First, I am a cold weather person by nature, meaning I would much rather freeze than sweat. That is why I loved Florence so much. I got to tour the city twice, once in October and again in February. I cannot even imagine being in line for the Uffizi in August, with the multiple hour wait, heat and general icky feeling. October was really manageable lines and cool weather, but my favorite was February, when there were zero lines, cold, crisp weather and a general lack of tourists in my way.
I know most people's vacation dates are set to be in the summer, but if you prefer colder weather, less waiting, and "truer" Florence life, come in the winter time.
High season: May - September
Shoulder season: October-November & March- May
Low Season: December-February
The best part of Italy are the people. Sure there is much to see and do, but the best part for us is always the people. These guys were picking olives as we walked up to get a good view of Florence from the othe side of the Arno river. You know, I just pointed my camera quizzically at them and they posed happily for me.
On Your Way to the Outlets
CAF Tour & Travel conducts two outlet shopping tours. The Gucci & Prada tour takes place every Tuesday, Friday, & Saturday. After a 2-hour stop at the Prada outlet, you are taken to The Mall (home to Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, YSL, Valentino, Ungaro, Zegna, Bottega Veneta, Sergio Rossi, and Loro Piana) for another two hours. The price is 20E per person. The Gucci, Prada, Fendi, D&G tour takes place every Monday. The same itinerary as above, plus a 45-minute stop at the Fendi outlet, followed by a 1-hour stop at the D&G outlet. The price is 27E per person. Discounts should be 30% to 50% of what one would pay in a regular store.
By Car: How Far/How Long...?
Some road distances from Florence to:
- Rome: 285 kms.
- Paris (France): 1.146 kns.
- Warsaw (Poland): 1.570 kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 1.688 kms.
The website gives you some other road distances together with driving times and best routes.
Great traditional food
Renowned by some as the best restaurant in Florence, it is relatively centrally located and also has a caffe' and less expensive addition right next to it. There is no menu and the food changes nightly and always contains some interesting dishes. The price is fixed except for wine, so you get all courses. Menu changes nightly