Florence in October: weather and climate tips

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 26.09.2023

The weather in Florence in October is a captivating combination of autumnal charm and cultural richness, making it a great time to explore this iconic Italian city. In this guide, we'll give you essential climate tips and advice to help you make the most of your visit to Florence in October and ensure an unforgettable experience in this enchanting city.

Is October a good month to visit Florence?

October is an attractive month to visit Florence (and the rest of Italy) for several good reasons. First, the weather in Florence in October is particularly attractive. Temperatures drop from scorching summer highs, making the temperate climate inviting for exploring Florence's streets and gardens.

Florence also takes on an enchanting palette in October. Autumn leaves paint the landscape in warm and vibrant colours, adding extra beauty to the already picturesque streets and parks.

Another advantage of visiting Florence in October is the reduced crowds and lower accommodation prices. With the summer peak season behind, it is easier to explore popular sights, museums and galleries without the crowds.

Even though rain is sometimes possible, in general, October represents a harmonious balance between favourable weather and fewer tourists. The combination of these factors makes it a highly recommended time to experience the charm of Florence.

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Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence Italy © Songquan Deng/Shutterstock

Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence Italy © Songquan Deng/Shutterstock

Temperatures in Florence in October

The weather in Florence in October is mild and pleasant, with average daytime temperatures hovering around 20°C (68°F). However, evenings and nights can be quite chilly, so it is advisable to have several layers of clothing to stay comfortable.

In terms of sea temperatures on the nearby coast, the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea along the Tuscan coast, which is relatively close to Florence, also begin to cool down in October. Sea temperatures typically range between 19-22°C (66-72°F). 

While this can still be suitable for some water activities such as swimming or coastal walks, it can be a little chilly for a longer period of water-based activity.

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Can it rain in Florence in October?

In Florence, rain is possible in October. Although the weather in Florence in October is usually mild and pleasant, October is also a month of transition and it can rain from time to time. 

Generally, these rains are not as frequent or as heavy as in spring or late autumn, but it's all worth being prepared for the possibility of wet weather during your visit to Florence. To keep the rain from spoiling your plans, it's a good idea to bring an umbrella or mackintosh, especially for exploring the city on foot. 

Ultimately, despite the occasional rain, the weather in Florence in October still offers plenty of opportunities for enjoyable sightseeing and cultural exploration.

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Uffizi art gallery in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Uffizi art gallery in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

What should I pack with me?

The weather in Florence in October is something to consider when going on a trip.

When it comes to clothing, it's a good idea to bring long-sleeved clothes that can be worn during the day and jumpers or cardigans for cooler evenings. For warmer days, take short-sleeved clothing and comfortable jeans or trousers suitable for casual wear.

Taking comfortable boots or trainers is also highly recommended for exploring Florence. Make sure they are suitable for the potentially wet streets.

Accessories are also important. Don't forget to take an umbrella to shelter yourself from potential rain, and for sunnier days, pack sunglasses and a hat.


Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy @ Shutterstock

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Piazza della Repubblica in Florence © Shutterstock

Piazza della Repubblica in Florence © Shutterstock

What to do in Florence in October

Visiting Florence in October offers a wealth of activities and cultural events. 

Check out the area's vineyards

First of all, October is the perfect time to discover the famous vineyards and wineries of Tuscany. This is the grape harvest season, called "vendemmia", and the picturesque Chianti region, a short drive from Florence, is famous for its wineries and is an ideal destination for a day trip.

Santa Reparata

In terms of events, on 8 October, Florence celebrates the feast of Santa Reparata, the city's patron saint. It's a religious holiday, but also a time when Florence comes alive with parades, processions and local festivities.

Florence Biennale

The Florence Biennale is another October event to look out for. This contemporary art exhibition is held every two years in October. If you are interested in contemporary art, this event provides a unique opportunity to experience the work of artists from around the world.

See the classical art of Florence

In addition to seasonal activities in Florence, October is a great time to cover Florence's famous attractions. Don't miss the Uffizi Gallery, the Galleria dell'Accademia (home to Michelangelo's David) and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello. 

Wander the city's parks

The city's parks and gardens, such as the Boboli Garden and the Rose Garden, are most beautiful in October. These green spaces with colour-changing foliage provide a peaceful respite from the bustling city streets.

Take a relaxing stroll along the Arno River, cross the famous Ponte Vecchio and get lost in the enchanting narrow streets of the Oltrarno neighbourhood. The cool weather in Florence in October makes exploring even more enjoyable.

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Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 26.09.2023

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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