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Is November a Great Time to Roam in Renaissance’s Heart?

Well, darlings, let me spill the tea—or should I say, the Italian espresso. November in Florence is the time to visit if you’re into coziness, fewer tourist elbows in your photos, and, of course, autumnal romance that could rival any Hallmark movie. 

I have been to Florence in November, and yes, November is undeniably a stellar month to visit not just Florence but Italy as a whole.

Florence in November

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Let’s start getting right to the point! Florence in November weather can get a bit chilly at night for this Floridian gal, but nothing a warm coat and scarf can’t handle. The Arno River adds a wind gust at times, but mostly in the evenings.

The average temperature of Florence in November ranges from a high of 56°F (13°C) to a low of 42°F (5°C) . The warmest time of the day is between 12 pm and 3 pm, with highs of 64.4 F (18°C), while at night, temperatures drop to just 9°C.

The average monthly precipitation for Florence in November is 133mm/5 inches, and the likelihood of rainfall occurring at this time of year averages 40% and slightly increases as the month progresses.

We also visited Florence in early December and didn’t really hit much rain, but it is essential to check the coming weeks of the trip.

I also have a super travel hack to check the weather in Europe truly. Watch the video below.

@fusetravels This is the number one question I get about traveling to Italy is: what should I pack because of the weather the weather to be so unpredictable in Italy and especially in the fall so I’ve been getting a lot of questions, and I decided to finally spill the beans and share this travel hack, which I’ve never shared before! #italytravels #italypackingtips #italypackinglist #italyinthefall #tuscany2023 #italytraveltips #italytravel ♬ Con te partirò – Andrea Bocelli

Outdoor Heaters At Restaurants in Florence

One thing I love about Italy, in general, is how much people enjoy being outside, even in the winter. The restaurants and bars also set up outdoor heaters and sometimes even heated floors.

Rock That Italian Autumn Fashion:

Think you can get away with your Mickey Mouse hoodie? Think again. Florence in November is a runway, darling.

Italians know how to dress for the season without sacrificing style. Pack layers—cardigans, turtle necks, chic ankle boots, and tailored coats. Add a fashionable scarf, and you’ll be turning heads faster than a Vespa in a narrow alley. 🛵💨

What to pack for Florence in November

Here are some clothing items and accessories that you can consider packing for your trip to Florence in November based on the search results:

For Women:

  • Winter coat
  • Woolen hat or beanie, scarves, and gloves.
  • Layers such as sweaters or cardigans.
  • Light outerwear such as a trench coat or a faux leather motorcycle jacket
  • Cool hat, statement necklace, delicate watch, and sunglasses
  • Waterproof shoes or boots
  • Midi or maxi-length dresses or skirts
  • Trousers or jeans
  • Comfortable walking shoes such as Veja Sneakers or New Balance sneakers
  • Comfortable Black Ankle Boots for Evening
  • Dress Pants
  • Longsleeve Blouses

For Men:

  • Layers such as sweaters or cardigans
  • Dress Pants
  • Jean Pants
  • Coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Veja Sneakers or New Balance sneakers
  • Smarter pair of shoes

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Additionally, since November is the start of the rainy season in Florence, it is advisable to pack a rainproof jacket or poncho, an umbrella, and waterproof boots.

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How many days is good for Florence?

The number of days to spend in Florence in November depends on your interests and the activities you plan to do. Here are some factors to consider based on the search results:

  1. Weather: The weather is moderate, with occasional rain and cool temperatures. So you may want to take your sweet time and enjoy a hot chocolate between visiting landmarks and churches.
  2. Crowds: November is considered the shoulder season in Florence, which means there are fewer crowds and shorter waiting times at most attractions.
  3. Festivals and events: November is a great time to visit Florence if you are interested in attending cultural events such as the Florence Marathon, Festival dei Popoli, and Lo Schermo dell’Arte.
  4. Sightseeing: Florence has a rich history, beautiful churches, and some of the finest examples of Renaissance art. There are many attractions to visit, so I don’t recommend you cram it all and or just spend 2 days in Florence.

Based on these factors, spending 3-4 days in Florence in November would be a good amount of time to explore the city and its attractions. However, if you have more time, you can consider taking day trips to nearby areas such as Pisa, Lucca, or Siena.

Unique things to do in Florence in November

Florence in November offers a unique experience for visitors, with various activities and events to enjoy. Here are some unique things to do in Florence in November based on the search results:

  1. Visit Palazzo Vecchio
  2. Explore Pitti Palace
  3. Attend the Florence Marathon
  4. Visit the Uffizi Gallery
  5. Visit the Museo del Bargello
  6. Take a day trip to Pisa
  7. Enjoy wine tasting at Chianti
  8. Feel yourself in the Alps at Firenze Winter Park.
  9. Enjoy the music in Note at the Museum
  10. Attend concerts inside the churches
  11. Visit the Medici Chapels
  12. Visit Siena Cathedral
  13. Drink wine while watching sunset at Piazzale Michaelangelo
  14. Explore the art galleries, fashion events, new restaurants serving unique cuisine, pop-up events, and temporary museums about different subject matters.
  15. Shop for leather artifacts and other things at the San Lorenzo Market on via dell’Ariento
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In addition to these activities, November is also a great time to explore Florence’s art and culture scene, as there are plenty of events and exhibitions to attend.

The Best Food Tours in Florence in November

Florence in November offers a variety of food tours for visitors to enjoy. Here are some of the best food tours in Florence in November based on the search results:

  1. Florence Food Tour – This tour takes you to some of the best food spots in Florence, including the Sant’Ambrogio Market, where you can sample local specialties such as Tuscan cheeses, cantucci, or biscotti, coccolo ripieno, or stuffed pizza balls, and local wines.
  2. Secret Food Tours – This tour takes you to the real Florence, away from the tourist traps and the museums, where you can visit the local market, taste the local olive oil, sample a selection of the best traditional salamis and cheeses, and enjoy an Italian wine journey.
  3. Tastes and Traditions Florence Food Tour With Sant Ambrogio Market Visit – This tour takes you to a local neighborhood to explore how Florentines shop and eat. You’ll spend 3.5 hours exploring an off-the-beaten-path lively and authentic neighborhood with your local guide. You’ll sample specialties like Tuscan cheeses, cantucci, or biscotti, coccolo ripieno, or stuffed pizza balls including local wines.
  4. Florence Street Food Tour – This tour takes you to the best street food spots in Florence, where you can sample local specialties such as lampredotto, tripe, and other traditional dishes4.
  5. 10 Tastings of Florence with Locals – This private tour is customized just for you and your group, allowing you to enjoy the city’s food and sights at your own pace. You’ll sample specialties like Tuscan cheeses, cantucci, or biscotti, coccolo ripieno, or stuffed pizza balls including local wines.
  6. Introduction to Pasta-Making Class – This tour takes you to a cooking class where you can learn how to make traditional Italian pasta from scratch.

In addition to these food tours, many other food and wine tours in Florence offer a range of different experiences, from tasting local specialties to cooking the meals yourself and learning the history behind the traditional meals.

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November Events & Festivals in Florence Italy

Florence in November offers a variety of cinema events for visitors to enjoy. Here are some popular cinema events in Florence in November based on the search results:

  1. Festival dei Popoli – An international documentary film festival that takes place in various sites across Florence.
  2. Lo Schermo dell’Arte – An art festival that focuses on art and takes place in November.
  3. Florence Short Film Festival – A festival dedicated to short films that takes place on November 3rd and 4th.
  4. 50 Days of Cinema – A festival that features nightly showings of entries from 10 international film festivals in downtown Florence.
  5. Ethnomusical Film Festival – A festival that takes place from November 3rd to 5th.
  6. International Festival of Women in Cinema – A festival that takes place from November 6th to 11th.
  7. Balkan Florence Express festival – A festival that takes place from November 12th to 16th.
  8. Florence Queer Festival – A festival that takes place from November 17th to 20th.
  9. River-to-River Indian Film Festival – A festival that takes place from November 28th to December 5th6.
  10. N.I.C.E New Italian Cinema Events – A festival that takes place on December 14th.

In addition to these cinema events, November is also a great time to explore Florence’s art and culture scene, as there are plenty of exhibitions and concerts to attend.

Truffle Magic at the San Miniato Truffle Fair

Nestled near Pisa (which makes for an excellent day trip from Florence, by the way), the charming town of San Miniato hosts this delightful fair every year, gracing us with truffle goodness during the last three weekends of November.

Picture this: a town transformed into an open-air “laboratory of taste,” where gourmands, experts, and truffle enthusiasts come together to celebrate this earthy delicacy. The streets are lined with stalls offering truffle-infused creations, and you’re invited to savor them all. But that’s not all – you can even join in on the fun with truffle hunting activities!

Now, let’s talk logistics. If you’re wondering how to make your way to San Miniato, worry not. Even if you don’t have your own wheels, you can hop on a train. Just head over to the TrenItalia website to find the train schedules connecting Florence to this truffle paradise.

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Photo by Emiko Davies

In addition to these cinema events, November is also a great time to explore Florence’s art and culture scene, as there are plenty of exhibitions and concerts to attend.

The city also offers a variety of food festivals, winetasting events, and other cultural activities that visitors can enjoy.

Overall Florence, is a fantastic idea for visiting in November.

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