FLORENCE TOUR FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
Are you planning a trip to Florence with your family but you are afraid that a city tour could be too exhausting for your kids? There are many ways to sightsee in Florence with a guide. First of all, I’m a private tour guide in Florence, which means that we decide together what to see and how. My tours are adjusted to fit your time and pace. Who says that if you are traveling with a 5 or 6 year-old you cannot go to a museum! We only have to select a quieter time of day and pick few captivating works to talk about, or we can take a walk in the city and look for unusual sights, maybe with the help of a colouring book. And if you are sightseeing with older kids or teenagers, stories of mythological gods and goddesses could intrigue them and make them feel involved!
5 THINGS TO DO IN FLORENCE WITH CHILDREN
While Florence is a paradise for parents, it can be engaging and funny also for their kids. The first thing to do is to climb Brunelleschi’s dome: you reach the top with 463 steps and it’s steep but the experience is really worth-doing. And your kids will burn a lot of energy, which can be helpful at night! Second one: have a gelato every day at a different spot. I’ll give you my personal list, I’m a gelato professional, title which I have achieved during long years of experience. Third thing: marvel at the creation of marbleized paper. Our friend Riccardo of Il Papiro (the most famous stationary store in Florence) is a kind of magician able to make the most incredible colors. Fourth one: don’t miss a cooking class where you can soak you hands into fresh dough to make a memorable pizza: you children will love it! Fifth thing: take a ride on the antique carousel in Piazza della Repubblica, while the parents take pictures comfortably seated on one of the benches around the carousel.
OBLATE PUBLIC LIBRARY: A GREAT PLACE TO EAT WITH CHILDREN AND RELAX
There’s a place which is particularly special to me: the Caffetteria delle Oblate. Oblate is the public library in Via dell’Oriuolo, right behind the Duomo. The building was a feminine convent in the Middle Ages. On the top floor there’s a unbelievable terrace with a breath-taking view just on the top of the cathedral’s dome. The caffetteria is on the terrace. You can enjoy a salad or a pasta (they serve simple and genuine dishes) surrounded by the students bent over their books. The good thing of this place is that you can also eat your own food (better in the students area and not in the caffetteria one). On the first floor there’s the children library, which is an enchanting place (like every place with books in my opinion). In the toilet there’s a changing table and a corner for children breast-feeding.