Florence for familiesDiscovering Florence geared towards involving all family members of all ages.
Discovering Florence geared towards involving all family members of all ages.¬†
1.¬†Florence for families tour‚Ä¶¬†a family focus in the discovery of Florence and the mysteries and magic of the people who ruled and where and how they lived
This walking tour is designed for all ages in the family but has particular focus on the younger generation. Amongst other things we visit Palazzo Davanzati (openings hours permitting), some renaissance palaces and the new market for some wish making. We hunt down the coats of arms of the ruling families dotted around the city, discover paintings and their hidden meanings, explore the artisans workshops (opening times permitting), discover the delights of Tuscan food and the miracles in the churches and the magic in the streets. A stop for gelato in a local favourite place is necessary for refuelling! This walking tour is always a hit with the families with children of all ages and interests.
Other¬†museums which we think work well with families and we like to include in the family tour itinerary (other than the Palazzo Davanzati) are¬†the Palazzo Vecchio (the medieval town hall and then the first ducal palace of the Medici family),¬†the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi (where the Medici lived in the 1400s when one of the leading banking families in the city) and the Santa Croce church (tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo and other masterpieces). If you have a preference in visiting one of the above please let us know upon booking.
*If you would like to include the Accademia gallery (visiting the Michelangelo works only) into the itinerary¬†it is possible also. Please read the ‘More info’ section for important scheduling information.
*If you would like to enter the cathedral (duomo) on the tour please read the section on this in ‘More info’.
1.¬†Florence for families tour:¬†The meeting place will be the reception of your hotel if located in the historical centre. Otherwise, an easy, centrally located meeting point will be established.
1.¬†Florence for families tour – 3 hours:
270‚ā¨¬†when you book for up to 5people¬†(90‚ā¨ an hour)
285‚ā¨¬†when you book for 6-9people¬†(95‚ā¨ an hour)
300‚ā¨ when you book for 10people or more (100‚ā¨ an hour),
ADMISSION FEES are not included in the above prices. Admission fees are paid upon entering with the guide on the day.
A half day tour is 3 hours and full day tour is 6 hours in length (the hourly rate for the full day applies as above).
Reduced ticket admission fees¬†for under 18 years
Under 18 years are free to state and city museums (Accademia, Uffizi gallery, Pitti Palace, Bargello sculpture museum,¬†palazzo Davanzati, San Marco monastery, Palazzo Vecchio) however, an original passport OR a digital or paper copy of passport is the necessary document to show as proof of age at the ticket office of each museum.
Ticket reservations are necessary ahead of time at the Accademia gallery, the Uffizi gallery and¬†the Medici chapels¬†so as to avoid the very long lines of¬†unreserved visitors. Freya‚Äôs Florence will make these reservations when the sites are included in the tour itinerary. All visitors over 6 years old must pay the 4‚ā¨ for the reservation fee.
Under 6 years are not required to have a ticket nor reservation.
There are reduced admissions costs at other sites in the city upon showing proof of age.
Payment for the tour can be made in cash at the end of the tour¬†directly¬†to the guide, or in advance by¬†PayPal with an additional 5% to cover the PayPal fees.
Tours booked within ten days of the date of the tour must be paid in advance by PayPal.
Entering the cathedral¬†(duomo)
In the busy season there are long queues to enter the cathedral.
Due to the increased security measures, we no longer guarantee visits to the inside of the Duomo (Florence Cathedral). Unfortunately the Cathedral does not take reservations or allow priority entry for groups accompanied by licensed guides. Due to the added security, which includes body scans, queues to enter usually exceed 20 minutes. If there is a long wait time to enter the inside of the cathedral, your guide will discuss in detail the Duomo from the square outside.
Groups greater than¬†6 people will require headsets, necessary for most of the museums and recommended for city walks due to surrounding noise.
Freya‚Äôs Florence¬†will book these¬†in advance and they will be distributed at the¬†beginning of the tour and used¬†for the entire duration of the¬†tour. For parties of 10 people and less the total cost for¬†a half¬†day tour¬†is 25‚ā¨ or for¬†a¬†full¬†day tour¬†the cost is 50‚ā¨.
For parties greater than 10pax the cost of the headsets per person¬†is¬†2.50‚ā¨ for a half day tour and 5‚ā¨ per person for a full day tour.
Ticket reservations for Accademia gallery
If you are interested in including the Accademia gallery into the tour itinerary:
The Accademia gallery¬†is closed on Mondays. It is not possible to make a reservation to avoid the long lines on the first Sunday of a month.
We make the ticket reservations ahead of time for the gallery if included in the tour itinerary.
We strongly¬†recommend avoiding¬†entering the Accademia¬†gallery between 9am-5pm as¬†it is extremely busy and queues accrue in the reservation area after 9am due to the numerous large groups and over ticket booking.
The Accademia opens¬†at 8.15am and so we recommend entering between 8.15-9am. Or, we will organise¬†an afternoon tour entering from 5pm (it closes at 6.30pm) and the tour will¬†visit the gallery towards the end of the itinerary.
Tuesday is the busiest day of the week for both of galleries as they are closed on Monday. We strongly advise not including them in the tour itinerary on Tuesday. If necessary then we recommend entering no later than 8.30am.
Appropriate clothing for entering the churches during summer months:
Shoulders¬†must be covered and skirts or shorts no¬†higher¬†than the¬†top of the knee in churches.
Cancellations made less than 48hours prior to the tour start time require full payment.
Cancellations made within a week of your tour date will require half payment.