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Visiting Florence with kids: all you need to know to plan the perfect trip

Florence with kids: All you need to know to plan the perfect family trip to Florence a baby, toddler or school-age children. Child-friendly attractions in Florence, best places to stay and practical tips for families visiting Firenze.

Florence is one of my favorite cities in Italy and one we thoroughly enjoyed with our kids.

We spent a full summer there, an amount of time that allowed us to really experience this wonderful and historical Italian town and we loved it so much, we often think of relocating there!

Florence appears on all Italy travel itineraries, often recommended as a stop for art lovers.

In this guide, we share why we think Florence is fabulous for families too and why we highly recommend including some time in Florence when planning your family trip to Italy!

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Visiting Florence with kids: why go

Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and a place everyone should see while visiting Italy.

It is famous for art, history food but it is also a very family-friendly city.

Some of the best reasons to visit Florence with kids are:

  • Florence City center is UNESCO World Heritage Site: walking here is live waking in living history, a wonderful way to get history come to life for little kids!
  • Florence has lovely child friendly museums that make it easy to mix learning and fun
  • Florence is full of attractions but compact, so it is easy to go around even with little legs in tow
  • Florence has a historical carousel and a fantastic park, Parco delle Cascine, that are sure to conquer adults and kids
  • Florence is in a perfect position to explore the rest of Tuscany by train and makes a great base if you want to explore yet avoid driving to a new destination every day.

Florence with a baby or toddler: our tips

Florence is a family-friendly city.

However, like many historical Italian towns, it can pose some challenges to parents visiting with babies or toddlers.

Mostly, you need to remember:

You want the right stroller – Florence has cobbles, historical streets that can be hard on stroller wheels.

I highly recommend you bring a stroller (find my tips for using strollers in Italy here) if you are visiting Florence with toddlers.

You will find yourself walking extensively in Florence and I suggest you opt for one with well-cushioned wheels rather than a tiny one.

The extra bulk will be compensated by the extra protection to your child and your back – cobbles and potholes are everywhere in Florence and make for a bumpy ride.

A baby carrier will be super handy – For museums or if you are visiting Florence with a baby, a baby carrier is the best choice.

Parks and playgrounds in Florence worth knowing:

  • ParcoGiochi Lungarno Santa Rosa
  • Parco Giochi Piazza Massimo d’Azeglio
  • Merry Go Round in Piazza della Repubblica (see below)
  • Giardino di Villa Strozzi
  • Giardino dell’Orticultura
  • Parco delle Cascine

Biblioteca delle Oblate mentioned above is a good place doe a rainy day in Florence with a toddler and has good baby changing facilities

Most restaurants in Florence will cater to a toddler making a smaller portion of whatever is on the menu or simple pasta with tomato sauce, on request. This also applies to restaurants without kids menus as such

Florence has strict occupancy rules in hotels: make sure you book a bed for your baby or inform the hotel if bringing your own to make sure you get a suitable room.

You can find more tips about traveling around Italy with babies and toddlers here.

The best things to do in Florence with kids

Take a walk in Florence city center

Florence has a compact and historical city center that is a delight for kids and adults.

In one morning or less, you can see some of Florence’s main attractions such as Santa Maria Novella, Florence’s Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria without exhausting yourself and, even better, you can do it letting your kids lead the way!

Florence city center is small so even without following a detailed itinerary, you will likely stumble upon many of its highlights.

Guiding us around Florence was one of the things our kids loved the most.

Occasionally, just occasionally, you will have to stir the towards the attractions below but truly, wandering around Florence City center is the best way to enjoy the city.

Piazza della Repubblica is a lovely piazza in Florence City center with a historical carousel kids love.

The merry-go-round welcomes kids and adults alike and it is a wonderful place for little children to get a bit of a break from sightseeing.

Fun fact: the piazza hosting the merry-go-round is one of the most ancient in Florence so coming to play here is a treat for both adults and sightseeing loving parents!

Piazza della Repubblica carousel: a favorite stop when visiting Florence with kids

Run around Piazza Santa Maria Novella

Florence has many wonderful squares and one of the most beautiful and family friendly is Piazza Santa Maria Novella, close to the train station by the same name

The square takes the name from the church of Santa Maria Novella that dominates the landscapes.

there are many things to do with kids in this square. Some of the highlights are:

  • The church of Santa Maria Novella itself, one of the most important in Florence and with a stunning facade of multi color marbles that will capture the attention of everyone in the family
  • The Officina Profumo Santa Maria Novella, said to be the world’s oldest pharmacy and now a wonderful museum and shop where to smell and buy perfumes and beauty products. A lovely stop for older kids especially.

The piazza itself, vast and perfect for little kids and toddlers to run around. You can also stop for a juice or gelato at the cafe’ on the piazza!

Climb the tower of Florence’s Duomo

The most distinctive and iconic landmarks in Florence is Florence’s Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore.

Kids will love the multicolored marbles of its facade, tower and baptistry and will love the idea of climbing all the way up to the top!

You can find entry tickets and prices here.

Fun fact kids will love: The large dome of Florence Duomo, at the time of its built, was the largest dome in the world and still is the largest of its kind!

Walk across the river on historical Ponte Vecchio Bridge

Not far from the duomo lies another one of Florence’s most famous landmarks, Ponte Vecchio.

Ponte Vecchio is a historical bridge that connects the two sides of the Arno river, so Florence city center with Oltrarno Neighborhood, and has a peculiarity.

Rather than a normal bridge, Ponte Vecchio is like a road, flanked with shops on both sides!

For little kids, the most interesting thing about Ponte Vecchio will probably be the opportunity of spotting river animals from it entrance.

Older kids will no doubt marvel at this peculiar bridge and will love to learn elements of its story such as the following:

  • Ponte Vecchio dates back to 1345
  • It was the only bridge in Florence not destroyed by bombs during the II world war
  • The first shops on Ponte Vecchio were grocers and butchers. In the XVI century, they were kicked out and the place was given to Goldsmiths and jewelers, still nowadays trading on the bridge.

Marvel at the wonderful Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens are a large, wonderful monumental garden on the Oltrarno side of the river.

The gardens belong to Palazzo Pitti and are not a public park but a manicured space to marvel at what the art of gardening can do.

The Boboli Gardens are magical for kids and adults however, it is important to know that this is not a public park with playgrounds and kids attractions as such.

To kick a ball and let loose, the beautiful Parco delle Cascine is a better option!

Catch a view from Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo is a large, panoramic square where to catch beautiful views over Florence.

You can reach it by bus or on foot, climbing up beautiful, easy to manage steps from the banks of the Arno river and it is a place that usually leaves a strong impression on children (and adults!)

The square is effectively a large parking space now but the view it offers over the city is stunning!

Good to know if you have kids who love cars! Piazzale Michelangelo is the starting point of a Ferrari Tour of Florence. The cars are not for kids but they are always parked on the square and never fail to impress car-loving children. If the place is not too busy, the owners often allow you to take pictures with them, something my car-crazy 5 year old adored!

Have a break in Biblioteca delle Oblate

A lovely place in Florence city center where to find refuge in case of rain is the library ‘Biblioteca delle Oblate’

This is a fantastic library with a large children’s section and a handy place to know if you are visiting Florence with a baby or toddler as they have good changing facilities!

Visit one of Florence’s child friendly museums

Florence has very many child-friendly museums that are easier to visit and more enjoyable for kids than the Uffizi, which is stunning but vast.

Some of the best kid-friendly museums in Florence are: Museum Stibbert (with armors etc), Museo dei Ragazzi al Palazzo Vecchio on Piazza della Singoria (opportunity to dress up etc), Galileo and Leonardo Museum (a Florence with kids favorite for us), perfect for science lovers and construction-loving kids.

Family Tours of Florence

Florence is easy to visit at your own pace.

However, if you are short on time or you want to add context to what you visit, you can choose a family-friendly tour of the city.

I find them to be a good way to get the children engaged and excited about the city, especially if taken early on in your stay.

A good kids’ guide will be able to get children interested in the city and my two always love to recognize places when we pass by them on subsequent days.

They point and scream: ‘I know what that is!’ and then they start recalling what they learned on the tour.

Family tours of Florence, with good cancellation options for peace of mind, are:

Florence Treasure Hunt walking tour for kids

Florence walking tour for families with local guide

Accademia and Michelangelo’s David tour for kids

Skip the line private family tour of the Uffizi Museum

Where to stay in Florence with kids: best areas for families and family hotels in Florence

There are 3 areas I recommend as the most family-friendly in Florence.

Florence City Center proper – to be in the heart of everything, there is nothing better than to be in the very center of Florence, so you can walk everywhere and have all the attractions on your doorstep.

This location is particularly suited to families with older kids who do not mind to be in a rather busy area.

Good family hotels in Florence city center are Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni, Family Apartments Signoria and Hotel Lungarno, Hotel Davanzati

Oltranro – Oltrarno is a fabulous Florence neighborhood, close to all attractions but also with a quieter feel that makes is perfect for families, especially in some parts.

Good hotels here are Hotel Palazzo Belfiore and Palazzo San Niccolo’.

Le Cure – this is my favorite area for longer stays in Florence and anyone who wants to be in a residential area with local feel.

You will need to get the bus to get into the city center, but this green and family-friendly area is perfect to relax and call Florence home for a few days.

I hope you enjoyed this quick guide to visiting Florence with kids.

Safe travel planning!

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Marta Correale is an Italian mama of two. Born and raised in Rome, Marta has a passion for travel and especially enjoys showing off Italy to her kids, who are growing up to love it as much as she does! A classics graduate, teacher of Italian as a second language and family travel blogger, Marta launched Mama Loves Italy as a way to inspire, support and help curious visitors to make the most of a trip to Italy and learn about Italian culture on the way.