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The Best Family Tours In Florence

Florence is an amazing city to explore!  Its rich Renaissance history, art, culture, and food make it one of the world’s most sought-after destinations.  While a great city for adults to explore, Florence is an excellent family destination as well.  If you’re traveling to Florence with your family, consider some of the best family tours in Florence.  

Tours can take the stressful planning work out of enjoying your holiday. Here are some of the most fun, entertaining, and convenient tours for your family.

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Walking And Food Tours

Walking is an invigorating way to explore any city, and Florence is no exception.  See sights and attractions up close and personally on foot.  And another great feature?  Many walking tours also incorporate a delicious snack or meal.  Or consider a workshop where you get to eat the food you prepare.

Pizza Cooking Class at San Gimignano Winery

If you’ve always wanted to make your own delicious pizza, why not do it in Italy?  During this tour, you will create your own pizza with toppings of your choosing, and the help of an authentic Italian chef.  Pizza is something the whole family can easily enjoy (the making part and the eating part!)

After preparing your tasty pizza, the adults in the group can pair it with Tuscan wines from the winery.  Try other savory local foods with your pizza as well!

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 4 hours

Meeting Point: Reale Caffe in Piazza della Stazione. Then transportation will be provided to San Gimignano Winery.

What To Bring: Passport or ID card, comfortable shoes, and your appetite!

Price:  About €210 per person

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Illuminated Florence Tour for Kids with Gelato & Pizza

This is the perfect opportunity to see the city of Florence with the kids and enjoy some delectable eats. Your guide will be fun and entertaining as your family explores Florence’s city center, and learns about the stunning art and history of Florence.  

The tour will visit a local pizza shop and then a gelateria.  Yum!  Your timing allows you to experience a beautiful Florence sunset too.  Enjoy games, treasure hunts, and quizzes along the way.  This tour is super kid friendly!

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 2.5 hours

Meeting Point: MOVE ON restaurant and café at Piazza di San Giovanni

What To Bring: Comfortable shoes, enthusiasm, and your appetite!

Price:  About € 170  per person

Florence: Walking Tour for Kids and Families

Enjoy an engaging daytime walking tour beginning at Piazza Santa Croce and meandering through the captivating streets and squares of center city Florence.  Your guide will teach your family about the Renaissance through exciting stories from the past.

Highlights along this tour route include the elegant Loggia in Piazza della Signoria, the outside of the Duomo, the area of the Uffizi Gallery, and Palazzo Vecchio.  So many sights and discoveries await you!

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 2.5 hours

Meeting Point: Below the statue of Dante in front of the church, Piazza di Santa Croce

What To Bring: Comfortable shoes, sunscreen/hat. Children who can walk or ride in a stroller for this duration of time.

Price:  About 175 €  per person (free for kids under 5)

A Family-Friendly Private Tour Of Florence

Consider this tour if you are looking to keep the kids busy and entertained.  A friendly guide will meet you and take your family all over the city!  Because this is a private tour, you can have your guide make certain arrangements for what you would like to experience at the sites you visit. 

You’ll begin where Florence began its position of importance, Piazza della Repubblica.  At the top of the Cathedral, you’ll experience breathtaking views of Florence.  Then enjoy a snack as you stop to grab some yummy gelato!  Explore your creative side with a paper decorating demonstration.  Then visit Fontana del Porcellino, Piazza della Signora, and finally Ponte Vecchio.

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 2 hours

Meeting Point: Column of Abundance (the column in the center) in Piazza della Repubblica.

What To Bring: Comfortable shoes, enthusiasm, and your appetite!

Price:  About 152 €  per person (free for kids up to 10 years old)

Uffizi Perseus standing over the slain Medusa at the Uffizi Museum
Perseus standing over the slain Medusa at the Uffizi

Museum and Gallery Tours

Florence has some of the most fascinating museums in Italy and the entire world!  Explore these timeless sites and learn all about the stunning masterpieces, interesting places, and important people who were important to the city’s history.

Uffizi Gallery Tour

When visiting Florence, the Uffizi Gallery is not something you can miss!  With this ticket, skip the long lines and learn about some of the world’s most famous art from your guide.  The guide will tell you the stories behind masterpieces created by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and many more.

After you’ve admired works like “The Birth of Venus,” “Medusa,” and “Primavera” with your guide, you can wander around the museum at your leisure.  You’ll learn so much about Italian history and culture through this tour.  Your kids will go home with a new perspective on art!

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 2 hours

Meeting Point: Bust of Galileo Galilei, near the Uffizi gallery

What To Bring: Passport/ID (you’ll have to go through airport-type security)

Price:  About 49 €  per person

Leonardo Interactive Museum

This interactive museum is such a fun attraction for inventors, innovators, artists, and anyone who loves to learn, no matter what age!  You will be able to explore the works of Da Vinci and understand how his inventions actually worked.  

There are over 50 life-size machines to discover and innovative laboratories where you can experiment and build.  The machines are built according to Leonardo Da Vinci’s plans.  Through the earth, air, fire, and water sections of the museum, you will learn so much about Da Vinci’s life, art, and inventions.

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: About an hour

Meeting Point: Leonardo Interactive Museum (not to be confused with the Da Vinci Museum)

What To Bring: Curiosity, wonder, and excitement!

Price:  About 8 €  per person

Famous Building Tours in Florence

There are some iconic attractions in Florence that you simply have to discover.  The Florence Cathedral, Dome, and Palazzo Vecchio all stand out as must-sees when you visit Florence with your family.  

Palazzo Vecchio

Discover the sights and rich history of the Palazzo Vecchio, which was home to the Medici family, when you visit and listen to the video guide on a tablet.  Skip the line, and then go into the Salone dei Cinquecento to check out Vasari’s works of art.  Get up close to many beautiful masterpieces from the Renaissance era.  If you so choose, you can climb up Arnolfo’s Tower and experience amazing views of the city.

Palazzo Vecchio was built in 1299 as a residence for important leaders back when Florence was a medieval city.  The Medici family transformed it into a palace and made sure it had the most exquisite architecture, paintings, and sculptures.  Today it is known as the civic center of Florence.

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: Varies depending on how long you’d like to explore!

Meeting Point: InfoPoint counter inside Palazzo Vecchio

What To Bring: Comfortable shoes. If choosing to ascend Arnolfo’s Tower, children need to be 6 and older.

Price:  About 22 €  per person

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Florence Cathedral

The Florence Duomo is one of the most iconic sites in Florence and all of Italy.  This skip-the-line ticket allows you to learn all about the history of the cathedral and the surrounding complex from a guide.  Other tours allow you to climb all the way up the dome, but there are a lot of steps that get narrow in places, making it something that is really only ideal for older kids and adults.

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The guide will teach you about the marvellous interior of the Duomo, and the ornately decorated buildings of the complex as you admire them.  Learn how Brunelleschi used advanced techniques for his time in order to build the famous Duomo.  You’ll explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with wonder, as you marvel at the stunning stained glass inside the cathedral.

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 30 min-1 hr (or however long you explore the cathedral after the guided tour)

Meeting Point: Lindt chocolate shop

What To Bring: Clothes that cover your shoulders, long dresses or pants, ID or passport (you’ll go through airport-style security)

Price:  About 18 €  per person

Transportation Tours

Not everyone enjoys a lot of physical activity when it comes to touring major world cities.  Transportation tours allow you to see so much of the city without having to walk everywhere.  These options are also a win if you don’t have a ton of time to visit Florence.  Or maybe these tours can give you a preview of what Florence sites you want to discover in more detail!

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Walking tours are great, but if you’re not one for exercise or want to see more of the city in a shorter amount of time, a hop-on hop-off bus tour may be the perfect compromise for you.  You can sit on the open-top double-decker bus and see some of the best sites and attractions in Florence.  Listen to the audio commentary as you drive along.

This particular tour cruises on its route allowing you to appreciate views of the Arno, Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Romana, and more.  The full route takes approximately 1 hour.  You also have the option of choosing a 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour pass depending on how long you’ll be visiting.  Get on and off as many times as you choose.

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: Varies depending on which ticket you purchase

Meeting Point: City Sightseeing Firenze, Piazza Stazione

What To Bring: Hat/Sunscreen

Price:  About 23 €  per person (free for children under 5)

E-Bike Tour with Michelangelo Square

Cycle on a relaxed tour through the city on an electric bike.  Explore the Medici Palace, where Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli worked. Then visit the Piazza della Repubblica, one of Florence’s main squares.

This tour will show you some places off the beaten path if you’re looking for something a little more unique.  You will also get to experience magnificent views of the city from Michelangelo Square. This one isn’t for little kids as they will need to be over 120cm tall.

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 2 hours

Meeting Point: Via de’ Martelli

What To Bring: Comfortable shoes, sunscreen/hat. Make sure there are no mobility issues that prevent you from riding.

Price:  About 28 €  per person

The Best Family Tours In Florence
The Best Family Tours In Florence

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