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Twentieth-century Tuscany

  Tuscany’s Renaissance and Etruscan masterpieces are world famous, but the region’s twentieth-century art gets scant attention. Toscana ’900, a project of the Tuscan Region and the Ente Cassa di ...

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Casa Ronald

If Florence is your adopted home, you’ll know the importance of being surrounded by family. But no one understands the importance of family better than the children at Casa Ronald in Firenze.  Located down the street from Meyer Pediatric Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House in Florence hosts

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What to do with kids in Florence

The Florentine says a massive thank-you to everyone who contributed to this article, including Firenze Moms4Moms and Baby Bottega. Florence does not have the best reputation when it comes to children’s activities. Maybe it’s because of the haute culture, the myriad museums and churches, or

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Make it yourself!

Let’s Work Artisans! Junior introduces children between 6 and 12 to the world of traditional artisanship while also teaching English in a fun and relaxed environment.   A project by Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte (OmA), an association of artisans and artists, Let’s Work Artisans!

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Booty for bambini

As Italy’s core empties out come August, with most Italians heading to the coast or abroad, many of us expats head back to our roots. Preparing for the trip home usually entails some gift buying, and while it is fairly easy to find wonderful presents for most recipients,

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Sailing tortoises and a UFO

Your kids might find an afternoon spent at a museum as interesting as watching paint dry, but Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio holds some hidden curiosities sure to pique their interest. Who ...

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Cops and salsa

When you call a foreign country home and summer rolls around and you find yourself planning a vacation to the old place you used to call home, you realize how strange your life has become. You are now, in many ways, a tourist in your own land. You find yourself

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Animals & Co

What better fun family outing than a day at the zoo? Ever since Lorenzo de' Medici astounded and entertained Florentines by keeping a giraffe in his menagerie in 1486, Tuscans have kept collections of exotic animals to admire and educate. The zoo in Pistoia was founded in 1970, covers 7

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When the frosting hits the fan

Perhaps it's some kind of maternal sacrilege, but I must confess a loathing for birthday parties, which, here in Italy, tend to be of epic length, demanding the ferocious stamina of a gladiator fighting off a pride of peckish lions. They typically involve weird clowns, animatrici of arbitrary talents,

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Rolling on the river

Simone Ciabatti is a guide, a businessman and a proud Florentine who wants to share his city with others-and to do it in the most inventive way possible. For years, Simone has run his company, Accord Solutions, with an eye toward the innovative. His Segway tours, gelato tastings and

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Hot child in the summertime

There is no way to sugarcoat this: Staying in the city with bambini during the scorching summer months of July and August ain't easy. It's hot. School's out. Even summer camp goes on vacation. Your friends and neighbors are at the beach. But fear not-all it

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A family affair

I am about to give you the recipe for a perfect family Saturday afternoon in Florence. Grab the car, saddle up the motorino or hop on the number 10 bus and get yourself to the Tree Experience Parco Avventura di Vincigliata in Fiesole because this place rocks.   A mix

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Sick kids

  One morning last spring at the Esselunga’s café in Florence I had met an Englishman and his wife having the coffee we all need before fighting our way down ...

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Are you KIDding? A day at the park

After having spent the majority of the last decade living in the center of Florence, I became one of ‘those people' who high-tailed it to the outskirts as soon as baby came along. Amidst romantic notions of ambling through the Santo Spirito morning market and frolicking in the

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A Florentine bambino

Tuscany undoubtedly has one of the highest-quality maternal healthcare programs in Italy, possibly one of the best in the world. Hard to believe? Read on.       Once you ...

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Brunelleschi and his dome

This poem is dedicated to my young Florentine friends Choppy and Giovanni.   Florentines had civic pride, Something that they didn't hide.Building churches was the rage,Even if it took an age.Dignitaries riding throughNoticed there was lots to do.There's Saint Mary of the Flower,Crouched

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Journey to the stars

Palazzo Strozzi, in the heart of Florence’s historic centre, is getting a reputation for bringing innovation to Florence, and its programming for families is no exception. Beginning with the current exhibit, Galileo: Images of the Universe from Antiquity to the Telescope, which runs through August 30, Palazzo Strozzi

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Hands up!

Bottega dei Ragazzi and The Florentine continue their partnership, offering fun English language art workshops for children on the last weekend of each month. These sessions are based on the principle of ‘learning through doing' and reflect the old traditions of Renaissance workshops. Skilled teaching staff from the Istituto

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Bottega dei Ragazzi

Bottega dei Ragazzi and The Florentine will be working together again in February to offer fun, English-language art workshops for children during the last weekend of the month. These workshops are based on the principle of ‘learning through doing' and reflect the traditions of Renaissance workshops. Skilled staff

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On top of the dome, with Pippo

When you think of the story of Brunelleschi's dome of Florence cathedral, you think of complicated construction machinery and mind-boggling mathematical calculations, don't you? Well, you're right. The story is rife with math and machines. But, it's also spiced with plenty of anecdotes, the kind

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Bottega dei Ragazzi

Parents looking for an opportunity to expose their kids to creative events in English need look no further than the innovative Bottega dei Ragazzi (Children's Workshop), part of Florence's Museo degli Innocenti. Starting January 31, the Bottega will hold English-language workshops and events during the last weekend

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Bottega dei ragazzi

How many times have you heard your out-of-town friends say, ‘Florence is such a lovely city, but where are all the kids?' It does sometimes seem like the Renaissance city is completely devoid of children as families have begun to move out of the center and into

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Delight in the details

‘This little pig went to market…’ is the premise of Nancy Shroyer Howard’s engaging Mischief in Tuscany: Running Wild in a Famous Painting. When a Cinta Senese pig with an ...

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