Florence in May: Things to Do, Weather & Events!
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Things to Do in Florence in May

2. Discover Accademia Gallery
3. Pay a visit to Florence Duomo
4. Stop by Palazzo Vecchio
5. Take a Day trip to Pisa
6. Explore Boboli Gardens
7. See the Medici Chapel
8. Enjoy Maggio Musicale
9. Visit Museo Galileo

Florence in May is one of the ideal times to visit the city as it marks the official beginning of summer months after the long harsh winters. This is the time when the city starts blooming and gets prepared to face the sunny and bright summer. If you have planned to spend the month of May in Florence, you will be able to spend a lot of time outdoors, enjoying outdoor picnics at places such as Boboli Gardens or spending time sightseeing.

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and you can witness the art forms of that period if you visit various art museums and galleries such as the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, and others.The period of the Renaissance was also well known for its magnificent architecture which you can explore by visiting the ancient monuments here such as Florence Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Medici Chapel etc. May is also the month when Italy's oldest festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival is held. 
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Weather Conditions Of Florence In May

Florence in May is very pleasant after the long spell of winter which lasts till April. The month has sunny days with an average temperature of 16°C which occasionally rises to around 21°C. The days are long and full of sunshine and last for 15 hours of daylight and 11 hours of sunshine.

The city receives little to no rainfall and a gentle breeze keeps flowing throughout this month. While the first ten days have lovely sunny mornings, the mid-month of May sees a small increase in temperatures. This month is ideal for indulging in outdoor activities because of the mild weather only. 

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What To Pack For Florence Trip

Florence during May is not very cold as winter is over, however it might get a little chilly in the late evening or late night. That’s why it is recommended to pack a shawl or light jacket. For daytime attire, you can pack a few summer dresses, T-shirts, and shorts. Also, keep two fully-covered attire to wear at some of the conservative institutions having dress codes.

Pack a good pair of walking shoes as you will need to walk during sightseeing. Carry an umbrella as the city sometimes gets a splash of rain in May. Have a lightweight water bottle along to keep yourself hydrated during a sunny day. Do not forget to carry a 3-pin to 2-pin converter plug with round pins for the C, F, and L-type sockets to charge your phones in Florence.

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Things To Do In Florence In May


Visit Uffizi Gallery

  • Visit Uffizi Gallery, the most visited museum in Italy, during your trip to  Florence in May.
  • Admire some of the best artwork collections dating back from ancient to the middle age consisting of paintings, sculptures and more.
  • Stroll across the gallery to watch some notable works such as Cimabue's Madonna Enthroned, Boticelli's Birth of Venus, Caravaggio's Medusa, Titian's Flora and Michelangelo's Holy Family.  

Location: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Time: Tue to Sun: 8:15 am to 6:30 pm; Monday closed

Price: Children up to 3 years - free
           Adults:  € 105;
           Children between 4 to 12: Discounted rate.

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Discover Accademia Gallery

  • Exploring the Accademia Gallery is another popular thing to do in Florence, Italy in May.
  • The gallery is renowned for Michaelangelo's stunning marble sculpture, David.
  • Stroll across the place to admire the famous statues along with other unfinished works of the great artist.
  • Admire masterpieces by some famous artists such as Ghirlandaio, Pontormo and Botticelli.

Location: Via Ricasoli, 58, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Timing: Tuesday to Sunday: 8:15 AM to 6:50 PM; Closed on Mondays.

Price: Children 0 - 3 years: FREE;
           Children 4 - 12 years: 30% disc.
           Adults: € 49

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Stop By Palazzo Vecchio

  • One of the famous things to do in Florence, Italy in May is to visit Palazzo Vecchio, once a home of the Medici family.
  • Explore the two floors of the building with a hall and three courtyards and discover the secret chambers which are in plenty in the palazzo.
  • Embark on the guided tour to know the place better.
  • Take the Life At Court tour and learn about Medici's privileged lifestyle.

Location: P.za della Signoria,50122 Firenze FI,Italy

Timing: Fri to Wed: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm; Thurs: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Price: €17 per visitor   

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Explore Boboli Gardens

  • Exploring the Boboli Gardens is one of the most fun things to do in Florence, Italy in May.
  • One can enjoy the beauty of the garden which is located in the backyard of the Pitti Palace.
  • Appreciate the plethora of sculptures at the largest open-air museum in Florence
  • Take a stroll on the winding paths and stop to admire the fountains.
  • Wander to the top of the garden to see a breathtaking view of the city.

Location : Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy 

Timing: Daily 8:15 am – 6:30 pm

Price: around € 6 per person

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Pay A Visit To Florence Duomo

  • Get awe-struck looking at the Florence Duomo, a masterpiece of art that is the symbol of Florence as well as of the Renaissance.
  • Marvel at the architecture of the dome which is an identifying landmark in the skyline of Florence and is one of the top things to do in Florence Italy in May.
  • Take a tour of the place and climb up 463 steps to reach the top to witness the stunning view of the city which will surely leave you spellbound.

Location: Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy

Timing: Daily: 8:15 AM to 6:45 PM

Price: € 35.00; 7 - 14 years: € 20.00 

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Take A Day Trip To Pisa

  • While visiting Florence during May, you can opt to take a day trip from Florence to Pisa.
  • The journey will take only an hour and a half and take you to the city of Pisa, famous for its iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Visit the iconic landmark and head towards other attractions such as the Medici Palace, Stefano Dei Cavalieri and others.
  • Get yourself clicked some unusual and funny pictures with the building which is leaning around four degrees towards the ground.

Location: Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Tour runs daily at 1:30 PM

Price: Adults: €35

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See The Medici Chapel

  • A must-visit place during your trip to Florence in May is the Medici Chapel, a museum as well as a burial place of the Medici family.
  • Visit the chapel that forms a part of the monumental complex of San Lorenzo, built by Michelangelo and Buontalenti in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • Look out for its two major attractions - the Chapel of the Princes and the Sagrestia Nuova (New Sacristy), which are architectural marvels.

Location: Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Timing: Wed to Sat & Mon: 8:15 am to 6:50 pm; Sun: 8:15 AM to 1:50 PM; Tuesday: Closed

Price: approx € 16.75 per person

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Visit Museo Galileo

  • If you are traveling to Florence in May you will surely want to visit the indoor museum Museo Galileo.
  • Feel fascinated by the displays containing exhibits from the fields of geometry, astronomy, navigation, metrology, and medicine. 
  • Get a sense of excitement as you watch early microscopes, thermometers, globes, telescopes and others.
  • Let your young ones delight in the interactive exhibits that are organized in the facility.

Location: Piazza dei Giudici 1, Florence 

Timing: Wed to Monday: 9:30 AM to 6 PM; Tues: 9:30 AM to 1 PM

Price: €13.00 per person

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Checkout Bargello National Museum

  • An interesting place to visit in Florence in May is the Museo del Bargello, an art museum.
  • Visit the museum which was originally designed to serve as a prison and a barrack.
  • Take a look at one of the largest collections of Renaissance-period sculptures on display in the museum.
  • Look at its amazing collection of coins, silver, ivory, ceramics and others.
  • Admire the works of well-known artists such as Michelangelo and Donatello

Location: Via del Proconsolo, 4, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Timings: Mon, Wed to Fri: 8:15 AM to 1:50 PM; Sat: 8:15 AM to 6:50 PM; Sun & Tue: Closed

Price: €15.75 per person

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Attend Maggio Musicale

  • Attend the famous Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, Italy's oldest festival.
  • Spend some time attending a program that is held from May to early week of July in Tuscany.
  • Watch the prestigious event with dance and music which was founded in April 1933 by Italian conductor and composer Vittorio Gui.
  • Watch top-notch music and performance, concerts and exhibitions, and opera and seminars.

Location:  Piazza Vittorio Gui, 1, 50144 Firenze FI, Italy

Timing: Tuesday to Friday: 11 am – 1 pm/3 pm – 6 pm; Saturday: 11 am – 2 pm; Closed on Sunday and on Monday.

Price: approx €50  per person

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People Also Ask About Florence

  1. What are the best things to do in Florence In May?

    1. Explore Palazzo Vecchio
    2. Picnic in the Boboli Gardens
    3. Visit Museo Galileo
    4. Checkout Palazzo Vecchio
    5. Take a Day trip to Pisa

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  2. Is May a good time to visit Florence?

    May is one of the best months for visiting Florence as the weather remains pleasant and the days are long making it apt for sightseeing. While visiting the city in May, you will be able to enjoy the blooming of Irises at the Iris Garden and will be able to spend a lot of time outdoors delighting in the beautiful parks of the city. It is also the month during which the popular Maggio Musicale is organized. 
  3. What is special about Florence?

    Florence is well known for being the birthplace of the Renaissance and for its open-air museum and delightful cuisine. It has also become famous due to the architecture of its monuments and the vibrant culture that can be witnessed in its people.  The city has several art galleries and museums such as the Palazzo Pitti and the Uffizi Gallery which must be visited during a visit to Florence in May.

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  4. How many days are enough to explore Florence?

    If you are traveling to Florence in May, it is recommended that you spend 4 days in the city to be able to cover most of the attractions that the city has. Some of the prominent landmarks and attractions that you must visit include Piazza Della signoria, Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi Gallery, San Lorenzo market, Ponte Vecchio and others.
  5. How to reach Florence?

    1. By Air: You can fly to any of the 2 airports near Florence. Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci international airport has flights from several European cities. The other airport, Pisa International Airport is 85 km away from the city and has flights coming from more destinations.

    2. By Train: You can reach any of the 3 main stations of the city, Firenze SMN, Firenze Campo Di or Firenze Refried, by traveling by a high-speed train network from almost all major cities of Italy. 

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