional music, food, and, of course, the first sips of new vintages.

Grape stomping, a picturesque and fun activity, might still be available in some vineyards, offering a playful and authentic experience. As the vineyards embrace the calm of November, the focus shifts to the cellars where the magic of fermentation turns grapes into wine, a process that many vineyards are happy to share with visitors through guided tours . This time of year in Tuscany provides a more relaxed and intimate winery experience, perfect for wine lovers and those curious about its renowned viticulture.

7. Lucca Comics and Games

Fans of games and comics are visiting the Lucca Comics Games stands in Tuscany

During Lucca Comics & Games , the historic city of Lucca transforms into a vibrant hub of pop culture, celebrating the artistry and creativity of comics, games, and fantasy. This festival, usually held at the end of October and spilling into early November, is a paradise for fans, where the medieval streets and squares become a colorful tapestry of costumes, art, and storytelling. As you wander through Lucca, you’ll be surrounded by an eclectic mix of cosplayers, each showcasing their passion and craftsmanship. The event’s schedule is packed with opportunities to meet renowned authors and illustrators, gain insights during panel discussions, and participate in hands-on workshops that delve into the art of comic creation and game design.

The contests, often a highlight of the festival, are not just for the participants but a spectacle for all, with imaginative costumes and performances. The marketplace is another must-visit spot, where you can find everything from rare comic editions to unique gaming paraphernalia and original artwork. Whether you’re an avid fan or just curious about this dynamic world, Lucca Comics & Games offers an unforgettable experience, brimming with creativity, community, and the celebration of the imaginative worlds that comics and games bring to life.

Best Hotel and SPAs in Tuscany in November

The best luxury hotels and SPAs that we have selected for a memorable experience in Tuscany.

Luxury Resort and Spa

Indoor swimming pool of the Fonteverde Lifestyle & Thermal Retreat

Fonteverde, San Casciano dei Bagni offers a renowned accommodation experience, complete with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside and proximity to natural hot springs .

Location : Località Terme 1, 53040 San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy

Features : 3 swimming pools, Spa, Balcony

Reviews : 8.9/10

Resort for Relaxing and Rejuvenation

The terrace of the Adler Spa Resort Thermae

If your ideal stay is one that provides total serenity, check out Adler Thermae Spa & Relax Resort in Bagno Vignoni , which is known for its thermal pools.

Location : Strada Di Bagno Vignoni 1, 53027 Bagno Vignoni, Italy

Features : 2 swimming pools, Spa, Restaurant

Reviews : 9.1/10

Golf Resort and Spa

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In the heart of Tuscany’s Maremma region lies Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort , which boasts a championship golf course and a renowned natural spa.

Location : Via Della Follonata, Snc, 58014 Saturnia, Italy 

Features : 2 swimming pools, Excellent Breakfast, Spa

Reviews : 8.8/10

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What to Wear and Pack in Tuscany in November

The photo shows the view of Florence from above, with the typical autumnal colors of Autumn

If you’re planning on visiting Tuscany in November, it’s important to pack layered clothing, as the weather can vary throughout the day and change in an instant. Preparation is key.

Jackets and sweaters are great for cooler mornings and evenings, and comfortable jeans or pants that can easily be paired with different tops are perfect for versatility. During the day, when the sun comes out, you’ll want to have a hat and sunglasses.

Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes for walking along the hilly terrain and cobblestone streets.

To deal with intermittent rain, pack rain gear, such as a waterproof jacket and an umbrella. Lastly, keep a camera, adapter, and converter on you at all times, so you can capture your time there!

Frequently Asked Questions About Tuscany In November

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions by travellers.

Is November a Good Time to Visit Tuscany, Italy?

November is a wonderful time to visit Tuscany if you don’t mind colder weather. The crowds are far smaller, and there are plenty of cultural and culinary experiences to indulge in.

Is Tuscany Pretty In November?

Tuscany is gorgeous in November. As the season shifts from summer to autumn, you’ll get to enjoy the vibrant colors of the Tuscany countryside, with growing vineyards, olive groves, and rolling hills.

What Is the Weather Like In Tuscany In November?

On average, temperatures in Tuscany during November range from around 41 to 59°F. It is also one of the rainiest months in Tuscany, so make sure to pack an umbrella and a waterproof jacket.

In conclusion, a trip to Tuscany in November offers a unique and enchanting experience for those willing to embrace the cooler weather and occasional rain. The off-season provides numerous advantages, including discounted prices, smaller crowds, and a chance to savor the region’s culinary delights, especially the celebrated white truffles. From exploring the autumn-colored countryside to partaking in the festivities of the White Truffle Festival and Saint Martino Fair, there are plenty of cultural and gastronomic experiences to enjoy. Tuscany’s beauty in November, with its vibrant landscapes and charming towns, coupled with the opportunity to indulge in freshly harvested olive oil and local dishes, makes it a compelling destination for those seeking a more intimate and authentic Italian experience.


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This local's guide to compact, walkable Florence, Italy, shares the best restaurants, shops, and museums to visit on your trip.

Capital of Tuscany, cradle of the Renaissance, and one of Italy’s most popular destinations, Florence needs little introduction. A World’s Best Awards Hall of Fame honoree , it consistently ranks as one of Travel + Leisure readers’ favorite cities thanks to its rich history, artistic treasures, and delicious food and wine, much of which comes from the nearby hills of Chianti and Montalcino. Florence is a must-visit destination for a rich cultural immersion in Italian art and history.

Though the historic center is relatively compact, it’s crammed with museums containing priceless works of art, churches that are architectural masterpieces, restaurants, bars, and shops selling everything from gastronomic specialties to handmade leather goods and jewelry. In fact, Florence has always been a haven for artisans practicing traditional crafts, and today, you can still find artisan-made goods if you know where to look. 

It would take years to see and do everything Florence has to offer, which is why we’ve enlisted the help of local expert Mary Gray , the editor-in-chief of Italy magazine who has lived in Florence for more than a decade. “The things that drew me here were the same things that draw all visitors and students here, but what’s kept me here has evolved over the years,” she says. “The city is gloriously walkable and compact while having many of the cultural offerings of a much larger and more metropolitan place.”

  • The Helvetia & Bristol Firenze is the city’s oldest luxury hotel, and after a top-to-bottom renovation, it’s more glamorous than ever.
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  • La Scuola del Cuoio carries on Florence’s historic leather-making tradition and is the perfect place to buy a high-quality artisan bag.
  • A sunset aperitivo at La Terrazza at the Hotel Continentale is the perfect segue into a lovely evening in Florence.
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Best Hotels and Resorts

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Voted the number one hotel in Florence in the 2023 World’s Best Awards , this opulent grand dame has pride of place along the Arno River. Contemporary art curated by Liquid Art System adds a touch of modernity to the otherwise classic decor. Don’t miss an aperitivo in the Winter Garden.  

Helvetia & Bristol Firenze

With a score of 94.75, Florence’s oldest luxury hotel closely follows the St. Regis in the 2023 World’s Best Awards. A major renovation in 2019 restored this member of the Leading Hotels of the World to its original glory, adding a soothing spa and outpost of Cibrèo restaurant and café. “I love to go to the spa at the Helvetia & Bristol when I’m in the mood to give myself the ‘staycation’ treatment,” Gray says.

Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel

The Rocco Forte Hotels group is known for impeccable design and service, and the Hotel Savoy certainly fulfills those promises, earning it a spot as the third-best hotel in Florence in the 2023 World’s Best Awards. Standout details include colorful textiles by Laudomia Pucci, menus designed by lauded chef Fulvio Pierangelini, and views of the Duomo.

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

More like an urban resort than a city hotel, the Four Seasons Firenze occupies the historic Palazzo della Gherardesca and is home to Florence's most extensive private garden. Original frescoes and period furnishings immerse guests in Renaissance splendor, and a meal at the Michelin-starred Il Palagio is a feast for the senses. No wonder this hotel ranked the fourth best in Florence in the 2023 World’s Best Awards.

Owned by the noble Ginori family, who once used the building as the headquarters of their world-famous ceramics production, Casa G. is a 15-room boutique hotel. A more affordable alternative to the city’s luxury five-star hotels, it offers style at prices that won’t break the bank. 

Best Things to Do

Admire incredible art at the uffizi gallery.

Florence is packed full of museums, but if you only go to one, make it the Uffizi Galleries , which contains a collection from the 13th to the 20th century. Must-see paintings include Botticelli’s Birth of Venus , Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch , and Caravaggio’s Bacchus . 

Learn about Brunelleschi’s masterpiece at the Opera del Duomo Museum

The Duomo is Florence's most recognizable landmark with its symbolic red terracotta tiled roof and Gothic facade. However, many of the great artworks created for it now reside in the nearby Opera del Duomo Museum . “This is definitely one of the most spectacular museums in the city and maybe in all of Italy,” Gray says. “I always tell visitors that if they’re deciding between going inside the cathedral or going inside the museum, there’s no contest.”

Visit the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

With a history that stretches back to 1221, this is considered the world’s oldest pharmacy , where Dominican friars produced medicinal tinctures and perfumes. It was the official perfumer of Catherine de’ Medici and officially opened its doors to the public in 1542. The brand now sells its perfumes worldwide, but the original shop was turned into a sort of museum worth a visit.

Stroll through the Boboli and Bardini Gardens

Behind Palazzo Pitti, the Medicis’ royal palace, the Boboli Gardens are the archetype of the classic Renaissance Italian gardens, with fountains, grottoes, and statues. The same ticket will grant you access to the Gardens of the Villa Bardini, which has incredible views of Florence and, in the spring, wisteria-covered pergolas.

Explore Markets like the Mercato Centrale and the Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio

Though the stalls outside the Mercato Centrale in San Lorenzo mainly sell fake leather goods and cheap souvenirs, the actual market is worth visiting. On the ground floor, vendors sell produce, meat, cheeses, fish, and other groceries, while the upper floor has been turned into an upscale food hall. The Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio is a “great convergence point in the city for visitors and residents,” according to Gray. There’s also a flea market nearby in Largo Annigoni.

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Best Shopping

La scuola del cuoio.

Established post-World War II as a way to help orphans learn a trade, the Scuola del Cuoio still teaches students the art of leather-making. You can tour the school, learn about the process, and then buy original bags, wallets, belts, and other leather items.

Scarpelli Mosaici

Scarpelli Mosaici is one of the few remaining workshops that still makes mosaics and inlaid marble items the traditional way. Head to the shop near the Duomo to watch the artisans at work and buy a unique piece. They also work on commissions to make inlaid marble tables and other beautiful objects.

Marina Calamai

“ I’ve always been super inspired by Marina Calamai , who I think of as a true contemporary Renaissance woman,” Gray says about this jeweler and artist. “Her hands are in a ton of different artistic initiatives and green projects around Florence and the greater metropolitan area, but window-shopping her jewelry and art studio on Via Santo Spirito is a regular part of my daily route; I always love seeing what she’s come up with.”

Alberto Cozzi Rilegatore

Gray recommends this family-run shop opened in 1908, specializing in bookbinding, paper marbling, and the restoration of antique books. Stop by one of their shops — located on Via del Parione and Via Sant’Agostino — to pick up some stationary, a leather-bound journal, or have a book repaired.

Pegna dal 1860

“ Pegna is where I go in a pinch when I need to pick up travel-friendly non-perishables to take back to the ‘foodies’ among my stateside family and friends,” Gray notes. “Though it’s a historic local grocery, I do love that there is a range of products sourced from all over Italy, like capers from Pantelleria and Krumiri Rossi from Piedmont.”

Best Nightlife

La terrazza at the hotel continentale.

It should come as no surprise that one of the best rooftop bars in Florence is run by the Ferragamo family. Book in advance if you want a spot at this small al fresco bar overlooking the Arno River. It’s incredibly atmospheric for a sunset aperitivo. 

Companion Dolceamaro Bar at 25Hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino

Gray likes the 25Hours Hotel for its variety of nightlife options, which includes the lobby lounge, the courtyard, and the intimate Companion Dolceamaro Bar . It has a wide selection of bitters, vermouths, and cocktails, but the most popular option is the Negroni, which has several versions. 

Vineria Sonora

“In Florence in recent years, it’s felt like a lot of venues have tamped down their personalities or strayed from their niches to appeal to more people or just to become more Instagrammable,” Gay says. “I love that Vineria Sonora stubbornly embraces doing its own thing, focusing on fun music and offbeat wines from small, independent producers. It’s perfect for pre-dinner or nightcap, and I love that it draws such a mix of demographics and ages.”

Best Restaurants

Alla vecchia bettola.

“There’s definitely more to Florentine dining than steak, but when I’m craving one now and then, this is where I go,” Gray says about this no-frills trattoria with tables crammed together and stools instead of chairs. “I love sitting elbow-to-elbow and swilling back the house wine, but this admittedly isn’t the best place to go if you need to have a deep conversation over dinner —  you’re lucky if you can hear your seatmate over the ruckus!”

Regina Bistecca

For bistecca alla fiorentina and other Tuscan classics, including pillowy ricotta and spinach gnudi, in a more refined but still laid-back atmosphere, head to this lovely restaurant near the Duomo. The building used to be an antiquarian bookshop with soaring arches and the owners have kept the charming vintage vibes.

Borgo San Jacopo

For an unforgettable fine dining experience, book a table at this Michelin-starred restaurant inside the Lungarno Hotel, which is part of the Ferragamo family’s empire. The nautical-inspired interiors might make you feel like you’re on a yacht floating on the Arno as you savor one of Chef Claudio Mengoni’s exquisite tasting menus.

Trattoria Cammillo

“When one of my best friends who traded in Florence for London a few years ago comes back to town for visits we always love to make a splashy Saturday of it and have a special-occasion lunch at Cammillo . It’s a step up in price point from your average shabby-chic trattoria, but still has a soulful, neighborhood feel, which I love,” Gray says.

The Cibrèo family of restaurants encompasses five locations in Florence. There’s the restaurant, the trattoria, the café, the Tuscan-Oriental fusion spot, and a new outpost inside the Helvetia & Bristol Hotel. When Gray used to teach travel writing to university students, she sometimes brought them to Cibrèo Caffè. “This is still one of my favorite ways to spend a special morning out in Florence,” she maintains.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Florence for fewer crowds is November through March. Summer is hot and crowded. Gray says, “A real ‘low season’ in Florence isn’t much of a thing anymore.” She loves January and February but posits that March is an excellent middle ground because the weather is good, the local event scene tends to pick up after a winter hiatus, and the crowds usually swell around Easter.

Easter is a significant celebration throughout Italy, and in Florence, the festivities include the Scoppio del Carro, in which a wooden cart pulled by flower-adorned oxen explodes directly in front of the Duomo. Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is one of Italy’s oldest music festivals. It typically starts mid-April and runs through mid-June, with classical music concerts, operas, and other performances. The city also celebrates its patron saint, St. John the Baptist, on June 24 with a game of Calcio Storico, a mix of rugby, soccer, and wrestling, with participants wearing 16th-century costumes. 

How to Get There

Florence is served by the Amerigo Vespucci Airport, which is about half an hour from the city center. It’s also easy to get to Florence by train from elsewhere in Italy. High-speed Frecciarossa trains run frequently from major cities like Rome, Milan, Bologna, and Venice. The Frecciarossa takes about 90 minutes from Rome, two hours from Milan, 40 minutes from Bologna, and a little more than two hours from Venice. The central train station is Firenze Santa Maria Novella.

Neighborhoods to Visit

Duomo: Also known as San Giovanni, the part of the centro storico that covers the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria is the very heart of the city. This area is packed with sites, including the Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Repubblica, and the banks of the Arno.

Santa Croce: Just east of the Duomo, Santa Croce is known for the Basilica di Santa Croce, which contains incredible frescoes by Giotto and the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo. The neighborhood is home to the Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, which, according to Gray, is a hidden gem.  

Santa Maria Novella: Santa Maria Novella is the neighborhood where you’ll find the train station and basilica of the same name. The western part of the neighborhood beyond the train station is primarily residential, but the area around the basilica is home to some upscale hotels, restaurants, and bars.

San Lorenzo: The small area between the train station and the Duomo is San Lorenzo, the city’s central market district. Beware of the stalls selling fake leather or souvenirs made in China. On the other hand, you’ll find vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, and meat on the ground floor. The upper floor houses a food hall selling local specialties like lampredotto (tripe sandwiches) and schiacciata (a Tuscan flatbread).

Oltrarno: Literally ‘across the Arno,’ Oltrarno is a more laid-back, slightly bohemian area. Gray, who has lived in Oltrarno for the entirety of her time in Florence, says, “I’ve watched it change a lot over the past decade-plus; artisan studios and workers’ neighborhood trattorie are being replaced by generic Aperol Spritz spots and run-of-the-mill shops, but if you know where to look (and hint: it’s not where the long lines are), you’ll find Florentine traditions and long-standing independent shops quietly humming on.”

How to Get Around

The historic center of Florence is compact and very walkable. Much of it has been pedestrianized or is part of a limited traffic zone. A car is a hindrance rather than a help, but taxis, buses, and trams are available to transport you to or from the airport or train station. 

Autolinee Toscane: Autolinee Toscane runs the buses and trams that connect Florence with the greater metropolitan area. Tickets cost 1.70 euros if you buy them in advance at ticket offices or ticket machines or 3 euros if you buy them on board.

Taxi: There are two taxi companies in Florence: Taxi4242 and Taxi4390 . A trip to or from the airport costs a flat rate of 22 euros (plus possible surcharges for luggage), but usually, fares are calculated based on the time and distance traveled. Use the itTaxi app to hail a taxi.

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The warmest months are generally July and August , while June and September are both nice with warm weather without it being too hot. Keep in mind that in August many Italians escape the heat of the city: outside of the historical center, a large number of businesses including shops and restaurants close down for at least two weeks if not the entire month as local shop owners take some vacation off. This tradition is changing and most shops in the center will be open in August.

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