‘Firenze dei Bambini’ Children’s Festival

Firenze dei Bambini, a two-day program just for kids, will take place from May 19 to 21. Curious children will be able to discover, learn, explore, and most importantly: have fun with music, technology, art, and more. Learning workshops, courses, and events for every interest are open to girls, boys and their families; all are free. The festival begins Friday at 6 pm at the Opera di Firenze where children and their families [...]

Peter Rabbit Reading in English

The Harold Acton Library of the British Institute of Florence (Lungarno Guiccardini 9) is hosting an English reading of a Beatrix Potter classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit at 5 pm on April 20. The children’s classic is the story of how, despite the warnings of his mother, the rebellious young Peter Rabbit enters the garden of Mrs McGregor to snack on some vegetables.  Listeners can discover how the story ends, which is intended for [...]

Gourmet Southern Italy at ‘Gourmettino’

A gourmet restaurant with a homemade twist is a new addition in the center of Florence. Il Gourmettino (Via Matteo Palmieri 31, not from Santa Croce), inaugurated in November 2016 and continues to please customers well into the new year. Customers can find Southern Italian delicacies at affordable prices and a chic atmosphere to accompany it. Local artists’ works are displayed on the walls for the customers to enjoy, cushions line the seats, and [...]

AILO Donation Day, April 6

On April 6, Florence’s American International League of Florence Onlus (AILO) will be hosting their most important event of the year, “Donation Day,” on Thursday, April 6.  Hosted by Palagio di Parte Guelfa in the Piazza di Parte Guelfa (near Piazza Repubblica), the ceremony will start at 4 pm. Sara Funaro, councilor for Welfare of the City of Florence, Abby Rupp, U.S. Consul General and AILO’s president, Jocelyn Fitzgerald, will be there to [...]

A Breath of Spring — Easter Egg Fun

Any child can tell you that the best part about Spring is decorating Easter eggs with the whole family and Easter egg hunts. Luckily, the Children’s Lending Library’s annual Easter egg decorating party and fundraiser is back this year on Saturday April 8 on via Rucellai 9, near the Santa Maria Novella train station. The non-profit volunteer-run association has a collection of books for kids up to age 16. The organization is able [...]

Miss Moppet at the B.I. Storytime

Storytime at the British Institute is back! On March 16 at 5 pm, families are invited to spend an afternoon with Beatrix Potter’s tale of a mischievous kitten and brave mouse with a reading of The Story of Miss Moppet. The program is designed for children ages 3 – 8 but everyone is welcome.  The event will be held in English in the Children’s Room of the Harold Acton Library at the British [...]

Florence Carnival Celebrations for the Kids

This Saturday, February 25 from 2 to 6 pm, Piazza Ognissanti will once again host its free Children’s Carnival. The Borgognissanti street association in partnership with the city of Florence will provide a festive day full of food, games and entertainment for adults and kids alike. This year an electric train will take passengers on a scenic tour of Lungarno Vespucci. There will be sweets like cotton candy, peanut brittle, and brigidini, games, cartoons, face [...]

Children’s Art Workshops in Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio is offering a series of interactive art workshops to teach the techniques of famous artists to kids through March. A fresco workshop will be held on January 29; kids and families will experiment with the fresco technique and develop their own art to take home. On Sunday, February 19 participants have the opportunity to grind their own paints to customize their artwork. The final workshop is a gilding workshop on Sunday, [...]

San Niccolò 39: Simple & Sophisticated

A few steps past the Arno River and a few more from your mother’s kitchen, is San Niccolò 39, the go-to restaurant for fish, meat, and veggie lovers alike. The entrance creates a sense of chicness yet feels like home with couches and pieces that could be straight out of a modern art museum. Garden seating or inside seating are both available. The atmosphere is warm and the staff is more than accommodating. [...]

Holiday Book Reading & Musical Theatre for Kids

This week in Florence will bring two Christmas-themed events that children will enjoy. BOOK READING The Harold Acton Library of the British Institute will hold its monthly reading for kids featuring “Pooh’s Christmas Adventure” on December 15 starting at 5 pm. Children are invited to spend the day with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and Eeyore as they celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. This activity is in English and will [...]