When to go to Florence

What is the best time of year to visit Florence, Italy?

What's the best time to go to Florence?

As with most of Europe, Florence is at its finest in the spring (March to May) and fall (September to mid-November).

My favorite Florence season is autumn; less crowded than springtime, the weather is still pretty nice, and—since Tuscans are real hunter-gatherer types—the best time for true Tuscan cuisine.

October is the vendemmia (wine harvest)—vino novello new wine is released on November 6—November is the olive harvest (which means fresh olive oil). The wild boar hunt is on, folks gather chestnuts from the woods on weekends to create chestnut-flour sweets, and truffle hunting season gets in full swing. Things can get chilly at night, but that's just an excuse to buy a new leather jacket at the San Lorenzo market.

Summer (June to August) brings the biggest tourist crowds (and a tidal wave of American students on short summer study abroad programs)—not that springtime is much less crowded.

Winter (mid-November to February) is chilly but not brutally cold, and it can snow, but not much, and is the least crowded time of year.

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How long does Florence take?

Planning your day: Florence would well be worth a week, but you can still fit a lot into just a day or three.

To help you get the most out of your limited time in the Cradle of the Renaissance, here are some perfect itineraries, whether you have one, two, or three days to spend in Florence.

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  • Florence rail station
  • Firenze Santa Maria Novella: Grandistazioni.it, Piazza S. Maria Novella (in the NW corner of the center)
  • Bus to center: C2 (but it's just a few blocks; you can walk)
  • Bus to Oltrarno: 11, D
  • Car resources
  • Emergency service/tow: tel. 803-116
  • Highway agency: Autostrade.it (traffic info, serivce areas, toll calculator, weather)
  • Italian automotive club (~AAA): Aci.it
  • ZTLs: Ztl-italia.blogspot.com (lightly outdated, but handy, links to cities' traffic-free zones)
  • Transport Florence—Livorno cruise terminal
  • Viator.com (private car: 90 min, €40–€260)
  • Trenitalia.com (train: 68–100 min, €9.10) + Livorno port-station transfer (€1 bus; €20–€30 taxi)
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