A city of art and culture par excellence, Florence is one Italian cities that has figured out how to adapt and diversify, keeping its smallest guests in mind, with a rich program of workshops and exhibits that bring children in contact with the fun and engaging world of art.
Museo dei Ragazzi, located in Palazzo Vecchio in via della Signoria, is an example of a museum with numerous activities both in Italian and foreign languages along with many of the main museums in the Florence Museum Network. It uses innovative communication methods such as dramatization, multimedia and direct interaction.
Palazzo Strozzi provides its smallest visitors with a colouring kit and special audio guides so they can listen to explanations about the works as if they were a fairy tale and every weekend, there are workshops for families.
Other workshops organized by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi take place at the Oblate Library, with dramatic readings and activities for the smallest guests.
At Museo della Preistoria in via Sant’Egidio, during the summer, there are various workshops for sector specialists who teach children the ancient techniques used by prehistoric man to paint, carve and create ceramics, textiles and metal.
At Museo di Storia Naturale, visitors can admire imposing dinosaur and prehistoric mammal fossils along with many ruins from all over the world.
Museo Stibbert, with its fascinating collection of historic arms and weapons, offers guided tours for children with a specialized guide that teaches children about knights and gets visitors involved, letting them touch helmets, shields and suits of armour.
It’s impossible to visit Florence without “getting to know” Dante Alighieri and Galileo Galilei. In fact, Casa Museo di Dante Alighieri organizes workshops where you can discover team games, puzzles and audiovisual guides about life in Florence in the 14th century while at Museo Galileo, you can discover the secrets of the tools created and used by the great scientists, including telescopes, compasses and different types of lenses – all while playing.
Another gem of Florence is represented its many parks, including Parco delle Cascine, Il Giardino dell’Orticoltura with its unique tepidarium, Orti di Parnaso, Giardino di Villa Vogel and Giardino di Boboli.
Leaving the historic downtown, you can also visit Parco dell’Albereta, which has a skating rink, sports fields and games for kids, and Parco Avventura Il Gigante, which has everything you need to spend a day outdoors among the trees in complete safety.