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Florence & Tuscany

Parks and play areas in Florence

Many visitors and residents of Florence complain about the lack of green space. There are some nice play parks, but many are hidden and are only found by chance.

  • Giardino dellOrticultura

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    Wonderful space complete with a green lawn (rare for Florence!) The area is surrounded by historic buildings as well as a beautiful ornate greenhouse, which add to the atmosphere. It’s closed off to the public, so peace of mind for parents. There is a great cafe area too.
    Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 50129, Florence Tel; 055 486743

  • Parco Lungarno di Santa Rosa

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    A newly renovated playpark caters for all ages- babies, children and young teenagers (have a keep fit gym area.) The pirate ship is a huge hit with kids. There is also a nice flat area to take you bike/skateboard/scooter. Nicely shaded offers great views of the river, and well shaded for the summer.
    Parco Lungarno di Santa Rosa, San Frediano, Florence (on the opposite side of the river to the American Embassy)

  • Giardino di Boboli

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    Free for residents offers wonderful shady space in the summer, but remember these are gardens, and not a playpark, so its formality makes it less appealing to children.
    Giardino di Boboli, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Tel; 055 2298732

  • Park, piazza di Azeglio

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    There aren’t many playgrounds in this part of the city, but here is a well shaded park, with lots of space to skate/cycle. There is a football pitch here too.
    Parco, piazza di Azeglio, Santa Croce, Florence