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Our Florence Art & Cultural Exploration camps start Monday! Kids can come for the day or all week long. And while we take kids out in the mornings to visit museums, sketch piazzas, study statues…by afternoon – it’s hot! Here are some ways to beat the heat in Florence – and enjoy those sweltering Florentine summer nights! Public Pools in Florence At Parco delle Cascine, you’ll find a public park filled with all kinds of family fun activities. From small pools for small children, to pizzeria’s and pools, it’s the largest park around. Pools open from 10am to about 8pm – weekends €10 for adults / €8 kids (less on weekdays) and lounge chair rental €3 | At night, it turns into a nightclub (grownups only).

Near Campo di Marte (train station / near stadium) is an Olympic pool area with a small pool for children. The Piscina Comunale Costoli is open Monday 14.00 to 18.00 / Tues-Sunday 10.00 with extended hours till 8PM (20:00) on Thursdays & Saturdays. Cost: €9 / €6 – kids under 6 go free.
The Piscina Bellariva or Piscina Comunale Goffredo Nannini, is situated along the Lungarno (river banks). Open Monday to Friday 10.00 to 18.00 / Saturday 10.00 to 19.00 and Sunday 9.00 to 19.00 with extended hours from 20.30 to 22.30 Tuesdays & Thursdays & (call ahead to be sure) Cost: €8 / €6 – kids under 6 go free. Again, with bars – kiddie pool and so on.
Water Parks & Adventure
Watermania is a water park located inside the Firenze Camping in Town complex, open to visitors while Hidron Village offers pools with slides and other accessories for a family day out.


So come prepared / or buy one on site.

The Tree Experience above Fiesole at the Parco Avventura Vincigliata won’t keep you cool, but will keep your kids entertained! Great fun challenging yourself in the trees!

Other Check out the newly restored fountain behind Torre San Niccolò (in the Oltrarno section right near where we hold our summer art exploration day camps). It’s stunning, and, you can visit the tower there too (it’s a full 160 steps up so you’ll need a swim when you’re through!) the last left standing after most of the city’s defensive walls were torn down to make way for ‘development’. Our camp kids visit the Rose Garden nearby but you can too! Just below the Piazza Michelangelo. Or explore the Giardini Bardini in all their glory. A stunning restaurant offers a reprieve with an air-conditioned environment on the grounds. Also along the banks of the Arno, you’ll see some city ‘beaches’ and street food vendors in the park along the river, including gelato! For the true sun worshipers…as you can’t take a dip in the Arno!
And, if you want to enjoy some evenings out such as hearing live music at The Limonaia right in the heart of the Oltrarno section of town, ask us about babysitting! For more on Florence’s wonderful gardens, check out The Florentine!
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