Whether you love to shop, enjoy delving into the cultural and historic side of a city or just enjoy relaxing in the summer sun, Florence can appeal to all your needs. But, with so much to do and see, it’s important that you plan ahead. We’ve put together a list of tips to help you get the most out of your trip.
Avoid peak times
City breaks to Florence can be enjoyable all year round, but if you want to avoid floods of tourists, you may want to steer clear of certain peak months. Easter in Florence tends to be a very busy, tourists cram into cobble streets and take over the piazzas, so unless that’s your thing, we recommend travelling in the quieter months
The best time to visit is either May or October. Although the city still has that hustle and bustle atmosphere then, there are a lot less tourists and you will still manage to catch some summer sun. Although July and August are a beautiful time of year, they tend to be very humid with temperatures soaring up to around 35ºC, which is too warm to comfortably enjoy visiting the cities fabulous sights during the day.
A pair of comfortable shoes must be at the top of your list when packing for a getaway to Florence. As most of the city is pedestrianized, it’s easiest to travel around on foot. Although the city isn’t particularly big, you will walk a lot so you want to ensure ultimate comfort. If travelling in the summer pack cool and light clothing, in the winter months we advise hats, scarves and jumpers as it is very cold.
Decide what you want to see/do and plan ahead
As previously mentioned, Florence has a lot to offer so it’s imperative that you plan ahead. Make a decision on what you want to achieve from your visit, do you want to go shopping? Or are you more interested in her awe-inspiring art and architecture? Maybe you just want to sample some mouth-wateringly delicious, Italian cuisine. Whatever it is you want to see or do, make a decision and plan appropriately. As most city breaks to Florence span over 3-5 days it’s difficult to cram everything into such a short space of time.
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