Averages for Florence in September
After the hot summer months of July and August, things begin to cool down in Florence, Italy in September, when the autumn season is just beginning. During this month, the average temperature for the city starts off at 23°C, created by highs of 29°C during the daytime and lows of 17°C after dark. This average drops down to 19°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 24°C during the daytime and lows of 14°C after dark. This makes the first ...
After the hot summer months of July and August, things begin to cool down in Florence, Italy in September, when the autumn season is just beginning. During this month, the average temperature for the city starts off at 23°C, created by highs of 29°C during the daytime and lows of 17°C after dark. This average drops down to 19°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 24°C during the daytime and lows of 14°C after dark. This makes the first week of September the warmest part of the month.
Although it only happens on an average of 10% of days, temperatures have been known to rise above 33°C and drop below 10°C in Florence in September. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the city during this month is 36°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever registered here at this time of year is 4°C.
Over the course of September, the length of the day in Florence is gradually decreasing, with a difference of 1:26 hours between the beginning and the end of the month. The shortest day is September 30th with 11:46 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is September 1st with 13:12 hours of daylight.
At this time of year, Florence enjoys an average of ten hours of daily sunshine – that's two hours less each day than in August – along with median cloud coverage which fluctuates between 32% (mostly clear) at the beginning of the month 43% (partly cloudy) by the end. September 1st is the clearest day of the month when the sky is clear/mostly clear/partly cloudy 61% of the time and overcast/mostly cloudy 10%. September 30th is the cloudiest day of the month, when the sky is overcast/mostly cloudy/partly cloudy 37% of the time and clear/mostly clear 35%.
The average monthly precipitation for Florence in September is 60mm/2 inches – that's a lot more than the previous month – which is spread out between nine wet days. The chances of rainfall making an appearance during this month average at 30% and increase as the month progresses. The day least likely to see rainfall is September 1st when it falls on 27% of days, whilst the day most likely to see rainfall is September 30th when it falls on 33% of days.
Since September marks the beginning of the autumn season in Florence, snowfall is very unlikely to occur during this month. If you're determined to visit Florence when it's covered in snow, forget about going in September and delay your holiday until January or February instead, when the city receives the majority of its rainfall.
The most common types of precipitation you should prepare to get in Florence in September are thunderstorms (which appear on 40% of days with precipitation), moderate rain (37%) and light rain (16%).
With a mix of warm and cool temperatures, you'll need to take a combination of warm clothing – such as jackets, jumpers and jeans – to make sure you stay comfortable on an evening, plus lighter clothing – such as t-shirts, skirts and shorts – to make sure you're comfortable during the daytime when the sun gets out. If you want to make the most of your holiday time and visit the city when temperatures are highest, visit Florence in July or August, when the city experiences its warmest weather.
The average daily relative humidity for Florence in September is 63% – that's slightly higher than the previous month. This humidity varies between 42% (comfortable) and 94% (very humid) across the month, rarely reaching as high as 100% (very humid) or dropping below 29% (dry). The air is usually driest around September 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 50% (comfortable) three days out of four, whilst it's often at its most humid around September 26th, when it rises above 91% (very humid) three days out of four.
Over the month, typical wind speeds range between 0 m/s (calm) and 5 m/s (gentle breeze), rarely going over 8 m/s (moderate breeze). The highest average wind speed of 2 m/s (light breeze) happens around September 1st, when the average daily maximum is 5 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 1 m/s (light air) happens around September 27th, when the average daily maximum is 4 m/s (gentle breeze).
Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy taken by blmiers2
Where to stay
Hotel Alessandra is ideally-positioned for sight-seeing, situated within walking distance of the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, where you'll find a plethora of art galleries, museums, boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants. Here guests can choose between single, double, family and superior rooms, each of which features air conditioning, free WiFi access, TV and private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. Superior rooms also come with private terrace with views over the city. Within the 16th century building you'll also find a dining room which serves breakfast buffets, internet point, ticket booking and private parking nearby, with plenty of dining, shopping and leisure opportunities nearby.
Set inside a building which dates back to 1280, the Grand Hotel Cavour is situated in the heart of Florence, in front of the Bargello Palace close to the Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria. Here guests can choose between economy rooms, standard rooms, superior rooms, deluxe rooms and junior suites, each of which is decorated with traditional Florentine furniture and features air conditioning/heating, satellite TV, minibar and private bathroom with bath or shower plus complimentary toiletries. Deluxe rooms also include free WiFi access, separate living area and free access to the fitness centre and Turkish bath. Onsite services and facilities include breakfast room which hosts a breakfast buffet each morning, roof terrace with American bar and panoramic city views, restaurant which serves Tuscan cuisine alongside local and international wines, gym with TechnoGym equipment, Turkish bath, spa treatments and massages.
For a hotel loaded with services and facilities, consider staying at Hilton Florence Metropole. Located a 20-minute bus ride away from Florence's major attractions (the hotel provides a free shuttle bus), this hotel features free onsite parking, two meeting rooms, free WiFi access, fitness room, Breakfast Room which hosts breakfast buffets, Lounge Bar which specialises in cocktails and local wines, plus the Luci Della Citta Restaurant which serves Tuscan and Florentine delicacies. Accommodation comes in the form of standard and deluxe guestrooms, suites and executive rooms. Each guestroom features air conditioning, LCD satellite TV, WiFi access, city or Duomo views, soundproofed windows and private bathroom with slippers and amenities. Suites also offer complimentary breakfast, bathrobe, separate lounge with sofa bed and executive rooms provide guests with access to the executive lounge where you'll find drinks and snacks.
Hotel Giglio is a more budget-friendly option, set inside a historic building on Via Cavour, a popular main street within walking distance of many art galleries, museums, monuments, parks, theatres, cafes, shops and restaurants. Here guests can choose between single, double, triple and quadruple rooms, each of which features air conditioning/heating, satellite TV, safe, WiFi access upon request and bathroom with bath, shower or whirlpool bath upon request. Within the hotel you'll find complimentary breakfast buffet, bar, internet point, free WiFi access throughout and secure parking nearby. Although onsite services and facilities are rather limited, this is reflected in the affordable room rates.
Restaurant at the Hilton Florence Metropole in Florence, Italy taken by BTO
Things to do
Centro Storico is a must-visit during your holiday in Florence. This region, known as the historical centre in English, is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and is where you'll find the majority of Florence's major attractions. Centro Storico was originally built on the site of an Etruscan settlement and today boasts 600 years' worth of artistic activity which can be found in the 13th century Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace and Church of Santa Croce which are the work of iconic masters such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Giotto and Brunelleschi.
Open Monday to Sunday from 8.15am to 13.50pm, the Museo di Palazzo Davanzati is a state museum tucked inside a 14th century warehouse and residence – the Palazzo Davanzati. This palace used to be home to the wealthy Davanzati merchant family, but today, most of the rooms have been opened up for the public to explore. Some of the museum's highlights include the ground floor atrium used to display information and artefacts relating to the history of the building, the first floor great hall which displays 16th century objects, the first floor Sala dei Pappagalli with paintings designed to look like patchwork wall-hangings and the first floor bedroom with a row of coat of arms from families which were allied with the Davizzi.
If you want to take some original art work back home with you, see what's on sale at the Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri. This gallery/studio displays and sells a selection of original contemporary art work created in a traditional fresco style, inspired by Florentine workshops of the renaissance period. All the items you'll see here have been handcrafted by two Florence-born men who work in and run the gallery/studio. Even if you haven't got the money to splurge on quality artwork, the Art Gallery Studio Igaurnieri is a great place to admire paintings and chat to some local artists.
Named after its creator, Stefano Bardini, the Museo Bardini is home to the collection of the authoritative Italian antiquarian who donated it to the city. Here you'll find more than 2,000 pieces of artwork on display, including paintings and sculptures which date from ancient times up to the 18th century, with the majority of artwork being of the Middle Ages and the renaissance period. Some of the most important works include Atlas by Guercino, Saint Michel Archangel by Antonio del Pollaiolo, Madonna dei Cordai and Madonna della Mela by Donatello and Charity by Tino da Camaino. There are also vast collections of bronze figures, medals, 15th century chests, oriental rugs and armoury displayed here.
Artistic ceiling inside the Museo Bardini in Florence, Italy taken by Kotomi
Eating and drinking out
If you want fast food but don't want to compromise on quality, pop into Salumeri Verdi. Located on Via G Verdi and open Monday to Saturday 8am-8pm, this small restaurant specialises in gourmet sandwiches, meat platters, cheese platters and homemade pasta dishes – all of which are made with local ingredients. If you make a reservation in advance, you can sign up for a wine tasting session with the owner which takes place in the restaurant's cellar and includes sample platters of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cheese, salami and prosciutto, in addition to various wines.
Open Monday to Saturday for lunch between noon and 3.30pm and for dinner between 7.30pm and 10pm, CUCO Cucina Contemporanea operates with the slogan "food is our religion", so you know the dishes must be good! Here you'll find a selection of modern Italian dishes, including liver terrine with onion marmalade, zucchini flan with zucchini flowers, chicken tandoori with avocado, twice-cooked meatballs with capers, roast lamb stuffed with artichokes and loads of different salads. There is also a great selection of desserts available, including chocolate red wine cake, cheesecake, apple muffins and traditional pastries. Unlike most restaurants in Florence, this eatery is all about being contemporary, which is reflected in its food, atmosphere and décor.
For food which tastes as amazing as it looks, make a reservation at Il Ristorante Davinci. This restaurant serves Tuscan cuisine based on fresh local ingredients which have been processed as little as possible in order to let their real flavours shine through. The dining room is decorated with traditional fresco artwork and makes for an interesting contrast to the food presentation which is distinctly modern and innovative. Some of the most popular dishes include stuffed squid, fish tartare, pasta carbonara and tea-smoked aubergines. The portions are rather small and the prices quite high, so be prepared for a large bill.
Meat and cheese platter from Salumeri Verdi in Florence, Italy taken by Alpha