The special location of the Grand Hotel Baglioni allows you to visit the city, leaving the car behind to discover it with a comfortable stroll through the streets of the city centre, all in complete tranquillity.
Larger rooms can accommodate up to four people, with the option of having communicating rooms without having to compromise on comfort. All the services on offer, from babysitting to reduced prices according to age, guarantee fun for the kids and relaxation for the adults. To help you organise your trip to the city centre, we recommend the Seeing Florence with children (A Firenze con i bambini) guide, a handy collection of cultural events, performances, libraries, recreation centres and other practical information.
Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory
If you want to make your kids’ dream of seeing the moon “up close” a reality, a visit to the Arcetri Observatory is what you need.
Nighttime visits for groups of up to 35 people are held in the week of the first quarter moon at the following times and periods of the year:
- at 18.30 and 21.00 from November to March;
- at 21.00 from April to October.
Night tours, known as "Open Observatory", are held on Saturday nights, and take requests for individuals or groups up to a maximum of five units and are managed by the Astronomical Association Friends of Arcetri, a non-profit cultural association for the dissemination of scientific culture.
- 4 euros for young children and schoolchildren up to 14 years old;
- 6 euros for secondary school pupils;
- 8 euros for adults.
You can request information by phone, Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm, on 0039 055 2752280.
Museum, laboratory and workshop. But just for the little ones!
The Bottega dei Ragazzi, an innovation in the world of museums, is a space dedicated to creative workshops in one of the landmarks for childhood in the city of Florence, the Istituto degli Innocenti (www.istitutodeglinnocenti.it).
The Bottega is organised by the educational department of the MUDI - Museo degli Innocenti and offers children aged 3 to 11 a rich programme of activities designed to teach them about art and history in a fun way, through entertaining tours and more than 70 fun and creative workshops on the topics of art, the history of Florence and the old Institute.
The Bottega dei Ragazzi offers its activities to schools, families and individual tourists in Italian, English, French and Spanish.
The activities last for 90 minutes each. After the workshop, the children can stay at the Bottega to play together whilst their parents enjoy a visit to the neighbouring museums or the nearby Church of the Annunziata.
Family day at the museums
The educational section of the Polo Museale Fiorentino puts on an interesting calendar of events, changing on a daily basis, that examine different aspects of works preserved in the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum, in San Marco, and at the Galleria dell'Accademia or d’Arte Moderna.
The Family day at the museums initiative caters to the parents of children aged between 8 and 12. For information and reservations, contact the educational section of the Polo Museale di Firenze by calling 0039 055 284272 only on Wednesdays from 3pm to 6pm and Thursdays from 9am to 12pm, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You only pay the cost of the adult tickets (children under 18 have free admission to the museums in the scheme, which are state-run).