Florence is the capital of Tuscany and has four seasons a year. Though summer is the most popular time to visit Florence, the best times, weather-wise, are spring and fall.
It can get up to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Florence, particularly in July, which has the highest average temperatures. August has a slightly lower average temperature but is muggier. July is the driest month.
The days are quite sunny in June, July and August. There is also great natural light, which is why so many artists have spent time there.
In spring, there are a lot of warm days and cool nights. Spring also brings a profusion of flowers to Florence.
Although the temperature is good in autumn, fall in Florence also means rain. October is the rainiest month, followed by November.
Florence doesn't get heavy snowfall, but it can see some snow. January is the coldest month, but the average temperature is still up to about 50.
Florence is a wonderful city, and even when it rains, brief, intense storms quickly pass over. During the hottest times of the year, take a cue from Italians and enjoy a leisurely lunch mid-day, cooling off under an umbrella.
Judy Antell was the editor of Big Apple Parent for 13 years and continues to write for the monthly publication. Antell has been published in "The New York Times," "Parents" magazine and on numerous websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and a Master of Arts degree in literature and drama from Washington University.