The only way I can cope with Italian summers is by rising early and walking the city in the initial hours of the morning.
A favorite walk starts at the wonderful Piazzale Michelangelo. This morning, even around 8 a.m., the sun was bright and strong.
Then, as I walk down the ramps designed by Poggi in the 19th century, I get amazing views of the skyline.
Stop squeezing Florence.