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When to go?
Florence is packed with magnificent outdoor public spaces, best enjoyed on foot or from an open air cafe, so pleasant weather matters. You will generally find the most comfortable weather April through October, with the notable exceptions of July and August, when heat and humidity can be stifling. The late summer tourist crunch is yet another reason to avoid August. You can avoid the crowds during the winter months; however, be aware that historic hotels and landmarks can get drafty and cold.

Where to stay?
In Florence, it is well worth the premium to stay at a hotel in the historic center of town. The centro storico is closed to automobile traffic, so you can walk comfortably to all the major attractions. As hotels rates have soared over the past few years, vacation apartment rentals have also become more prevalent, providing a great alternative for longer stays. Be sure to inquire about a room with a view, you are more likely to get one than you think.

What to do?
To get oriented on a first visit to Florence, climb the Pampe di San Niccolo stairs on the south side of the Arno River to reach Piazzale Michaelangelo. It affords a commanding view of the city. If you are making the rounds to the museums, avoid long ticket lines by booking in advance. For true local color and excitement, go see the local football/soccer team, Fiorentina, in action (September through May).


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