Holiday in Florence – Your guide to Florence, Italy

 

Regional Information

Population: 366,000 (city); 958,000 (metropolitan)
Language: Italian
Currency: Euro
Time Zone:
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Daylight saving time: +1 hour
Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Time zone abbreviation: CEST – Central European Summer Time

Weather

Florence’s climate is largely determined by its position in a river basin, walled in by hills to the south and the foothills of the Apennines to the north. The heat and humidity can soar during summer. July is the hottest month (closely followed by August). The average highs hover around 31°C (88°F). Winter in Florence is cool and often wet, with average temperatures in January range between 1°C and 10°C (34°F and 50°F); snow is rare.

Average Annual Rainfall: 91.4 cm / 36 in
Average January Temperature: 5.5°C / 42°F
Average July Temperature: 35°C / 95°F

Fascinating Facts

  1. Julius Caesar founded Florence in 59 BC as the retirement location for his veteran soldiers.
  2. In 1339, Florence became the first city in all of Europe with
    paved streets.
  3. The residents of Florence are called ‘Florentines’.
  4. Florence was home to many famous people throughout history, including Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei and fashion designer Guccio Gucci.
  5. Hitler declared the Ponte Vecchio Bridge too beautiful to destroy, so it’s the only bridge in Florence to have survived WWII intact.
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