Italy is one of those destinations that totally lives up to the hype.
Which is why it has been one of the top travel destinations for American travelers for the past several decades running – according to US customs data.
The historic city centers, the lush Tuscan countryside, the iconic coastline, the striking Dolomite mountains, and all the hidden nooks and crannies in between that travelers inevitably find most memorable.
Italy is always a good idea! Particularly for families. And Florence is, of course, a must for any first time visit to this amazing country.
Videre Travel is a preferred partner with Four Seasons hotels and resorts. As a preferred partner, we have exclusive access to the Four Seasons Florence experience planning team. And the team in Florence is particularly fabulous!
Here is a fun 3-day, family friendly itinerary the Four Seasons Florence team recently put together for experiencing Florence Italy with kids.
Welcome to Italy! Particularly if you traveled overnight, take you first day at a relaxed pace.
Enjoy your first taste of Florence with breakfast at Il Palagio at the Four Seasons Florence, featuring several Tuscan options on the menu.
After breakfast, wander the amazing gardens right on property. More like a park than hotel garden! Enjoy a game of volleyball or badminton and cool off with a dip in the swimming pool complete with a poolside lunch.
After lunch, the kids will love the on-property Treasure Hunt – covering the 500+ years of history on site. Once the heat of the day has passed, set out to explore Florence by bike on a fun, 2-hour guided tour.
Florence is home to some of the best children’s museums in the world. Spend the day exploring Italian history and culture through the eyes of your children.
After breakfast, hop in a taxi and head to the Stibbert Museum. This museum houses one of the world’s biggest collection of suits of armor, swords and century-old firearms. Kids love it here!
Travel back to the hotel and walk just a few minutes to the Leonardo da Vinci Interactive Museum, where children can experience Leonardo’s inventions via several hands on exhibits.
After a light lunch at a local fiaschetteria or one of Florence’s many panini bars, visit the children’s museum at the Palazzo Vecchio.
This is a living museum where kids can meet members of the Medici family “in person,” dressed in traditional costume. Also at the museum, while learning about local history, children can be taken through secret passages normally closed to the public! This is one of our favorite things to do in Florence Italy with kids!
Tonight, after another afternoon swim and once the heat of the day has passed, climb 463 steps to the top of the Duomo to watch the sun make it’s way towards the horizon, shedding the most beautiful light on Florence’s distinct skyline.
Today, set out with your guide to explore Tuscany beyond the walls of Florence. The whole family will love this full-day bike tour in the Tuscan countryside.
A short car transfer (about 20 minutes) will take you to the Chianti Castello di Trebbio, a 12th century castle which produces its own wine, olive oil, and fruits and vegetables. The castle is located in the famous Chianti Rufina region, where they produce the world renowned Ruffino wine.
After the bike test and selection and a short briefing by an English speaking guide you will depart for the tour through the picturesque winding roads of the Tuscan countryside: splendid views of the rolling hillside, vineyards and olive groves, little ancient churches and medieval towers. After the bike ride, you will return to the Castle, for a convivial delicious traditional Tuscan lunch and Chianti wine drinking with the group.
Enjoy and Buon Appetito!!!
On the way back to Florence, stop in Collodi, the home of Pinocchio, and visit the park dedicated to our long-nosed wooden friend. Return to the hotel for one last swim and a cozy dinner in your room before a restful night sleep.