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Florence is one of the great jewels of Europe - with unique landmarks such as the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, Florence evokes the Renaissance like no other city. The beauty of the city is legendary and its glowing ochre-colored stone buildings and bridges are poetic. So much art in one place, it's boggling. Traveling in Florence with kids, take a relaxed view and don't overdo the museums.

The south side of the Arno River is called the Oltrarno area (it's quieter and less crowded than the historic center). Explore gardens, walk along old city walls, find excellent views of Florence. It's also our favorite area to stay in Florence.
Florence Photo Album
Historic Center
  Piazza del Duomo - Cathedral
    Palazzo Vecchio - Uffizi Museum
    Accademia Gallery & around
    San Lorenzo – Medici
    Piazza Repubblica & around
    Santa Croce
  Pitti Palace - Boboli Gardens
    Piazzale Michelangelo & around
Greater Florence
    Florence day trips
    Tips for Florence before you go and while you're there – Read our blog post about visiting museums and monuments, laundromats, fun places to stay and more.
    Walk along the River Arno – During your stay in Florence, take time to just walk along the River Arno. There are wide promenades on either side. Starting at the Ponte Vecchio (which has withstood invading armies and flooding), going east, walk all the way to Piazza Piave (then take the electric bus back). Walking west, follow the Arno all the way to the Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Or, at any point, cross the river on the bridges, and make a loop.

Fun food


The fun food for kids is gelato, ice cream. Florence lays claim to the invention of gelato by Bernardo Buontalenti, who made it for, who else, the Medicis. Don't go running around looking for the gelateria that supposed to have the best gelato. Just stop into gelaterias often and sample the selection. For really delicious sweets, pastries and cookies, try cafe Gilli on Piazza della Repubblica.




Florence is a wonderful place to window shop. As you're walking down any street, you'll find artisans at work, and beautiful window displays in the shops. Leather goods are traditional to Florence – look for purses, belts, bracelets, key chains with beautifully tooled leather and the Florentine fleur-de-lis motif.

family hotels florence

Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Florence, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of accommodations in Florence, family hotels and apartments rentals, different styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods near to places you'll want to explore:

Florence family hotels
Florence family apartment rentals
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The Uffizi is filled with great and glorious artworks, but just how do you make Renaissance art come alive for your kids? Take a private two hour family walking tour through the museum:

Uffizi Tour for Kids
Discover what work and family life was like in the Renaissance with a two hour family walking tour of Orsanmichele and Palazzo Davanzati.
Daily Life in Renaissance Florence Tour for Kids
Florence is filled with symbols – the lily, moons, dolphins, the little pig in the town market – but what do they mean? Go on a two hour walking tour, like a treasure hunt in Florence:
Florence Tour for Kids
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i am leonardo da vinci  
I am Leonardo da Vinci
Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos

Leonardo da Vinci wanted to create the perfect smile on the Mona Lisa, to find out how do birds fly or clouds form, design a bridge, study teeth and draw the human body, invent a tank, submarine, parachute, and discover why the sky is blue.
“I wanted to learn about everything!”
(Picture book)


Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci?
Roberta Edwards, True Kelley

Illustrated biography of the guy who did it all. Da Vinci was a painter, inventor, engineer, pageant director, sculptor, musician. He observed nature, studied the human body, drew maps and designed weapons. (Chapter book)


who was leonardo da vinci
leonardo da vinci flying machines  

13 different models to assemble, based on Leonardo da Vinci's sketches – including flying boat, kite glider, helicopter, dragonfly, parachute, and more. And they actually fly. (Activity book)


Monday with a Mad Genius
(Magic Tree House)
Mary Pope Osborne

Annie and Jack are whirled back in time to Florence, to find Leonardo da Vinci, help him with his inventions, and enable Leonardo to fly. (Easy reader)


monday with a mad genius
mona lisa kids florence italy historical fiction The Smile da vinci  
The Smile
Donna Jo Napoli

Elisabetta falls in love with Giuliano de' Medici, son of Lorenzo the Magnificent. But Florence is divided by war and a tyrannical monk – Leonardo da Vinci, not Giuliano, captures her smile, the portrait of Monna Lisa. (Chapter book)


Who Was Michelangelo?
Kirsten Anderson, Gregory Copeland

Illustrated biography of Michelangelo, from his apprenticeship learning to paint as a teenager in Florence, creating magnificent sculpture of David (in the Academia), church projects for the Medici, designing walls to defend Florence, and also painting Sistine Chapel in Rome. (Chapter book)


who was michelangelo
michelangelo for kids  

Pictorial biography of Michelangelo, with details of his work in Florence - learning to paint in Ghirlandaio's studio, carving the monumental sculpture of David and Medici tombs, designing city walls, plus 21 activities to do: make an antique statue or sugar sculpture, write Renaissance poems, make homemade paint, and more. Excellent historical illustrations. (Activity book)


Diane Stanley

Find out how Renaissance genius Michelangelo spent his childhood in Florence, quit school at 13 to paint, lived and worked at the Medici palace, and sculpted exquisite marble pieces. (Picture book)


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stone giant  
Stone Giant
Jane Sutcliffe

Ever wondered about the story behind the towering sculpture of David by Michelangelo? In Florence, a huge block of marble was purchased to make a city statue, but no one could carve it. Michelangelo asked for the job, and it took him three years to create this masterpiece, a "stone giant." (Picture book)


Pippo the Fool
Tracey E. Fern, Pau Estrada

Before you visit the Duomo, find out about Filippo Brunelleschi (nickname Pippo), the architect who designed and built the great dome of the cathedral. Pippo's designs in the 15th century were extraordinary, and the red brick dome still stands today! (Picture book)


Pippo the Fool - florence kids books
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