TOURS FOR KIDS IN TUSCANY
All tours are suitable for children who are of school-age. It is always important to know the age of your kids in order to tailor the most suitable tour for your family and in order to adapt the language to the audience. Here below you can find some proposals but everything can be customized according to customer requests.
Children under 18 years of any nationality have free entrance tickets to national museums in Florence and Palazzo Vecchio. However, it is necessary to show kids’ passport at the ticket office in order to guarantee the free ticket. Please don’t forget to take a copy of their passport with you.
- HUNT TO THE SYMBOLS IN FLORENCE! (3 hours)
Walking tour + Visit of the Accademia Gallery
Discovering the story of the city of Florence through its symbols. The children will be given some illustrative material with some symbols and they will have to look for them. It will be a way to keep their attention alive and to bring them to know the history of Florence. We will visit the most important sites of the city: Piazza Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio. At the Accademia Gallery, we will discover how the little David, thanks to his courage and intelligence, could defeat the giant Goliath. But if David was small, why Michelangelo carved him like a big giant? We will try to figure it out!
- HOW DID THEY USE TO LIVE IN FLORENCE IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY? (2 hours)
How did they use to live in the fifteenth century? How did they use to get water at home? What were the bathrooms like? Which games did children use to play? We will answer to these questions visiting a real home of the past.
- AT MEDIC’S HOME (4 hours)
(Palazzo Vecchio+Giardino di Boboli)
The story of the Medici’s family through their homes: Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace. In Palazzo Vecchio the characters of the Medici family await us: to each one of them is dedicated a room.
They will tell us about their deeds. How? Through the paintings of this sumptuous palace. We will meet merchants, princes and heroes. But there is a problem. Palazzo Vecchio did not have a garden and children were not able to play outdoor. For this reason, the Medici bought Pitti Palace with its large park. Put on comfortable shoes and let’s go to the Boboli Gardens. Magic grottoes, dwarfs, winged horses and many other curious things are waiting to be discovered!
- A PRISON HOSTING GODS AND HEROES. A VISIT TO THE BARGELLO MUSEUM (2 ore)
The severe Bargello’s Palace was a prison, but then it was turned into a museum. Here statues of gods and heroes are going to tell us many stories that speak about of great rivalries, cunning, love and courage. The statues were carved by great artists of the Renaissance: Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Michelangelo and Cellini. The Bargello is not only statues, but also many curious objects. Let’s find out together!
- MUSEO DI LEONARDO A FIRENZE
(approx. 1 hour to combine with a walking tour or another museum)
Suitable for children older than 7 years
We will learn about Leonardo universal genius through his inventions. In this museum the machines are reproduced full-scale according to the sketches that we find in his manuscripts: war machines, civil engineering machines, but above all the amazing flying machines.
- SIENA FOR KIDS (3 hours)
How come we see everywhere in Siena the she-wolf with the twins? What do the animals decorating the fountains of the city represent? What is the shape of Piazza del Campo? Where do the horses run? Which one are the games played by children in Siena? We will answer to all this during our tour.
Highly recommended the visit of a contrada: here we will see the armors worn during the Palio parade, the flags and the drums. The visit of the district requires a fee.
- SIENA FOR KIDS WITH PALAZZO PUBBLICO (3 ore)
(suitable for children older than 8 years)
The tour starts on Piazza del Campo. We will then visit Palazzo Pubblico to see how people used to live in Siena in the fourteenth century by looking at the frescoes decorating the palace. To complete the three hours, we can go on a walking tour or visit one contrada (one of the 17 museums of the districts involved into the Palio horse-race).
- IN SEARCH OF THE LOST LION- TOUR FOR CHILDREN IN CHIANTI TO DISCOVER THE ETRUSCANS (2 hours)
What happened to Leo the guardian of the grave? We will find it out together.
The tour takes place in Castellina in Chianti and starts from the Etruscan Mound of Montecalvario. It is truly very large, 53 meters in diameter, larger than the dome of the Florence Cathedral or that of the Pantheon in Rome! Here in one of the tombs had his home our Leo who watched over the sleep of the Etruscan princes. But who were the Etruscans, you may ask, and what were they doing here in a remote place in Chianti? Your questions will be answered.
We will then walk to the Archaeological Museum of Castellina where during the visit you will see some extraordinary exhibits which permit to talk about the daily life of this people who inhabited Tuscany between the VIII and I century B.C.
If the children won’t be too tired, we can also visit the town of Castellina.
Etruscan Tomb can be visited only if hasn’t rained days before.
- SAN GIMIGNANO, A JUMP TO THE MIDDLE AGES (3 hours)
An itinerary where you will learn the purpose of this particular urban development of which 14 towers still stand witness. It is recommended the visit of the Collegiata Church, a sort of Sistine Chapel of the Fourteenth century frescoed with the stories of the Bible.
- THE ABBEY OF ST. GALGANO AND THE HERMITAGE OF MONTESIEPI WITH THE SWORD IN THE STONE (2 hours)
Story of Galgano Guidotti, a sort of upside down King Arthur, who instead of removing the sword, drove it forever into a stone. We will visit the Hermitage of Montesiepi, where the sword in the stone has become a cross. Here the story of Galgano was painted by an exceptional storyteller: Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
At the end of twelfth century arrived in this region Cistercian monks, who built the Abbey of St. Galgano nearby the hermitage. The Abbey is one of the most significant examples of Cistercian gothic architecture in Italy.
Because it has been neglected for centuries, the abbey has no roof, but this has made it a magical place: the sky is now its roof and the grass its floor.
The itinerary in St. Galgano’s footsteps might be completed with the visit to the village of Chiusdino, where there are other places connected with the saint’s worship.
July 14, 2020