June is a busy month in Florence, packed with events and historical celebrations. Colourful and enthusiastic, it is the month that celebrates the birth of the Italian Republic and the patron Saint of Florence. Temperatures are on the rise, and evenings are long and pleasant, making the city a lovely place to hang out for outdoors dinners and walks.

The tourist season is at its peak, so expect crowds if you’re planning to visit the most popular sights in Florence. Book accommodations and activities in advance, plan your visits carefully and join guided tours to skip the queues and make the most out of your time. If you can, take trips outside the city to enjoy the lively atmosphere of the countryside, and to take respite from the busy city centre.

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June in Florence – Main events and traditional celebrations

Let’s start with the national bank holiday of 2nd June that commemorates the birth of the Italian Republic. This is the date when in 1946, at the end of the second WW, the population was called to vote in a referendum to choose between keeping the King on the throne or declaring itself a Republic. That’s how the Repubblica Italiana came into being. On this date in Florence some museums organise special guided tours. It’s a great opportunity to join the locals at one of the bars along the Arno river, that have recently reopened for the Summer season.

From 2nd to 4th June 2023 Florence will host a great event dedicated to the world of Cosplay: “Firenze Cosplay Festival”, with shows, market that will fill the Cascine Park in fantasy land. June is also a great time to visiti Villa Bardini garden with its fantastic views – in June it stays open until 7pm.

June is one of the most popular time to visit the city. So, if you’re sightseeing in Florence, it’s definitely better/wise/preferable to join some guided tours, like this Skip-the-Line Tour of the Uffizi or the Accademia Guided Tour to see the David and avoid hours of queueing.

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Florence – The view from Bardini garden, photo @lovefromtuscany

FESTA DI SAN GIOVANNI, 24th – Florence commemorates its patron Saint

Another festive day for Florence in June: the 24th is the day dedicated to Giovanni Battista – John the Baptist – the patron saint of the city, whom the Baptistry is named after. A parade in Piazza Duomo and morning Mass in the Cathedral. On a different note, the final of the calcio storico (an historical game, resembling a mix of football and rugby) is played in Piazza Santa Croce in the afternoon. Before the game, there is a parade in historic costume in the city centre.

The 24th June finishes with a (literal) bang, with fire works between 10 and 11pm in Piazzale Michelangelo. They are visible in various parts of the city, many locals head to Piazzale Michelangelo and the Lungarni, which become extremely crammed. Many hotels that have terraces from which you can see the ‘fochi‘ (that’s how the Florentines call their fireworks) organise apertivi and events on this date.

Insider’s tip => the area around Piazza Santa Croce is bound to be very busy on the afternoon of the 24th June. Many shops in the city centre might be closed, and museums might change their opening hours. In the evening, many roads will be closed – expect lots of traffic to get into Florence. It’s strongly advised not to use a car in the city on this day.

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Main Events near Florence in June

There’s a Medieval Festival in Malmantile on the last weekend of May and 2/3/4 June 2023, with Medieval shows, historic costumes and market -> see more info on the official site.

Wine is the other protagonist of some festivals near Florence: the hilltop town of Montespertoli organises the traditional Wine Festival “Mostra del Chianti” from 27th May to 4th June 2023, with local food, wine, games and concerts. This small town is surrounded by beautiful countryside – the scenic drive from Florence to Montespertoli is well worth the trip! You can check the full program on their site.

More wine awaits you in the small hamlet of Lamole (near Greve in Chianti), with the “Profumi di Lamole” wine festival (from 2nd to 4th June 2023). Excellent wine and beautiful scenery.

You find traditional tortelli and wild boar sauce at the Tortelli Festival in the Mugello. This takes place during the first three weekends in June near Scarperia.

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Chianti view – photo @lovefromtuscany

Some ideas for day trips from Florence in June

June is a great time to see the countryside on the outskirts of Florence, and you don’t need to travel far to enjoy it. You can take a bus, or a taxi, to the Fiesole hills, for some great views over the city. Or take a day trip to see the Chianti region and see the vineyards in all their glory (and taste some wine too!) => Check out this great Safari Tour of the Chianti, that includes a visit to a wine estate and a tasting of the famous Chianti wine and mouthwatering cheeses.

On this Day Tour of Siena and San Gimignano you’ll visit the Medieval wonders of Tuscany, see the countryside and visit a family-owned winery for a lunch of seasonal Tuscan delicacies paired with local wines.

What is the Weather like in Florence in June

Temperatures in June in Florence range from 15/16 degrees (59 F) to 28/29 (81 F), but on sunny days it can feel hotter. Towards the second half of the month temperatures tend to rise. But the evenings are still very pleasant, with the occasional need for a light jacket. June doesn’t usually get much rain.

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