Florence boasts with a rich culture through its galleries, churches, museums and Renaissance statues. Yes you have to take a picture of the Ponte Vecchio, eat a Bistecca alla Fiorentina or ride a boat on the Arno river, but what are the best things to do Indoor with your kids?
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you, and researched the Top 5 Best Child-Friendly Indoor activities to do in Florence.
1. Natural History Museum
Florence is an open-air museum by definition with so much art to discover but maybe your kids will get bored after a while so why not heading to the Natural History Museum. You will find an old fashioned museum with a great collection of stuffed animals, insects and even a fascinating exhibition on the human body. Prepare your kids though as they will be surprised by how real the anatomy of our body is revealed in this museum.
Opening Hours: Opening times vary, check the website for more info.
2. Palazzo Vecchio Museum
The Palazzo Vecchio was the former home of the Medici family and now is a great museum to explore with the kids. You will love walking through the hidden passages with tunnels heading to different rooms. The secret passage is a true favourite attraction with children. It leads to a costume room where you will have a chance to dress up like the Medici family. It is probably best if you could have a good local tour guide with you who can also entertain the kids. You can also climb up the stairs to the Tower but probably not recommended with very young children. This museum is a must see in Florence and yes you might recognise some of the details shots you have seen in the Dan Brown’s movie adaptation Inferno. One last thing, this museum has been recently renovated and extended with twice as much exhibition space with café, a bookshop and even a nursery.
Opening Hours: Check website
3. Take a Family Cooking Class
You are in Tuscany which means you have a chance to taste one of the greatest food in the world. Taking a family friendly cooking class led by an Italian chef should be exciting for everyone. You will learn how to make a pizza-where-to-eat-in-costa-dorada-where-to-eat-in-costa-dorada-where-to-eat-in-costa-dorada and the famous Gelato. This 3-hours class will be an experience of a lifetime.
Please be aware that this class is open to children aged 6+.
Website: Book Your Cooking Class here
4. The Leonardo Da Vinci Museum
We can’t think of a better way to introduce to your children one of the most celebrated artist/inventor in the world: Leonardo Da Vinci. This museum is very hands on and will please your little ones with lots of interactions to understand Da Vinci’s different inventions. Expect an hour visit no more, which is perfect for children to grab their attention to these exhibits. A good educational child friendly activity to do in Florence for sure.
November-February: every day, 9.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. (the ticket office closes at 5.15 p.m.)
Christmas and New Year: 3.00 – 7.00 p.m. (the ticket office closes at 6.15 p.m.)
March-October: every day, 9.30 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. (the ticket office closes at 6.15 p.m.)
5. Bartolucci Stores
Since the 16th century, this family business has been keeping alive the tradition of carving wooden toys famously represented by the character Pinocchio. The family has since developed more than 150 stores around Italy and beyond. This shop is a great opportunity to discover the work of artisans who are passionate about wood. And who knows you or your kid will be tempted to bring back home one of their wooden statue as a memory of your visit in Florence.
Address: several addresses in Florence
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