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While tourists flock to Florence year-round, rain or shine, some times of the year are better than others to visit. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, your best bet is heading to the Tuscan city in January or February. The chilly weather tends to discourage the masses, which means you won’t have to elbow your way through the Uffizi Gallery or the Duomo. Come late February and early March, the weather warms up and the streets begin to fill with vacationers and weekenders. As spring progresses, Florence gets more and more crowded, and for good reason — the days are beautiful and the nights are lively.
If there’s one time of year to avoid Florence — and much of Italy — at all costs, it’s August. Italians usually take the late summer month off and close up shops, restaurants and even hotels.