Surviving summer in the city is possible. There are at least 10 good reasons to spend August in Florence.
1) Struggling for a parking spot
Finding a parking spot at your first attempt may seem a miracle during the rest of the year but in August parking becomes a real pleasure, worth to be experienced at least once a year.
2) Good old friends
Strolling around the city now is quite more comfortable (less crowded streets) but it’s not that easy to find good company. A good reason to look up your phone book and get back to old friends.
3) Be a tourist at home
If you get nostalgic about travelling, why not be a tourist in your hometown? Italians really love August holidays but not all the world thinks the same. This means less line for museums and a lot of new opportunities.
4) Rooftop views and museum nights
What about cocktails and happy hours with a breathtaking view over the city? Until late September, 19 of the most exclusive hotels of Florence open their rooftops to everybody – much better than a beachfront. And how to forget the museum openings at night!
5) Seeking mysteries
Instead of having drinks at about 6/6:30 PM you can also join mystery hunters. The” Cooperativa Archeologia” organizes guided visits through the “forgotten streets” of Florence, discovering legends, traditions and myths.
6) Libraries night&day
When the sun sets you can find shelter in the libraries which extend their opening time and organize several events such as readings and guided visits (for example at the libraries of Palagio di Parte Guelfa and Oblate).
7) Get refreshed
Escape the heat and get a tan in the public swimming pools: Pavoniere (at Le Cascine), Costoli (reduced price after lunchtime), Bellariva.
8) Non-stop shopping
Shopping centers never close and neither do the stores and small shops located in the centre, as well as 60% of the food shops and the local markets.
9) A rainbow of events
On August 24th the initiative “Arcobalento d’Estate” will promote events all over Tuscany. In Florence there will be a night opening of Forte Belvedere, Torre d’Arnolfo (until 9 pm) and Torre San Niccolò (until 8 pm).
10) Organize your next holidays
If this is not enough, there is only one thing left to survive August in Florence: start organizing your next holidays!