What are the five best things to do with kids in Florence?

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Although Florence is an art and history buff’s paradise, there are plenty of fun things to do with kids, too, including these five activities our Forbes Travel Guide editors think they’ll absolutely love:

1. Museo Galileo. Florence’s science museum makes for a kid-friendly break from the city’s plethora of frescoes and sculptures (not to mention the scorching heat). Best for kids ages six and up, Museo Galileo features an interactive area where little ones can get their hands on Galilean instruments. You also can do a child-friendly 1.5-hour visit with a museum tour or rent an interactive video guide complete with 3D animations — just be sure to choose the “kids” option.
 
2. Boboli Gardens. The formal gardens of Palazzo Pitti feature 11 acres of green space and is the perfect place for adults to relax in the shade while the kids run around and burn off some energy. First laid out in the 16th century, Boboli Gardens has outdoor sculptures and a strange, spooky Mannerist grotto, which  was carved to look like it has stalactites and is filled with replicas of famous statues.
 
3. Take a climb. Kids and adults alike will be worn out after climbing either the 463 steps of the Duomo or the 414 steps of Giotto’s Bell Tower, which is just next to the Duomo. The trek is worth it, though, for the great views of the city you’ll be treated to at the top.
 
4. Pay homage to Pinocchio. Piazzale Michelangelo is about a 20-minute walk from the center of town — you’ll be mostly going up stairs, so be prepared for a climb — and has some of the best views of greater Florence. Beyond the views you’ll also see the 11th-century church of San Miniato al Monte and its cemetery, where Pinocchio’s creator was laid to rest.
 
5. See artisans at work in Oltrarno. Just across the river is Florence’s Oltrarno quarter, where you and your kids can duck inside a number of shops and watch local artisans at work as they bind books, create mosaics and make shoes and jewelry.

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