Florence in September 2023 – is it worth going? Weather, air temperature, number of tourists, how to dress, prices in hotels and on excursions. What to do in Florence in early September and on the threshold of October, where to go – found out good Time for Trip.
“Flower of Tuscany”, Florence, invariably ranks in the TOP-3 of the most beloved cities in Italy. By foreign and even local tourists!
So it would be reckless to expect you to be able to wander the halls of the Uffizi alone. Undisturbed by anyone to inspect the interior of Santa Maria del Fiore. Or just stand in admiration in the middle of Piazza della Signoria…
- Of course, a lot depends on the timing of the trip!
After all, if you are going to explore Florence in the summer months, you will literally be wading through crowds of curious people everywhere. In winter, on the contrary, anyone can see a city of rare beauty, sometimes covered with the thinnest snow cape. And not so overrun with tourists!
What is Florence like in September? When the summer high season seems to be over, and the crowds of travelers subsided?
We found out all the details. Regarding the weather, actual prices in hotels and on excursions. Also, we figured out exactly where you could go outside the city and what of interesting places in Tuscany you should visit.
Weather in Florence in September
Not the best for exploring the city and long walks in its stone center. For although fall has come, the summer heat doesn’t want to recede.
In September 2022, in Florence, the daytime air temperature reached + 32-35 °C. And did it during the first half of the month on a regular basis!
Then the atmosphere briefly cooled down to +23-25 °C. But at the end of the month the temperature made several attempts to climb above the +30-degree (°C) mark again.
Of course, Florence doesn’t observe such hot weather in every September. But in general, daytime temperatures in the first month of autumn here willingly live in the range of + 25-30 °C.
The nights are much colder. At best, up to +19-21. But usually not higher than +15-17 °C!
So if you like long walking promenades in the evenings or plan to sit on the banks of the Arno or on Piazzale Michelangelo for a long time, watching the Tuscan capital fall asleep, take some sweater or jacket with you. Otherwise, you run the risk of freezing corny.
- 5-Day Weather Forecast for Florence – worldweather.wmo.int/en/city.html?cityId=602
At the same time, it will rain quite slightly: for a maximum of 3-4 days per month. The average volume of precipitation is also small – up to 40 mm.
So for most days, you’ll be gazing at almost flawless blue Tuscany skies. Well, either busily inspect the main art galleries on a cloudy, but still very warm day.
It is worth considering that the humidity in Florence throughout September rarely exceeds 60%. That makes it relatively easy to endure the heat.
But after rain, the humidity rises to 80-85% for a short time. Turning the urban atmosphere into a branch of the steam room.
You can see main Florence attractions in 2-3 days. That is why short trips to the city are most in demand. And hotel prices are quite high.
Note that this fully applies to Florence even at the end of September. Although if you take care of booking in advance, you can find options that are not too ruinous.
Of the not too expensive (from 70 €), but quality accommodation, we tend to recommend the Soggiorno Pitti guest house.
As it’s located in an old building across the street from the famous Palazzo Pitti. And deserved literally excellent reviews – still, all the significant sights of Florence are within walking distance from there.
Also pay attention to Il Ghiro Guest House. Moreover, it is located in the very center of the city. Just around 200 meters from the main railway station Santa Maria Novella. And it costs even a little cheaper than the previous version.
As for city excursions, they cost from 3 € (!) per person. Tours to attractions in the surrounding area are more expensive – you will have to pay from 30-40 € for participation.
Note, that in theory you can make the “Renaissance Capital” the base for organizing real trips. And starting from here, explore the big part of Tuscany: by car, bus or train.
Moreover, the local September – dry and clear – is perfect fit for this!
To see Pisa, for example, you will have to spend about an hour on the road. And just 20 minutes more to get to Lucca.
It is equally easy to plan a short (or not so) seaside vacation in Viareggio. Or near Livorno, or in Maremma.
Reach the amazing medieval San Gimignano, the “City of 14 Towers”. Or visit beautiful Siena, once the capital of a powerful trading republic.
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What to Do in Florence in September
Naturally, there are enough attractions in Florence itself. And they are located quite compactly!
Only the Palazzo Pitti and its big art gallery (houses 11 paintings by Raphael alone) is located at some distance from the Old Town. Yes, and Michelangelo Square is placed where a good observation deck should be. That is, on a hill with a beautiful panoramic view.
Everything else fits into a one-day itinerary. Unless you need a few days to not only see, but also consider the artistic treasures of the Uffizi Gallery, for example.
Definitely worth seeing from the inside of the Palazzo Vecchio. The same Old Palace from where the formidable Medici ruled Florence.
Also, you should climb its tower (90 meters), from where opens a superb view of the city.
We also recommend visiting Bargello Castle, a harsh medieval citadel made of huge stones. See the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in person. And look into the Accademia Gallery, where one of the main masterpieces of Michelangelo, the 4-meter David, lives.
An acquaintance with Florence will be incomplete if you don’t visit the Basilica di San Lorenzo. A huge old church, one of the chapels of which (the Medici) was also consecrated by the genius of Michelangelo.
Or don’t cast a glance at her colleague, the Basilica di Santa Croce. In front of whose building stands a monument to Dante Alighieri. One of the most famous Italian poets and a native of Florence.
Have we forgotten about the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Giotto’s bell tower? Nothing happened – on the contrary, left them in the end!
After all, the local Duomo, crowned with the dome of Brunelleschi, rightfully belongs to the number of the main architectural masterpieces not even of Italy, of the whole world. And before the construction of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, it was considered the most grandiose temple in the whole country.