Best Time To Go
July and August can be unbearably hot and humid in Florence so are best avoided. In August, when sensible Florentines flee the city, many restaurants and bars and some shops close for a period. In spring and fall (April/June and September/October), the weather is usually pleasantly warm, but the city is heaving with tourists. If you want to avoid the crowds, pack warm clothes, an umbrella, and a pair of sunglasses and visit between late November and late February.
The centro storico (historic center) of Florence is small and very walkable, especially since large areas have been pedestrianized. The efficient bus network, run by ATAF, includes a fleet of Lilliputian electric buses (routes A, B, C, and D) designed to navigate the narrow streets of the city center. Single tickets for all routes cost €1.20 and are valid for 90 minutes; a 24-hour pass costs €5. Taxis can’t be hailed on the street but are available at designated stands or by phone (39-055-4242 or 39-055-4798).
Florentine summers tend to be hot and humid and winters are often cool and damp. January is the coolest month, with average temperatures of 43.7°F (6.5°C). July is the hottest month, with averages of 76.3°F (24.6°C).
Know Before You Go
Book tickets in advance for the Uffizi and the Accademia unless you are prepared to wait for hours in line. If you are planning to visit multiple museums, consider purchasing the Firenze Card, which will not only save you money but also allow you to skip lines. At restaurants, tips are not usually expected, although it is nice to round up your bill with a few coins.