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Where to stay in Florence with kids: 15 family-friendly hotels and apartments in Florence you’ll love

Where to stay in Florence with kids: a handpicked selection of family-friendly hotels in Florence and Florence apartments suitable for families with kids, chosen for location, facilities, and family friendliness.

Finding family-friendly accommodation in Florence is a daunting task.

The city is full of wonderful hotels and apartments for families.

However, part for the architecture of its ancient city center, part for the high demand that pushes prices up, when you look for a family room in Florence for 4 people or more, you see that options shrink fast, especially if you are looking at busy times such as Easter and other festivities.

To secure good family accommodation in Florence, it is a good idea to book well in advance and to keep and open mind about where in the city to stay.

Florence is small enough and well served enough that you don’t have to be right beside the duomo to enjoy.

To help you in your search, I have put together this list of family-friendly accommodation in Florence that comprises both family hotels and family-friendly apartments.

It is based on my own experience of Florence with kids, hotels and areas we stayed at but also on the experience of other parents and trustworthy friends who shared with me their best family accommodation finds.

None of these addresses are just pulled from the web on the basis of reviews only, they come from parents who stayed!

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The best areas to stay in Florence with kids

The best areas to stay in Florence with kids are the city center and the neighborhood of Oltrarno, which is immediately in front of the center but on the other side of the river.

Within Florence city center, you may see mentions of different areas such as Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Borgo Ognissanti and more; they are all slightly different pars of the city but they are very close to one another and they are all good.

So, I would recommend not worrying too much about where exactly in the center you are. In many cases, the distances are small enough for the difference to be irrelevant and Florence center is stunning no matter where you are!

In general:

The area around the duomo is beautiful busy and caught after by visitors. You find many accommodation options, many restaurants, shops and, depending on the exact street, you may find yourself in a very busy one or quiet one. The cost of high quality accommodation here tends to be high as the demand is huge.

  • Distances on foot:
    • Station: less than 10 mins walk
    • Piazza della Signoria/Uffizi: less than 10 mins
    • Ponte Vecchio: less than 10 mins
    • Accademia: less than 10 mins
Florence Duomo

The area of Piazza della Signoria is immediately beside that of the duomo and I only separate them in this article as I know many accommodation providers use one ladnark or the other to explain where they are. In reality duomo or piazza della signoria both mean he bvery heart of Florence so your’ experience ill be largely the same!

  • Distances on foot:
    • Station: 10/15 mins
    • Duomo: less than 10 mins
    • Ponte vecchio: less than 5 mins
    • Accademia: less than 15 mins

Ponte Vecchio is another major landmark in Florence and is home to beautiful upscale hotels. The river quey is called Lungarno: when looking for accommodation on Lungarno, always check where on Lungarno you are as it is quite a long road!

Staying close to Ponte Vecchio means being close to Florence’s main landmarks.

  • Distances on foot:
    • Station: about 10 mins
    • Duomo: less than 10 mins
    • Piazza della Signoria/Uffizi: less than 5 mins
    • Accademia: less than 15 mins
Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Borgo Ognissanti is a nice, central neighborhood between the train station and the river.

Only a short walk from the duomo, it is quieter than the area immediately around the church, has a little more of a local feel, yet still very conveniently located.

I find this a very pleasant area to stay as the slightly longer walk is compensated by the quieter and more local feel of the neighborhood.

  • Distances on foot:
    • Station: less than 5 minutes
    • Duomo: less than 15 minutes
    • Accademia: 15/20 mins
    • Piazza della Signoria: less than 15 minutes
    • Ponte Vecchio: 10 minuites

Oltrarno is the area on the other side of the river from the duomo, its name literally translating ‘beyond the Arno’.

This area is beautiful and a little more local in feel than the area of the duomo, yet it is still very well located for sightseeing and full of places to eat and shop.

In this part of Florence, you will see mentions of San Frediano and Santo Spirito Spirito area and you will be close to Boboli Gardens and Piazzale Michelangelo.

  • Distances on foot:
    • Station: about 15 mins
    • Duomo: less than 15 minutes
    • Piazza della Signoria/Uffizi: less than 10 mins
    • Ponte Vecchio: Less than 5 mins
    • Accademia: 15/20 mins

Other areas: Florence has many beautiful neighborhoods outside of the immediate center. I am very fond of the one called Le Cure, which is a short bus ride away from the center and it is super family-oriented and local and hotels beside Parco delle Cascine are also a good family option. If you don’t find accommodation immediately beside the duomo, don’t be afraid to look a little further out.

Recommended family accommodation in Florence

The following places are recommended by me / trustworthy friends / the wonderful parents of my Italy with kids travel group on facebook, which you can join for free by clicking on the ‘join now’ button at the end of this page!

The list doesn’t follow a particular order. I only included places with great personal experiences.

Palazzo de Conti Residenza d’epoca

Palazzo dei Conti is a beautiful historical residence in the heart of Florence offering beautifully appointed suites with stunning views over the red dome of Florence’s duomo, nearby.

The suites offer all modern comforts, have beautiful wooden floors and offer wifi and air conditioning, plus a mini bar.

Breakfast comes in the form of a generous buffet with sweet and savory fresh foods, including freshly baked breakfast cakes and pastries, fruit, cheese, eggs and more.

Children under 3 stay for free is sharing a bed with parents or using a cot (available on request)

For convenience, the suits also offer a safe and luggage deposit.

  • At glance, this Residenza offers:
    • Junior suites for up to 3 people, with balcony and dome view
    • Junior suite for up to 4 people, with balcony and dome view
    • Air Conditioning
    • Free wi-fi
    • Luggage deposit
    • Safe
    • Buffet breakfast

Find info and prices here

Need to know: the hotel is in the ZTL area of Florence, only accessible by car by permit holders. If coming by car, the hotel has an agreement with a nearby garage, not included in the room rate. If driving here, ask their kind staff to help you organize a safe space for your car.

Frescoed Apartment in the heart of Florence – Airbnb Superhost – Train Station area, up to 4 people

This family-friendly apartment in Florence city center takes its name from its most distinctive features: lovely frescoes on the ceilings, a wonderful Florentine touch!

It has two bedrooms with king beds, one bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and can host up to 4 people.

  • What makes it great for families is:
    • Third-floor apartment accessible by elevator
    • Quiet location and room darkening blinds
    • Grocery store nearby
    • Heating / A/C throughout, a must-have if visiting Florence in summer
    • Carbon monoxide alarm for peace of mind
    • Wifi
    • Refrigerator, hobs, oven and dishwasher and well-equipped kitchen for easy family meals at home
    • Washing machine for family laundry

Great location close to the station and the city center, especially suitable for families wishing to use Florence as a base for day trips to Lucca and Pisa, easy accessible by train.

Friendly and welcoming hosts who can also help you plan excursions nearby.

Find photos and prices on Airbnb

santa maria novella church

The Mirror House at Ponte Vecchio – family apartment in Oltrarno – Airbnb super host for up to 5 people

The Mirror House is a fabulous family-friendly apartment in Florence city center close to River and the famous Ponte Vecchio, only 100 meters from the apartment.

The apartment is on the opposite side of the river from the duomo, in the area of Oltrarno, which is well known for its local feel, as well as its proximity to the center.

Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens and the famous Piazzale Michelangelo are nearby.

Recently renovated to a high standard, this family-friendly apartment in Florence’s Oltrarno has two large bedrooms (one double, one with two or three beds), two bathrooms and can host up to 5 people.

Air conditioning in each bedroom and the living room makes it ideal for summer when Florence’s temperatures soar.

The apartment is on the first floor, and you access it via 15 steps, no elevator.

  • Special elements that make it great for families are:
    • Convenient location, quiet yet central
    • Pack and play on request
    • Room darkening shades
    • Mosquito net
    • AC in bedrooms and living area
    • Well-equipped kitchen with high chair and dishwasher
    • Laundromat nearby
    • Wifi

Find info and photos on VRBO | Find photos and prices on airbnb

Good to know! if you do not need a poll as you are in Florence outside of the summer months, NH also has a nice and more central hotel:NH Palazzo Gaddi.

Prestigious family apartment near Florence Duomo – Airbnb super host for up to 4 guests

This family-friendly apartment in Florence’s city center stands out for its traditional Italian decor and location: stone’s throw from the duomo, which you can see as you leave your front door!

Located on the first floor and accessible by elevator, the apartment has 2 bedrooms with queen-sized beds, one bathroom, one living room and kitchen. It can host up to 4 guests.

  • The apartment has some nice touches for families, including:
    • 2 bedrooms for up to 4 guests
    • Fully equipped kitchen with kids’ cutlery, high chair and dishwasher
    • Travel cot on request
    • Washing machine and drying rack (no dryer, but this is standard in Italy)
    • Mosquito net and room-darkening shades
    • Air conditioning
    • Safe

Find photos and prices on Airbnb

Residence Palazzo Belfiore, family apartment residence in Oltrarno for up to 6 people

Palazzo Belfiore offers nice apartments for up to 4 guests in a refurbished, historical house in Santo Spirito, in the Oltrarno neighborhood.

The apartments have different sizes can host up to 6 people making them perfect for larger families. The apartments all have slightly different payout and characteristics, but they offer:

  • Seven apartments for 2 / 4 / up to 6 people
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • Air conditioning in all rooms and common areas
    • Free wifi
    • Option to book a driver for local trips or excursions
    • Laundry (self-service)
    • Safety box
    • Concierge service
    • Kids’ equipment on request
    • Babysitting service (must be prearranged with the hotel staff)

Find here photos and info

Piazza della Signoria Firenze

Relais Piazza Signoria, suites and apartments for up to 5 people

Relais Piazza Signoria takes its name from the famous and breathtaking landmarks it overlooks: Piazza della Signoria, possibly the most famous square in Florence!

The relais offers accommodation of different sizes, including one penthouse apartment that can host up to 5 people.

The exact facilities and layout of each apartment varies but overall, this relais offer:

  • Independent apartment for up to 5 people
    • Elevator access to upper floor (you still may need to take some steps if going to the penthouse: ask reception before booking about the accessibility of the exact apartment you are looking at)
    • Well-equipped kitchenette with oven and dishwasher for easy family meals
    • Soundproofing: needed at busy times, since the square gets very crowded during the day (night is usually ok)
    • Air conditioning
    • Terrace with city views (Penthouse)
    • Free wifi
    • Safe
    • The apartments do not have laundry facilities but a wash and fold service is nearby: info and prices are available in the apartment.
    • Baby cot available on demand free of charge

Find photos and prices here

Family-friendly Appartmento Rosa Brandi for up to 4 people – Airbnb Superhost

Apartment Rosa Brandi is a beautiful family friendly apartment in a historic building close the Florence’s Duomo and Santa Maria Novella.

  • The apartment has 2 rooms, one bathroom and a full kitchen and comes with nice touches for families such as:
    • Baby equipment such as cot, changing table and baby bath
    • High chair and children’s tableware
    • Baby / children’s toys
    • Washing machine, dryer and dishwasher
    • The apartment also has great wifi, perfect if you have to work while in Florence.

Find photos and prices on Airbnb here

Casa Cecilia above the dome – apartment for up to 4 guests, Airbnb super host

Casa cecilia is a family friendly apartment in Florence city center close to the duomo, which you can see from the bedroom windows!

  • The apartment comes with:
    • Two bedrooms
    • Fully equipped kitchen with oven and dishwasher for easy family dinners
    • Children tableware, high chair, cot and toys
    • Air conditioning
    • Washing machine and dryer
    • wifi

Need to know: there are steps to go to the apartment. Despite this, the apartment has been recommended to me as worth it and very child friendly by the lovely family who stayed.

Find info and prices on Airbnb here

25H hotel – for a truly unique stay in Florence city center (older kids)

25Hour hotel is not your typical family-friendly hotel or, should I say, it is not your typical hotel at all.

Rather, is an experience, a place to stay if you want to immerse yourself in something truly florentine and unique: Dante’s Divine Comedy!

The hotel is entirely Divine Comedy themed: rooms are divided into Paradise Rooms and Inferno Rooms, respectively blue, white and golden in tone (Paradiso) and red and black (inferno), and each decor detail has been curated so that it references something from Dante’s masterpiece.

The hotel is suitable for families with teens or anyway older kids who can stay in own room, appreciate the theme, the stunning game room with pool table, cinema and sophisticated atmosphere.

  • The hotel offers:
    • Double rooms either Paradiso or Inferno themed (inferno rooms more fun but paradise rooms have a more relaxing color scheme)
    • Generous buffet breakfast with hot and cold dishes
    • Bar and restaurant on site
    • Air conditioning in all areas
    • Game and cinema room
    • Deli shop

Find info and prices here (the photo below is from our last stay, it’s the hotel games room)

Antica Torre di via Tornabuoni, family accommodation in the duomo area fo up to 7 people

Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni is an elegant, family-friendly boutique hotel in the center of Florence.

Set in a stunning medieval tower (hence the name: antica torre = ancient tower), Antica Torre is a luxury property offering rooms and suites for us to 3 people and a family apartment for up to 7 adults.

  • The facilities vary depending on the exact solution and include:
    • Beautiful rooms for up to 3 people (cot / crib available on request)
    • Family apartment with a well-equipped kitchen with high chair, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, for up to 7 guests. The apartment is one minute from the hotel’s main entrance.
    • Baby-proofed electric sockets
    • Elevator access
    • Board games and books for kids, option to ask for a mini tipi tent to be set up in your room
    • Wifi
    • Airport shuttle
    • Restaurant on site

Find info, photos and prices here

Lungarno hotel: 5-star family-friendly hotel in Florence city center

Hotel Lungarno is a well know, 5-star hotel in Florence city center offering high-end rooms and apartment stays.

Their accommodation consists of rooms, suites and family rooms for 3, 4, 5 and 7 people. They also offer executive floors that can host up to 15 people.

  • The hotel offers all the services you expect from a property of this level such as:
    • Room service
    • 24/7 reception
    • Airport shuttle
    • Restaurant
    • Wifi
    • Landry /dry cleaning (extra charge)
    • Babysitting service (extra charge)

Find info and prices here

Hotel Roma: mid-range family friendly hotel in Florence city center with adjoining rooms

Hotel Roma is a 4-star, family-friendly hotel overlooking fabulous Piazza Santa Maria Novella, right in Florence city center and only a short walk from the station.

  • This hotel offers families with kids:
    • Triple, quadruple and interconnecting rooms
    • Heating / Air conditioning
    • Wifi
    • Safe
    • Generous breakfast
    • Concierge service
    • Laundry service
    • Gym

Find info and photos here

hotel minerva santa maria novella square florence

Hotel Davanzati: 3-star hotel for families of up to 4 people

Hotel Davanzati is a nice, 3-star hotel in Florence city center offering budget, clean accommodation in rooms suitable for up to 4 guests.

  • Their family offering includes:
    • Family rooms, including interconnecting rooms for up to 4 guests
    • Heating / Air conditioning
    • Wifi and laptop
    • Playstation and games available from reception
    • Generous breakfast
    • wifi
    • 24h front desk

Find info, photos and prices here

Grand Hotel Minerva – elegant family-friendly hotel with a swimming pool in Florence city center (up to 6 guests)

Grand Hotel Minerva is a wonderful hotel right beside the famous basilica of Santa Maria Novella, in the heart of Florence.

  • A beautiful and elegant property, Grand Hotel Minerva offers:Interconnecting rooms for up to 6 guests
    • Stunning rooftop pool with views over Florence city center and the duomo
    • Restaurant on site ‘La Buona Novella’ open for lunch and dinner
    • All the amenities you expect from a hotel of this status, including free WiFI, air conditioning, fully stocked mini bar, safe, turndown service, luxury line bath products etc.

Find info and prices here

NH Hotel Firenze – family-friendly Florence hotel with pool: Parco delle Cascine area for up to 6 people

I love NH hotels for families as I find them spacious, reliable, clean and kid-friendly so I loved to learn that there is an NH in Florence too!

NH Firenze is a great family hotel in Florence with very special perk for families: a swimming pool, perfect for Florence’s scorching summer!

Compared with other Florence family hotels on this list, NH Florence is a little further from the center and requires a 20-minute walk or a short taxi hop to reach the duomo area.

However, it compensates for this longer walk with the position beside Parco delle Cascine, one of Florence’s most family-friendly parks, the pool, which is not easy to find in a more central location and at this price point, and family-friendly facilities.

  • This family-friendly hotel offers:
    • Family rooms, including adjoining rooms for up to 6 people
    • Restaurant on site
    • Seasonal outdoor swimming pool with poolside bar and stunning views over Florence
    • Parking
    • Air conditioning
    • 24h reception
    • Generous buffet breakfast
    • Room service
    • Accessible rooms

Find photos and prices here

I hope you found this shortlist of places to stay in Florence with kids useful. Safe travels!

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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.