When is the best and second best time to visit Florence?
It depends on what you are after - nice weather or low crowds?
I've been there in:
March (lovely spring like weather but getting to the busy season)
early December (a bit chilly but I wore a light sweater and blazer rather than a heavy coat - not very crowded)
early February (coat weather but no crowds anywhere)
I was emailing a hotel in the centre of florence the other day and they said May was their busiest month. Don't know if this is general or just for them.
I thought May would be quiet!
My personal preference is November until March. I prefer to avoid both the crowds and the high hotel rates of the other months.
My other choice would be October as I like the seasonal foods available.
is it very cold in Oct-Nov?
October is quite lovely. It won't be very cold and it's also less crowded. I have noticed that the folks who dislike Florence generally went there in the summer.
October is generally perfect for my tastes and Nov. not as cold as in NYC!Edited: 25 August 2010, 13:27
I have been to Florence twice. Once in early December, cold but wonderful and last year we went in February and it was cold but wonderful!!! There were a couple of days in February where we only needed sweaters but most of the time we wore our winter coats.
I prefer traveling in the winter there are no crowds and you don't feel so jammed. Whatever time you go you will love it!
As someone who lives here, my favourite months of the year in Florence are definitely the fall months - October-November, even December I love (the christmas lights are really magical). May is very busy. Even October is still very busy. If you want good weather before it gets too hot, April is good. If you want it properly quiet though, come in December - it's not too cold and the festive atmosphere is lovely. It is a city with a completely different personality in the Spring-Summer vs the Autumn-Winter.
Thanks to the' magic 'of your sincere and heartfelt words, the Autumn/Winter ambience of Florence has already come throbbing to life, a bit before it's scheduled time hapagirl ,casting a glow of warmth and contentment before the mind's eye.----the Florence fairy simply has to brandish her wand and the seemingly mundane transforms into the utterly enchanting almost instantaneously----- thank you for the umpteenth time.