Are you wondering what to wear in Florence in November? In this guide we cover what to pack for Florence in November for the weather, special events, dress codes and more.
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Weather in Florence in November
Florence in November is classified as Fall or Autumn as the Europeans say. However the temperatures are definitely starting to drop and feeling more Wintery. But how cold is it?
How cold is Florence in November?
The average temperatures in FLorence in November tend to range from a high of 61 °F/16 °C to a low of 45 °F/7 °C). Therefore in answer to is it cold in Firenze in November I would say it can be, especially early morning and in the evenings when the sun goes down
For this reason we recommend packing layers.
Note: if your visit covers two months be sure to check out our other Tuscany packing list guides:
- What to wear to Florence in Winter
- What to wear to Tuscany in September
- What to wear in Tuscany in October
- What to wear in Florence in October
- What to wear in Pisa
Is it rainy in Florence in November?
One of the only downsides to visiting Florence in November is that it is pretty rainy. In fact rain is expected to fall on c.11 days across the month.
For this reason I do like to have a compact travel umbrella and a pair of waterproof shoes with me for visiting Florence in November.
Note: if you are traveling to other cities or regions of Italy during your Fall vacation be sure to check out our other monthly guides:
- What to wear in Italy in November
- What to wear in Rome in November
- What to wear to Milan in November
- What to wear to Venice In November
- What to wear in Pisa
- What to wear to Pompeii
- What to wear in Naples
- What to wear to the Amalfi Coast
- What to wear in Puglia
- What to wear in Cinque Terre
- What to wear in Lake Como
- What to wear in Positano
- What to wear to Sardinia
- What to wear to Sicily
- what to wear to Capri
How do local people dress in Florence in November?
If you want to be more in keeping with the locals you will need to know how the locals Tuscans and Florentines dress.
Locals in Florence tend to be transitioning into their Winter capsule wardrobe.
It is also worth noting that no matter what month you visit Florence that the locals are a fashionable bunch, especially when dressing for the office or going out for dinner.
Smart casual tends to be the most commonly seen attire in Florence restaurants but for more information on what to wear to dinner in Italy check out this post.
Dress Codes in Florence
The main considerations for October in Florence are dressing in layers as well as having correct outfits for churches and smart casual dinners. This translates into your packing list in the following ways:
Restaurant Dress Code
Not many restaurants in Florence have strict or enforced dress codes. However you will find that locals do tend to dress in a smart casual fashion for dinner.
This means smart trousers and blouses with a cardigan or sweater or a dress and tights for ladies. While mean this tends to be smarter trousers or chinos usually though not always paired with a shirt.
Church Dress Code
All Italian churches have dress codes including the Florence Duomo which are strictly enforced.
If you are visiting the Duomo on your visit to Florence you will need to make your outfit on that day covers your knees and shoulders and is modest. If it does not meet these criteria you will be turned away.
For a full duomo outfit guide check out this post.
What to wear in Florence in November
So now you know what to expect from the weather, what should you wear in Florence in November?
What to wear in Florence in November for women
So what does a Florence Packing List in November for women look like? In our opinion you should have the below on your list
In my opinion you won’t need thick thermal coats in Florence in November however a warm winter coat is a definite must.
Tuscans tend to be a stylish bunch I tend to opt for a smarter Winter jacket as opposed to a parka jacket or a walking jacket.
Woolen Hat or Beanie, scarves and gloves
Whether you are a man or woman visiting Florence a woolen hat or a beanie is an essential for visiting in Winter as the weather can feel cold especially if you are walking around the city.
I would also recommend taking with you a matching scarf and gloves set that match your winter coat to finish off the look.
Midi skirts and dresses
Short skirts and dresses are on my what not to wear in Italy list. That is because they are not appropriate in churches.
Therefore I tend to pick maxi or midi length items for Florence in November. My personal preference is a midi as I think they pair with boots and tights better but this is personal preference.
Trousers are a great pick for Florence in November. As the weather has cooled in November jeans are a great pick.
Jeans are a staple of any Winter Capsule wardrobe for travel even in Italy. For some reason people seem to think that jeans are not on the what not to wear in Italy list. However this is definitely not the case in Winter.
We just recommend picking a smarter pair in a darker color to be more in keeping with local styles.
Jumpers are the main staple of Italian wardrobe in Winter for both day and night wear.
Something plainer is more suitable in the day but you can do something sparkly or glittery for a jumper at night.
A smart cardigan is a great top layer for dining in Italy. I usually pair a smart cardigan with a t shirt or blouse in Winter.
Loose blouses are perfect for Florence in November as they work brilliantly for smarter dinners and for churches. I tend to select either long sleeve or 3/4 quarter length sleeves for November as the weather cools.
I would personally pack more long sleeve than short sleeve t shirts for Florence in Winter.
A pashmina should be on any Italy packing list no matter the month you are visiting.
Pashminas can act as a scarf or extra layer on cooler nights and can help make your outfit more modest for visits to churches in Italy such as the Duomo in Florence.
PJs or Nightie
I recommend a heavier weight pair.
The sun is bright even in November so you definitely need sunglasses. Shop Sunglasses for Italy here.
Underwear and Socks
Goes without saying.
What to Wear in Florence in November Packing List for Men
Alongside our regular men’s travel essentials we recommend adding the following items to your men’s packing list for Florence in November:
For this reason we recommend packing the below for one week in Florence:
- Trousers – We recommend packing a smarter pair of trousers like chinos for evenings but as the temperatures have cooled jeans are also appropriate. We recommend picking jeans that are smarter and darker in color to be more in keeping with local style.
- Long Sleeve T Shirts – a staple for any Florence packing list. Again we recommend wearing plain colors in more muted tones to be more in keeping with local Italian style.
- Shirts – long sleeves are better for November.
- Layers – For November you will want some light layers such as sweaters or cardigans with you as the weather starts to cool.
- Smarter Pair of Shoes for dinner
Best Shoes for Florence in November
In my opinion, sneakers are the best shoe for a Florence city break. Florence is a city best explored on foot so comfy shoes are a must.
The reason we love sneakers for Florence is that they can cope well with cobble stone streets, and uneven walkways of which there are plenty of in Florence.
They are also comfortable shoes for touring the many museums of Florence such as the Uffizi Gallery and going to see Michaelangelo’s David.
My favorite brand of sneakers for walking are Hoka and AllBirds, however you also can’t go wrong with a plain white sneaker style wise for Italy as they go with everything. One of my favorite pairs of white sneakers currently is the Adidas Cloud Foam shoes.
As the weather is changeable in Florence in November we recommend having a leather boot with some waterproofing as well as a sneaker.
I personally don’t like to wear sneakers to dinner, and hate overpacking so I find two pairs of shoes is perfect for Florence in October and is the reason I select an ankle boot.
What to Pack for Florence in November (Non Clothing)
So now you know the clothes and outfits for Florence in November, what should you pack for Florence in October that isn’t clothes?
Whenever we travel to Florence we will normally also have the following with us:
- Backpack – for storing items on your day trips.
- Crossbody Bag – anti theft type if you are planning to visit cities and tourist attractions which tend to attract pickpockets.
- Compact Travel umbrella.
- Reusable Water Bottle – This will save you money and is better for the environment so be sure to pack one with you.
- Charging Equipment
- Power pack / Battery Pack
- Travel Adapaters for electronics – Italy uses standard European outputs and plugs.
- Toiletries – you can find our essential list of toiletries for travel here.
- Travel First Aid Kit
- Blister plasters
FAQs about our Florence November Packing list
Do you need a coat in November in Florence?
November is probably the first month that you will need a coat instead of a jacket. We recommend something with some waterproofing and wind resistance.
Can you wear jeans in Florence in November?
As the weather has cooled, jeans have become my go to trouser for Florence in November.
Have you been to Florence in November? What did you wear? We would love to hear in the comments.