Florence might be on your bucket list of places to go visit. It’s a charming and nice town, but think twice when you’re planning in which season to go. Summer is a great time of the year. The majority of the people get more days off, and travel agencies may offer a broader variety of options. However, here are the top five thoughts Florentines have in their minds when it comes to being in the city during this season.
ABC: aperitif, bars, cafès
It’s not summer until cocktails, sodas, and lemonades are the actual things. Florentine folks can’t wait to celebrate the most lively season by raising a glass of a refreshing beverage. Bars start hosting longer happy hours. Finger food is the main meal. Late nights out drinks are the clue of the day that everyone is waiting for. Just add a couple of your dearest friends, and the fun is about to happen!
It’s show time
Florence has a lot to offer besides its remarkable Art and picturesque outdoor views. There’s always something going on in the city when it comes to summer. Concerts and music festivals usually take place in Piazzale Michelangelo, from where visitors are able to see a great cityscape. Music and Theatre related events are held also inside public parks too, such as in the spacious Boboli Gardens or the monumental Cascine park. Not everybody knows a fact, though. From time to time, Florence becomes a fashion landmark. Late Spring and Summer are the most popular period of the year when the city presents any kind of fashion meetings.
Pool is cool
Yes, you can have a swim in the urban setting of Florence. Summer is a huge opportunity for leisure centers to open their swimming pools and offer many outdoor activities like skating, tennis, bike ridings and a lot more.
People, people, and people
Tourism is one of the – if not the first - sources of wealth of the city. Every day thousands of people from around the world come and visit the capital of Tuscany. Florentines are used to welcome a huge amount of tourists in their homeland, but don’t get surprised for all those long endless lines to get in museums, restaurants or any other site. For this reason, you won’t probably see around many Florentines around the city: most of them are packing for the seaside or the mountains, ready to leave the usual frenzy of the city center.
As already stated, the number of people in Florence is enormous during summer. Plus, the weather doesn't help at all, since the Florentine climate it's naturally very humid and heavy. The increase of traffic is present due to the fact that many Florentines drive to the seaside locations as well as to the countryside or mountain sites. The mishmash is inevitable, but that is certainly one of the most popular nightmares among the local citizens.
Like any other urban reality, Florence has its ups and downs. Those are the facts that Florentines constantly think. Nevertheless, the whole community tries to innovate and improve the services and their quality every day. It is indeed still a wonderful city to visit, enjoy, discover around, and with some patience to stay in and appreciate it during summertime.