Florence

Florence

Seven years ago, fresh off surgeries, ambulance rides, ICU treatments, and a year that would not give an inch, my husband and I took a pause to travel through Italy with his family – a trip that we are still talking about with awe and wonder. The central element of that trip – three days in Florence.  So, naturally, my Brunelleschi-loving husband, and his Botticelli-adoring wife could think of only one city that they couldn’t wait to visit again with our two sons in tow — Florence!

The itinerary: one afternoon, a full day, and one long morning. But, first, we have to get there from Cinque Terre.


Getting to Florence

Pisa Italy

Courtesy Itsalilbee.com

After our time in Cinque Terre we’ll be heading to Florence, with a quick afternoon stop in Pisa.

Things to see in Pisa:

  • Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Pisa Baptistery
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Ponte di Mezzo Bridge

Getting to central Pisa from the train station: Walk from the Pisa Centrale station to Pisa Stazione, ride the train four stops to via Bonanno then walk to the tower and surrounding areas.


Train: Florence to Rome

Monterosso to Florence Train Service

Leg 1: Monterosso to Pisa
11:07 AM Monterosso 1hr10min
12:17 PM Pisa Centrale Station Intercity 657
Leg 2: Pisa to Florence
17:12 PM Pisa 49min
18:01 PM Pisa Centrale Station Regionale Veloce 3170

Florence Hotel Details

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Courtesy La Dimore Degli Angeli

When we visited Florence originally, we found an amazing Bed and Breakfast: a quaint little place so amazing we still talk about it. So, of course, when we planned to return as a family that was the first spot we looked into.

La Dimore Degli Angeli (House of the Angels)
Via dei Brunelleschi, 4, 50123 Firenze, Italy
+39 055 288478

La Dimora Degli AngeliThe first time we visited this gorgeous little B&B, a stone’s throw from the Duomo, we reserved four rooms for our extended family and were met, in person, by the owner.  He fixed me an amazing Cappuccino when I awkwardly tried to operate the self-service machine in the adorable breakfast room like the touristo that I am, and was available for any services needed. The rooms were spacious and charming, and the location couldn’t be better.

So, of course, our family of four, reserved two rooms in June, and can’t wait for the stay!


Things to Do in Florence with Kids

Backpacking Europe with teens and tweens is probably quite different than toddling through the continent with young children in tow. The biggest difference: kids over the age of ten can spend (and almost appreciate) a day at museums … which is what Florence is all about. Not to engage in horn-tooting, but our kids have been visiting art museums in small doses since they were small. and one of the best museum visits we ever experienced was the Chicago Art Museum in 2016 where both of my boys found enough object d’art to entertain them – which is what led us to believe that the boys were old enough for Europe, and most especially Florence.


Accademia Gallerymichelangelo-david

Home of the David, this museum is understated compared to other, more magnificent, museums in Italy. But, what it lacks in splendor, it makes up in wow!  Within minutes of entering the museum one gets the great payoff – The David. To truly enjoy this facility with kids, save hours in line,  book a reservation in advance online!


Uffizi Gallery

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Courtesy Where to Go Blog

As a Botticelli fan, the Uffizi (home of Primavera) is one of my favorite museums in the world.  But, it isn’t just the amazing art that gives this museum the title, Uffiz also offers a wide variety of sculpture, beautiful architecture, impressive history,  and a convenient location (in addition to an adorable rooftop cafe that serves wine).


Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)DSC01535

Built starting in 1418 and consecrated in 1436, the grand cathedral is the center piece of Florence. After 463 steep, winding steps visitors to the Cupola of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore are rewarded with panoramic views of the city, along with some spectacular views of the artistry of Brunelleschi’s cupola itself.

  • Via della Canonica, 1, Piazza del Duomo
  • +39 055 2302885
  • opera@operaduomo.firenze.it
  • 10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
  • Bare shoulders, legs, sandals, hats, & sunglasses prohibited
  • Entry via the Porta della Mandorla (north side of the cathedral, make reservations)
  • Dome – 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Closed the first Tuesday of the Month
  • Included with Firenze Card

Palazzo Vecchiopalazzovecchio

Palazzo Vecchio, has been the symbol of the civic power of  Florence for over seven centuries. Built between the end of the thirteenth century and the beginning of the fourteenth century to house the city’s supreme governing body.

  • Piazza della Signoria Firenze
  • +39 055 2768224
  • comunicazione.musei@comune.fi.it
  • Summers: 9:00 AM -11:00 PM
  • Reservations recommended
  • Firenze Card includes access to the museum, extra charge for tours
  • Childrens activity kit available for visitors under seven
  • Secret passages tours available for children over 12 daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Cost:€10,00- €18,00 (plus €4,00 for Tour)
  • Tours are available to a variety of palace locations

Firenze CardFirenzecard Image

The official museum pass of Florence, 72 Euros gets you 72 hours of museums, churches, gardens, and viewpoints with priority access and no reservations, an additional 5 Euros gets a public transit and wifi card.

  • Piazza della Stazione 4
  • +3905523885
  • info@firenzecard.it
  • Pickup: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM (weekdays)
  • Not open Christmas, New Years, or May 1
  • Firenze Card includes access to museums & churches
  • Firenzecard+ provides public transit, and wifi
  • Children get in free at priority entrances with adult Firenzecard holders
  • A reservation fee of €4,00 fee,at the Firenzecard priority entrance may apply
  • Cost:€72,00 (plus €4,00 for Firenzecard+)
  • Duomo requires an appointment, reserved at the ticket office