Florence in Summer: Our Top Tips to Beat the Heat

Florence in summer may seem such a nice idea: great food, warm weather, and a quiet time to visit the city! 

But if you’re not prepared, you might also discover how Dante got his inspiration for his Inferno: it was probably from Florence’s streets. At noon. In August. 

Person's hand holding a cone of red gelato with a wafer stuck into the top
Meet your new best friend when it comes to Florence in summer: gelato. Photo credit: Spencer Davis

But fear not, fellow traveler! At Devour Tours, we have some insights on how to enjoy Florence in summer. Read on to discover our do’s and don’ts for visiting at this time of year. 

The Ultimate Checklist to Surviving Florence in Summer 

You’re probably asking: how bad can it be? 

Well: pretty bad. During summer, the temperatures in Florence can easily reach 89 F (32° C). Even the news on TV will tell you to stay at home, drink a lot of water, and please try not to die. 

And the worst part is not even the heat: it’s the humidity. The sensation that, with even the tiniest move, you’re bound to sweat like you’re running a marathon. 

You may now be considering if it’s worth it. Well, it is—with the right tips. Check out if the vacation you’re planning follows these steps and enjoy your estate Fiorentina! 

View of Florence, Italy, taken from across the river on a partly cloudy summer day
Florence as seen from Piazzale Michelangelo on a sweltering July day. Photo credit: Polina Chistyakova

Is Summer the Right Time to Visit Florence? 

We’re not just talking about the right time of the year—that depends on your tolerance for heat. We’re also talking about the right time of the day. Avoid wandering around the city during the warmest hours of the day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Even if July and August may both be really hot, it’s still manageable to visit Florence during these months—you just need to be strategic. 

You can go sightseeing in the late afternoon or in the early morning before it gets too hot. Then, during the warmest hours, stay inside—rest at your hotel or visit a museum. Palazzo Pitti and Uffizi are probably a good choice, since they’re big enough to spend a good chunk of your day.  

Long hallway of the Uffizi Museum in Florence with black and white checkered floors lined by marble statues
Seek shelter from the Tuscan sun in the halls of the legendary Uffizi. Photo credit: Sergei Wing

Are You Dressed Properly for Florence in Summer? 

Don’t be shy—choose to dress as lightly as you can. Italians know how warm it is and nobody will judge you for your sundress, shorts or tank top.  

Just remember to always carry something to cover you up if you’re planning to visit a church, such as a scarf or shawl. Some priests may be a little strict on the dress code, requiring visitors to show a little respect for the holy place. 

Are You Drinking Enough and Eating Right? 

Drinking loads of water and eating vegetables and fruit is the only way to survive in Florence in summer. Always carry a bottle of water with you, and don’t drink too much wine or stuff yourself with food. 

Yes, we know: you’re in the city of Fiorentina steak and Bolgheri wine. Yes, the culinary tradition would require you to have a big meal with bread and cheese and meat. But when temperatures are this high, it’s best to avoid that for lunch, and reserve your feast for dinner instead. 

Overhead shot of one large and one small bowl of Tuscan bread salad with vegetables
Panzanella, a refreshing bread and vegetable salad, is a staple of Tuscan cuisine and a fantastic summertime option. Photo credit: Meal Makeover Moms

Do You Have Sunscreen? 

Can your complexion take the Italian sun? Probably not.  

Don’t try to be a hero—it’s best to be liberal with the sunscreen in Florence in summer, covering every centimeter of your skin. Or else you’ll risk looking like a lobster in less than an hour.  

How to Enjoy Florence in Summer 

You’re ready to make the most of your trip! 

If the answer to all the questions is “yes”, congratulations! You’re ready to enjoy your summer in Florence. 

Florence fills up with events during summer. The Estate Fiorentina website will keep you up to date on the main events. If you’re more on the wild side, you may also enjoy the Firenze Rocks, a music festival that usually takes place in June. 

But remember that during summer, many Florentines leave the city to spend some time on the Mediterranean coast. The 15th of August in particular is Ferragosto, a national holiday in Italy, when many shops and restaurants close.  

As you can see, there are many options to enjoy summer in Florence. Just remember to stay hydrated!