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What to do in Florence when it rains?

Florence is a city to visit on days without rain, but if you get caught in the rain while you're there, know what to do! We have prepared a list here with perfect options for rainy days in Florence.

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What to do in Florence when it rains?

Anyone traveling to Italy between November and February should travel already aware that the chance of encountering rain on the way is great, as it is the rainy season in the beautiful country in the shape of a boot, but the good news is that the city also offers some attractions for the grayest days. Shall we find out what to do in Florence when it rains? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

Florence is an open-air museum and, therefore, visiting the city in the rain is not very pleasant, however, as we said, the rains in Italy occur between November and February and, if you travel during this period, it is good to go prepared with a plan B. Florence offers good options for those who don’t like to get wet. If you belong to the “up-for-anything” group: an umbrella, galoshes and raincoats solve your problems! As many people ask me ‘what to do in Florence when it rains?’ I decided to do this post to help anyone who goes to Italy during the rainy season and today we’re going to find out what to do in Florence when it rains. Also visit our section on Accommodation in Italy!

Important to Know

When the rains are VERY intense, the Civil Defense asks to avoid going through the city, either on foot or by car. Public transport is suspended for security reasons, and the city literally STOPS! So, if you are in Florence and the alert is issued, follow the instructions, O.K.?! Stay at the hotel! The hotel staff will give you guidance, don’t worry! Check out our Section on Climate in Italy!

1) What to do in Florence when it rains? VISIT MUSEUMS

If there’s something that is not missing in Florence, you can be sure that it is a museum! Threre is a museum for every taste, of all types. Florence offers an immense range of incredible places that tell their story in a magnificent way and that, on a rainy day, can be the ideal destination to “take refuge”.

Florence offers museums like the divine Pitti Palace, Palazzo Vecchio (“Old” Palace), Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery. The three tell the story of the city in a unique and beautiful way. You can also visit the city’s churches, which are real gems! Two great options, besides, of course, the iconic Santa Maria del Fiore (St Mary of the Flower), are Santa Maria Novella (“New” St Mary) and Basilica of the Holy Cross. If you prefer to take an uncompromised walk, choose to visit the beautiful Ponte Vecchio (Vecchio Bridge), historic Florentine place and one of the city’s postcards.

2) What to do in Florence when it rains? SHOPPING

Take advantage of the “excuse of the rain” and don’t be in a hurry! Below are some options we propose. Also remember to read our post: Where to shop in Florence?

Clothing and accessories

One of the coolest places for clothes and accessories is the Flo Concept, which offers very charming items. If you want to buy leather you can go straight to the factory. The Piero Tucci store opens the doors of its factory to the public and offers bags, shoes, wallets and accessories of extreme good taste at very fair prices; it even opens for a technical visit that shows how everything is done (it is necessary to schedule a visit to the factory).

Ceramics

How about buying ceramics? In the traditional Ricceri you can make your purchases and request that they be delivered directly to your country*! It is not a cheap service, of course, but at least you know that your piece will arrive in one piece. (* on request / availability).

Perfumes

For lovers of perfumes and, the best, those UNIQUE ones, how about a walk in some handmade perfumery? The best in the city are Florence Parfum and Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. Both offer a world of delicious aromas and you will spend hours there wanting to discover them all.

Stationary store

If you are the stationery freak, be sure to visit Il Papiro, with items – mostly – handmade and one more beautiful than the other! Another very cool place, which also restores books, is Abacus. There you will also find notebooks, document holders, photo albums and EVERYTHING is handmade! They are beautiful and unique pieces!

3) What to do in Florence when it rains? VISIT A LIBRARY

One of the most beautiful libraries in Italy and offering a fantastic view of the city’s Cathedral Dome is the incredible Biblioteca delle Oblate (Oblate Library). Here you will find impressive works of great historical value, as well as being able to enjoy the view with the rain that falls outside! It is worth the visit!

4) What to do in Florence when it rains? VISIT THE CENTRAL MARKET

A visit to the Central Market in Florence is a must when in Florence, especially if it is raining! With great options for delicious food, the Market offers great prices and a great location. If you don’t know where to eat during a rainy day, here’s the tip! There is pasta, meat, vegetarian food, wines, beers. The difficulty will be what to choose! Also read the post: Where to eat well paying little in florence?

5) What to do in Florence when it rains? WITH KIDS? FOLLOW OUR TIPS …

Aaahhh the kids! There are those who despair when we talk about the combination ‘rain and children’, the fact is, if you’re in Florence: calm your heart! Great options can be found for those with small children, among them the Galileo Museum is fantastic! Children love it and spend hours distracted there! Another very interesting museum, especially for those who love numbers, is the Archimede Museum! The little ones are distracted, have fun and, mom and dad, they also learn a lot from the theaters, origami classes and much more. It’s really worth it!

If you get hungry in the middle of the afternoon, a very nice place for those with children is Mama’s Bakery. There, in addition to a playroom, you will find a menu full of delicious things for you and them! Also read the post: What to do in Florence with children?

6) What to do in Florence when it rains? TOURISTIC BUS FLOOR

Do you want to feel like a tourist? Do you want to forget that ‘live like the locals’ story? Well: take a tourist bus! For a very complete panorama of Florence, you can use a tourist bus called Hop-on Hop-off. The coolest thing about this type of bus is that you can get off and on the bus again at all its stops. It passes by the most famous sights of Florence and, on a rainy day, it is very worth a ride!

Tip

  • A rainy day can also be great for you to explore the city by bus! Take a bus and make an uncompromising tour observing the architecture, beauty and all the details of this fantastic city that is Florence!

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Hotels I recommend in the Historic Center

In the Historic Center (Old Town), is really easy to admire all the main attractions of the city very easily. The old town of Florence corresponds to the oldest and most beautiful part of the city. If you want to stay in the real heart of Florence, choose hotels in the central areas of Piazza Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Cathedral, Gallery of Offices, etc.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels that I recommend in Oltrarno

Always staying very close to the Historic Center, you can also stay in Oltrarno, close to the most characteristic craft shops in the whole city and much more. The area is perfect for those who want quiet accommodation and for those who want to breathe the real Florentine atmosphere. At the same time, you will be close to the center of Florence, a short walk from the main monuments, squares, churches, restaurants, shops and museums.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels that I recommend in Santa Maria Novella

Another interesting neighborhood to stay is Santa Maria Novella. This is a particularly exclusive area because of the proximity to the station (great if you want to do a lot of tours leaving from Florence) and the famous Church of Santa Maria Novella, a very important reference in Florence.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels that I recommend in Santa Croce

Another neighborhood where you can stay is Santa Croce, where the homonymous church is located. This area, located in the southeastern part of the historic center, is close to the most interesting monuments and has its fulcrum in the church of Santa Croce. Among the scenic palaces in this district, there are many hotels that can accommodate you for a wonderful weekend in Florence.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels that I recommend in Campo di Marte

Another economic possibility, where you can stay in Florence, is Campo di Marte; in this area there are several well-equipped and affordable hotels. It is a quiet and charming residential area in Florence, well connected to the historic city center by public transport. Campo di Marte has its own train station where several regional and high-speed trains stop, with which you can easily reach other Tuscan cities and major cities in Italy. It is a great choice if you have rented a car too.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels I recommend outside the Historic Center

And so, if you decide to breathe a less touristic air, a good choice could be to stay in Florence right outside the historic center, where hotel prices are cheaper and the most convenient solution if you come by car. Another possibility is to stay away, in some nearby town, and experience the silence of the wonderful Tuscan landscape, but in this case it is necessary to have a car.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.


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Conclusion

What to do in Florence when it rains? Florence can also be charming and delicious with a light rain! The city offers tourists great tour options, even on a rainy day. If none of this appealed to you: don’t feel guilty about spending all day in your hotel bed watching movies on TV, it’s also delicious! ; ) If you feel insecure or have no time, and need help to organize your trip, do not hesitate to look for me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy. And how can I do that? Continue reading this post until the end and you will understand how can we make your life and journey easier.

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