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Best Way to Enjoy Florence when it is Hot

8 Top Tours in Florence to Escape the Heat this Summer

It’s no secret that the Tuscan summers can get sizzling — and not just because they have great events calendar for music and medieval festivals! The the city of Florence finds itself on both banks of the Arno river as it makes its way to the Tyrrhenian sea, it still has a tendency to get hot and the day time hours can wear you out.

Top Summer Tours: Keeping cool in Florence Tuscany

Laugh and tease all you want, but the Florentines know what they are doing when they close themselves indoors, behind the shuttered windows during those summer months. Your best choices to keep it cool include

We have compiled a list of our favorite 8 ways to beat the heat while staying in Florence and enjoying the beauty of the city.

1. COOKING CLASSES

When: Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri
Start Time: 5:15pm
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

We know the saying is “if you can’t stand the heat...get out of the kitchen.” Except when you are in Tuscany, then the kitchen is the best place to be, distracting you from the heat with tempting flavors. Your best new friend will be cooking class your chef as he shows you insider tips for creaking a delicious Tuscan menu.

⇒ Details on Tuscan Cooking Class in Florence

Top Summer Tours: Making Tirimisu in Florence Tuscany

2. THE FRAGRANCE OF FLORENCE

When: Mon, Wed & Fri
Start Time: 10:30am
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

This tour will take you on a fabulous adventure exploring the history of the city, reliving the magical atmosphere of alchemists and apothecaries residing in Florence during the Renaissance period.  Visit a workshop where you will be surrounded by unique glassware, ampoules and rare essences. Go home with a souvenir that is uniquely yours: a personalized perfume.

Create a Last Memory of Florence

3. COOL ART

When: everyday BUT not Mon
Start Time: 10:15am
Duration: varies on selected tour

You wouldn't want to come to Florence and miss out on the fabulous museums? This tour, with a hotel pick up and drop off, will have you in and out of the Accademia and the Uffizi with no waiting in line and a fast track to the more famous masterpieces within their hallowed (air conditioned) halls.

How to Hit the Museums without a Wait

Top Summer Tours: Skip the lines at the Florence Tuscany Museums

4. HOP ON - HOP OFF

When: Everyday
Start Time: 9am - 6pm
Duration: 1, 2 or 3 days

Convenient, economical & you will find it everywhere. This tour is excellent for those who, even with the high temps, still wants to see everything! Catch the bus at easy to find stops and let it take you all over the city from the Cathedral to Santa Croce church or from Piazza San Marco to Piazzale Michelangelo.

⇒ Itinerary Details for the Double Decker Bus Ride

5. DON’T FEEL LIKE WALKING

When: everyday except Aug. 15
Duration: varies to tour

How about stepping out to explore the city without sweating a drop? Glide through the streets of Florence on the coolest ride of the 21st century - a Segway! You will roll by some of the more important sites: Palazzo Strozzi, Orsanmichele Church, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Duomo Square, Giotto Tower and The Loggia dei Lanzi … to name a few.

⇒ Tour Florence in Style

Top Summer Tours: Florence Tuscany by Segway

6. QUICK TRIP OUTSIDE OF THE CITY

When: Everyday, closed week of Aug 15
Start Time: 9am or 3:15pm
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

What could be more refreshing than be-bopping around on a two wheel ride that takes care of all the fatigue? Fun & easy to ride, this bike tour is with an e-bike that starts as soon as you pedal! The city of Fiesole, only a short trip outside of Florence, will WOW you with its Roman Amphitheater and breathtaking view of Florence.

⇒ Pedal up to Fiesole for Great views

7. ROMANCE, WINE & SUNSETS

When: everyday
Start Time: 7:30pm
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

The magic of discovering Florence and its flavors as the sun starts to go down. Not only will you have great photo opportunities along the Arno River but, you will also have a private, local guide showing you the city. Taste the genuine, savory recipes of the famous Florentine aperitivo and combine them with great Tuscan wines.

⇒ Make a Date with Romance

Top Summer Tours: Sunset colors in Florence Tuscany

8. SEE LIKE A LOCAL

When: everyday
Start Time: 7pm
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

The iconic Fiat 500 is the Italian dream — and for this tour it is your means of transport. Drive up to Piazzale Michelangelo through the gently winding roads and start your evening with a breathtaking view over the Renaissance city. Weave in and out of the back roads of Florence that are just barely wide enough and discover a city of dreams and end with an authentic Italian meal.

⇒ Reserve Your Spot on the Fiat 500 Tour

Top Summer Tours: Florence in an iconic Fiat 500


Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been more than 25 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. It didn't take longe to learn that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.



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