Florence with children ★★

What do do in Florence that will make the whole family happy—Sights, experiences, restaurants, tours, and more

Florence has the potential to wear down even the most engaged youngster—all that art, all those museums, all those chruch frescoes. 

Still, it can be fun—I certainly had a great time here when visiting as an adolescent. Below are some sights and activities that might be a bit more appealing to families.

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Sights in Florence

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Belvedere rose garden (Photo by Damian Entwistle)

The Giardini di Boboli offer a rare park in busy Florence—and the birthplace of opera—in terraces of greenery behind the princely Renaissance Pitti Palace

 
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The Campanile di Giotto (Photo by Txllxt TxllxT)
Giotto's bell tower
Florence: Centro Storico

The Campanile di Giotto is one of Italy's loveliest bell towers

 
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 (Photo by Tim Adams)
Free
Piazzale Michelangiolo
Florence: Oltrarno

The greatest viewpoint over Florence

 
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The room of Electrostatic machines (Photo courtesy of the Museo Galileo)
Galileo Museum
Florence: Centro Storico

Galileo's telescopes and other relics from the early years of scientific inquiry live at the excellent (but rarely visited) Museo Galileo—which was, until 2010, called the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, or History of Science Museum

 
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 (Photo by M@rcello;-))
Museo Stibbert
Florence: Outskirts

Incredible private collection that includes the largest display of Japanese arms and armour in Europe

 
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 (Photo by Txllxt TxllxT)
Free
Piazza della Repubblica
Florence: Centro Storico

Elegant 19th century cafes and modern bookshops on an expansive square

 

Experiences in Florence

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The steps up to the top of the dome (Photo by Sailko)
The cathedral dome
Florence: Centro Storico

Climbing up between the cathedral dome's two layers to spectacular city views

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Florence

 
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A fresco workshop (Photo courtesy of Viator)
Art class
Florence

Learn to paint, drawn, sculpt, or make ceramics in one of the world's great capitals of art

 
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ACF Fiorentina vs. AS Roma in the 2013 Copa d'Italia (Photo by Ver en vivo En Directo)
Attend a soccer match
Florence: Outskirts

Catching calcio fever

 
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Touring Florence by bicycle (Photo courtesy of Viator)
Bike tours
Florence

Guided bicycle tours of Florence

 
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Via Vecchia Fiesolana (Photo courtesy of the Comune di Fiesole)
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Hiking from Fiesole
Florence: Fiesole

Hiking a narrow path past lovely villas from Fiesole back down into Florence

 
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Taking a barchetto for a spin on the Arno (Photo courtesy of Renaioli)

Take a sightseeing or dinner cruise in Florence

 

Lodgings in Florence

Apartments
Florence

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Florence can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
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Farm stays
Florence

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Florence and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
The rather spectacular lobby
Camping
Florence

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night in Florence

 

Dining in Florence

Quick bites
Florence

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Wine bars, street food, and fast food in Florence

 
Central fruit & vegetable stand Mauro Frutta (Photo by pkaslik Carlik)

Where to get picnic pickings in Florence

 

Experiences in Italy

A hot-air balloon ride over Fontainebleau (Photo courtesy of Viator.com)

Weird, random, oddball, and just plain fun tours and activities you can sign up for in Italy

 
A private guide can bring the art, history, and city alive (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

How to hire a private tour guide in Italy

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Frescoed rooms in the 16C Palazzo Antellesi overlooking Piazza Santa Croce in Florence (Photo courtesy of the property)

How to find and rent a vacation appartamento (apartment) from $40 in Italy

 
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La Cascina del Monastero in Piemonte'w wine district is one of my favorite Italian farm stays (scroll to the bottom for a link to a story about it) (Photo courtesy of La Cascina del Monastero)

Stay on a working farm agritourismo and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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Residences—like the Arethusa in Siracusa, Sicily—offer apartment amenities and hotel services (Photo courtesy of Residence Arethusa)

Serviced flats, residence hotels, Aparthotels, and other townhouse suite lodging in Italy

 
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Villa Greve in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti wine region sleeps 12 (Photo courtesy of the property)

An Italian villa to call your own for the night or the week—renting a villa, house, or cottage in Italy

 
A family room can house the whole clan (Photo by John Hickey-Fry)

Crowd the clan into one room rather than renting two

 
This luxurious Tuscan apartment is in Pietrasanta, by the Forte dei Marmi seaside resort, halfway between Pisa and the Cinque Terre (Photo courtesy of Homeexchange)

Trading spaces isn't just a show on basic cable anymore. It's a way to live life like a local on your travels absolutely for free—so long as you let the local borrow your life (and home) in return.

 
This house in the Tuscan hills needs someone to house-sit and watch their dog for three weeks this spring... (Photo courtesy of mindmyhouse.com)

Sleep for free on vacation in Italy by watching someone's house (and, often, watering their plants and feeding their cat)

 
Camping Panoramico Fiesole is in an Etruscan town in the hills right above Florence (Photo courtesy of Camping Panoramico Fiesole)

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night while traveling

 

Dining in Italy

A sampler gets you lots of variety and a full meal for the price of a single dish

Tips to save money on dining in Italy and eat better for it

 
 (Photo by Unknown)

Be your own chef and you can save money and add an extra cultural experience to your trip

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

A hot-air balloon ride over Fontainebleau

Advice, resources, & tours for families traveling in Italy

 
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Sightseeing discounts for children, students, seniors, families, and teachers

 
Residences—like the Arethusa in Siracusa, Sicily—offer apartment amenities and hotel services

Italy tours aimed at families