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PRACTICAL FLORENCE INFO: FLORENCE BY SEASON...

What will the temperatures be like when you visit, what clothing is recommended and what will be the typical produce in season, this Florence by Season guide has it all!...
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» Florence in the Winter Time





Florence in the Autumn Time

Nature

Trees with beautiful colourful leaves: from green to yellow to red; leaves fall and cover the still green grass; haze and mist; infrequent, north-northeastern wind; frequent but irregular rain in October and November; crystalline sky when it's sunny, beautiful sunsets!

Temperatures and Humidity

The temperature goes approximately from 15C to 25C degrees; humidity: 75-80% average during the year, decreasing in Autumn and Winter.

Night and Day

September: 6:30am to 8:00pm; October: 7:00am to 7:00pm; November: 7:00am to 5:00pm, approximately. Daylight saving time is the GMT+ 1 and finishes last Sunday of October.

Typical Produce

This is a season of ripening and abundance for new vegetables and fruits: chestnuts, grapes, nuts, pomegranate, sweet pears (certain types of pears), apples (certain types), 'frutti di bosco' (lit. 'fruits of the forests', 'underwood' fruits) such as blackberry, bilberry, raspberry, red and black currant, gooseberry and others, 'caco', cachi or 'diospero' (persimmon), 'clementine' (plur., a clementina); of the production of the 'olio nuovo' ('new olive oil', in November) and of the 'vendemmia' (grape harvest), which starts in July-August, and production of the new wine (until October); of mushrooms: 'tartufo', 'porcino'; polenta; honey; pumpkin, eggplant (melanzana), potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beet, chard, chicory, fennel... and of course there is the 'formaggio stagionato' (seasoned cheese; the pasture season starts in Spring and ends in Autumn), which is so good with seasonal fruits and vegetables, and honey...;the charcuterie, sausages start to be eaten frequently, and richer meat dishes start their season...; the 'schiacciata con l'uva' is typically prepared in Autumn.

Typical Events

Santa Reparata; sagre, fiere and feste paesane in the towns around Florence, such as 'sagre dell'olio nuovo' '...del vino nuovo', '...del cinghiale', '...delle castagne', 'dei porcini e del tartufo', those on artisan, crafts, etc...

Note

Usually in this month the Winter opening hours for shops, markets and stores are from 9:00am to 7:00-7:30pm, closing Monday mornings (including banks); there still are many stores, private, small businesses which close at lunchtime, that is from 1:00 to 15:00-15:30pm (including banks; even though some of them are starting to stay open), and several others which have different timetables. Department stores don't close for lunch and open longer.


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