Florence is a lively and beautiful city for culture, food, and art all year round. But which month is the best to visit?
Florence is truly a beautiful city in the Tuscany region. You’ll expect to eat some of the best food in Florence and visit the most amazing art galleries. September is one of the best months to visit Florence. You’ll get nice warm weather, and it’s just after the city’s peak season, so attractions aren’t as crowded.
Why should I visit Florence in September?
As said above, Florence has warm weather in September still and it can get humid. But there can be some rain which can cool down the city.
Aside from the weather, peak season has died down, so the main attractions have fewer people. It’s a great time to check out the art galleries and see the main highlights with only a few amount of other travellers around!
If we’ve convinced you to come to Florence, here are some ideas on where you can go when in the city!
Piazza San Giovanni
Around Piazza San Giovanni, you can expect to see the Baptistery, Duomo, and the Bell Tower. There are also heaps of small shops and restaurants you can pop into.
The Baptistery of San Giovanni (or St. John) is one of the oldest buildings in the city, being over 900 years old! The baptistery has three sets of bronze doors, especially the Gates of Paradise doors.
As you walk inside look up at the beautiful mosaic ceiling to see the Universal Judgement!
The Florence Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) is next to the baptistery. There is always a line to get inside the Duomo, but since you’re visiting outside of peak season, it shouldn’t be too long.
As you walk inside it’s a huge open area with magnificent marble flooring. Keep walking until you reach the Dome and look up to see the detailed and beautiful fresco. There are also stairs leading you underground.
As you go inside Giotto’s Campanile (Bell Tower), you can climb up the concrete steps to reach the top. After you’ve climbed about 400 steps, you’ll reach the first level of the tower. This level will be very bright from the sunlight coming into the openings.
You can keep climbing up more steps to reach the second level of the tower and even more to reach the third level. But don’t stop there, you’ve got one more level to reach!
The top level is the upper terrace which is an all-open area (with fencing around the edges). From up here you get some of the most amazing views of Florence.
When you plan to visit Florence, aim to spend around five days if you can. This gives you more than enough time to spend time in Florence to embrace the culture, food, and art. Or you can do some day trips from Florence to Pisa, Chianti, or Lucca.