Family Florence

As the centre of Italy’s art world, Florence is an essential family holiday destination for the creatively-minded. We can arrange a wealth of family-friendly experiences throughout the city, from visits with local artists and artisans to exclusive tours of the top museums, all which make the experience so excitingly immersive that the children won’t even realise they’re learning.

Head out on a child-friendly walking tour of the city with a local historian who has been trained in visual thinking strategies (read: making things exciting for the children) and has created an interactive scavenger hunt for the most famous sites in Florence (read: fun for all ages). With the challenge of completing the secretly-educational scavenger hunt as the perfect distraction for the little ones, you can walk around the city learning about the Renaissance and the huge part that art plays in this city's past and present. This is a brilliant activity to do early on in your Florence holiday as it'll help you get your bearings for exploring the city over rest of the trip, and will make it all seem less new and daunting to the little ones.

We can arrange queue jump tickets for certain museums - such as the Grand Museum of the Duomo - so you won't have to face standing in line with impatient children (although we're sure your children are immaculately behaved, naturally, less queuing means more fun time). The Grand Museum is a must on any trip to Florence, as it incorporates the iconic Brunelleschi's Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower and the church's museum.

To get the most from your Florence family holiday, stay in one of our favourite family-friendly hotels, which all offer fantastic facilities for children of all ages, whether that be child-approved menu options or babysitters that keep a watchful eye on the little ones while you head out for a peaceful dinner á deux. One of our favourite hotel collections even has a brilliantly named VIK - Very Important Kids - programme, giving children the chance to enjoy some fantastic experiences that combine entertainment and education; whether that be an interactive visit to the Bargello Museum to learn about the works of Donatello, Michelangelo and other well-known Italian artists, or a pizza making masterclass with a local chef.

While a few days in Florence may be the perfect compact family holiday, our experts are also on hand to create the perfect tailor-made holiday itinerary for your family if you wish to extend your trip to explore further afield in others parts of Tuscany or Italy.

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From our carefully curated Sharky & George fun packs, which keep children entertained on those long journeys, to knowing the most family-friendly hotels and holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.

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Harriet, Arran and Charlotte H are our 'Family Florence' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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