Florence and Tuscany

Florence has many hotels but the rooms tend to be small and most hotels do not have pools or open areas to run around however, there are some good options for babies and toddlers. An apartment from Airbnb or Friendly Rentals is an option if you need a bit more space for toddlers to run around or you could also opt to stay in a hotel in the hills around the city. These hotels may not be as central but you will be able to walk to the city while enjoying better amenities and larger rooms. Many of the hotels and apartments will not have swimming pools. Click here for a guide to Florence’s public pools which are dotted around the city and offer a break from the hot summer days!

There are a number of hotels located in and around Florence which are very baby and toddler friendly including:

Lungaro Suites

The Lungarno Suites are located on the River Arno, a minute’s walk from the Ponte Vecchio.  They offer spacious apartment-like rooms, each with a kitchenette and sliding doors between the bedroom and living/dining area. This hotel has no restaurant, but two of the others, Hotel Continentale and Gallery Hotel Art, are on the same square, and the latter serves a delicious breakfast (buffet or à la carte) in the library.


The Four Seasons


The Four Seasons Hotel  is a stunning and centrally located hotel. The hotel offers family rooms,  a fantastic pool and gardens  and a spa. It is very baby and toddler friendly and cots and babysitting services are available.

The Torre Di Bellosguardo http://en.torrebellosguardo.com/sites/default/files/styles/slidehome/public/immagini-slide/9defbb0d03cdb8e134b309d7ec86d60eea2e14cd.jpg?itok=ZZjuUuVF The Torre Di Bellosguardo is a 13th century historical tower with extraordinary view of Florence, a short walk from the city centre. The  rooms are large and there are modern bathrooms and facilities. There is also a large garden with outdoor swimming pool. Cots and babysitting services are available on request.   The Villa Cora http://www.villacora.it/images/box/02.jpg The Villa Cora is a 5 star resort located in a 19th century mansion with a large garden, bordering the gardens along Viale dei Colli, within walking distance of the Boboli Gardens and the city centre. It has 46 rooms and suites, a heated pool in the garden, Gourmet’s Restaurant and a spa. Cots are available on request.

Villa La Massa http://www.villalamassa.com/images/slideshow/big/home_0000.jpg Villa La Massa is located just 15 minutes from the center of Florence in Candeli and offers plenty of outdoor space for toddlers to run around. Villa La Massa has all the benefits of a Tuscan countryside hotel with access to Florence with the hotel’s free shuttle. There is a playground on the grounds and an outdoor heated pool (note there are no shallow areas in the pool). Cots are available on request. Tuscany When traveling to Tuscany it is advisable to find family friendly accommodation and base yourself there for a week or so. Moving between hotels can be stressful and time consuming with little ones in tow and if you are sightseeing you can plan your week to keep time in the car to a minimum. There are a number of accommodation options in Tuscany including self catering apartments kitchens, villas and resorts. Self catering accommodation is a great option and allows you to cook for your child and gives toddlers space to run around.

Casa Cornacchi http://www.cornacchi.com/images/home/casa-cornacchi-country-house-03.jpg Casa Cornacchi Country House is located in the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Siena. It offers rooms, suites and apartments in a stunning setting with breathtaking views of Tuscany. It is family friendly and has a pool. Cots are available on request.   Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia http://www.agriturismo.it/imgs/002/064/gallery/01_b.jpg Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia is a beautiful farmhouse located near to Cerreto Guidi. The hotel is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The hotel is family friendly and is run by two sisters who will cook for you and be happy to help you with anything you need.   The Tombolo Talasso Resort http://www.tombolotalasso.it/img/bg/tombolobg_0.jpg The Tombolo Talasso Resort is located on the West coast of Italy, 75 km south of Pisa. It is very family friendly and has a play area, private beach, swimming pool and kids pool.The hotel can accommodate families in suites and connecting room.  There is a nutritious kids menu available in the hotel and accommodation for children below 12 sharing the room with their parents is complimentary and cots are available on request.   Apartments at Casa Campanella, Elba http://www.casacampanella.it/images/intestazione-1.jpg Apartments at Casa Campanella, Elba are a great option for those travelling with babies and toddlers. The resort has a playground and kids pool and is just over a kilometer away from the beach. (Apartments from €560 a week for two to three people). For some other ideas on where to stay in Tuscany, see Alastair Sawday’s top 15 family-friendly Italian stays.