WHEN BEST TO GO
The best time to visit Florence is during spring and autumn when the weather is warm.
Florence is hot, humid and crowded in July and August and many restaurants close during these months. Late October and November are mild but rainfall is high. Florence is quietest during the winter.
Florentine dress is stylish and smart, even when dressing casually. Shorts are not commonly worn in the city and certainly not in churches. When visiting churches and cathedrals, women must cover bare arms and shoulders, and long trousers or skirts should be worn. Light clothes are advisable in spring and summer with a jacket for the cooler evenings. In autumn and winter, keep an umbrella to hand.
GMT +2 Daylight Saving (27.3.2011-29.10.2011)
GMT +1 (30.10.2011-25.3.2012)
TYPICAL OPENING HOURS
Shops open from 9.30am-1pm and 3.30pm-7.30pm daily.
Italian; English widely spoken.
$1 = EUR 0.73
£1 = EUR 1.17
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE
24-HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT
Fire services: 115
+39 055 266 951
Lungarno Vespucci, 38, 50123
+ 39 055 284 133
Lungarno Corsini, 2, 50123
New Year’s Day
Sitting on steps and in courtyards in close proximity to public buildings is an offence in Florence. Eating and drinking in front of churches and cathedrals is also frowned upon and modest clothing that covers legs and shoulders, should always be worn inside religious buildings.