Are you coming to Florence in April?
You'll get to enjoy explore Florence with mild weather, lots of flowers, and a bustling city, full of life and offering plenty to do, indoors and out.
Here's what you need to know about coming to visit Florence this time of year:
Temperatures in Florence in April can vary wildly, not only from the beginning of the month to the end, but even on a given day.
The average temperature in Florence in April is pretty mild, with lows (at night) averaging 48-50 Fahrenheit/9-10 Celsius, and highs during the day of about 64-68 Fahrenheit/18-20 Celsius.
The difference between the start and end of April temperatures can be significant however!
April is a spring month which means:
Overall, Florence in April offers a super climate for sight-seeing (just be prepared for some rain at any time in the entire month.)
It seems many people think that Florence in April will be sunny and warm.
While that can be true, we also get a fair amount of rain and some cooler, cloudy days.
So when you're packing for Florence, be sure to bring some long pants or jeans with you - it's not shorts weather yet!
Lighter layers and a good rain jacket are ideal for April, so you'll be prepared whether the sun is shining or you get caught in a rain shower.
These are my personal recommendations for the best things to include in your packing for Florence in April:
If you are caught in the rain in Florence, you can easily buy a cheap umbrella from a street vendor. They just appear when it rains.
The quality of those umbrellas is not great, so I recommend coming prepared with your own travel umbrella, a quality one that lasts like this one.
Some of photos on this page may not reflect this, but believe me, Florence in April can be rainy.
A rain-hat is the perfect packable accessory - it doesn't take up much room but is so useful when you need it!
This rain-hat for men is a lot like the one my husband Alessandro wears.
We never let the rain stop us from going out, you can enjoy Florence in any weather!
I own this jacket and wear it all through spring and fall. Besides being stylish, it's the perfect weight for not-so-hot days, and it's 100% waterproof so I am all set in case of sudden rain.
It's a wardrobe investment but I will say it's one of my favorite jackets all-around.
I also own a lighter rain-jacket like this.
It's light, easy to pack and great for sight-seeing in Florence in spring.
And here's a men's lighter rain-jacket, excellent for packing and for carrying around while sight-seeing ready in case you need it.
I say this about every month - bring a scarf. Yes, even in April. First of all, it's going to be cooler than you might think, especially in the mornings and after the sun goes down.
Second of all, well, it's stylish. But seriously, trust me, you will want a scarf in your bag. You will be surprised at how much you use it!
The scarf thing goes for men too. You will definitely see Italian men wearing scarves, certainly in chilly April.
They don't weigh much, and are super useful. Trust me, you'll want to include at least one scarf when packing for Florence.
Another handy thing to pack for rainy weather in Florence is a light rain poncho.
I've seen so many people shelling out money to street vendors when it rains unexpectedly, but like the umbrellas, they can be poor quality.
So if you don't feel like packing, or wearing, a rain-jacket, this is a perfect alternative.
It’s essential to be prepared for rain and snow in Florence this time of year, so I would recommend including rain-hats, a sturdy umbrella and good quality waterproof shoes on your packing list.
What else do you need to consider when packing for Florence in April?
These are a few of my essential packing recommendations, any time of year:
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Yes it can be rainy in Florence occasionally, but the sun will be shining more often than not so you'll want a good pair of sunglasses.
Any medications you take, along with a list of these medications.
I would recommend keeping these with you in your carry-on in a dedicated container, rather than packing them in your checked luggage.
Photocopies or clear photographs saved on your phone of your passport - much safer than carrying your actual passport around Florence!
Plug converters for your dual-voltage appliances.
Voltage in Italy is 220, and in the US and some other countries, it's 110. Most electronic devices will default to dual voltage, but you will need a plug adapter as the plug shapes are different here.
This universal adapter covers you in multiple locations, perfect for travel to different parts of the world.
Carrying a well-stocked first-aid kit gives you peace of mind when traveling.
I always like having one with me when I travel, it’s very handy for when you need something quickly.
Travel insurance isn't something to pack but it is something you should not forget!
It is not uncommon these days for visitors to have to deal with lost luggage or cancelled or delayed flights, and your credit card coverage may not be as extensive as you think - chances are you are not covered for what you need when these things happen!
So how should you dress when you visit Florence in April?
You will probably be walking a lot, so you need good quality shoes.
My number one rule for sightseeing in Florence, at any time of year: be comfortable.
This is most important when it comes to your shoes, it is crucial to wear good walking shoes, and good quality socks.
I would recommend only bringing shoes you have already broken in, and don’t worry about looking like a tourist - that’s exactly what you are!
The next rule, which is especially relevant for April is: dress in layers.
Since the weather in Florence can change significantly throughout the day, and it sometimes rains unexpectedly, it's necessary to wear layers that you can remove/put on easily such as cardigans/pullovers/jumpers and waterproof jackets.
This also means it's a good idea to wear a backpack as you travel around Florence, so you can have a place to put your layers if you take them off.
Bottom line, when packing for Florence in April, don't forget to:
If you are planning to go to an event, for example a wedding, opera or dinner at a special restaurant, then you may wish to bring something elegant to wear.
Otherwise, it is fine to wear more casual clothes to eat out at many restaurants in Florence so you do not need to pack much, if any, evening-wear.
April is a great time to visit Florence for a lot of reasons, like the beautiful cool spring weather, flowers beginning to bloom, lots of new openings, and longer days.
The best time to visit is always subjective, but the April weather in Florence can still be cool, which makes it comfortable for sight-seeing.
It's also a good time to enjoy some tasty Florentine meals indoors with good Tuscan wine, be sure to try the Florentine steak (bistecca fiorentina)!
I get this question a lot, in particular because Easter is around this time of year.
The answer is: yes, it will be crowded in Florence in April, Easter or no Easter.
Florence in April is a beautiful month, weather-wise, it's not too hot (perfect for sight-seeing), and many schools have breaks.
People who have the option to travel outside of a school calendar tend to choose spring and fall to visit Florence, for the milder weather.
That is why spring and fall months are the busiest times to be in Florence.
Just plan for it, and book things in advance when you can.
As I've written on other pages on this site, food in Florence (and in Italy) is eaten seasonally.
It's supposed to be, anyway.
And besides the fruits and vegetables you'd expect to find in spring, like asparagus and peas, there are some typical Florentine foods that must be tried in spring.
If you are in Florence in April, don't miss these:
You'll find the carciofi empolesi variety only in Tuscan markets.
This artichoke is smaller and more delicate in flavor than the classic varieties, so if you see a raw artichoke salad on the menu, go for it!
Peas - fresh podded peas start showing up in April, which are surprisingly sweet!
Try them in the classic Florentine dish of piselli alla fiorentina, stewed peas flavoured with garlic, parsley and pancetta - delicious!
Special dates in Florence in April include Liberation Day and often, Easter.
In 2023 the Easter weekend and preceding Holy week is at the start of April.
Good Friday is on April 7, Easter Sunday is April 9 and Easter Monday is April 10.
The Easter celebrations in Florence include a unique event known as the Explosion of the Cart.
This takes place on Easter Sunday morning, when a huge cart is pulled by oxen to the Piazza del Duomo, ready for the Easter mass in the cathedral.
As part of the mass, the archbishop comes out and lights a firework rocket known as the colombina because it is shaped to look like a dove, which ignites a cable running to the cart.
The cart, which is also rigged with fireworks then 'explodes' for a fun display!
As with many of the ways Florence celebrates major events, this tradition dates back hundreds of years.
Liberation Day, the Festa della Liberazione, is an important national holiday in Florence and in Italy.
It celebrates the end of Nazi occupation during WWII, and the end of Fascist rule in Italy (Benito Mussolini was shot 3 days later).
Being a national holiday, schools, banks and shops are closed.
No tourist sites are closed.
The cooler spring months are a great time to take in the arts indoors. Some museums stay open later on the weekends.
There are several events in Florence in April 2023 at various museums around the city:
At the beautiful Palazzo Strozzi there is an exhibition showcasing some of the works of leading international contemporary artists.
March 4, 2023 to June 18, 2023
Booking required - find out more details here.
The Museo degli Innocenti (right next to the Accademia Gallery) is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the works of brilliant Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher.
Entrance is included in the regular museum tickets, which can be booked online.
See more information and book your tickets here.
Open from October 20, 2022 to May 7, 2023.
Museum of Palazzo Vecchio
Giacometti - Fontana. The Quest for the Absolute.
Curated by Chiara Gatti and Sergio Risaliti, this exhibition brings together for the first time two pillars of 20th century art.
March 2, 2023 to June 4, 2023
For opening hours and ticket information, click here.
Palazzo Medici Riccardi
Luca Giordano. Maestro barocco a Firenze
The Neapolitan painter Luca Giordano was extremely popular in Florence, with important commissions from the Medici family.
Follow the story of his involvement with Florence and the powerful people of his time in this major exhibition.
March 30, 2023 to September 5, 2023
Click here to book your tickets and find out more.
There are lots of concerts and other events available to book for your trip to Florence in April - take a look at some of our suggestions here:
Enjoy operatic pieces from famous Italian composers live in concert in the evocative surroundings of the Santa Monaca church.
Concerts take place every evening, booking highly recommended.
See the Three Tenors live in concert at the Santo Stefano al Ponte church.
You will be treated some of the best-known arias from the operas of Puccini, Verdi and Rossini, as well as Neapolitan songs.
Takes place twice a week - why not book your tickets to include a special 3-course Tuscan meal for an extra special evening!
Enjoy a variety of concerts and events in Florence's oldest theater, Teatro Niccolini.
Teatro Verdi hosts many contemporary shows and concerts almost every day of the week.
On the first Sunday of each month you can access Florence's state-run museums, archeological parks and cultural sites for free - yes, completely free!
These free admission events are very popular, so plan to arrive early to be sure you get in.
Maybe it's your 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) time in Florence.
Or you have more than 3 days here, or you just want to see and do lots of fun things.
Besides the obvious must-see tourist attractions, there are lots of great things to see and do in Florence!
While you can of course look at a day trip to the Tuscan countryside, Rome or even Venice, here are some ideas for your visit: