When tourists I work with ask me about the best period for visiting Florence I often answer “always, it only depends on how early you love to get up in the morning!”
Let me explain my point of view…
Florence during the peak of tourist season can really be problematical for being explored with a minimum of quietness, due to the many groups reaching Florence from Livorno (over 500 cruiseships calling at the main port of Tuscany every year and each one of them carrying a couple of thousands of enthusiastic people, trotting then through the city center behind a “numbered lollipop”), then from March to mid May there are so many Italian school organizing their field trips to major Italian art-cities, such as Rome, Venice and Florence of course, the famous cradle of Renaissance with its resounding names of artists, such as Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Donatello, just to mention a few.
So my suggestion is: wake up early in the morning and ask to start your tour as early as possible, at 7 am is really wonderful and you can really appreciate the awakening city and then when all the groups arrive downtown, pick our tours with not too crowded museum in program and you experience a memorable day !
Try and believe it!
By the way, sometime on mornings – on Sundays – I conduct a tour starting at 8 a.m.
We explore the colours of Florence and its urban fabric, enjoying a nice walking tour discovering the differences among Tuscan cities, showing building materials typical in Florence, comparing them with the ones to be found in Siena, Pisa or Lucca.
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