August 21, 2014, 03:43 AM
Florence with tots
Our trip to Florence is coming soon and we are a family of 4 with 2 small kids.
We have 2 full days in Florence and are planning to follow above link as our itinerary.
Is there anything else we should include or exclude from this itinerary.
August 21, 2014, 03:36 PM
in 2 days you can see with tranquility all the places recommended in this nice article because they are all close to each other and can be achieved in a very simple manner.
Among other things, in two days you also can have the time to see the Fortezza da Basso (near the railway station of Santa Maria Novella) and the wonderful Museum of Natural History in Via Romana, very near to Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens.
The fact is that Florence can be visited very well because it's not a big city, and all the wonders of art are concentrated in the historic center.
August 21, 2014, 07:42 PM
With two small kids in tow, you'll have to adapt to their needs... I don't think you'll be able to do the Uffizi Gallery, and I'd cut out one either San Lorenzo, Santa Croce or Santa Maria Novella, just do one of these 3.
As far as the Pitti and Boboli gardens go, I'd definitely say spend time outdoors in the gardens rather than inside. But again, you'll see how things go and adapt as you're here.
Are they both over 6? If they're up to doing one climb to see a great view (and "fortress" view as well), I'd recommend the tower in Palazzo Vecchio. As a museum, it is also very doable for small kids.
In general, Florence is small and walkable - the itinerary of 2 days doesn't take into consideration going into and visiting the inside of all of these places, it is for anyone who wants to walk around and see the "outdoor museum" that is all of Florence. With that in mind, you could do most of it even with kids.
August 22, 2014, 11:10 PM
Thanks Lourdes and Infospes, kids are 3 and 1.
We just plan to see the outdoor museums.
Is it possible to climb up any tower with such small kids or maybe Leaning Tower of Pisa or should we just stick to enjoying the city.
August 26, 2014, 03:51 PM
The Leaning Tower of Pisa expressly prohibits children under 8 from climbing the tower.
In Florence, you could climb up Giotto's bell tower in Piazza del Duomo. There are 414 steps and it might be likely you'll be doing the carrying if the kids can't go up - it is not recommended for anyone who has heart problems, afraid of heights or suffers from claustrophobia.
Another possibility if you're here in Florence before the 30th of September is to climb up the Torre di San Niccolo'. It is one of the few remaining watch towers that were placed along the old medieval city walls that surrounded all of Florence hundreds of years ago. Unfortunately, most of the walls were destroyed in the late 19th century as Florence was "modernized" to become the capital of Italy but this old watchtower has been renovated to allow visitors to climb up (for now, it is only open in the summer time). The visit is with a guide and in English, too. You have to book ahead of time by phone at +39-055-2768224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The tower is open only from 5 to 8pm until Sept. 14 and then from 4 to 7pm from the 15th to the 30th of Sept. The tower is located right by the Arno river, below Piazzale Michelangelo and has much fewer steps than the cathedral bell tower, so easier for you both! Cost is 4 euro and tours are run every 30 minutes.
For complete information, there is also another tower you could climb in Florence, and it's the Palazzo Vecchio one, called Arnolfo's tower. Unfortunately, it is also not open to minors under 6 years old.
If you want to see a great view of Florence, another alternative is to go into the Rinascente store on Piazza della Repubblica and take the elevator or mobile stairs all the way to the terrace to their rooftop café. You can enjoy some refreshments and a snack and enjoy the view without any stairs!
September 2, 2014, 04:45 PM
Thanks for all this info, we are currently in florence and enjoying the beautiful city.
didn't climb up any tower but enjoyed the view from top Nd it was just beautiful.