Weather in Florence
Visiting the Tuscan capital of Florence is a delight no matter when you plan to visit. With an average temperature of 15°C, it’s considered one of best city break destinations in Europe.
Florence is known as a city of mild weather, although locals might dispute that reputation given the variety of weather over the past few years. Florentines love to be outside and no matter what the weather, you will always see groups of people milling around outside cafés, bars and restaurants, having a chat or a smoke and watching the world go by. The city’s small size means that it’s full of walkers and cyclists, but it also means that Florence is an ideal destination to discover in a weekend.
How does the weather in Florence measure up?
Since it’s situated in the middle of a valley, Florence experiences a wider variety of temperatures than other areas of Italy. While mild weather normally reigns true here, you can expect occasional extremes, such as high temperatures in July and August or biting cold in late January and February. Summers can be extremely hot and to avoid the high humidity levels, many locals escape to the seaside or mountains in August. The best months for weather tend to be May, June, September and October when the sun is out but you don’t experience the uncomfortable sticky heat.
The average temperature in Florence
||New Year’s Day
- Pitti Fashion shows
- Pitti Taste food fair
- Florentine New year
||Easter - Explosion of the Cart
- ‘Calcio Storico’ Historical Costume Football Game
- June 24 - Saint John's Day
||Fiesole summer festival
||Ferragosto – feast of the Assumption festival
- Festa della Rificolona (Lantern fest)
- Wine Festivals
- International film festival
- Florence Marathon
Spring is a popular time of year for people to visit Florence, but some might be surprised to know that temperatures don’t typically get warmer until April. March and April tend to be very rainy, especially during the last few years, so don’t forget your umbrella and wellies. The weather can be unpredictable and often varies from sunny to rainy in the space of a few hours. That said, you can still enjoy everything the city has to offer.
Summers in Florence are usually a combination of hot and humid weather, especially in July and August. While June has pleasant temperatures, in July and August you have to wear light, loose-fitting clothing and drink lots of water since highs can reach up to 40°C. In August, most Italians head to seaside resorts or abroad and you may find more tourists than locals if you plan on visiting during this month. If would be worth staying in apartment with air-conditioning and a terrace, as both could make all the difference after a long day touring the city’s most famous monuments.
Most locals would say that September and October are the best months to visit as it’s still sunny and warm but without the heady humidity of summer. Annual festivals light up the city and it’s the grape harvest season, making Florence more vibrant than ever. It tends to get chilly by mid-November, so make sure you bring a light jacket or jumper just in case.
Winter can be a great time to visit Florence as you can take advantage of the off-season prices and soak up the rich festive atmosphere and historical centre all lit up for Christmas. A must-see is the annual Christmas market held every year in Piazza Santa Croce. November is the rainiest month of the year so an umbrella would be well advised. Temperatures drop in December, while January and February are the coldest months of the year and the humidity can make it feel even colder. Make sure you pack a good jacket and check to see that your apartment has central heating. While snow is rare, there are flurries every few years, which the locals get excited about.