A few days ago I went with my 9-year-old daughter to the “Museo dei Ragazzi” (Kid’s Museum) located inside Palazzo Vecchio, in the very center of Florence.
It’s not a museum in the regular sense. It’s a series of activities, routes, and guided tours in the Palazzo covering the building’s different historical eras from its creation on. It is suitable for adults and families with children four years and up.
Reservations are required by phone or email as the activities have a set schedule. They are available in English and French, as well as Italian.
My daughter chose, “Fresco Painting“.
Ah! A little piece of advice for anyone choosing this activity. Don’t have your kids wear their finest as it’s a messy undertaking. Maybe bring an old T-shirt to put over their clothes.
You have to get there at least 15 minutes before the set schedule. After having bought the ticket (€2.00 for children, and €6.50+2.00 for adults), we met our teacher, a very sweet woman named Domiziana and her assistant Maria. After welcoming us in a room, they made a short, 15-minute introduction about the meaning of fresco painting and how it was conceived and done in the days of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. I can tell you for sure that all the kids were transfixed.
Then, kids and adults together were gathered around a table where they passed out tiles with fresh plaster on which to paint. At the center of the table there were jars of tempera paint in different colors from plant and mineral sources, brushes of all sizes, and trays of clean water to be shared by all participants.
I helped my daughter, who couldn’t decide what to paint. Maria gave her a little suggestion and got her started on her painting. E voila’! My daughter was thrilled by the experience and said she wants to go back to do another activity. The whole thing lasted an hour and 15 minutes.
I liked it a lot too, but I have to admit that I was sorry that I hadn’t taken my own tile!
I suggest you grown ups take one too. It’s really fun!
For information and reservations
tel 055-2768224 or 055-2768558