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7 Places in Florence that Nannies Wish They Knew About

Italy is filled with crowds of tourists for most of the year. Most of the cities in this beautiful country is overflowing with art, Renaissance buildings and endless lines of visitors hoping for a chance to experience the country’s spirit. However, there are hidden gems in every city that nannies should know about in case the opportunity arises to visit with the charges. 

Florence is considered one of the most charming cities in Italy. It is full of history, art, and architecture yet retains that small-town feel. While Florence may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of Italy, it will keep you coming back to experience its beauty and mystery. 

It’s no secret that Florence houses some of the most renowned pieces of art and architecture across the globe. The town, which is famous for its majestic cathedral, also has numerous hidden gems that are worth a visit. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and discover the town’s best kept secrets for yourself. 

 

Appenine Colossus at Villa Demidoff

Thirty-minutes away from Florence lies the incredible Appenine Colossus or Coloso dell’Appennino. This majestic 16th-century statue is situated inside an elegant villa with a beautiful garden. 

Nannies and children who have some time to play with and really love art would not want to miss this gigantic work of art by famous sculptor Giambologna.

 

San Marco Museum

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If you and the kids are looking to visit a museum that does not have long lines, Florence’s small museums are the perfect destination. The San Marco Museum or Museo di San Marco is located inside a Dominican monastery. It houses dozens of art pieces from the 16th-century, including those painted by well-known Early Renaissance painter Beato Angelico. 

 

Todo Modo

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If you and the children find yourselves near the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, you may want to visit Todo Modo. This bookstore is regarded as one of the coolest in Florence for its wide selection of English and Italian books. 

Todo Modo is unlike ordinary bookshops. It is also a cafe that serves Italian and Mediterranean meals for breakfast and lunch. Todo Modo has an excellent array of dishes that are prepared and served by very kind staffers. 

 

Torrigiani Garden

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Torrigiani Garden is one of the largest private gardens in Europe. This botanical garden boasts an extraordinary number of tree and plant species from all over the world. It is also home to amazing artworks that help form a unique scenery.

Nannies would have to schedule a visit to see the park. The visitors will be accompanied by a member of the Torrigiani family and led on a sentimental journey through the sacred crypt and the open spaces surrounded the temple of Arcadia. 

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The Abbey of San Miniato al Monte

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Built between the 11th and 13th century, this ancient church is decorated with green and white marble in patterns similar to the Santa Maria Novella. Nannies and children who are hoping to take a fantastic photo of Florence or watch the sunset would enjoy the incredible views from the San Miniato Church

The church is easily accessible by foot, car, bike, and by bus. This place isn’t packed with tourists as the nearby Piazzale Michelangelo is. 

 

Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy

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The Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy is a special place in Florence that does not get as much recognition as it should. It is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, and is known for producing treatments for the Black Death. 

Today, the Florentine company makes award-winning, botanically inspired beauty products and perfumes. This off-the-grid pharmacy has enthusiastic patrons that swoon over its unique skincare, soaps, and much more. 

Children who are interested in learning more about beauty confection can take a trip to the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy where they will get to see machineries used more during the 16th and 17th century, including soap machines, ventilated clapboards, pharmaceutical pottery, and early books. 

 

Flea Market in Piazza dei Ciompi

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The small Piazza dei Ciompi hosts one of the oldest flea markets and antique shops in Florence. Here, nannies and children can buy great second-hand items and antiques to decorate their homes. The flea market also hosts a variety of items every month, including china collections, books, vintage clothing, clocks, artwork, and more. 

The piazza has undergone renovation over the years. The city of Florence plans to bring a public garden area to make it more open and welcoming to residents and visitors. 

 

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