Families with teens who want to get out and explore (and find the perfect backdrop for their photos) should give this two-week itinerary through the Veneto and Tuscany a try. You'll start in Venice, where you can explore secret passages, craft your own masks, and paddle a gondola. Then head to Verona and Lake Garda, biking through both urban and natural attractions. Wrap up in the Tuscan cities of Siena and Florence with a hot air balloon ride, gelato-making, and more.
You’ll meet your local guide just outside the Perché No Gelato Academy. This gelateria is beloved by locals and known for its exceptional flavors. Start by meeting some of the family members and immerse yourself in the art of gelato-making. Historians can trace the concept of gelato back thousands of years, but it evolved into the creamy goodness we all know and love over time. The key to a great Italian gelato is respecting tradition while still understanding how to be innovative. These are the secrets you will learn from professional gelato makers.
Once you know the basics, you’ll create your own gelato, choosing various flavors and high-quality ingredients. Your teachers will provide everything you need, including gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives. This hands-on, family-friendly experience is great fun and an excellent way to dive deeper into the culture of Florence, one of Italy’s favorite gelato destinations.
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Itineraries with Traditional Gelato Making Class in Florence
Take your young ones on the experience of a lifetime as you travel through Italy. You'll start in Venice, where you'll explore on a slew of scavenger hunts. Follow it with Florence, where you'll learn to craft your own gelato, before you make your way through the markets and museums of Rome while engaging in interactive activities. The activities throughout this trip are specially designed for families with kids aged 5-12, allowing you to experience many of Italy's highlights while keeping the little ones entertained.