April Weather Averages for Florence

What's the weather like in Florence in April

As the spring season develops, the weather improves in Florence, Italy in April, when temperatures increase and cloud coverage decreases – although the amount of precipitation also increases during this month.

Temperature

At this time of year, the average temperature for the city starts off at 12.5°C, created by highs of 17°C during the daytime and lows of 8°C after dark. This average rises up ...

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What's the weather like in Florence in April

As the spring season develops, the weather improves in FlorenceItaly in April, when temperatures increase and cloud coverage decreases – although the amount of precipitation also increases during this month.

Temperature

At this time of year, the average temperature for the city starts off at 12.5°C, created by highs of 17°C during the daytime and lows of 8°C after dark. This average rises up to 15.5°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 21°C during the daytime and lows of 10°C after dark. This makes the final week of April the warmest part of the month.

Although it only occurs on an average of 10% of days, temperatures have been known to rise above 25°C and drop below 3°C in Florence in April. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the city at this time of year is 29°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever registered here during this month is -5°C.

Over the course of April, the length of the day in Florence is steadily increasing, with a difference of 1:22 hours between the start and the end. The shortest day is April 1st with 12:46 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is April 20th with 14:09 hours of daylight.

Sunshine Hours

At this time of year, the city boasts an average of nine hours of sunshine each day – that's two hours more every day than in March – alongside median cloud coverage which ranges between 53% (partly cloudy) at the start of the month and 49% (partly cloudy) by the end. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 27% of the time, partly cloudy 24% and mostly cloudy/overcast 22%.

Rainfall 

The average monthly precipitation for Florence in April is 95mm/4 inches – that's almost double the previous month – which is divided between 13 rainy days. The probability of rainfall making an appearance during this month averages at 40% and peaks in the third week. The most likely day for rainfall is April 21st when it falls on 41% of days, whilst the least likely day for rainfall is April 2nd, when it falls on 38% of days.

Snowfall

Since April falls within the spring season in Florence, snowfall is extremely unlikely to occur. If you really want to visit Florence when it's covered in snow, forget about going in April and plan your holiday for January or February instead, when the city sees the majority of its snowfall.

The most common types of precipitation you can expect to see in Florence in April are moderate rain (which occurs on 50% of days with rainfall), light rain (21%) and thunderstorms (19%).

With temperatures like these, you'll need to bring some warm clothing – such as jeans, jumpers and coats – to make sure you stay comfortable on an evening, as well as more spring-like clothing – such as t-shirts and thin jumpers or cardigans – for when the sun gets out during the daytime. With rainfall making an appearance on almost ½ of days throughout the month, it's also advisable to take an umbrella or some waterproof clothing. If you're not a fan of mild temperatures and want to visit Florence when the weather is hottest, delay your holiday until July or August, when the city enjoys its highest temperatures.

Humidity

The average daily relative humidity for Florence in April is 64% – that's slightly higher than the previous month. The humidity varies between 44% (comfortable) and 94% (very humid) throughout the month, rarely reaching as high as 100% (very humid) or dropping below 29% (dry). The air is driest around April 23rd, when the relative humidity falls below 53% (mildly humid), whilst it's at its most humid around April 30th, when it rises above 90% (very humid) three days out of four.

Florence Hotels in April

For a luxury hotel in Florence, consider Hotel Degli Orafi. Located within the Ormanni Estate, surrounded by trees and gardens, this hotel is perfect for travellers who want a quiet location, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here guest can choose between classic rooms, executive rooms and specialist suites, each of which comes with period furniture, SKY TV, WiFi access, air conditioning, minibar and marble bathroom with bath or shower. The specialist suites are located in a resorted part of the Orafi Tower and are significantly larger, with separate living room, fully-equipped kitchen and views of Giotto's Bell Tower and Bruncelleschi's Dome. Onsite you'll find the former-ballroom Breakfast Room which provides guests with a daily selection of free pastries, healthy options and continental choices, the top-floor American Bar which serves Italian wine, spirits and light lunches and the library decorated with 19th century frescoes.

Hotel Albani Firenze is another hotel located in a quiet part of Florence, within easy walking distance of the Santa Maria Novella train station, Plazaao dei Congressi, Fortezza da Basso, Centro Affari and the Suomo Santa Maria del Fiore. Set inside a 20th century palace, this hotel provides accommodation in the shape of 102 single rooms, double rooms, junior suites and suites. Each guestroom comes withsoundproofing, heating/air conditioning, satellite TV, internet access, minibar and bathroom with hairdryer, whilst the suites are larger and come with separate living rooms. Onsite services and facilities include exhibition facilities, WiFi access in the lobby, garden, fitness room, sauna, Bernini Restaurant which serves traditional Italian cuisine for breakfast (buffet), lunch (a la carte) and dinner (a la carte), American Bar which serves cocktails, spirits, teas, coffees snacks and desserts, plus the Wine Cellar which hosts wine tasting tours.

San Gallo Palace Hotel is great for travellers looking for something more affordable. Located in the heart of the city, within a 15 minute walk of a wealth of historical attractions, this four-star hotel provides accommodation in the form of classic rooms, superior rooms and suites. Each guestroom comes with satellite TV, WiFi access and heating/air conditioning, whilst the suites are larger and come with a separate living room and balcony. Onsite services and facilities include fitness room with Technogym equipment, complimentary newspapers, free bicycle hire, discounted parking and breakfast buffet with typical seasonal Tuscan produce. Some of the nearby points of interest include the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Archaeological Museum and the Accademia Gallery.

When it comes to modern accommodation in Florence, Room Mate Luca is one of the best, centrally located and set inside a neoclassical palace from 1865. Situated within a 15 minute walk of a wealth of historical attractions, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, this hotel provides guests with single, standard and deluxe rooms. Each guestroom features brightly-coloured modern décor, plus WiFi access, flat-screen satellite TV, safe, air conditioning/heating, work desk, minibar, safe and private bathroom with bath or shower, whilst the deluxe rooms are the most spacious and come with sofa beds. A complimentary Mediterranean breakfast is served each day until noon. Some of the most popular attractions nearby include the Accademia Gallery, Medici Chapel, San Marco Museum and the Duomo.

Bars and Restaurants

Cacio Vino Trallalla specialises in seasonal cuisine focused on speciality cheeses, sausages made solely from Cinta Senese pork, cured meats, truffles, chocolate, honey, vinegar, tea, fruit compotes, organic jams, desserts and cakes. Unlike an ordinary restaurant, meals aren't served up in a la carte dishes, but are more like sharing platters, making them perfect for light lunches and snacks. A huge selection of locally-produced wine (all available by the bottle and some by the glass) and new artisan beers are also available. Cacio Vino Trallalla is open Monday to Saturday from 6.30pm until 11.30pm.

For something heartier, try Pizza Man. This authentic Italian pizzeria has eight locations throughout Florence and is best known for its Neapolitan pizza, although there are eight other options available, including maritime and caprese. All pizzas are made from locally-produced dough and fresh ingredients, which makes a huge difference, since the pizza toppings are somewhat basic. Taking into consideration the quality of the food and the cheap prices, Pizza Man is superb value for money.

Antica Trattoria "da Tito" dal 1913 is the place to go if you want authentic Florentine food in romantic surroundings. Open since 1913, this restaurant serves up a wide selection of Italian dishes, including meat and cheese platters, freshly-prepared pastas, soups, stews, meat roasts and steaks grilled on hot stones. Whilst all the dishes here are truly spectacular, the steaks are the stars of the show, served up in a contemporary artistic way on wooden platters. Open Monday to Saturday from 12.30pm until 3pm for lunch and from 7pm until 11pm for dinner, this restaurant is so popular that reservations are practically obligatory. 

Things to do in Florence in April

The L-shaped Piazza della Signoria is the most-visited square in Florence. Situated in front of the 14th century Palazzo Vecchio, this square is home to many other famous buildings, including Loggia dei Lanzi, Tribunale della Mercanzia, Palazzo Uguccioni and Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali. The square also boasts several important statues, including a copy of Michelangelo's David, Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus, Ammannati's Nettuno and Giambologna's Cosimo I. Even if you're not interested in the buildings or statues, this tourist hotspot is still worth a visit, thanks to the numerous street performers who provide you with plenty of free live entertainment during your visit.

Get your hands on some authentic Italian fashion by shopping in Janniderma. Open 10.30am until 8pm in April, this shop specialises in leather goods and sells a huge selection of men and women's jackets, coats, trousers, corsets and handbags made by well-known international designers and local artist and owner Jannis Skarmoutsos. You can either buy things directly from the shelves or have items personally designed and produced just for you. Everything here is made from only the finest quality leather with great attention to detail to ensure that the stitching is perfect and the material is light, as well as water resistant.

The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is located across from the main railway station and is the first great basilica built in Florence. The structure dates back to the 13th and 15th centuries and features a green and white marble façade which transitions from Romanesque to gothic, with the doorway and the upper section having been designed by Leon Battista Alberti. The basilica is home to a vast collection of art and funerary monuments, with many important frescoes by masters of the early renaissance and gothic periods which were donated by Florentine families. When you first enter, you'll have a clear view of Masaccio's Trinity fresco, as well as the luminous crucifix painted by Giotto hanging in the central nave. The chapel to the right of the altar features late 15th-century frescoes depicting the lives of St Philip the Apostle and St John the Evangelist, whilst the main altar boasts a series of frescoes related to the life of the Virgin Mary.

Cappelle Medicee (known as the Medici Chapels in English) is made up of two structures next to the Basilica of San Lorenzo which date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Originally built as extensions to the 15th century church designed by Crunelleschi, the Sagrestia Nuova was designed by Michelangelo and the Cappella dei Principi designed by the Medici family and several architects. The chapels are divided into three parts – the crypt which houses the bodies of the minor members of the family alongside their tombstones, the Chapel of the Princes which boasts a huge dome designed by Buontalenti where the six Medici Grand Dukes are buried, and the New Sacristy which features sculptures and sarcophagi (designed by Michelangelo) of Dukes Lorenzo and Giuliano. Cappelle Medicee is open daily from 8.15am until 1.50pm.

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