Full of life, history and flavor, the Renaissance City is one locale we love at any time of the year. The best time to visit Florence depends on your interests. Here are some of our favorite things to do during every season.

Scenic springtime

Wander through Boboli Gardens. At this peaceful park behind the Pitti Palace, take time to soak up the lush greenery, flowing fountains and sweet-scented roses.

Sip an Aperol Spritz, made with Prosecco, Aperol and a splash of soda garnished with an orange slice. This refreshing drink is best enjoyed at one of the city’s many outdoor restaurants or cafes.

Reserve tickets in advance to see Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery. This world-famous statue is sure to impress—and you’ll have plenty of room to marvel without the crowds of the high season.

The charms of summer

Stop in a gelateria—try Vivoli in Santa Croce—and delight in a classic Italian flavor like bacio (a mix of hazelnut and chocolate) or pistachio. Stroll the streets, gelato in hand, to savor a balmy afternoon.

Enjoy outdoor performances, like an orchestra at the Bargello Museum’s courtyard or a show at the Opera di Firenze’s amphitheater, and soak in the artistry of the Renaissance city.

Watch the sunset over the city from the Piazzale Michelangelo, and enjoy panoramic views from the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, the ornately decorated (and oft-overlooked) church atop the hill.

Enchanting autumn

Cross the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge that spans the Arno River. Above the famous arched structure, look for the Vasari Corridor, a private walkway built for the Medici family in the 16th century.

Take a cooking class with a local chef to learn the art of making pasta by hand. Use the flavors of fall's fresh harvest to craft tomato sauce, then pair your creation with a regional wine. 

Stroll through the city's inviting markets—at San Lorenzo Market, you'll find authentic leather goods outside as well as plenty of food stalls indoors at the Mercato Centrale.

Winter's wonders

Taste traditional winter sweets, like rich, Tuscan chocolates or panettone and frittelle, baked goods made for the holidays. Then, warm up with a cioccolata calda, Italian-style hot cocoa.

Get closer to the icons, whether it's Botticelli's masterpieces at the Uffizi Gallery or the Duomo’s beautiful frescoes. With fewer visitors around, you might feel like you have them all to yourself. 

Explore the shops along Via del Corso—from haute couture to handmade pottery and colorful fabrics. You'll scoop up traditional Florentine fashions and fare during seasonal sales.

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