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Florence & Tuscany

Shops & libraries for kids in Florence

  • Bartolucci

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    If it is handcrafted individual toys you are after Bartolucci is the shop for you. It feels like the real Giuseppe’s workshop from Pinocchio!
    Bartolucci, via Condotta 12r, Florence Tel; 055 211773 and borgo de’Greci 11a-r, Florence 055 2398596 www.bartolucci.com

     

     

     

  • Citta del Sole

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    A chain store, which is tucked behind the Duomo stocks imaginative hand-painted wooden toys. A good selection of children’s books too (in Italian.) Natura e..... shares the shop space, and stocks fun scientific gizmos for the adventurous and scientifically-minded child.
    Citta del Sole, via de’ Cimatori 23r, Florence Tel; 055 2776372
    www.cittadelsole.com

  • Gigli Shopping Centre

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    A whopping shopping centre, housing all the big brands- guaranteed to find anything child-related. It is some way out of Florence’s centre, but clear directions are on its website.
    Gigli Shopping Centre, via San Quirico 165, Campo Bisenzio Tel; 055 8960250 www.igigli.it

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  • B and M Books

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    Recently refurbished English language bookshop with an excellent selection of books, including a good range for children. Many of the kids books are about the city itself.
    B and M Books, Borgo Ognissanti 4r, Florence, Tel; 055 294575, www.bmbookshop.com

  • The Paperback Exchange

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    A delightful shop, tucked behind the Duomo. It has a fantastic range of new and used books. It’s great for kids, and parents alike. The shop also buys good-quality books, which your children might have outgrown.
    The Paperback Exchange, Via delle Oche, 4, 50122, Florence Tel; 055 293460 www.papex.it

  • The British Institute

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    The library has a recently opened childrens’ room, which must have one of the most splendid views- right over the Arno. It is in the British Institute’s library, and feels like a step back in time. There are some toys, books (many signed by the authors) and a fabulous collection of DVDs.
    The British Institute, Lungarno Guicciardini, 9, 50125 Florence, Tel; 055 2677 8270 www.britishinstitute.it

  • Oblate Library

    Recommended by Annie

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    A fabulous library opened in 2007, it has an excellent range of Italian books for children, and a rather limited number of English books. The library itself is a wonderful building, and worth joining for the cultural activities too (usually for ages 6+.)
    Oblate Library, Via dellOriuolo, 26, 50122 Florence, Tel; 055 261 6512 www.bibliotecadelleoblate.it

  • Children’s Lending Library

    Recommended by Kirsten Hills

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    This has to be one of the city’s best source of English children’s books and DVD’s. It opens just a few mornings a week, so see the website for opening times. They also hold special events during Xmas, Easter and Halloween.
    Children’s Lending Library, American Church , in Via B. Rucellai, 9, Florence www.childrenslendinglibrary.blogspot.it