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.
Discover nature and art inside this historic city and enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. The parks are places to find tranquility and spend quality time admiring the architecture and landscape designs inspired by Renaissance Florence. Pause for a picnic, enjoy a coffee, or indulge in an Aperitivo to conclude your day.
Suggested Parks to Visit:
- The Boboli Gardens are situated across the Ponte Vecchio bridge and behind the Pitti Palace. Originally commissioned by the Medici family, the 111-acre grounds are now an open-air museum filled with statues, grand fountains, and ornately designed hidden gardens. It's easy to spend many hours wandering around, so we recommend picking up a map and making the most of your time here! Don't miss the Artichoke Fountain, Buontalenti Grotto, and the Giardino del Cavaliere (Knight’s Garden) during your visit.
- Above the famous Piazzale Michelangelo is the Rose Garden. From here, you'll spot iconic buildings in the Florence skyline, most prominently the Duomo. It's an idyllic place to relax and take some beautiful photos. This small and immaculately kept area has hundreds of different roses, lemon trees, and even a Japanese garden donated by Florence’s twin city, Kyoto.
- At the opposite end of Piazzale Michelangelo is a garden dedicated to the iris flower. In the Iris Garden, you'll find 250 endangered species of the iris plant in a setting that takes you away from a city atmosphere. The garden is open from the end of April to May when the Iris flowers bloom.
Itineraries with Parks of Florence Walking Tour
Northern Italy Family Road Trip: Florence, Chianti, Italian Riviera, Lake Como & Lake Garda - 10 Days
Wheel your way through northern Italy on this road trip with stops that school-aged children and parents can enjoy, with timing adjustable to your own preferences. You'll start amid the Renaissance influences of Florence, then set out into the Tuscan countryside and Chianti Valley on winding olive- and vineyard-lined roads. From there, head to the coast to wander the beaches of the Italian Riviera and then up to Lake Como to explore its luxurious shores. Wrap up your Italian sojourn on the playful shores of Lake Garda before you return to 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.
With two full weeks, your family can embrace what Italy has to offer on this tour, focused on kids aged 5-12. You'll craft Carnival masks and follow engaging clues through the canals of Venice, then experience the Renaissance arts of Florence. Tour ancient sites, extensive art collections, and fruit-filled markets in Rome before you end your trip in Naples, home of both ancient Pompeii and some of the best pizza you can find.