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Florence & Tuscany

Groups and activities for kids in Florence

  • Parco Avventura Vinciliata

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    A fun outdoor activity park, in the hills overlooking Florence. You can climb trees and zip-line through woodland, making it an ideal trip for older kids. There is no age restriction, but you need to be at least 140 in height. It is open during the weekends only in winter, but continuously through the summer months. It is a great place for picnics too.
    Parco Avventura Vinciliata, Fiesole, Florence, Tel; 055 3984036

  • Mondo Bimbo

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

    A soft play centre for children under 10 years old. A good escape from the cold weather in winter and heat of the summer!
    Mondo Bimbo, Piazza della Liberta, Florence, Tel; 055 553 2946

  • Carousel

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    A beautiful vintage carousel is always a hit with kids- whether escaping the winter rain, or enjoying a summer evening. It is always open, costs just €1, for few minutes of fun.
    Carousel, Piazza della Republicca, Florence

  • Teatrino del Gallo

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

    A lovely theatre/bookshop which organises plenty of activities for children. Check the website for the latest.
    Teatrino del Gallo, via San Gallo, 25-27r, San Lorenzo Tel; 055 2658324

  • Ludoteca La Carrozza di Hans

    Recommended by Michelle Tarnopolsky

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    Ludoteca with a huge range of activities available
    Via Canova 170/B – Via Chiusi 3/4, Florence

    "its huge and often has great shows for kids on Saturdays" (MT, Oct 2012)

  • Swimming pools for kids

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    Florence has plenty of good outdoor pools. Those in the city tend to be packed in the Summer, but still worth a visit and a good way to beat the heat. Just get there early to reserve a good shady spot. Many of the private hotels have pools, which are clean, quiet and often with stunning Tuscan views, but you can then expect an entry fee of €40 per person.

    Le Pavoniere, viale delle Catena, Cascine, Florence, 055 3215644
    Nice pool, with good size separate kiddies’ pool. Spacious but needs to be to accommodate the vast numbers that frequent it in the summer. Take flip flops, or go bare foot pool-side.

    Villa Mangiacane, via Faltignano 4, 50026, San Casciano, Tel; 055 8290123,
    Ok so not strictly in Florence, but it is such a beautiful spot it is worth a mention!. High entry fee, but great for a day ‘away from it all’.

    Piscina Poggetto, Auditorium FLOG, via Michele Mercati 24, 50139, Florence, 055 487145;
    Pleasant pool ten minutes from the city centre.

  • Florence Guides

    Recommended by The Mitchell Family

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    Florence Guides has specially designed a series of tours to meet the specific needs of young children.  Furthermore the tours are only conducted by guides who are experienced in and passionate about helping young children discover the fascination of Florence
    Fortunately for accompanying adults, they will find the tours interesting too since they cover all the places and monuments of our usual tours but with a special emphasis on aspects of interest for our younger guests.

    "Trying to find something specifically targetted at children in Florence I thought would be difficult. Our seven year old son who has a great attention span one on one / in small groups would probably not enjoy the larger tours that are targetted at adults / teenagers. We booked a private tour through Florence Guides for for the three of us. Our guide Alessandra was outstanding, continually engaging with our son, was flexible to meet our needs and captured his imagination so well that he went back to school telling sories of Michelangelo, the David and The Birth of Venus. I can recommend they very highly for being responsive on very short notice - 48 hours, providing an outstanding guide (well-informed) with perfect english, tailoring the tour to our needs and most importantly keeping both our son and us engaged throughout the three hours" (Jan 2013)

  • Childrens Museum Palazzo Vecchio

    Recommended by Beth Lovett

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    Palazzo Vecchio is behind the Medieval walls of Palazzo dei Priori and was built in the second half of the sixteenth century. Founded in 2000 the childrens museum offers a history of the city and insight into how the Medici political dynasty ruled. There are a series of age appropriate activies and workshops for children to learn about the history as well as story telling sessions.
    Palazzo Vecchio. Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

    "I normally have to drag my kids around museums and exhibitions but they really enjoyed this one. We did the guided tour (in English) and it was really informative. They have tour guides dressed as historic figures - we were shown round the place by the young princes wetnurse! There are two story telling rooms - one for younger children (which we went to) where the story is told by the palace mice and other creatures. My kids loved this. Great and enjoyable way for your kids to learn the history of the city. " (BL, Nov 2013)