1. Florence Cathedral
Even if you choose to not go inside, you could easily spend 30 minutes walking around the Cathedral looking at all the detail. It is one thing seeing this cathedral in photos and another seeing it in person. It is just breathtaking.
2. Florentine Carousel
In the center of Florence at the Piazza della Republica, there is a beautiful wooden carousel of 20 horses and two king’s carriages. This is the antique carousel of the Picci family. It is a great way to relax and do kid things inbetween visiting museums. The carousel is €1.50 (if you buy many rides at a time, there is a discount). Open from 10am-8pm.
Want to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in Italy? Head to Piazzale Michelangelo! It is a steep hill with difficult stroller access. There is also a bus that takes you there. No matter how you make it, just make sure you are there before sunset and you will not regret the effort once you get to see the majestic views from up there.
*If you decide to eat before or after the sunset you got to try a panini at All’Antico Vinaio. It has won several awards for best street food in Tuscany. Simply delicious.
4. Mercato Centrale
Florence surprisingly became one of my favorite cities in Europe. There is so much to explore and to learn about the history of this city that fascinated me. Food there is also incredible, and that is how I recommend you to start your Florence experience. Check out the Mercato Centrale for the best Linguine alla Carbonara you will ever have. If you are not so much into pasta they have many other options of food available there. While the second floor of this market is a food court type of place, the ground floor is a normal market where you will find handmade crafts of all types.
5. Free Walking Tour
A Free Walking Tour is a great way for both the kids and adults to learn a little bit about the history of Florence. I had no idea this city had such a glorious past and vital importance for the western world. The walking tours usually last about two hours. The kids can bring their scooters and enjoy riding around.
6. Stop for a gelato
Ice cream is a must for everyone in Florence and if you are visiting the town in summer, having a gelato is a pleasant break between visits. The legend says that the ice cream was invented in Florence by Bernardo Buontalenti, a Florentine artist, who created a new dessert for a banquet for the Grand Duke Cosimo I de Medici. True or not, Florence is full of good ice cream shops and especially if you are traveling with kids, don’t miss the opportunity to taste one of the best gelato in the world.
7. Check out the Museums
Spend your days checking out the amazing art museums that Florence has to offer. The two most famous museums are the Uffizi Gallery Museum and the Galleria dell’Accademia. The Galleria dell’Accademia is where you will see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the worldwide known sculpture of David and much more. For both museums buy tickets in advance to avoid long lines. Tickets cost €12 and kids are free.