Florence is a very vibrant Italian city filled with students, young travelers, artists, professionals with a thriving international community. The quaintness, remarkable unique beauty and manageable size makes Florence an enjoyable city for teenagers to explore on their own. Other than the usual touristic stops like museums and monuments, Florence has much to offer for families looking for things to with in Florence with teenagers. Family vacations can be challenging in terms of finding mutually agreeable activities that consider budget, fun, experience and adventure all in one. I know it’s a shock but your teen may not be as stoked as you’d imagine by the prospect of standing in line for an hour to enter the Uffizi museum which could take hours to fully explore. Coming to Florence with teenagers? We have some suggestions for fun activities which are teen-appropriate on their own to do either together as a group.
Especially if you are traveling with a fashion-obsessed teenager, take them (or direct them) to visit the Ferragamo flagship store and museum in Florence in the high street fashion district of Via Tornabuoni. The museum at Ferragamo is probably one of the most exciting museums you could suggest to your teen. The shop has all of the latest designs on display, too! Perhaps you could treat them to an original Ferragamo €300 scarf? 😉
Either as a group or for teens to do on their own, a bike tour in Florence is the perfect activity to get moving, discover sights and to enjoy the picturesque gem town of Florence on bicycle. Did you know that in addition to Segway tours in Italy, we also organize daily Florence bike tours? Our bike tour in Florence is a great activity for teens since it’s an ideal length of time (3 hours), a safe bike ride tour for teens on a cruiser bicycle, includes an entertaining English-speaking guide and finishes with a stop for an Italian gelato!
3. Take them to the San Lorenzo Market (Mercato Centrale)!
Italy is famous for their outdoor daily food markets and San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale is an iconic Florentine market establishment. Your teens will undoubtedly relish in the colors, smells, interesting local foods, market personalities and the novelty of visiting Italian butcher shops and fish mongers. Have them explore the market, tasting samples of Florentine and Italian delicacies along the way and discover exotic produce. Finish with lunch at Florence’s very famous Nerbone (inside the San Lorenzo Market) for delicious sandwiches, soups or pasta for an authentic Italian food treat worth every penny.
4. Learn how Italian gelato is made by visiting Rivareno Gelateria!
If you contact the management at Rivarano Gelateria in Florence, it is possible to arrange a gelato making demo where the staff (who some speak English upon request) shows you how they make gelato and a tasting is followed after of their seasonal specialties. It is also possible to request gelato making CLASSES where your teens can make their own gelato and eat their own creations. If you need help arranging this, let the staff at Segway Italy Tours know and we will do our best to mediate!
5. Climb the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore aka the Duomo in Florence!
This is a classic activity and a must do for anyone and everyone visiting Florence! Okay, maybe not everyone. With all do respect, one should be in fair health conditions as the climb is nearly 500 stairs. However, this should not be a problem for any young, healthy and able teen. Why will your teen love climbing the Duomo? Well, for one it has a bit of a scare-factor and a challenge that will incite the interest of teens as the stairwell is very quirky and winding- it will seem like they are climbing through a sort of dungeon castle with over 600 years of history. Throughout the climb, there are little windows perfect for peeking out and having your breath knocked out of you (not just from the stairs) but from the incredible scenery one can only see from the heights throughout the Duomo. The top of the climb has incredible art and a stunning fresco depicting scenes from the world famous bible. Visit the official website to learn more about opening times and tickets.
Visiting Florence with Teenagers? Contact the local experts at Segway Italy Tours for more ideas or resources on your upcoming family trip to the Renaissance gem of Florence!