Cities in Europe often have a refreshing attitude toward traveling families. While many restaurants and attractions in the U.S. can be only geared toward little ones (or shun them all together), life in Europe welcome all generations to intermingle and embrace their environment. For instance, children are everywhere in Florence, Italy – from the cafes and plazas to the parks and even cooking schools for all ages. Explore this vibrant and historic city as a family on your next European adventure.
Things to Know
While Florence is amazing, its popularity can make it a crowded and hectic city. If you’re planning to enjoy some history and iconic landmarks, consider making plans in advance to purchase tickets and city passes. You’ll be thankful to bypass lines on hot days to the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Galleria dell’Accademia. There’s also the Firenze card that gives access to more than 60 attractions – and if you buy a card for you, your child under 18 can usually use it with you for free. See incredible Renaissance masterpieces or try on Gucci fashions at some of the city’s best museums. Besides historic and cultural sightseeing, spend time at the breathtaking Boboli Gardens, climb the stairs of Giotto’s Tower, and ride the antique carousel at the Piazza della Repubblica.
Where to Nosh
Italians are all about the slow roll when it comes to dining. Eating is almost an art form and a meal can take all afternoon. Embrace this easygoing style with a few hours in a café at any time of day. One great option is the Gucci Museo Caffe. Equipped with free iPads and books, kids can be entertained while you sip on homemade espresso. Bathrooms also have changing tables too – little ones of all ages are seen at this lively spot. A more sit-down meal can be had at Il Latini to dine on freshly made crostini and pastas while cured ham legs dangle over your heads. Afterward, definitely go to one of Florence’s popular gelato hotspots. Near the Duomo is Mordilatte, a gelateria that uses no preservatives and only the freshest ingredients. Order a ‘pera’ or pear for a fruity kick and the mascarpone variety for something smoother.
Stay in Style
This city can offer the ideal opportunity to splurge on some incredible hotels in Florence that can still be wallet-friendly. Have a look at Hotel Toscana, which has countless amenities for a two-star hotel, including kitchenettes, free Internet, a coffee shop, and pet-friendly rooms. They are also happy to arrange an airport shuttle and provide free cribs and infant beds. The Hotel Principe is wonderful for adults who love traveling with their kids but also want access to occasional childcare. There’s a complimentary buffet breakfast as well as a fun lounge on-site. For a more upgraded experience, check out The St. Regis Florence and indulge in five-star treatment. Located on the banks of the Arno River, you and the crew can have everything from child-size plush bathrobes to warm cookies for their turn-down service.
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