Florence may be known for its magnificent Renaissance art and architecture, but that doesn’t mean the city isn’t an engaging destination for young travelers. Here’s how to make even the greatest masterpieces captivating for kids, plus some fun family-friendly attractions and tours.
- Take a designed-for-kids tour of the Uffizi Gallery, where your family can admire the collection’s masterpieces with a guide who knows how to highlight the most engaging works by Michelangelo, Leonardo, and others.
- Ride the carousel in Piazza della Repubblica to break up art- and culture-heavy Florence with a bit of old-fashioned fun. This traffic-free square is a good place to let little ones blow off a bit of steam.
- Skip the line to see the David so your kids aren’t already tired before even entering the Accademia Gallery. Booking priority-access tickets to the popular museum is a must for families.
- Explore the historic center of Florence on a treasure hunt, taking in the city’s top attractions with a tour guide while following clues to lead your family through the streets and squares.
- Float down the Arno River on a traditional wooden boat to take in the city from the water, passing under the Ponte Vecchio and along the palazzo-lined banks.
- Stroll through the Boboli Gardens behind Palazzo Pitti, the most beautiful park in Florence and a welcome respite from the crowded city center. Wander the paths past lawns and flower beds to fountains and pavilions.
- Taste Florence’s traditional dishes on a family food tour that takes a turn through a bustling outdoor market and includes samples of street food, pastries, and—of course—gelato.
- Bond in the kitchen during a family-friendly cooking class where both parents and kids can learn how to make classic Tuscan dishes before sitting down to dine on the fruits of their labor together.