Best time to visit Florence

The best times to visit Florence are from mid-April to mid-June, and from late-August to early-October, when you can expect pleasantly warm weather, cool evenings and occasional wet days.

For hot weather, anytime in summer from late-June through August is perfect.

Florence weather

Florence enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny and mainly dry summers and cold, wet winters.

Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is located in central Italy in a valley, and at some distance from the sea, so the climate is more continental than in coastal areas.

Spring, from March to May, is mild, wet and gradually more sunny. March and April experience mild and sunny days that alternate with wet and cold days. By May, the temperature is more pleasant with occasional rainy periods.

Summer, from June to August, is hot and sunny with a high of 32°C (89°F) in July and August. Florence is often one of the hottest cities in Italy.

Autumn, from September to November, is initially dry, warm and pleasant, but rainfall becomes more abundant especially in October and November.

Winter, from December to February, is cold and damp. It is often overcast and snows occasionally. Even on sunny days, the night temperature may approach freezing 0°C or 32°F).

What is the best month to visit Florence?
June through September are the best months to visit Florence – the climate is perfect with warm, sunny weather and little to no rainfall.

July and August are especially popular, since this is the peak tourist season in Florence.

To avoid the crowds, higher prices and extreme heat of summer, the months of May and October are also good for a range of outdoor activities.

Which is the hottest month in Florence?
The hottest month of the year in Florence is normally August, with an average daily high temperature of 32°C (89°F), with high heat and humidity, and a low of 18°C (64°F)

The hot summer season lasts from mid-June to early-September, with an average daily high temperature above 28°C (82°F).

Which is the coldest month in Florence?
The coldest month of the year in Florence is January, with an average high of 11°C (51°F) and a low of 2°C (35°F).

The cool winter season lasts from mid-November to early-March, with an average daily high temperature below 14°C (57°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Florence?
The sunniest time of year in Florence is usually July with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 73% of daylight hours.

Which month has the most rain in Florence?
November is usually the wettest month in Florence with 115mm (4.5in) of rainfall on average. There are normally nine days in November with some rain.

The wet season lasts from early-September to early-June, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. Rain falls throughout the year in Florence.

The drier season lasts from early-June to early-September. July has the least rainfall.

Which is the windiest month in Florence?
The windiest month of the year in Florence is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 11 kilometres per hour (7 mph; 6 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from mid-October to late-April, with average wind speeds of more than 10 kilometres per hour (6 mph; 5 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from late-April to mid-October. The calmest month of the year in Florence is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 9 kilometres per hour (5.6 mph; 5 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in Florence.

Florence Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
11 12 16 20 24 29 32 32 27 21 15 11
Average low temperature (°C)
2 3 5 8 12 16 18 18 15 11 7 3
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
4 5 5 7 8 10 11 10 7 6 3 3
Average daily daylight (hrs)
9 10 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Comfort level
Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon High heat icon High heat icon Hot icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity
Average relative humidity (%)
73 67 64 64 63 60 56 57 63 72 77 76
UV Index (max)
1 2 4 5 7 8 8 7 5 3 2 1
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
8 7 8 10 8 6 4 5 6 9 9 8
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
60 65 65 85 70 55 35 55 80 105 115 80
Average wind speed (km/h)
11 12 12 11 10 9 9 9 9 10 11 11
Florence, Italy

Holiday seasons

From June to early-September, with July and August two months to avoid – the most expensive and crowded time to travel in Italy. Most hotels are fully booked with restaurants and beaches at their busiest.

Shoulder season: From April to May, early-September to October, and from mid-December to 24 December.

Low season: From November to mid-December and 25 December to 30 March. Many hotels and restaurants close down for a month or two between November and February.

Source: Meteorological data for Florence is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by Servizio Meteorologico – the Italian Meteorological Service – from the nearest weather station: Florence Peretola Airport (FLR) located 5km (3mi) northwest of Florence.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Florence: 12 May, 2024

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