We've tried to think of everything here on Florencexplorer and that includes one of the most commonly asked questions before embarking on any trip to a new and unfamiliar place - what will the weather be like?
Generally speaking, Italy enjoys a very mild climate that would be the envy of countries on other latitudes, not to mention a sea breeze from the Mediterranean that really freshens the place up and gives the peninsular its characteristic ambiance. That’s not to say it’s perfect though - the height of summer is hot and humid away from the sea and winter bites, even if there’s rarely lying snow.
Florence is situated in a luscious valley among the famous rolling hills of Tuscany. This beautiful and fertile volcanic land is known throughout the world for its agricultural produce and is the place to be for middle class Brits looking for a second home. Due to the region's hilly nature, there’s a unique weather system which makes for more humidity than most Italian towns.
When fused with the natural Mediterranean aromas and simmered under the warm Tuscan sun, such an ambiance creates an aura around the city that only adds to its mystique - that mystique which inspired such notable figures as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, the Medici Dynasty and Dante Alighieri.
What Should I Bring?
Spring: Spring is the finest time of year in Italy, which unfortunately makes it high tourist season. The air is fresh and fragrant and the days are warm - you’ll rarely need more than a t-shirt during the day and a sweater or light jacket at night. Be warned though - lightweight waterproofs should also be on hand, as Springtime is also prone to flash thunderstorms!
Summer: It gets pretty hot and sticky in the height of summer so be sure to make sure your accommodation has air conditioning. At this time of year you’ll never be cold but waterproofs may be in order just in case you get caught in a summer tempest. On the bright side, you’ll find fewer tourists braving the midday sun and better value for money throughout the city. Shorts, light pants and sandals are essential, while a touch of sun cream for the pigmentationally vulnerable is also recommended.
Autumn: After Spring, Autumn (or Fall) is the best time to visit Italy but like Spring, is also high season. The climate is as perfect as it gets and there’s a whole different plethora of colour to experience amid the fauna and flora of this stunning region. As in Springtime, pack a few sweaters and/or light jackets.
Winter: It would be unwise to underestimate the Italian winter - those battle-hardened Celtic types should be aware that the humidity in this hilly region makes for a different, more penetrative type of cold in the absence of the blizzards and tornadoes you’re used to. A real coat and hat, scarf and gloves would be prudent additions to the suitcase, though during the day one should notice a more hospitable climate than that in northern Europe.
For the least inaccurate 5-day weather forecast, check the BBC World Weather Site.