Florence Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Florence Family-friendly activities

Uffizi Gallery: Tour

1. Uffizi Gallery: Tour

Enjoy skip-the-line entry and meet your guide for a tour of the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. Immerse yourself in the artistic heritage of Florence in a building constructed between 1560 and 1580 and designed by Giorgio Vasari.    Visit one of the most beautiful museums in the world with your expert guide. Hear the stories behind the main masterpieces in the gallery. Learn about the development of Italian art throughout the centuries. Marvel at well-known paintings by masters like Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and many others. Discover the secrets of the greatest paintings spanning from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Admire Botticelli's “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus,” reflecting on his representation of the birth of the goddess as she emerges from the sea foam. After your tour, enjoy taking the time to explore the museum at your own pace.

Accademia Gallery: Tour

2. Accademia Gallery: Tour

Join a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery and discover the most amazing artwork of the Renaissance, including the magnificent statue of David by Michelangelo. After skipping the long ticket lines, you’ll enter the gallery and begin your experience with a visit to the Medici family’s collection of musical instruments. Admire the most expensive Stradivarius in the world, as well as other unique instruments. Continue to see the Prisoners and San Matteo by Michelangelo, then marvel at the artist’s most iconic sculpture, David. Learn about this statue’s creation and the complex history of the piece of marble that Michelangelo used to sculpt his masterpiece. Finally, see the plasters of Lorenzo Bartolini before ending your tour by taking in the beautiful collection of paintings by Lorenzo Monaco and other noteworthy artists from the 16th century. During your tour, you'll also discover lesser-known parts of this world-famous museum. 

Florence: Leonardo Interactive Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Florence: Leonardo Interactive Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Make your way to the Leonardo Interactive Museum in the heart of Florence, just steps from the Accademia Gallery, and discover a family-friendly exhibition guaranteed to stimulate your curiosity. Marvel at machines built to scale and according to Da Vinci's original designs. Learn about some of Leonardo’s major studies of anatomy and see high-resolution backlit replicas of his main paintings to explore his medical and artistic achievements. Organized into 4 sections - earth, water, air, and fire - the museum provides descriptions in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian for your convenience. Benefit from multimedia displays about the artist and inventor's extraordinary life and works.

Florence: Pizza and Gelato Preparation Class

4. Florence: Pizza and Gelato Preparation Class

Learn how to make pizza and gelato just like the Italians in a late afternoon class. Your chef will introduce you to the history of the most delicious Italian creations. You will bake a pizza called pizzaiolo with your professional chef. You can acquire the skill of how to make tender, flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-thinness, as well as the trick for a flavorful yet light tomato sauce. After pizza, you will try your hands at gelato. Your chef will explain why gelato remains Italy's favorite dessert while giving an insight into the gelato culture that continues to grow. Know about the raw ingredients used for bases and principles for selecting the best products available. Then, enjoy a presentation and tasting of many of the flavors used in gelato making. You will also discover the development and application of natural colors, heating and freezing techniques, and their effects on different ingredients. Uncover the secrets of the world's most-loved dessert and Italian culture. Enjoy an easy and fun experience that will last forever in your memory.

Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

5. Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

The gardens extend over a vast area forming an open-air museum with antique and Renaissance statues, grottoes, and large fountains. Exploring its numerous and varied walks one is able to evoke the spirit of life at court. The Grotta del Buontalenti is an artificial cave filled with false stalactites and stalagmites, with statues of sheep, shepherds, and Romans goddesses. The cave is located close to the entrance of the Boboli Garden and at the end of the Vasari Corridor. 

Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

6. Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

Experience Florence from an open-top double-decker tour bus. Hop on and off where you please or relax on board with insightful multilingual audio commentary. Enjoy 2 lines and choose from 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets. Explore this Renaissance city built on the banks of the river Arno. Feel the sunshine on your face on the open-top bus and admire the views of the Arno, Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Romana, and more. Line A This line goes through Florence city center and the entire route lasts approximately 1 hour. Stop 10 Santa Maria Novella Train Station (in front of the luggage storage) Stop 11 Libertà Stop 12 Donatello Stop 13 Beccaria Stop 14 Santa Croce Stop 15 Teatro Verdi Stop 1 Ferrucci Stop 2 Michelangelo Stop 3 Galileo Stop 4 Villa Cora Stop 5 Porta Romana Stop 6 Piazza Tasso Stop 7 Porta San Frediano Stop 8 Rotonda Barbetti Stop 9 Piazza Indipendenza Line B (currently suspended) Line B focuses on Florence and Fiesole. The bus includes stops at Fiesole, a famous Etruscan hillside city with breathtaking views of Florence. The entire route takes 2 hours. Stop 1 Michelangelo Stop 2 Ferrucci Stop 3 Demidoff Stop 4 Grazie Stop 5 Zecca Vecchia Stop 6 Lungo l'Affrico Stop 7 Righi (ostello) Stop 8 San Domenico Stop 9 Regresso Stop 10 Fiesole Stop 11 Regresso Stop 12 San Domenico Stop 13 Righi (ostello) Stop 14 Stadio Stop 15 Matteotti Stop 16 Libertà Stop 17 La Pira Stop 18 Leopolda Stop 19 Piazzale delle Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 20 Shelly Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 21 Vittorio Veneto Stop 22 Curtatone Stop 23 Soderini Stop 24 Tasso Stop 25 Porta Romana Stop 26 Machiavelli Stop 27 Galileo

Florence: Balloon Flight Over Tuscany

7. Florence: Balloon Flight Over Tuscany

Experience the magical feeling of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a hot air balloon flight from Florence. The adventure begins as soon as you arrive at the take-off field, which is dependent on weather conditions and will be provided to you the day before your flight. Watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared before your eyes. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket and begin your float to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters). Glide over valleys and castles, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the rolling scenery below. Each flight offers a different experience, as the balloons are directed by the breeze. Upon landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne and a breakfast with local products before the transfer shuttle back to your take-off site.

Pitti Palace: Tour

8. Pitti Palace: Tour

Go on a guided tour through the Palatine Gallery in Florence, the opulent Renaissance palace that served as the Medici family's main residence after it was built in the 15th century. Marvel at the incredible collection of artwork surrounded by rich décor.  Follow your local guide through the gallery and admire dozens of Renaissance paintings, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio, and many other Italian and European painters. Explore the Planetary Rooms, which were designed by the great Baroque painter Pietro da Cortona to provide a stunning backdrop of frescoes to the paintings in the Medici collection. Finally, visit the Royal Apartments, once inhabited by the King of Italy.  After your tour, enjoy free time to return to any rooms or paintings you want to take a closer look at. This is the ideal tour for art and history lovers alike, made all the better by your knowledgeable tour guide and skip-the-ticket-line access.

Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery: Tour

9. Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery: Tour

Discover the most visited art museums in Florence together with a professional guide. Admire their most important works as you gain a deeper understanding of the Italian Renaissance.  Your guide will take you through the priority entrance into both galleries, without having to wait in the long ticket lines. Throughout your experience, your guide will be on hand to explain all about the most important works of art in the museums. The first stop will be the visit to the Uffizi Gallery, with its extensive collection of paintings. Admire masterpieces by artists and protagonists of the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, and many others. Later, the guide will take you to the Accademia Gallery to discover the most famous symbol of Florence: Michelangelo's David. The Accademia is home to one of the largest collections of Michelangelo's sculptures.  You can also admire the museum's many musical instruments, a collection of golden-background paintings, and the Sala dei Prigioni, with sculptures designed for Pope Julius II.

Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

10. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Explore Florence through the eyes of the Medici family on this immersive guided tour. Visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the San Lorenzo Church, and the Palazzo Pitti. Finish your tour off with some delicious gelato. Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

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What people are saying about Florence

Really awesome to read and try some interesting inventions from L. da Vinci. Highly recommended for everyone who is interested to the things behind any mechanics or has a curious mindset. Definitely not just for children!

Excellent really enjoyed it Da Vinci was an absolute genius hundreds of years ahead of his time.

I have learned a lot from the class. It was fun and knowledgeable. I highly recommend it!

Nice staff and fun interactivity for both adults and 10 year old!

Loved it! Had a great time and the pizza came out great!